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Vulvitis is an inflammation of the vulva (the visible external genitalia). It is not a condition or disease, rather, it is a symptom that can result from a number of different causes, including allergies, infections, injuries, and other external irritants. Other vaginal infections, such as vaginitis or genital herpes, often accompany vulvitis. some of the most common symptoms are:
• fluid-filled, clear blisters that break open and form a crust (sometimes mistaken for herpes)
• scaly appearance
• thickened or whitish patches
HOW IS VULVITIS DIAGNOSED?
Pelvic examination of the female genitalia is done by gynecologists during diagnosis of Vulvitis. The doctor may check for redness and thickening of skin or skin lesions. A wet prep test is performed to check for vaginal infection
HOW IS VULVITIS TREATED?
The treatment procedure starts off with a dose of low-dose hydrocortisone creams. You can also get some relief at home using hot compress and warm water baths would help in dealing with the inflammation. Applying calamine lotion also helps in soothing the same.
DID YOU KNOW?
Things to do to help prevent vulvitis include wearing white cotton underpants, practicing good hygiene, and avoiding vaginal douches. Vaginal sprays and powders should also be avoided, as should tight pants. Unless in a long-term monogamous relationship, always use condoms during sexual activities to reduce the risk of vulvitis, STDs, and other vaginal infections.