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Vaginitis; Vaginal inflammation; Inflammation of the vagina
Treatment depends on what is causing the infection. Treatment may include:
Proper cleansing is important and may help prevent irritation, particularly in those with infections caused by bacteria normally found in stool. Sitz baths may be recommended.
It is often helpful to allow more air to reach the genital area. You can do this by:
Note: If a sexually transmitted infection is diagnosed, it is very important that any other sexual partners receive treatment, even if they do not have symptoms. If your sexual partner is infected but not treated, you risk becoming infected over and over again.
Proper treatment of an infection is usually very effective.
Call your health care provider if vulvovaginitis symptoms are present or if known vulvovaginitis does not respond to treatment.
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