If these guidelines are
followed, you can reduce or possibly prevent yeast
loose cotton underwear.
Wearing loose cotton allows
the body to breathe and keeps moisture levels to a
minimum. Yeast thrive on moisture and warmth and wearing
these loose garments will help to reduce your chances of
a yeast infection.
the use of pantyhose.
Pantyhose are a breeding
ground for yeast. They can trap moisture and allow yeast
to multiply quickly. An alternative to pantyhose are
thigh high stockings. If good quality stockings are
available, they are a very comfortable remedy to the
avoidance of yeast infections. Thigh highs can be found
in most department stores.
Wearing tight pants can also
create an environment that is perfect for yeast to grow.
Wearing skirts whenever possible is the best way to
avoid the problems that tight pants can create.
underwear altogether when possible.
If you can get away with it,
avoid wearing underwear at all. Another suggestion is to
wear a loose gown or something that doesn’t bind in the
crotch area with no underwear.
having a bowel movement or urinating, wipe from front to
The intestinal tract is a
perfect environment where yeast thrive. Be sure to wipe
from front to back to avoid re infecting yourself.
instead of shower.
Bathing is the best way to
eradicate some of the yeast in the vaginal area. Avoid
using soap in this area, because soap does nothing to
yeast. It can actually make a yeast infection worse by
killing off some of the beneficial bacteria that balance
out the amounts of yeast in the vagina.
thoroughly after bathing and swimming.
Make sure to dry the genital
area very well after bathing or swimming as the moisture
left in the pubic hair can encourage the growth of
Yogurt to maintain the delicate balance of yeast in the
Yogurt which contains live
cultures of L. Acidophilus (not pasteurized) can help
prevent yeast infections. L. Acidophilus is also
available in pill form and can be purchased at health
food store and larger grocery stores.
Yeast infections can be
reduced by 90% by eliminating or reducing your sugar
intake. Alcohol can also cause an increase in yeast
since it is composed of fermented sugar.
control pills have been linked to yeast infections.
The long term use of birth
control pills has been shown to be a cause of yeast
infections. You might consider speaking to your health
care professional about changing brands of birth
condoms to avoid the spread of yeast infections.
Since yeast infections can be
spread back and forth between partners, unprotected sex
should be avoided at all costs. The use of a lubricant
can be beneficial for dryness.
Suggest that your sexual partner be treated also.
If both partners are not
treated completely and the yeast infection cured, it
will be passed back and forth from one to the other.
rid of underwear or sterilize them before wearing again.
Normal washing in a washing
machine does not sterilize underwear thoroughly and can
allow you to be reinfected if the proper measures are
not taken. Here are some suggestions for sterilization:
Soak in a bleach solution
Also, if using a cervical
birth control device, it needs to be sterilized .
14. Do not
use sanitary napkins during the menstrual cycle.
Using tampons instead of
sanitary napkins will allow the area to maintain good
air flow to allow the vaginal area to breathe.
using any chemicals in the vaginal area.
Allergic reactions can
trigger a yeast infection. Avoid the use of any products
that contain chemicals. Douches, bubble baths, scented
tampons, perfumed soaps and feminine deodorant sprays
can cause a flare up of yeast infections. A good rule of
thumb…..If it smells good, it is most likely treated
with perfumes or chemicals that can irritate the vagina,
thus causing infections.
supplements to boost the immune system.
A healthy immune system is
less likely to allow a yeast infection since yeast
infections are caused from an imbalance in the body.
Multi vitamins with minerals, exercise, proper diet
avoiding lots of sugars, and stopping smoking can boost
the immune system and help reduce yeast infections.
tested for other health problems.
Recurring yeast infections
can be the sign of other conditions. If you are
experiencing a lot of yeast infections, speak to your
health care professional about being tested.
fungicides can be very helpful.
This is an oral medication
that can be taken to combat Systematic Candida, which
is a condition of having yeast widespread throughout the
entire body. It can be internal or external and is not
limited to only the vaginal area.
antibiotics and steroids unless absolutely necessary.
Because antibiotics and
steroids can alter the body’s internal balance, they
should be avoided. If you are unable to avoid their
use, a vaginal yeast cream may be used at the first sign
of an infection.
20. Pay special attention to your body right before your
menstrual cycle and in times of stress.
You will be most susceptible
to a yeast infection the week before your menstrual
cycle and also during pregnancy as these are the times
when your body becomes unbalanced by hormonal changes.
Following these steps will encourage a healthy body and
help to maintain good balance between too much and not