Eczema is a non-infectious inflammatory skin condition resulting in red, dry, itchy skin. It can happen anywhere on the body, and the vulva is no exception.
Symptoms of vulvar eczema
- Itching, usually on the outer labia (labia majora) where pubic hair grows
- Thickened skin
Causes of vulvar eczema
- Local irritant like soap, toilet paper, detergent, pads, panty liners
- Vaginal discharge (a lot)
- Immune reaction
Treatments for vulvar eczema
Cortisone cream is the usual treatment for eczema, but it’s not a good long-term solution because it destroys skin over time, causing thinning with overuse. Avoiding irritants is the first port of call, and once you have eliminated every possible suspect with no results, it’s time to move on to the inside of your body. That means food and drinks and environmental toxins. It’s advisable to get help from a naturopath or someone trained in dietary problems that are out of the norm. A regular GP is not going to be that person unless they’ve extensively trained in diet, so find someone else.
You can start off at home by yourself with a couple of simple foods. Avoid some common and well-known eczema triggers, such as dairy products and wheat. Avoid these strictly for two weeks, then reintroduce one at a time to see what happens, allowing a few days for a reaction to occur. Get help with elimination diets, since they can be hard to do without guidance.