Vaginal Rashes and Sores - Topic Overview
A rash in your vaginal area (vulva) may be caused by
irritation of the skin from many sources, such as
clothes rubbing against the skin. Rashes that occur without other symptoms are
usually minor and often go away with home treatment.
A common cause of a rash is contact with a substance that causes
irritation or an allergic reaction (contact dermatitis). Soaps, detergents, shampoos, perfumes, or lotions can cause
contact dermatitis. Often the rash from contact dermatitis is very itchy, but
it is rarely serious. Changing your soap or detergent may be all you need to do
to prevent this type of rash.
Other rashes in the vaginal area
Other conditions that may cause a rash in the vaginal area
Scabies, which is an itchy skin
condition caused by tiny mites that burrow into the outer layers of the
Pubic lice, which are small insects that live on
humans and survive by feeding on blood.
Yeast infection (cutaneous candidiasis), which may cause a rash in the moist
skin folds of the vaginal area.
which causes raised red or white patches topped with silvery, scaling skin. The
patches are most common on the knees, elbows, scalp, tailbone, and back, but
may appear anywhere on the body (including the fingernails, palms, and soles of
Sores, blisters, or lumps in the vaginal area
Conditions that may cause a sore, blister, or lump include:
Genital herpes is a viral infection that causes skin blisters and sores in the
Genital warts. Genital warts are a
sexually transmitted infection (STI). They are caused by various types of human
Bartholin gland cyst
. Bartholin glands are two small
glands located on each side of the opening of the vagina. These glands produce
fluids that lubricate the opening to the vagina. If the opening to one of the
glands becomes blocked, fluids may build up inside the gland, causing a
painless lump called a Bartholin cyst. Bartholin cysts usually do not need
treatment, but sometimes surgery may be needed to drain them. In some cases,
one of the glands may become infected, causing an abscess, which may need to be
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Sores, blisters, or ulcers, especially in the groin or
vaginal area, may be the first symptom of several different STIs.
- An infected hair shaft
(folliculitis). A red, tender lump may form when skin
bacteria cause an infection at the base of a hair shaft.