This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Vulval conditions, in images

Written by: | Published:

A variety of conditions can affect the female genital area. Jean Watkins describes some of the most common and discusses treatment options and outcomes.

Contact dermatitis

Nappy rash in babies is a common problem that is easily recognised by glazed, inflammed areas over the convex surfaces of the skin in the nappy area. It does not affect the deeper flexures. Scaling can develop with time. Changes are due to contact with irritants such as urine, faeces and friction. No testing is required unless the diagnosis is uncertain or there is concern about secondary infection or allergies. The problem should improve if nappies are left off as often as possible and/or the child is changed quickly after wetting or soiling. Mild cases are usually controlled by applying a barrier preparation, such as zinc and castor oil to the area, plus topical 0.1-1% hydrocortisone for up to a week, if the rash is uncomfortable or itchy. Adults, often with a history of atopic dermatitis, can also be incontinent, or develop allergies to soaps, detergents or other substances. If an allergy is identified by skin testing, the offending substance can be avoided. When examining the perineum or performing a vaginal examination, it is wise to offer the woman a chaperone.

Vulval candidiasis


Please login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments.


What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Comments

Why not have images of typical symptoms alongside each to help women diagnose?
Posted by: ,

Newsletter

Sign up to the newsletter

About

Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.

Archive

Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team

Authors

Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.