Vulvovaginitis

  • Inflammation of vagina and vulva, the external genitalia of a female
  • Symptoms may include vaginal itching, burning, abnormal discharge and foul smell, may occur with painful urination, painful sexual intercourse and visible lesions
  • Cause may be due to bacteria, fungus, irritants or poor hygiene
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild to severe but usually resolves with treatment

Avoid sexual intercourse

 

FOR ITCHING

  • Avoid items or situations that cause you to itch
  • Moisturize daily
  • Use creams, lotions or gels that soothe and cool the skin
  • Avoid scratching
  • Cut fingernails short, and consider wearing gloves at night to prevent scratching
  • Use mild, fragrance free soap and laundry detergent
  • Cover area with cold wet bandages or take a cool bath
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Diphenhydramine

 

FOR PAIN

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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