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Pruritus Vulvae Overview

What is pruritus vulvae?
A female with pruritus vulvae has persistent itching of the vulva, or external genitals. Allergies, chemicals, infections, or menopause may trigger pruritus vulvae. About ten percent of women have pruritus vulvae at some time in their lives.

What are the symptoms of pruritus vulvae?
Symptoms of pruritus vulvae include vaginal itching, and vaginal pain or redness.

How does the doctor treat pruritus vulvae?
The treatment for pruritus vulvae depends on the cause. Treatment for pruritus vulvae may include warm baths, gentle cleansing of the vulva, corticosteroid creams or lotions, and oral antihistamines for itching.

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Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Pruritus Vulvae References
  1. Paek SC, Merritt DF, Mallory SB. Pruritus vulvae in prepubertal children. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2001 May;44(5):795-802. [11312427]
  2. Pincus SH. Vulvar dermatoses and pruritus vulvae. Dermatol Clin. 1992 Apr;10(2):297-308. [1606761]
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