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Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is chronic pain in the vulvar area. The cause may be unknown or it may be related to an infection or disease.

Vulvodynia may be a burning or stinging pain in part or all of the vulvar area. There may also be itching, swelling, or pain with sex.

Treatment includes gentle cleaning of the vulvar area, wearing cotton underwear, avoiding feminine products that can irritate the skin, and using ice for swelling and pain.

If vulvodynia continues after trying home treatment, an appointment with a doctor is needed.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedSeptember 6, 2011

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Last Updated: September 06, 2011
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