Yeast infections can cause annoying symptoms such as vaginal itching, a burning sensation, and discharge. Here are ways to prevent them:
Wear the right clothing
Since yeast infections thrive in warm, moist environments, wearing dry clothes that give your genital area enough room to “breathe” are the best choices.
- Don’t stay in wet clothes – Change your clothes as soon as possible after working out or swimming.
- Choose the right fabrics – Natural fibers like cotton and silk can help keep you dry, but synthetic fabrics including nylon can hold moisture in.
- Avoid certain garments – Limit your time wearing pantyhose, tights, leggings or yoga pants, which hold in warmth and moisture.
- Stay loose at night – Wear a nightgown and skip wearing underwear when you sleep.
Change your diet
A yeast infection is caused by Candida yeast. Sugar in your diet can help promote its growth. Try eliminating foods that are high in sugar and carbs and substituting ones that have more vitamins and healthy fats. Add more foods with probiotics (healthful bacteria) to your diet.
Try eating more of the following:
- Papaya – Extracts from its seeds and leaves can help prevent yeast infections, and you’ll also be getting a hefty dose of vitamin C.
- Coriander – Whether you’re adding seeds to a seasoning mix or swallowing a few drops of coriander essential oil, you’re helping fight off bacteria.
- Cheese – The process of fermenting turns certain cheeses – such as cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan, and gouda – into great sources of probiotics.
- Yogurt – Look for ones that are labeled “contains live and active cultures.”
Take other preventative measures
You can also try the following to help prevent yeast infections:
- Skip dyes and scents – Use unscented sanitary pads and tampons as well as white toilet paper.
- Don’t overuse antibiotics – Many illnesses won’t be helped by antibiotics, which kill helpful bacteria that keep the vagina’s pH levels where they need to be. If your vagina is too acidic, you can be more likely to end up with a yeast infection. Take antibiotics when your doctor recommends them.
- Keep your blood sugar levels under control – If you have diabetes, keeping your blood sugar levels well controlled can help prevent yeast infections.
- Boost your immune system – You’re less likely to get a yeast infection if you get enough sleep.
- Consider your birth control – If you’re using a progesterone-only contraceptive such as the Mirena or Skyla IUD or the Depo Provera shot, you may be more prone to developing a yeast infection. Ask your doctor about a vaginal probiotic or a supplemental estrogen vaginal cream.
If you suffer from yeast infections, make an appointment today with Boulevard Medical Healthcare. We offer comprehensive healthcare, including family practice care and OB/GYN services. Our practice is dedicated to providing convenient patient-centered care.