Does bacterial vulvovaginitis affect children differently than adults?

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Adolescent girls who have not reached puberty have an increased risk for developing bacterial vulvovaginitis. The reasons for this is that they have not yet developed pubic hair, adequate amounts of estrogen, or fat on their labia (vaginal lips) to protect them from infection and foreign substances. Bacterial vulvovaginitis in adolescent girls is typically caused by poor hygiene habits, which can be fixed with observation and instruction from their parents. Also at risk are girls who wear tight underpants or swimsuits and girls who are overweight, because these conditions create a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Treatment for adolescent girls usually includes antibacterial medication, wearing looser underwear, sitz baths (a warm bath filled with an iodine solution), and instruction on proper hygiene techniques.

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Vulvovaginitis

Vulvovaginitis

Vulvovaginitis refers to numerous types of infections that can affect the vulva and vaginal area. Causes of vulvovaginitis include yeast, bacteria, parasites STDs and other viruses. If you have symptoms of vulvovaginitis like odor...

, discharge, itching, rash or pain in the vagina, you should call your doctor. You will want to make sure that you are treated for this condition, as it does not always go away on its own.
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