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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Vulvovaginal Redness

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced vulvovaginal redness. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Lichen Sclerosus

    Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. It's most commonly on the genital region and occurring in women who are post menopausal.

    Can be lifelong; however, symptoms will come-and-go with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vaginal pain, painful sex, dry skin on the outside of the vagina, painful urination
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Yeast Infection

    Yeast infections are caused by a fungus called "Candida." Candida is the scientific name for yeast that lives almost everywhere, including in the human body. Typically, our immune system keeps it under control, but if you take antibiotics or gets sick, the fungus can multiply and cause an infection. In this case, it is happening in the vagina.

    50% of women have relapses within 2 months, and 9% have more than 4 episodes per year. For those, maintenance therapy is possible.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, white/gray vaginal discharge, thick vaginal discharge, vaginal pain, vulvovaginal redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Irritant Contact Dermatitis of the Vagina

    Contact irritant dermatitis of the vagina occurs when there is an irritant of some sort that causes damage to the skin. The irritation is often caused by friction or chemicals.

    Will resolve when irritant is removed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal redness, vaginal discharge, urinary changes
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis of the vagina:
    vaginal itch or burning
    Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis of the vagina:
    urinary changes, vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  4. 4.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal redness, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, elbow itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Vaginal Trichomonas Infection

    Trichomonas vaginalis infection (or "Trichomoniasis" or "trich") is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite of the same name. It affects over 3 million people per year, but only about 30% have any symptoms.

    Treatment leads to a 100% cure rate in 7-14 days

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vulvovaginal odor, vaginal itch or burning, vaginal bleeding, white/gray vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with vaginal trichomonas infection:
    vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that never occur with vaginal trichomonas infection:
    vaginal ulcer
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Groin

    Necrotizing fasciitis is a potentially life threatening skin condition stemming from the infection of a wound or injury. If left untreated, it can spread to body parts surrounding the infection changing the color of the skin and degrading the tissue underneath. This can result in muscle, tissue or limb loss and a severe body-wide response to the infection.

    1-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills
    Symptoms that always occur with necrotizing fasciitis of the groin:
    skin changes of the groin or genitalia
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Vulvovaginal Redness

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Have you ever had a yeast infection?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?

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Vulvovaginal Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced vulvovaginal redness have also experienced:

    • 34% Vaginal Itch or Burning
    • 13% Vaginal Discharge
    • 6% Yellow Pus Vaginal Discharge
  • People who have experienced vulvovaginal redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Week
    • 19% Over a Month
    • 16% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced vulvovaginal redness were most often matched with:

    • 60% Lichen Sclerosus
    • 20% Yeast Infection
    • 20% Irritant Contact Dermatitis of the Vagina
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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