What is the rate of incidence for prepubescent vulvovaginitis?

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Prepubescent vulvovaginitis and other vaginal infections can be quite common among girls. This occurs because prepubescent females possess minimal levels of estrogen, pubic hair, and labial fat (thickened vaginal lips), so they have lessened natural protection against infection and irritation. Similarly, the causes of vulvovaginitis are varied and involve a number of possibly routine procedures (including hygiene and allergies), in addition to outside factors such as bacteria or parasites. In fact, while the exact rate of incidence is not known, it is has been found that vulvovaginitis is the most commonly diagnosed gynecological disease in girls who have not yet reached puberty.

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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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