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.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Medical Journal of Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Apr 2003|