How does estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis affect children?

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Adolescent girls who have not yet gone through puberty also run a higher risk of infection because of their lack of estrogen. For example, they lack pubic hair and enough fat on their labia (vaginal lips) to adequately protect them from vulvovaginitis infections. However, children and adolescents are not usually diagnosed with estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis. Instead, they mostly report to their pediatrician with cases of bacterial vulvovaginitis, which is an inflammation of the vagina caused by an overgrowth of vaginal bacteria.

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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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