Skin discomfort in the genital region can be uncomfortable and distressing. It can have a number of different causes and it is important to seek the advice of a GP or dermatologist, gynaecologist to correctly diagnose and treat the condition.
What are some common genital dermatology issues for females?
Female skin discomfort in the genital region can be characterised by itchiness, scratching, stinging, a burning sensation, abnormal vaginal discharge and pain during sexual intercourse. Causes may include the removal of pubic hair, clothing fabric and tightness, personal hygiene practices or a reaction to some soap or body washes. Other conditions could be the result of a sexually transmitted disease or infection, or a non-sexually transmitted infection.
More common skin conditions that appear on other parts of the body can also be an explanation for skin around the genitals including psoriasis, itchiness and dermatitis, or other diseases like herpes.
What are some common genital dermatology issues for males?
Male skin discomfort in the genital region can also be characterised by itchiness, redness or swelling. For example, an inflammation of the head of the penis is a condition known as balanitis. It is important to seek medical advice if there is a burning associated with redness.
Other conditions could be the result of a sexually transmitted disease or infection, or a non-sexually transmitted infection.
Why should I see a dermatologist about my condition?
Presenting with a genital dermatology condition can be embarrassing. However, it is important to overcome these feelings because untreated conditions around the genital area can have lasting and significant impacts on fertility, sexual function and can be highly contagious to sexual partners. Misinformation can also prevent people from seeking advice and treatment.
What treatments are available?
The good news is that most infections, diseases and conditions around the genital area can be effectively treated and cured with the right diagnosis and treatment.