How to Prevent Yeast Infections

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A yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of a fungus normally found in the body. The organism Candida albicans is usually responsible for most infections. It can be caused by a variety of reasons including tight clothing, feminine products, pregnancy, diabetes, and the use of certain medications. Here are some strategies that can help you prevent yeast infections.

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  • Dry vaginal area throughly after showering or swimming. A moist environment encourages the growth of yeast.

  • Avoid wearing tight clothing such as tight jeans, nylon panties, pantyhose, or clothing made of synthetic materials such as polyester. A tight, moist environment encourages the growth of yeast.

  • Wear cotton underwear and pantyhose with a cotton crotch.

  • Remove your wet bathing suit as soon as possible after swimming.

  • Wipe yourself after urinating or a bowel movement from front to back. This helps to avoid possible transfer of yeast from the rectum to the vagina.

  • Check diaper frequently for soiling. A moist environment encourages the growth of yeast.

  • Avoid douching. Douching disturbs normal vaginal pH balance which can lead to yeast infections.

  • Avoid use of feminine hygiene products such as feminine sprays and bubble baths. These products can be irritating to the vagina.

  • Avoid use of scented, deodorant or colored toilet paper, tampons, pads, or pantyliners. These products can be irritating to the vagina.

  • Use unscented pads and tampons during your menstrual period.

  • Use unscented and white toilet paper.

  • Eat yogurt that contains live cultures of lactobacilius acidophilis.

  • Decrease consumption of sugar. Increased sugar levels in your body causes yeast to grow faster.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult your health care provider about prophylactic treatment for yeast infections if you are taking medication that increases your chances for a yeast infection, such as antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and steriods.
  • Signs and symptoms of a yeast infection include: redness and itching of the vaginal area, burning during urination, pain during intercourse, and white, cheesy, odorless discharge.
  • If you suspect you are having a yeast infection for the first time, consult your health care provider for medical evaluation to be sure it is in fact a yeast infection.

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