What do I need to know when caring for someone with vulvovaginitis?

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If someone you know experiences symptoms of vulvovaginitis such as irritation, itching, or inflammation of the vagina and vulva, pain when urinating, or a foul vaginal discharge, they may have vulvovaginitis. If they have not yet reached puberty, their vaginal tissues are especially prone to infection because of the lack of labial fat, estrogen, and genital hair they possess. You can help them by making sure they practice more vigorous hygiene to prevent further infection, while taking them to a doctor for treatment. If they are past puberty or even into menopause, you can help by encouraging them to see their doctor as soon as possible for treatment.

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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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