Conditions + Treatments

Vaginitis in Children

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Vaginitis refers to any inflammation or infection of the vagina.

  • It is a common gynecological problem found in females of all ages.
  • Most females will have at least one form at some point in their lives.

What causes vaginitis?

Many things can cause vaginitis, including:

  • bacteria
  • yeast
  • viruses
  • chemicals in creams or sprays
  • clothing can cause vaginitis
  • organisms that are passed between sexual partners

In addition, the vaginal environment is influenced by a number of different factors including:

  • your child's health
  • her personal hygiene
  • medications and hormones (particularly estrogen)
  • the health of her sexual partner
  • her clothing (including tight jeans and synthetic fiber underwear)

A disturbance in any of these factors can trigger vaginitis.

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