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What is Vulvitis?

Vulvitis is an inflammation of the vulva. The vulva is the external female genitals, including the clitoris and labia. It includes the mound of tissues over the pelvic bone that becomes covered with hair at puberty.

Symptoms of Vulvitis

The most common symptoms of vulvitis are:

  • swelling of the vulvar skin
  • redness of the vulvar skin
  • itchy vulva
  • blisters that ooze or crust over
  • white or thickened areas of the vulvar skin
  • vaginal discharge
  • small cracks in the vulvar skin

What Causes Vulvitis?

There are many causes of vulvitis. Vulvitis can be caused by:

  • allergy to a vaginal spray, laundry detergents, soaps, colored toilet paper, bubble bath and fragrances
  • medication
  • excess moisture in the genital area
  • bacterial infection
  • fungal infection
  • viral infection
  • pediculosis
  • scabies

How is Vulvitis diagnosed?

Your doctor will perform a pelvic exam, blood tests, urinalysis and check for STDs to determine if you have vulvitis.

Can Vulvitis be treated?

Vulvitis can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on the cause. Medication may be prescribed. The doctor may also suggest keeping the area dry, wear lose clothing and stop using vaginal sprays.

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