Management of common vulval conditions

Belinda M. Welsh, Karen N. Berzins, Kathy A. Cook, Christopher K. Fairley

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Community-based surveys indicate that about a fifth of women have significant vulval symptoms lasting over three months at some time in their lives. Common causes of itch or pain are dermatitis, recurrent candidiasis and the recently recognised pain syndromes - vulvar vestibular syndrome and dysaesthetic vulvodynia. Diagnosis is usually apparent after a thorough history and examination, although conditions commonly coexist and are complicated by prior treatment. Skin lesions not responding to treatment require biopsy. Treatment aims to control symptoms rather than to cure; avoiding soaps and other irritants is central to management. An early, accurate diagnosis should enhance management of vulval conditions, particularly pain syndromes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-395
Number of pages5
JournalThe Medical Journal of Australia
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2003

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