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Dermatology and Female Genital Disease

You are not alone! A recent study found that one in four women experience chronic vulvar pain at some point in their lives, making vulvodynia a very common disorder affecting women and girls of all ages and ethnicities.

Vulvar Pain & Irritation

The vulva is the area that lies outside of the vagina. This area consists of sensitive tissue called the labia. Vaginal infections occur when bacteria, funguses or other organisms grow uncontrolled.  Vestibulitis is a condition that causes redness, inflammation, and pain in this area.

Vulvar Dermatologic Conditions:

The appearance of these conditions in the area of the vulva are often different than their appearance on the body. Dr. Kathleen Smith at Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta located in Tucker, GA has been specially trained and has experience in diagnosing and treating dermatological conditions affecting the vulva.

  • Group B Streptococcus in the Vagina
  • Irritant and Allergic Contact Dermatitis
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Lichen Simplex Chronicus
  • Physiologic Vaginal Discharge
  • Topical Corticosteroids
  • Vestibulodynia
  • Vulvodynia
  • Vulvar Vestibulitis
  • Desquamative Inflammatory Vaginitis
  • Genital Warts

We are here to help! Whether you are a woman with vulvodynia or other cutaneous genital conditions or have a family member or friend we are experts in evaluation and treatment plans.

Relief Tips for Vulvar Skin Condition

  • Wear cotton underwear – white
  • Do not wear pantyhose
  • Wear loose-fitting pants or skirts
  • Do not use fabric softener and only unscented laundry detergent
  • Use soft, white, unscented toilet paper
  • Sitz bath to relieve burning and itching
  • Rinse the vulva with water after urination and sexual intercourse, do not use wash cloth
  • Use tampons rather than pads during your period
  • Use a foam rubber donut for long periods of sitting
  • Apply ice in a pack wrapped in a sealed baggie with a towel raped over it to relieve burning. Do not over do, since frostbite is a real possibility.
  • Apply topical anesthetic like lidocaine before sexual activity
  • Do not use contraceptive cream or spermicides or latex condoms as these can all be irritating.



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