What are the symptoms of vulvitis?
The experience of vulvitis can differ from woman to woman. Possible symptoms include:
- redness and swelling of the labia and skin surrounding the vagina
- excruciating itching or burning
- clear, fluid-filled blisters
- sore, scaly, thickened or whitish patches (more common in chronic vulvitis)
What causes vulvitis?
The irritation of vulvitis can have many causes:
- allergies or sensitivities to perfumes, soaps, toilet Paper, vaginal sprays, laundry detergent or body washes
- long-term inflammatory skin conditions, such as dermatitis, seborrhea or eczema
- fungal or bacterial infections, scabies or pubic lice
- douches that are too strong or used too frequently
- hot tub and swimming pool water
- synthetic undergarments without a cotton crotch
- rubbing against a bicycle seat
- wearing a wet bathing suit for a long period of time
- horseback riding
Who is at risk for vulvitis?
Any woman with allergies, skin sensitivities, conditions or diseases can develop vulvitis. Girls who have not yet reached puberty and post-menopausal women may possibly develop the irritation because of low estrogen levels.