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What is vulvovaginitis?
Vulvovaginitis is inflammation of the skin of the female lower genital tract.
What are the symptoms of vulvovaginitis?
Symptoms of vulvovaginitis include: inflammation of the vagina and/or vulva, characterized by swollen, irritated, itchy and red skin; unusual vaginal discharge; an unpleasant odor from the vaginal area, and; a painful, burning sensation when …
What causes vulvovaginitis?
Vulvovaginitis can be caused by any of a large variety of infections and irritations, bacterial, viral or fungal infections, chemical irritations (from soaps and other detergents), or physical irritation ('sandbox vulvovaginitis' is common in young girls playing …
Who gets vulvovaginitis?
Women of all ages can get vulvovaginitis, but it is a common problem in young girls, particularly those aged 2-8 years old.
How is vulvovaginitis diagnosed?
Vulvovaginitis is diagnosed by physical examination. If infection is suspected, a swab will be taken to diagnose the type of infection.
How is vulvovaginitis treated?
Treatment of vulvovaginitis depends on the cause of the inflammation. For a bacterial infection, antibiotics are the preferred treatment; for yeast infections, antifungal cream; for chemical irritations, recognizing the source of the irritation and avoiding …
What can be done at home to treat vulvovaginitis?
To treat the irritation that vulvovaginitis causes, you can take warm baths and use creams containing paraffin, castor oil or another soothing ingredient.
How common is vulvovaginitis?
Vulvovaginitis is a common problem in young girls, particularly those aged 2-8 years old.
About this article
Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Bacterial vaginosis