Vaginal Rash: All You Need To Know

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Update Date 24/05/2020 . 4 mins read
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What is Vaginal Rash? 

You may find that your vagina or the area surrounding it is itchy and irritated. This may make you feel anxious as your vagina is a sensitive area, and a healthy vagina should not itch. 

Rashes on vagina causes discomfort and worry. And it may be due to a variety of reasons. In this article, we will list down some possible vaginal rash causes, symptoms, and treatment.

Causes of Vaginal Rash

There are many possible rashes on vagina causes.

Rashes around the vagina are typically caused by contact dermatitis or vaginitis.


One of the possible vaginal rash causes is vaginitis. Vaginitis is the inflammation of the vagina. Along with itchiness or rash, other symptoms may include:

  • Change in color, odor,  and/or amount of discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Light vaginal bleeding

There are many types of vaginitis. Some of these are bacterial vaginosis (an overgrowth of certain bacteria inside the vagina), yeast infections (a type of yeast growing in the vagina), and trichomoniasis (a parasite transmitted through intercourse). 

Reduced estrogen levels and skin disorders may also be a cause for vaginitis.

Treatment for vaginitis will depend primarily on the type.

Immediately consult a doctor if you develop unusual vaginal discomfort coupled with these symptoms:

  • Particularly unpleasant vaginal odor, discharge, or itching
  • Multiple sex partners, a new partner, or a partner that was recently diagnosed with an STI
  • Fever, chills or pelvic pain 

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis may happen if your genitals or the area around it come into contact with substances that can cause irritation or an allergic reaction. Products such as soaps, feminine washes, lotions, or perfumes may be the cause of contact dermatitis and subsequently vaginal rash.

Rashes on the vulva can be caused by:

  • psoriasis
  • neurodermatitis
  • lichen sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus

A rare condition that causes white, patchy skin to appear. This skin looks thinner than normal. While this condition can occur anywhere in the body, it is commonly found around or near the genital or anal area.

It is possible for anyone to contract lichen sclerosus. However the risk for postmenopausal women are high compared to other demographics. Lichen sclerosus is one of the rarer rashes on vagina causes.

Some symptoms of lichen sclerosus include.

  • Itching (may be severe)
  • Pain
  • Smooth white patches on your skin
  • Blotchy wrinkled patches
  • Bleeding
  • Ulcerated sores
  • Painful sex

The causes for lichen sclerosus is unknown. Doctors suspect that lichen sclerosus may have something to do with your immune system.


A skin condition that starts with itchy patches of skin, neurodermatitis may be one of your rashes on vagina causes. Scratching these patches may cause these areas to become itchier.

Neurodermatitis causes the affected area to be leathery and thick. While it is not life threatening and not contagious, it may cause major discomfort. Here are some signs that you may have neurodermatitis:

  • Patches of itchy skin
  • Scaly or leathery texture of the affected areas
  • Patches are darker or are more red than other areas of your skin

You might want to seek medical attention if neurodermatitis prevents you from living your life normally without distractions. Be mindful as constant scratching of the affected area may lead to a wound, infection, and further complications.


Psoriasis is a common disease of the skin that can affect any area, including your genitals and anus. Cells build up on the skin surface due to a speeded up life cycle.This excess of skin can be itchy and painful. Here are some symptoms of psoriasis:

  • Red patchy skin covered by thick silvery scales
  • Small scaling spots
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Soreness
  • Dry, cracked skin that can possibly bleed

While there is no direct cure for psoriasis, it is still possible to manage and moderate its condition.

Molluscom contagiosum

A common viral skin infection, molluscom contagiosum caues patches of small red shiny bumps to appear in your skin, including the pubic area.

Adults with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to contracting the disease. It is a sexually transmitted infection. You may also catch the infection if your genitals come into contact with objects that contain the virus, such as towels, seat covers, or underwear. 

Here are some possible symptoms:

  • Bumps on the skin that are raised and round colored
  • Bumps that are a quarter of an inch
  • Bumps that have small indentations
  • Bumps that may be red or inflammed
  • Bumps that can be removed by itching and scratching

If you notice that your bumps fit the descriptions above, be careful in removing them. Scratching or removing these bumps may spread the virus to other parts of your body or to other people. 


Scabies is a skin condition caused by a mite or parasite that is burrowing underneath your skin. The itchiness occurs where the mite is burrowing. 

Here are some symptoms that indicate you might have scabies:

  • Itching, severe and noticeably worse at night
  • Thin, irregular burrow tracks composed of tiny blisters or bumps on your skin

Scabies is highly contagious and should be treated immediately.


Sexually Transmitted Infections can also be the cause for your vaginal rash. STIs such as trichomoniasis, herpes or syphilis can cause your vagina to itch.

Other rashes on vagina causes are:


Rashes on vagina causes discomfort, along with other symptoms, such as:

  • itching
  • burning sensation
  • blisters or sores
  • skin discoloration
  • fever
  • vaginal discharge
  • inflammation
  • patches of swollen skin
  • vaginal odor
  • pelvic pain
  • pain upon urination or sexual intercourse
  • enlargement of lymph nodes

Diagnosis and Treatment of Vaginal Rash

Treatment for vaginal rash may depend on the disease or infection you are experiencing. Consult with a doctor to receive the correct treatment. Your doctor may prescribe over the counter medication or ointments depending on your condition.

Lifestyle changes and home remedies

Here are some good ways to avoid vaginal rash:

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Limit your number of sexual partners
  • Regularly get tested for STIs
  • Always use a condom

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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