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Many skin conditions may affect the female anogenital skin of all age groups. Patients are often too embarrassed to discuss these with their GP and so there may be a long delay before they seek expert advice. Itching and pain are the most frequent symptoms and there can be several underlying reasons for this. Most are harmless but these symptoms may indicate a more troublesome condition that would benefit from early intervention. The most frequent are infections such as candida or viral warts, or inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema or psoriasis. There are additionally less common conditions that can affect the genital skin such as lichen sclerosis or lichen planus and early intervention is recommended. Lumps and bumps may occur in this site and are easily treated or removed. Skin cancers may occur in this site (although rarely) and expert early intervention is paramount.
Our experienced dermatologists who have a special interest in female genital dermatoses will diagnose the problem and recommend appropriate treatment. Sometimes a skin swab and occasionally a skin biopsy may be recommended to clarify the diagnosis.
Below are some of the more common skin conditions affecting the female genitalia.