Vaginitis is common medical condition in women. It is mostly caused because of disturbance of the normal vaginal flora, proliferation of pathogens or by changes in the vaginal environment that cause irritation and inflammation. The following measures can help to decrease your chances of getting vaginitis.
- Watch what you wear: If you are prone to develop vaginal candidasis, make sure that you wear appropriate attire. Wear clothes that allow your skin to “breathe” such as cotton clothes. You should avoid wearing clothes that cling too tightly to the skin and are made of synthetic fabric. Wearing tight clothes made of synthetic fabric can cause perspiration and moisture to accumulate on the skin and promote growth and infection with candida.
- Choose products you use carefully: Use of scented soaps, scented powders, coloured or perfumed toilet paper, scented tampons, panty liners and douches can cause allergic reaction and non-infectious vaginitis. Avoid using products with fragrances to decrease your chances of getting non-infectious vaginitis.
- Avoid excessive douching: Vaginal douching should not be done if not recommended by your doctor. Excessive douching can cause yeast infection and spread of infection from the external region to the interior vaginal region.
- Maintain appropriate hygiene: Vaginal candidasis and bacterial vaginosis may be avoided by keeping your body clean at all times. For instance, take a shower right after a work out session and dry off your body before putting on fresh clothes to reduce the risk of vaginal candidasis. Wash your genital area daily to keep it clean and healthy.
- Eat healthy: Eating healthy not only promotes good health but may also prevent yeast infection. Some experts say that processed foods can increase the risk of yeast infection. Your doctor may advise you more on foods that should be eaten or avoided to decrease your risk of yeast infection.
- Watch your medications: Antibiotics increase the risk of yeast infection when used for a prolonged period. Do not take antibiotics without your doctor’s advice and use the medications as recommended by your doctor.
- Practice safe sex: Condoms are the best way to prevent most types of sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia infection, trichomoniasis and genital herpes. Living in a monogamous relationship (having one sex partner) with a person, who is not infected (and is in a monogamous relationship with you) also helps to prevent sexually transmitted causes of vaginitis such as chlamydia infection, trichomoniasis and genital herpes.