The purpose of this chapter is to review the etiology, presentation, and treatment of pruritic conditions in women and their treatments with a focus on pruritic vulvar dermatoses that women experience among different age groups. This chapterâ€™s content, figures, and images are based on the article â€œFemale-specific pruritus from childhood to postmenopause: Clinical features, hormonal factors, and treatment considerationsâ€ (Rimoin et al. Dermatologic Therap, 2013). Common pruritic conditions in women that will be discussed include atopic and irritant dermatitis, psoriasis, lichen sclerosus, infectious vulvovaginitis, vulvovaginal candidiasis, atrophic vulvovaginitis, squamous cell carcinoma, lichen simplex chronicus, and neuropathic itch. We also review pruritic conditions associated with pregnancy including pemphigoid gestationis, polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, and atopic eruption of pregnancy. Finally, acceptable and contraindicated antipruritic agents in pregnancy are examined.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Skin, Mucosa and Menopause|
|Subtitle of host publication||Management of Clinical Issues|
|Publisher||Springer Berlin Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||14|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2015|
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