Can vulvitis be prevented?

Women can take several measures to prevent vulvitis. These include using gentle, unscented cleaning products on the genital area, and thoroughly drying the genitals after bathing. In fact, using wateronly is often sufficient to clean the genital area. It is also advisable to avoid the use of douches and other fragranced feminine products. Wearing breathable, loose fitting cotton undergarments can also help prevent vulvitis, as can changing into dry clothing soon after swimming and exercising.

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


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