The onset of monsoon season brings with it a lot of humidity, which only aids yeast infections. It is important to maintain personal hygiene during this period to avert the risk of yeast infections. Although it can happen at any time of year, humid weather stimulates yeast growth in the body and makes us highly prone to yeast infections. In this article, Dr. Astha Jain Mathur, Consultant - Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Mechanic Nagar, Indore shares useful information about managing yeast infection during monsoons.
Why are yeast infections so common in monsoons?
Everyone loves the rainy season but the humidity in the air makes us sweat and creates dampness in the intimate areas. This puts females at an increased risk of infection because yeast thrives in dark, wet environments.
What causes Yeast Infection?
A yeast infection is caused by a variety of factors.
- It might be a reaction to anything unique in your environment
- They are more prone to form in people who have diabetes, HIV, or are pregnant, as well as those who are overweight.
- It might also be a response to wearing a wet swimsuit all day or using a fragrant bath soap that doesn't agree with your system.
- Antibiotics also cause infection sometimes because they destroy the Lactobacilli bacteria in your vaginal tract, which keep your pH levels balanced.
- Similarly, using birth control pills that contain a lot of estrogen might mess with your "vaginal flora" (bacteria which lives in your vagina).
How to Prevent Yeast Infections?
Avoid using fragrant items around your private parts
It is best to avoid chemicals and hazardous compounds in body sprays, perfumes, lotions, and soaps. Baths and showers with lukewarm water and non-aromatic soaps are the best ways to keep your vagina clean. Furthermore, soap should be used solely on the vaginal surface.
Do not douche
Females who douche (wipe out the vaginal area with a stream of water or a liquid solution) are more likely to develop pelvic inflammatory disease. Vaginal infections and STDs are also more common in women who douche.
Keep your private parts clean
To promote ventilation, it is recommended that you take a bath before bed and avoid wearing undergarments while sleeping if you exercise or wear tight clothing for a lengthy period of time. Change out of your damp swimming suit and into dry cotton underwear if you are going to the beach.
Wear airy and loose clothes
Proper ventilation is the most critical factor in reducing perspiration and dampness in your intimate region. Cotton underwear is strongly advised, with spanx and polyester fabric underwear being avoided, especially if you workout or sweat a lot.
Eat a balanced diet
If you have itchiness or soreness in your vaginal area, you should change your eating habits. Consuming sugar-free yogurt is an excellent strategy to combat yeast infection. Sugar increases yeast development, so reducing your sugar consumption can help. Drinking enough of water is also beneficial to your health, especially if you have yeast infections.
Take precautions and get tested
Symptoms of yeast infections and other sexually transmitted illnesses are similar, such as burning while urinating and itching. It is critical to take protection to avoid STDs in case you are sexually active or have multiple partners. Consult a health care practitioner and be tested if you're experiencing pain or other STD symptoms. This will aid in determining the source of the symptoms and the appropriate treatment.
Yeast infection is a very common disease among women. There should be no shame in case women have to consult a doctor when you have one. With proper care and hygiene, women can minimize the risk of catching yeast infections.
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