Vulvitis is inflammation of the vulva, the soft folds of skin outside the vagina.
What are the most common risk factors for Vulvitis?
Any woman 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. It may be caused by certain toilet papers, perfumed soaps and shampoos, certain laundry detergents, certain douches and powders, swimming pool water or wearing a wet bathing suit for a long time, certain synthetic undergarments.
What are the symptoms of Vulvitis?
The symptoms may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Consult your physician for diagnosis. The following are the most common symptoms, redness and swelling on the labia and other parts of the vulva.
How is Vulvitis diagnosed?
Diagnosis includes a medical history and physical exam. In addition some diagnostic procedures may include the following: blood tests, urinalysis, and tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), Pap smear.
How to treat Vulvitis?
Specific treatment will be determined based on your age, overall health, and medical history, cause of the disease, type and severity of the symptoms and your tolerance for specific medications.