Is prepubescent vulvovaginitis contagious?

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Vulvovaginitis can be contagious depending on its cause. For instance, vulvovaginitis can be spread through contact with an infected vulva if it is caused by a sexually transmitted disease or an overgrowth of bacteria or fungi. (Unusual infections and repeated and unexplained episodes of vulvovaginitis are considered a possible sign of sexual abuse.) However, vulvovaginitis cannot be spread if it is caused by an allergic reaction to chemicals in soap or other foreign material. Doctors typically recommend girls with prepubescent vulvovaginitis to refrain from touching the infected area until symptoms have cleared.

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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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