How is vulvovaginitis diagnosed?

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If you have previously been diagnosed with vulvovaginitis and recognize your specific symptoms, it may be enough to administer over the counter medication yourself. However, if you are unsure in any way what could be causing your symptoms or if symptoms persist for at least a week after self-treatment, consult your doctor or gynecologist as soon as possible. Your doctor will perform a pelvic exam to check for symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, or redness. Your doctor may also take a vaginal discharge sample to check for the presence of fungi (yeast) or bacteria, as well as checking your vaginal pH. This process is called a wet prep or a wet mount.

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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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