ADOLESCENT MEDICINE :: Gynecological and Menstrual Conditions
What is vulvitis?
Vulvitis is simply an inflammation of the vulva, the soft folds of skin outside the vagina. This is not a condition but rather a symptom that results from a host of diseases, infections, injuries, allergies, and other irritants. Diagnosing and treating this condition can be frustrating because it is often difficult to determine the specific cause of the irritation.
What causes vulvitis?
Vulvitis may be caused by one, or more, of the following:
Who is at risk for vulvitis?
Any female with certain allergies, sensitivities, infections, or diseases can develop vulvitis. Girls who have not yet reached puberty and postmenopausal women sometimes develop vulvitis, possibly because of inadequate levels of estrogen.
What are the symptoms of vulvitis?
The following are the most common symptoms for vulvitis. However, each adolescent may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms of vulvitis may include:
The symptoms of vulvitis may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
How is vulvitis diagnosed?
In addition to a complete medical history and physical and pelvic examination, diagnostic procedures for vulvitis may include the following:
Treatment for vulvitis:
Specific treatment for vulvitis will be determined by your physician based on:
Treatment may include:
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