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Treating Vulvovaginitis

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.

Locations for Vulvovaginitis