Symptoms of Yeast Infections and How to Prevent Them

The symptoms of yeast infections range from being mild to severe. Even mild cases cause a great deal of irritation and are extremely uncomfortable.

The most significant symptom is the extreme itchiness in and around the entrance to the vagina. Itching can start out as a mild tickling sensation that gradually becomes extremely itchy and leads to soreness, burning, swelling and redness of the vagina and vulva.

The vagina then becomes very sensitive and tender to touch and in some cases may even bleed.

Other symptoms of yeast infections are an abnormal vaginal discharge. The discharge is usually thick and whitish in color and looks similar to cottage cheese but does not usually have an odour or smell to it.

You will also experience a burning sensation when urinating and you may feel discomfort or pain during sex.

If you\’re prone to yeast infections there are some simple ways to try to avoid them. Yeast or Candida thrive on sugar so it makes sense to starve the yeast by avoiding sugar. Research has shown that women who eat a lot of sugar or honey can get more yeast infections than women who don\’t eat much sugar. Eating sugar raises the amount of sugar in the blood stream, which provides a perfect condition for yeast to thrive. For some women, even the natural sugars in fruits and milk can be a problem. Sugar isn\’t the only food that provides the right condition for yeast to flourish. Processed or refined foods especially white flour and white bread are quite bad. Try brown wholemeal bread or brown rice instead. Alcohol, junk food and foods with preservatives are particularly bad where yeast is concerned.

Only wear cotton underwear as this breathes. Don\’t wear tight clothing such as tight jeans, leggings, pantyhose and lycra type shorts. When going to bed don\’t wear any underwear at all to let things breathe.

Don\’t douche or use any feminine hygiene products because this changes the natural PH of the vagina making it easier for yeast infections to take hold. Mild soap and water is the best thing to use.

Always wipe from front to back when using the bathroom to prevent bacteria from the rectal area entering the vagina.

Don\’t use any scented or perfumed soaps, bubble baths, sprays, deodorant pads or tampons as they can aggravate the vagina.

It\’s best to use sanitary pads rather than tampons during a period and make sure to change them often.

Change out of wet swimsuits and sweaty exercise gear as soon as possible. Yeast loves damp humid environments.

Have warm baths which is more soothing to the effected area than a hot bath.

Antibiotics are known to cause yeast infections because they kill off the good bacteria that keeps the the fungus under control. It\’s a good idea to use a probiotic if you have been on antibiotics, this helps rebalance the good bacteria in the gut.

People who are taking birth control pills or steroids may be more prone to yeast infections. People who suffer from Diabetes, Aids or Cancer are also more at risk due to a weakened immune system. Stress is another factor that can lower your immunity and trigger a yeast outbreak.

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