How is vulvitis diagnosed?

Your doctor will begin with a medical history and full pelvic exam, looking for redness, blisters, or lesions that may indicate vulvitis. He or she may also check for vaginal discharge, which can be tested for infections.

The doctor may also check for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or collect a urine sample for analysis in order to rule out more serious causes of genital irritation.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/15/2018.


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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaginal and Vulvar Cancers. Accessed 5/15/2018.

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