Genital Skin Conditions

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Everything you need to know about genital skin conditions

At all the Stratum Clinics, our trusted expert consultants are experienced in treating genital skin conditions affecting both men and women. Genital skin conditions are extremely common and besides causing embarrassment, may manifest as redness, soreness, ulceration, pain or inflammation and can also affect relationships. These conditions will often be misdiagnosed as thrush by general practitioners (GPs) or in STD clinics. Letting an expert examine and treat you might be all that is needed to improve your condition.


There are a number of different male genital skin conditions that can affect men of all ages.  These conditions may be caused by a range of factors, including poor hygiene, underlying health conditions, and certain environmental or hormonal factors. Male genital skin conditions commonly seen at the Stratum Clinics include:

  • Warts/molluscum/herpes
  • Balanitis
  • Zoon’s disease
  • Angiokeratomas
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Lichen Planus
  • Cysts
  • Behçet’s Disease
  • Cancer

Female genital skin conditions are relatively common and can have a variety of causes. In general, these conditions can be caused by infections, allergic reactions, or hormonal changes. While many of these conditions tend to be benign and temporary, they can cause discomfort or pain if left untreated.  Female genital skin conditions commonly seen at the Stratum Clinics include:

  • Thrush
  • Warts/molluscum/herpes
  • Vulvitis
  • Hidradenitis
  • Vulvodynia (pain)
  • Erosive lichen planus
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Vulvo-gingival disease
  • Behçet’s Disease
  • Dermatitis/psoriasis
  • Cancer


Take good basic care of your genital skin. We recommend the use of simple creams to wash with in place of soap, as soap residue can irritate the area. Examples include aqueous cream or Dermol 500. Regular emollients in the form of oil or water-based moisturisers help protect the area and act as a barrier to prevent further irritation. Examples of oil-based emollients include Vaseline, Epaderm and Hydromol. Examples of water-based creams include Doublebase, Cetraben and Diprobase.

For some patients, a combination of anti-inflammatory creams or ointments might be of use. These can range in strength from mild, to very potent. Often topical antibiotics or antifungal medication will be used in addition to control inflammation and secondary infection.

While some conditions found on genital skin are also seen on other areas of the body, not all mainstream treatments can be applied to genital skin as it is delicate and some treatments can lead to discomfort and irritation. Specialist creams and ointments may need to be used for genital skin so it is important to speak to an expert for the correct diagnosis and most appropriate treatment.


Your consultant dermatologist will examine the affected skin to reach a diagnosis. Further tests may be required to confirm a diagnosis and these may include swab tests, blood tests or a skin biopsy.

Common skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer can also affect the genital area. Treatments for these conditions may be different to treatments for other areas of the body so it is important to see a dermatologist and get the most appropriate treatment for your condition.

Of course. If you require an appointment for a genital skin condition and would prefer to see a consultant of the same gender as you, just let us know when you book your appointment and this can be arranged.


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We understand how genital skin conditions can affect your confidence and your relationships. We are here to help, offering expert diagnosis and treatments so you can gain your confidence back. We work with leading experts in the field of dermatology to ensure you have the best experience and treatment. Stratum Dermatology Clinics are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, are part of the British Association of Dermatologists and are top rated by patients on Doctify so you can assure safe and effective acne treatment with us.


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