What is nonspecific vulvovaginitis?

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Nonspecific vulvovaginitis is a very common disease in children, which is characterized by an inflammation of the vagina and vulva due to environmental factors. The vulva can be defined as the external portions of the vagina, including the inner and outer lips (labia majora and labia minora), the vaginal opening and the area surrounding it (vestibule), the urinary opening, and the skin between the vagina and the anus (perineum). Nonspecific vulvovaginitis is usually caused by poor hygiene, harsh soaps, or foreign matter (usually toilet paper) in the vagina. Although nonspecific vulvovaginitis can cause irritation, itching, and a vaginal discharge, it can typically be treated with medication or a topical cream; if foreign matter, harsh soaps, or other irritants are causing or complicating the problem they should be avoided.

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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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