What is the rate of incidence for vulvovaginitis?

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Vulvovaginitis and other vaginal infections can be quite common in women of all ages. This occurs because the causes of vulvovaginitis are varied (including allergies, irritation from chemicals, bacteria, or parasites) and involve a number of possibly common activities (including hygiene methods or sex). Most women experience symptoms of vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina) or vulvovaginitis (inflammation of the vagina and vulva) at least once in their lives. In addition to these outside factors and activities, age plays an inevitable role in someone's risk for vulvovaginitis. Because adolescents and postmenopausal women possess decreased levels of estrogen, they consequentially have decreased vaginal protection against infection and irritation. In fact, 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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