A vulva yeast infection is a fungal infection which causes intense itching, irritation, and discharge at the female private part. 75% of women get at least one yeast infection during their lifetime, while 50% get two or more in a life time. These yeast infections can occur from any of the following, when you:
i) Have uncontrolled diabetes
ii) Use birth control with increase dose of the hormone estrogen
iii) Are pregnant
iv) misuse of antibiotics
v) Use of douches
vi) Weakened immune system
vii) Lack of sleep
viii) Poor diet, especially with high sugar consumption.
Vulva yeast infections have a common set of symptoms, such as:
i) swelling around the private part
ii) itching at the private part
iii) pain during sex
iv) burning sensation while urinating
vi) rash and redness
vii) in some cases whitish-gray and lumpy discharge (looking like cottage cheese)
viii) or sometimes a watery discharge.
The severity of your symptoms depend on the length of time the yeast infection was left untreated. So, the earlier the yeast infection is treated, the lesser the unpleasant symptoms.
Now here are 9 simple measures to prevent catching a vulva yeast infection:
1) Do not douche. Douches, which are feminine hygiene products, disrupt the balance of bacteria in your private part or vulva by displacing the good bacteria which is supposed to be present to fight off infections.
2) Avoid hot tub bathes. Extreme heat temperatures can kill off good bacteria.
3) Wear light breathable panties. Cotton is a very good material. It keeps you dry, and doesn't cause heat or dampness.
4) Do not wear wet clothes. Change immediately into dry clothes after you attend swimming or work- outs at the gym. Do not stay in wet swim suit, nor wet gym clothes.
5) Avoid tight clothing. Ensure your panties, jeans, tights, skirts, yoga pants, etc, aren’t too tight. If too tight, they will increase your body temperature, and the amount of moisture at your private parts, which will encourage the growth of a yeast infection.
6) During your period, change your pads, tampons and panty liners often.
7) Manage your diabetes if you have it. Keep an eye on your blood sugar levels under control.
8) Avoid unprotected sex. Use condom.
9) Eat healthy meals and drink 8-12 glasses of water. Such as vegetables, fruits, and yogurts.
10) Use antibiotics only when prescribed by your doctor.
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