Change your Habits to Prevent Yeast Infections

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jun 07, 2014

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Tired of those frequent and discomforting yeast infections? These changes in your habits will help you avoid yeast infection without many efforts.
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    Yeast Infection

    The formation of yeast infection begins when candida, yeast like fungus grows excessively in the areas like mouth, vagina or digestive tract. The infection can lead to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. While these infections are rarely serious, you can avoid the discomfort they caused by changing your everyday habits to prevent yeast infections in the first place. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Avoid Added Sugars

    Added sugar contributes to the sweetness and calories which allow candida to grow even more rapidly thereby resulting in yeast infection. It is better to change your habit of going for concentrated sugar sources like candy, jam, soft drinks and pancake syrup. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Get Rid of the Tights

    Avoid wearing tight jeans, thongs and underwear as they don’t allow air to circulate around the vagina. The tight clothes increase the moisture creating the perfect environment for yeast to grow. Switching into lose cotton clothes will keep the moisture away from your body and can help prevent the yeast infections. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Avoid Antibiotics

    Consumption of antibiotics can destroy the bacteria that help the body in keeping the yeast under control.  Do not take antibiotics unless recommended by a health care provider who knows about your yeast infection problem. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Sleep Well

    Lack of enough sleep can make your immune system weak.  A weakened immune system has high chances of getting naturally occurring vaginal acidity. The increase in the levels of vaginal acidity tends to lower the PH of the vagina which allows vaginal yeast to grow. Getting a sound sleep will your body to maintain optimal health. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Avoid Stress

    Most of the women develop yeast infection when they are going through stressful times or major changes in the life like getting married, divorce or facing unemployment. Try to keep stress away from your life to cut down the changes of getting yeast infection. Meditation, yoga and regular exercise will help to keep your mind relaxed. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Wear Cotton

    Prefer natural fabrics for undergarments as cotton and silk absorb moisture more efficiently, helping you stay dry. While synthetic fabrics hold the moisture on the skin thereby creating favorable conditions for yeast growth. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Avoid Douching

    Douching is the process of washing the inside of the vagina with liquid and it should be avoided when trying to escape yeast infection. While douching may destroy harmful bacteria, it also kills the good bacteria that usually fight yeast development.  Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Change Frequently

    Once you get your clothes sweaty after a gym session or wet somehow change into dry clothes as soon as possible. Every time you feel some dampness inside the undergarments due to any reason, immediately change into dry ones. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Stay Cool

    Warm and damp environments are favorable for yeast growth. Avoid staying in hot environments that may also keep you damp due to moisture or sweat. Stay in a cooler environment and prefer clothing that allows air circulation. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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