By Dr. Nathalie Leroux
Vulvar dermatology is a very particular expertise. Several skin pathologies are possible even in the external genitalia. For the patient, however, a very frequent symptom common to these pathologies is that of pruritus (itching), in other words a skin irritation that creates a kind of itching and subsequent scratching.
Skin diseases of the vulva are sometimes confused with vaginal infections such as certain types of candida vaginitis. It is very important to differentiate between the two conditions as the treatment for each of these is quite different.
Some skin diseases of the vulva are chronic and will require regular cortisone treatments.
It is important to consult when symptoms persist over time. There is no need to suffer in silence.