What is vulvitis?

Vulvitis is an itchy inflammation of the vulva, the soft folds of skin outside the vagina. It's not so much a condition as it is a symptom of certain diseases, infections, injuries, allergies or simply a reaction to an irritant or activity. The frustration is usually identifying the cause.

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.

How we care for vulvitis

At Boston Children's Hospital. the Division of Gynecology team can help a young woman determine the cause of her vulvitis, help with treatment and also provide testing to rule out other serious conditions that could be causing the irritation.