Learn About Female Genital Sores

What is the definition of Female Genital Sores?

Sores or lesions on the female genitalia or in the vagina may occur for many reasons.

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What are the alternative names for Female Genital Sores?

Sores on the female genitals

What is some background information about Female Genital Sores?

Genital sores may be painful or itchy, or may produce no symptoms. Other symptoms that may be present include pain when you urinate or painful sexual intercourse. Depending on the cause, a discharge from the vagina may be present.

What are the causes of Female Genital Sores?

Infections spread through sexual contact can cause these sores:

  • Herpes is a common cause of painful sores.
  • Genital warts may cause painless sores.

Less common infections such as chancroid, granuloma inguinale, molluscum contagiosum, and syphilis may also cause sores.

Changes that may lead to cancer of the vulva (vulvar dysplasia) may appear as white, red, or brown patches on the vulva. These areas may itch. Skin cancers such as melanoma and basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas may also be found, but are less common.

Other common causes of genital sores include:

  • Long-term (chronic) skin disorder that involves red itchy rashes (atopic dermatitis)
  • Skin that becomes red, sore, or inflamed after contact with perfumes, detergents, fabric softeners, feminine sprays, ointments, creams, douches (contact dermatitis)
  • Cysts or abscesses of the Bartholin or other glands
  • Trauma or scratches
  • Flu-type viruses that can cause genital sores or ulcers in some cases
How do I perform a home exam for a Female Genital Sores?

See a health care provider before treating yourself. Self-treatment may make it harder for the provider to find the source of the problem.

A sitz bath may help relieve itching and crusting.

If the sores are caused by a sexually transmitted infection, your sexual partner may need to be tested and treated as well. Do not have any type of sexual activity until your provider says the sores can no longer be spread to others.

When should I contact a medical professional for Female Genital Sores?

Contact your provider if you:

  • Find any unexplained genital sore
  • Have a change in a genital sore
  • Have genital itching that does not go away with home care
  • Think you might have a sexually transmitted infection
  • Have pelvic pain, fever, vaginal bleeding, or other new symptoms as well as genital sores
What should I expect during a doctor appointment?

Your provider will perform a physical examination. This most often includes a pelvic examination. You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. Questions may include:

  • What does the sore look like? Where is it located?
  • When did you first notice it?
  • Do you have more than one sore?
  • Does it hurt or itch? Has it grown bigger?
  • Have you ever had one before?
  • How often do you have sexual activity?
  • Do you have painful urination or pain during sexual intercourse?
  • Do you have abnormal vaginal drainage?

The following tests may be done:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Blood differential
  • Skin or mucosal biopsy
  • Vaginal or cervical culture
  • Microscopic vaginal secretion exam (wet mount)

Treatment may include medicines that you put on the skin or take by mouth. The type of medicine depends on the cause.

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

1 Medical Center Dr 
Lebanon, NH 3756

Debra Birenbaum is an Obstetrics and Gynecologist in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Dr. Birenbaum has been practicing medicine for over 40 years and is rated as a Distinguished doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Female Genital Sores. She is also highly rated in 22 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Lichen Sclerosis, Neuralgia, Female Genital Sores, and Giant Axonal Neuropathy. She is licensed to treat patients in New Hampshire. Dr. Birenbaum is currently accepting new patients.

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UVA Health System

Midlife Health

2955 Ivy Rd 
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Joann Pinkerton is an Obstetrics and Gynecologist in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Pinkerton has been practicing medicine for over 41 years and is rated as a Distinguished doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Female Genital Sores. She is also highly rated in 34 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Melorheostosis, Osteopenia, Melorheostosis with Osteopoikilosis, and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. She is licensed to treat patients in Virginia. Dr. Pinkerton is currently accepting new patients.

 
 
 
 
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The University of Vermont Health Network

Continence Center

792 College Pkwy 
Colchester, VT 5446

Tracey Maurer is an Obstetrics and Gynecologist in Colchester, Vermont. Dr. Maurer has been practicing medicine for over 35 years and is rated as a Distinguished doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Female Genital Sores. She is also highly rated in 13 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Lichen Sclerosis, Female Genital Sores, Hydrocele, and Interstitial Cystitis. She is licensed to treat patients in Vermont.

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The AP-GELP Study: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial on the Effects of Phosphodiesterase 4-Inhibitor Apremilast in Female Genital Erosive Lichen Planus
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Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date : July 13, 2021
Published By : John D. Jacobson, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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Link RE, Tang N. Cutaneous diseases of the external genitalia. In: Partin AW, Dmochowski RR, Kavoussi LR, Peters CA, eds. Campbell-Walsh-Wein Urology. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 59.