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What are sores on vaginal area? How can I treat them?

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What are sores on vaginal area? How can I treat them?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 5 months ago.

Hi,

Im sorry to hear about your symptoms. Now sores on the vagina can be due to a number of things. Infections being the first thing which comes to mind. Now it depends on what type of infection is causing the infection, it can be sexually transmitted or no sexually transmitted. If you have been sexually active, then herpes can be a cause of the sores but at the same time, even if you havent been sexually active herpes can still cause the sores as it can stay inactive in the body for decades at a time. So yuou could have acquired this severeal years ago and developed the sores now. Apart from herpes it is possible to have infections which are not sexually transmitted such as vulvovaginitis or chancroid. These can cause sores to develop in the region which can cause pain, irritation, itching, discharge from the sores.

In short sores in this region can due to a number of conditions, if you can tell me a little more about these sores or attach a picture of the area, i can narrow down the diagnosis. Secondly, it can also be due to contact dermatitis or atopic dermatitis in which case steroids stronger than OTC hydrocortisone would have to be used. But since these sores are unresponsive to topical hydrocortisone, it means that they are either due to an infection (monistat is only for candidal infections which rarely cause sores) which would need antibiotic therapy or due to dermatitis which would need stronger steroid preparations. If you can attach a picture that would be great and also tell if you have any other medical conditions? Any urinary symptoms etc?

If you cant do that, then it would be wise to have these sores evaluated by visiting your doctor and getting tested.

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