Pigmented vulvovaginitis (VLV) is a skin disease caused by bacteria and the bacteria can cause pigmentation to the skin.
In the U.S., it’s most common in women and in younger adults.
The disease can be mild or severe, depending on the type of pigmentation.
Symptoms can include: • The skin appears yellow, pink, or purple, depending how much pigmentation there is in the skin and how much it covers the body.
• Pain in the area where the pigmentation is most prominent and associated with the itching and burning.
There’s no cure for VLV, and it’s treated with antibiotics and topical steroids.
Some people with VLV are able to treat their infection with steroids.
This means they can treat it and recover from it.
However, some people with the disease will need to get steroids to control the infection and can experience a more severe form of the disease.
VLV can also be caused by other bacteria, viruses, fungi, or other microbes.
How to diagnose VLV: When to see a doctor: If you have VLV symptoms and it bothers you, see your doctor.
If your skin doesn’t itch or burn, it’s not VLV.
What you should do to prevent it: Make sure you wash your hands often, especially around the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Don’t wear tight-fitting, cotton or rubber masks.
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have an allergic reaction to a certain type of sunscreen, like SPF 15 or higher.
Wash your face and neck with a mild soap and water and apply a light moisturizer.
You can also try a dry shampoo or conditioner that uses a water-based cleanser and oil.
Also try using a cotton mask for at least 10 minutes after you bathe.
Avoid direct sunlight for at leasest time.