The choice of treatments for vulvovaginitis depends on the underlying cause. Women who have had prior yeast infections may start with over-the-counter treatments. However, a doctor should be consulted if symptoms to not disappear in a week.
The treatment options for vulvovaginitis include:
- Antifungal cream for yeast infections
- Antibiotics taken orally or applied to the skin
- Antibacterial cream
- Cortisone cream to relieve itching
- Antihistamines if the problem is due to an allergic reaction
- Estrogen cream if low hormone levels are causing the condition
Changes in clothing to cotton and loose-fitting garments allow air to reach the genital area, reducing moisture and helping alleviate irritation from heat rash.
In the event a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is found, appropriate treatments are administered even if no other symptoms are present. Partners should be treated, as well, to avoid the problem of becoming re-infected.