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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 541867, 6 pages
Review Article

Pruritus in Female Patients

Department of Dermatology and Venereology, University Hospital Antwerp/University of Antwerp, Wilrijkstraat 10, 2650 Edegem, Belgium

Received 7 November 2013; Accepted 5 February 2014; Published 10 March 2014

Academic Editor: Gérald E. Piérard

Copyright © 2014 Julien Lambert. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Pruritus is a frequent symptom in many dermatological diseases. In this review we want to focus on not only itch problems specific to women, namely, pruritic vulvodermatoses, but also the specific pruritic dermatoses of pregnancy. The specific characteristics of the vulva and the hormonal changes during the different age periods make these dermatoses very particular. It seems that vulvar diseases are still underdiagnosed and undertreated. Pruritic vulvar diseases have a huge impact on quality of life. The most common pruritic diseases will be discussed, such as atopic and contact dermatitis, psoriasis, lichen sclerosis, lichen planus, and infectious vulvaginitis. We focus on the diagnostic issue of these diseases and will consider the general principles of therapy.