What causes nonspecific vulvovaginitis?

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Nonspecific vulvovaginitis can be caused by a number of environmental factors. The most common cause in children is poor hygiene habits, which include wiping from back to front, neglecting to wash hands after toilet use, or a buildup of urine in the vagina due to poor wiping. These habits can cause bacteria normally found in the rectum to collect in the vagina and cause an infection. Nonspecific vulvovaginitis can also be caused by an infection due to wearing tight or wet clothing for long periods of time, as this creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Also, nonspecific vulvovaginitis can be caused by a negative reaction to foreign substances that irritate the vagina such as soap, bubble bath, toilet paper, toys, or lotions. Conditions such as immune deficiencies or skin disorders can also contribute to the vaginal inflammation found in nonspecific vulvovaginitis.

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