What are symptoms of vulvovaginitis?

Symptoms of vulvovaginitis include:

  • Inflammation or swelling of the vagina, including the labia major, labia minor or perineal area,
  • Itchy or irritated vagina,
  • A vaginal discharge that can come in several forms, or
  • A burning sensation while urinating.

Because vulvovaginitis and other vaginal infections are common among women of any age, most women will experience symptoms at least once in their lives. In most cases, treatments such as over the counter medication and topical creams are available to for self-administration. However, multiple cases of vulvovaginitis or vaginal infections may be a sign of an underlying condition such as allergies (to latex condoms or soap chemicals, for example), poor hygiene habits or even a sexually transmitted disease. Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience multiple cases of vulvovaginitis or if your symptoms do not decrease within a week of self-treatment.

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