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Vulvar dermatitis

Natasha R Johnson, MD
Pamela L Scheinman, MD
Alice J Watson, MD, MPH
Section Editors
Robert L Barbieri, MD
Robert P Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH
Deputy Editor
Rosamaria Corona, MD, DSc


Vulvar dermatitis is the most common type of vulvar dermatosis. One-third to one-half of vulvar complaints stem from this problem [1-4]. It can develop in isolation or may occur as part of dermatitis in other areas of the body. Women with vulvar dermatitis often experience chronic irritation or pruritus, which cause them to persistently rub and scratch the vulva. These activities lead to histologic changes in the dermis, termed lichen simplex chronicus [5].

This topic will discuss the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management of vulvar dermatitis. Other vulvar dermatoses and vulvar lesions are discussed separately.

(See "Vulvar lesions: Differential diagnosis based on morphology".)

(See "Vulvar lichen sclerosus".)

(See "Vulvar lichen planus".)

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