What increases my risk for prepubescent vulvovaginitis?

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Your risk for contracting prepubescent vulvovaginitis increases with certain activities that promote infection in the vagina. For example, your risk increases if you practice poor genital hygiene habits, such as neglecting to wash your hands after going to the bathroom or before touching genital areas, as well as wiping from back to front, as this can cause an over abundance of bacteria typically found in the anus. Adolescents are naturally more prone to a vulvovaginitis infection, because their lack of estrogen hormones can thin the walls of the vagina and increase the risk of infection, in addition to their lack of pubic hair and labial fat (fat on the vaginal lips) to block germs from entering the vagina. Other risk factors include obesity and wearing tight clothing, as both factors can create an environment suited for bacteria or yeast infections.

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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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