Is vulvovaginitis serious?

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Symptoms of vulvovaginitis typically dissipate within a week of treatment with medication. However, vulvovaginitis can lead to serious, cause-specific complications if untreated. For example, if the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea is the cause of vulvovaginitis, it can lead to serious conditions such as infertility in both women and men or an increased risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. If untreated, the vulvovaginitis infection may spread due to excessive itching, poor hygiene, or contact through sexual intimacy. Depending on the cause, vulvovaginitis may also lead to pelvic inflammatory disease.

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