Vulvar Disease Specialist

Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG

Gynecology & Aesthetics located in Upper West Side, New York, NY

Painful itching, burning, and stinging in your vulvar region can make day-to-day life uncomfortable and can stop you from enjoying sex and other intimate activities. Find relief from vulvar conditions and vulvar disease by visiting Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG, PLLC, for an exam and treatment. Dr. Rodke has served women of all ages on the Upper West Side of New York City for more than 30 years and utilizes the best evidence-based care to help you feel your best. To schedule a visit, call or use the online tool today.

Vulvar Disease Q & A

What is vulvar disease?

Vulvar disease is a general term for any condition that affects the vulvar area of a woman’s genitals. The vulva is made up of the external portions of the genitals. Types of vulvar diseases include:

  • Folliculitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Bartholin gland cysts
  • Lichen simplex chronicus
  • Lichen sclerosus
  • Lichen planus
  • Vulvodynia

While most vulvar diseases cause pain, itching, and burning in the vulvar region, specific conditions cause their own unique symptoms.

What are the symptoms of vulvar disease?

Possible symptoms of vulvar disease include:

  • Swelling of the vulva
  • Itching or burning, especially during urination or sexual intercourse
  • Inflammation of the hair follicles in the vulvar area
  • Sores or blisters on the vulva
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Abnormal vaginal odor
  • Bumps or raised red areas on the vulva

Symptoms may flare up during times of stress or illness or when you’re exposed to chemicals that cause an allergic reaction. Soaps, lotions, and perfumes that cause allergic reactions should always be avoided.

What causes vulvar disease?

Potential causes of vulvar diseases include:

  • Allergic reactions to soaps, lotions, perfumes, and laundry detergent
  • Shaving, waxing, and friction
  • Blockage of the Bartholin glands, which produce the lubricating fluid that helps with sexual intercourse
  • Inflammatory skin disorders
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Infections

Dr. Rodke performs extensive testing to identify the cause of your vulvar disease and identify treatments to relieve your symptoms as quickly as possible.

How is vulvar disease treated?

For women who experience vulvar problems due to allergies or contact dermatitis, Dr. Rodke recommends hypoallergenic soaps and hygiene products to avoid irritation of the delicate skin of the vaginal area.

For vulvar diseases related to inflammatory skin conditions or infections, Dr. Rodke prescribes medications to decrease inflammation or clear up the infection. These medications can be taken orally, applied topically, or placed inside your vagina as a suppository.

Dr. Rodke can recommend treatments you can perform at home to relieve your symptoms, like taking warm baths, applying a warm compress to the skin of your vulva, and gently exfoliating with products that are safe for the skin of your vulva.

Find relief from vulvar disease symptoms by visiting Dr. Rodke — just call or click to schedule your visit online now.