The diagnostic process for vulvitis involves physical examination, investigating the medical history of the patient, followed by medical examinations. Here is the expected process in detail:
Physical examination: Your doctor is expected to conduct a thorough close examination based on your symptoms.
Investigating the medical history: Your doctor is expected to enquire about your complete personal medical history. This implies your ongoing medical conditions as well as those that you may have had in the past. This will enable them to analyze whether any of these health conditions are an underlying cause of your existing symptoms. Your doctor is also likely to ask about your family history of medical conditions to gauge if the present symptoms can be related to any of these genetic conditions.
Let your doctor know about the medications that you might be taking currently or may have taken in the recent past. There are certain drugs that may interact adversely and cause certain ill effects.
Such medications include prescription medications, non-prescription or OTC (over-the-counter) drugs, herbals, vitamins, and supplements. Your doctor will evaluate if the medications that you are taking may have triggered your symptoms. Remember to carry your medical history, i.e., prescriptions. Your doctor is likely to take a thorough look at your personal medical history and prescribed medications that you are taking now or have taken in the past.
Also, let your doctor know about any known history of hypersensitivity or allergies that you may have. This is necessary for him/her to analyze whether your current symptoms are an allergic reaction.
Medical tests: Below are the diagnostic tests that the doctor can recommend based on his/her medical evaluation:
- Urine tests
- Blood tests
- Tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Pap test, which involves close examination of the cervical cells from the sample collected during the test. The transformation that these cells may have undergone may help in diagnosing the presence of cancer or indicate the impending risk of cancer growth. The test may also be beneficial for detecting the prevalence of inflammations and infections.