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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 …
How common is vulvovaginitis?
Vulvovaginitis is a common problem in young girls, particularly those aged 2-8 years old.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 16 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Vulvovaginitis in girls