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Is prepubescent vulvovaginitis contagious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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. The symptoms may also indicate another noncontagious condition, such as lichen planus; this would have to be diagnosed by a medical professional. Doctors typically recommend girls with prepubescent vulvovaginitis to refrain from touching the infected area until symptoms have cleared.

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