Vulvar Conditions

For women who experience discomfort or itching in the vulvar or vaginal area, many assume a yeast infection may be to blame. But skin issues may be the cause.

The vulva surrounds the vagina and is comprised of a fatty pad covered in hair called the mons pubis, outer lips called the labia majora and inner lips called the labia minora. The vulva also contains the clitoris, which is a bundle of nerve endings and the urethral opening which allows the passage of urine.

Common Vulvar Issues

There are a variety of skin issues that can occur with vulvar skin, including:

  • Dermatitis: This causes inflammation of the vulvar skin, possibly causing a rash or itching.
  • Lichen planus: In the vulva, this can cause bleeding, pain, burning and painful sex.
  • Lichen sclerosis: This shows up as white patches in the vulva and can cause itching and sexual discomfort.
  • Psoriasis: This chronic skin issue causes rapid growth of skin cells, which leads to flaky or scaly patches.
  • Ulcers: Vulva ulceration can result from infections, inflammation and other skin issues.

Diagnosing and Treating Vulvar Issues

If you are experiencing any of these vulvar issues or symptoms, our team is here to help. We will evaluate your health history, conduct a physical exam, complete any needed tests and recommend the best course of treatment. Treatment of vulvar conditions typically depends on what’s causing the symptoms. Often, many of these issues respond well to topical medications and avoiding certain triggers.

Related Treatments

Oral and Topical Medications

Dermatologists are experts in bacterial, viral and fungal infections in the skin and have a deep knowledge of how to best use antibiotics, antiviral and antifungal medications. Learn More


A corticosteroid works by suppressing the activity of the immune system and reducing the production of chemicals that create inflammation. Learn More

Light Therapy

Originally developed for Navy seals to help wounds heal quicker, light therapy has been shown to be highly therapeutic for skin. Learn More


Neoral, also known as cyclosporine, is in the class of drugs known as immunosuppressants. Learn More

Narrowband UVB

Narrowband UVB is a form of phototherapy widely used to treat skin diseases. Learn More

Anti-inflammatory Medication

We recommend consulting a specialist to help determine if Anti-Inflammatory Medications are the best treatment option for you. Learn More


Antibiotics are medicines used to stop infections created by the presence of bacteria. Learn More


Otezla is a prescription pharmaceutical that regulates inflammation within the cells of the body or the skin. Learn More

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