Vaginal Rash Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments
You may routinely pamper your face and work hard to keep it moisturized and irritation-free, but what have you done lately for the more sensitive skin of your vulva, the external genital area surrounding your vagina? Many women have been primed to think no further than "itch equals yeast infection. These conditions aren't getting the medical attention they need — and women aren't getting the relief they deserve. The vulva Latin for womb or covering consists of several layers that cover and protect the sexual organs and urinary opening. The fleshy outer lips of the vulva — the labia majora — are covered with pubic hair and contain fat that helps cushion the area. Inside the labia majora are the thinner, more pigmented and delicate flaps of skin called the labia minora. The labia minora join at the top to enclose the clitoris.
Top of the page Check Your Symptoms. Most women experience minor vaginal problems from time to time. These problems can be related to menstrual cycles, sex, infection, birth control methods, aging, medicines, or changes after pregnancy.
A rash in your vaginal area can have many different causes, including contact dermatitis, an infection or autoimmune condition, and parasites. Treatment varies, depending on the cause of the rash. Home remedies may also relieve the symptoms. Usually, a vaginal rash will feel uncomfortable and itchy.