Vulval itch is common, the most frequent causes are thrush, dermatitis, psoriasis and lichen sclerosus.
There are both physical and chemical irritants than can lead to an inflammation of the vulval skin.
Treatment consists of lifestyle and skincare modifications as well as topical preparations which help to decrease inflammation and soothe the skin.
Lichen Sclerosus is another less common cause which may be linked to autoimmune disease.
It usually presents with itching, burning and soreness. In longstanding disease the anatomy of the vulva can change including a shrinking and scarring of the genitals.
There is a small (4%) lifetime risk of developing a vulval skin cancer, so 12 monthly review is recommended.
Presentation is often delayed due to embarrassment and often complicated by trial of various home remedies which can often worsen the situation.
Come in and see one of our doctors about any vulvovaginal discomfort in order to establish the correct diagnosis and treatment for you.