Pruritus Vulva

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The Pruritus Vulva:

Pruritus Vulva

Definition of Pruritus Vulva

Pruritus means sense of itching, when it is confined to the vulva, it is called pruritus vulvae. It should not be confused with pain.[3]

Overview of Pruritus Vulva

About 10 percent of patients attending the gynecologic clinic complain of vulval itching.

Causes of Pruritus Vulva

Vaginal discharge i.e.
  • The most common cause of pruritus vulvae is vaginal discharges either due to Trichomonas vaginalis or Candida albicans or both.
Local skin lesions i.e.
  • The lesions may be either localized in the vulva or part of generalized lesions. Such lesions include — psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, intertrigo, etc.
Infections of the vulva i.e.
  • Fungal—Candida
  • Viral—Herpes genitals, genital warts.
  • Parasitic—Threadworm may migrate to the area (especially in children), scabies, pediculosis.
  • STD—Gonorrhoea, Trichomoniasis
Allergy or contact dermatitis i.e.

Use of nylon  undergarments or washing those with certain soaps or detergents, idiosyncrasy to chemical contraceptives or condom is often related.[3]

Non­ neoplastic epithelial disorders of the vulva i.e.
  • Squamous hyperplasia.
  • Lichen sclerosis.
Neoplastic epithelial disorders i.e.
  • Paget’s disease
  • Invasive carcinoma of the vulva
Pruritus vulvae due to some systemic diseases i.e.
  • Medical disorders: Glycosuria causes local changes in the skin and pruritus. Additionally, It favors the growth of Candida. Others: Thyroid disorders, Chronic liver disease.
  • Dermatological causes: Contact dermatitis, drug allergy.
  • Deficiency state: Deficiencies of iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 also vitamin A are all implicated.
  • Psychosomatic causes: When no cause detect, Psychic factor is to exclude. Mental Anxiety or sexual frustration may be responsible for scratching.

Pathophysiology of Pruritus Vulva

The possible mechanisms of the repetitive ‘itch-scratch’ cycle mediate through the following: Special sensory innervation of the area.[3]

  • Underlying vascular instability results in production of histamine-like substance → induction of itching.
  • Aggravation at night because of – Absence of distraction of mind, Tired central nervous system, Local warmth and lack of aeration.

Sign & Symptoms of Pruritus Vulva

  • Extreme also constant itching.
  • A burning sensation in the vulvar area.
  • Vaginal discharge.
  • Small cracks on the skin of the vulva.
  • Redness and swelling on the vulva also labia (lips of the vagina)
  • Blisters on the vulva.
  • Scaly, thick, whitish patches on the vulva.

Diagnosis of Pruritus Vulva

It should be borne in mind that pruritus vulvae are a manifestation of some underlying pathology either located at the site or elsewhere in the body.

The investigations should include i.e.:

Detailed history regarding — age of onset, intensity of itching, duration, associated vaginal discharge, contraceptive practice, relation with psychologic upset or neurosis, allergy to nylon, either soap or particular detergents.

General examination—Thorough systemic examination need.

Examination for diabetes mellitus, liver also thyroid disorders, hematological diseases to made

Local examination—The extent of the lesion is to note.[3]

Special investigations

  • Microscopic examination of the vaginal discharge or vulval scraping to detect Candida or Trichomonas vaginalis.
  • Urine for sugar, protein and pus cells.
  • Blood—Complete blood count, postprandial glucose. Detailed hematological workup (polycythemia, leukaemia), thyroid profile, liver function and renal function tests carry out.
  • Stool—Ova, parasites and cysts are to look for.
  • In long-standing cases especially with vulval epithelial disorders, biopsy either random or colposcopy directed, is to take to note the type of skin changes and exclude malignancy.[3]

Treatment of Pruritus Vulva

  • Appropriate local hygiene is to be taken care of.
  • In detail; To use loose fitting undergarments preferably made of cotton to keep the area aerated.
  • To prevent the vicious cycle of ‘itch-scratch’.
  • Local application of either antibiotics or Clobetasol propionate 0.05 percent ointment may be helpful. Additionally, If the skin is atrophic, oestrogen or testosterone cream may be helpful.
  • To treat the specific etiological factor causing pruritus by appropriate therapy—local or systemic.

Surgery: Surgery may be needed when biopsy is confirms features of neoplasia (VIN or invasion).[3]

Homeopathic Treatment of Pruritus Vulva:

Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis.

which includes

  • The medical history of the patient,
  • Physical and mental constitution,
  • Family history,
  • Presenting symptoms,
  • Underlying pathology,
  • Possible causative factors etc.

A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions.

What Homoeopathic doctors do?

A homeopathy doctor tries to treat more than just the presenting symptoms. The focus is usually on what caused the disease condition? Why ‘this patient’ is sick ‘this way’?.

The disease diagnosis is important but in homeopathy, the cause of disease not just probed to the level of bacteria and viruses. Other factors like mental, emotional and physical stress that could predispose a person to illness also looked for. No a days, even modern medicine also considers a large number of diseases as psychosomatic. The correct homeopathy remedy tries to correct this disease predisposition.

The focus is not on curing the disease but to cure the person who is sick, to restore the health. If a disease pathology not very advanced, homeopathy remedies do give a hope for cure but even in incurable cases, the quality of life can greatly improved with homeopathic medicines.

Homeopathic Medicines for Pruritus Vulva:

The homeopathic remedies (medicines) given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the homeopathy treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each homeopathic remedy may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications also taken into account for selecting a remedy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pruritus Vulva?

Pruritus means sense of itching, when it is confined to the vulva, it is called pruritus vulvae. It should not be confused with pain.

Homeopathic Medicines used by Homeopathic Doctors in treatment of Pruritus Vulva?

  • Calcarea carbonica
  • Kreosotum
  • Natrum muriaticum
  • Sepia
  • Borax
  • Kali bichromicum
  • Pulsatilla
  • Sulphur

What causes Pruritus Vulva?

  • Vaginal discharge
  • Local skin lesions
  • Infections of the vulva
  • Allergy or contact dermatitis
  • Non­ neoplastic epithelial disorders of the vulva

What are the symptoms of Pruritus Vulva?

  • Extreme and constant itching.
  • A burning sensation in the vulvar area.
  • Vaginal discharge.
  • Small cracks on the skin of the vulva.
  • Redness and swelling on the vulva and labia (lips of the vagina)
  • Blisters on the vulva.

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