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What diseases is vulvodynia frequently misdiagnosed as?

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Vulvodynia is frequently misdiagnosed as a yeast or bacterial infection, a urinary tract infection or vaginitis, as the symptoms of these conditions are also burning and itching. Doctors need to order cultures or other diagnostic tests to rule out these conditions, notes MedicineNet.

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Vulvodynia is chronic pain or discomfort in the vulvar area for which there is no identifiable cause. It is not caused by skin disease or infection. Other symptoms of vulvodynia include stinging, throbbing and a raw feeling which makes exercise, sitting and walking uncomfortable. The condition can also impact on the patient's sex life. The symptoms can last for months or even years, notes Mayo Clinic.

There is no cure for vulvodynia, but there are some self-care remedies that can bring relief. These include avoiding potential irritants such as certain soaps, medications and douches and helping to ease the pressure by using a water-soluble lubricant during sex and avoiding activities that put direct pressure on the vulva, explains WebMD.

Treatment options for vulvodynia include medications such as steroids, tricyclic antidepressants or anticonvulsants, biofeedback therapy, nerve blocks, pelvic floor therapy and surgery to remove the affected skin and tissue. This type of surgery is known as a vestibulectomy, notes Mayo Clinic.

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