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Genital skin problems are very common and can be very itchy or painful, distressing and embarrassing. They can interfere with sexual functioning, self-image and interpersonal relationships. Some genital disorders are contagious, including sexually transmitted diseases.
This page provides links to information On DermNet NZ about skin conditions affecting the genital area.
Bacterial skin infections include:
Fungal skin infections include:
Viral skin infections include:
The groin is also a favoured site for some parasitic infestations:
Non-infectious skin lesions and miscellaneous conditions that are commonly found in the genital area include:
Genital skin is delicate, so treatment must be undertaken gently. Wash once or twice daily with warm water. Avoid soap; a pH balanced non-soap cleanser can be used but should be rinsed off.
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