Yeast infections are also referred to as Candida or Candidosis. They are the result of the overgrowth of the Candida fungus. Many people are affected by them, old and young, men and women.
Vaginal yeast infections are the most common of the infections and can be caused by things such as tight clothing, being diabetic, staying in wet clothing for too long like swimwear, not drying properly after washing, pregnancy, wiping incorrectly after a bowel movement and certain medications. If ignored a yeast infection will not just go away, the symptoms will get more severe and the most serious case could be fatal.
Here are just three things you can easily do yourself that will help prevent yeast infections.
What you wear: The clothes and materials you wear can have a very large impact on raising or lowering your risk of yeast infection. Cotton or bamboo makes the ideal material for underwear as it allows the skin to breathe, keeping the vagina drier. Tight clothing like jeans, tight pants, panty hose and so on should be avoided or worn less often as it generates the perfect environment for the infection, warm, dark and wet.
Keep yourself dry: An easy and simple way to help prevent a yeast infection is to keep yourself dry. If the weather is hot and your underwear gets damp change it throughout the day. Do not sunbathe in a wet swimming costume, and after a workout get straight out of those sweaty exercise clothes. After your bath or shower dry the vagina thoroughly and after using the toilet make sure to wipe correctly.
Food and Drink: A poor diet is a very common trigger, particularly diets that are too high in sugar such as a diabetic might have if they are not in control of their blood sugar levels. The fungus consumes the sugar and grows further so cut out foods high in sugar, as well as junk, processed and yeasty foods. Drink lots of water each day to flush your body out and eat things that will help your immune system to perform such as green vegetables, cranberry juice and more Vitamin C.