Vulvar Disorders 2017-01-28T09:38:43-05:00

Vulvar Disorders

Yeast Infections

Most women will experience a yeast infection during their lifetime, and yeast infections are one of the most common vulvar infections. The vagina, as well as the vulva, may be infected also. Many women in the reproductive age group have yeast present in the vagina or vulva without symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of a yeast infection are itching, burning, soreness, redness and a discharge. Yeast infections may be treated with a cream or a tablet. Read more

Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus is a skin disorder that affects the vulva. This condition is characterized by small, white patches that are thin and have a crinkled appearance. Itching is the primary symptom. A biopsy is performed to make the diagnosis. Doctors usually prescribe an ointment to treat this condition. Read more

Lichen Planus

Lichen planus is a skin condition characterized by itchy bumps on the shins, the inner wrist and the hands. A particular type of lichen planus involves the vagina as well as the vulva. This condition can resemble other vulvar skin conditions and is diagnosed by biopsy. The exact cause is not known, but lichen planus is not believed to be an infectious disease. This condition is often treated with various creams and ointments. Read more


Vulvodynia consists of pain on the vulva present in areas outside of the opening of the vagina. Symptoms consist of burning, stinging, irritation or rawness. A possible cause could be an allergy or other sensitivity to chemicals or organisms normally found in the environment. Various infections could also be causes of vulvodynia. Since there are likely multiple treatments, there is no standard treatment for vulvodynia; treatment will depend on your individual case. Read more

Squamous Cell Hyperplasia

Squamous cell hyperplasia is an abnormal growth of the skin of the vulva and has a variety of appearances. This condition may appear as a pink or red vulva and can appear as elevated white patches. A biopsy is often performed to diagnose this condition. Squamous cell hyperplasia is often chronic and may require long-term treatment with steroid ointments. Read more

Vulvar Intraepithelial Neoplasia

Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia is a type of precancerous vulvar tissue abnormality. There may be no symptoms or some local symptoms, including itching, burning and pain. Diagnosis of this condition is always based on a careful inspection and a targeted biopsy. Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia can progress to invasive cancer of the vulva, so medical treatment is critical. Read more

Paget’s Disease of the Vulva

Paget’s disease is a rare disorder of the vulvar skin. Paget’s disease can appear as red and white scaly plaques on the vulva. The tumor may extend into what appears to be normal skin, making the appropriate extent of the surgical resection difficult to determine. The treatment for this condition is surgery, and it is not unusual for a patient to have a recurrence of Paget’s disease. Read more

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