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Yeast Infections

How can I prevent vaginal yeast infections?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Yeast infections can be as annoying as they are itchy, so that's why you should take precautions to keep them from developing (though they are quite common). These tips will help.
    1. Avoid tight-fitting or synthetic-fiber clothes (wear cotton panties instead); you should also avoid pantyhose. The tightness increases the likelihood that the area becomes a breeding ground for the bacteria.
    2. Use a blow dryer on a low, cool setting to dry your genital area after a shower or after sweating (and change out of wet clothes immediately). Bacteria like things wet. Spurn them by giving them a Sahara-like setting.
    3. Wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from your rectum from making the journey from the back of the bus to the front.


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  • To help prevent vaginal yeast infections, you can:

    • Avoid douches
    • Avoid scented hygiene products like bubble bath, sprays, pads, and tampons
    • Change tampons and pads often during your period
    • Avoid tight underwear or clothes made of synthetic fibers
    • Wear cotton underwear and pantyhose with a cotton crotch
    • Change out of wet swimsuits and exercise clothes as soon as you can
    • Avoid hot tubs and very hot baths

    If you keep getting yeast infections, be sure and talk with your doctor.

    This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

  • AKevin Windom, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered
    Yeast infections can be prevented once the underlying cause is discovered. If the patient does not have any type of underlying cause for her chronic yeast infections, the best way to treat chronic yeast infections is by changing her diet. A diet with less carbohydrates and no simple sugars (sodas or candy) as well as a diet rich in probiotics such as acidophilus can help change and decrease the recurrence of the patient's yeast infections. Staying away from antibiotics can also help you to avoid yeast infections.
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  • AJen Landa, MD, Sexual Health, answered
    How can I avoid yeast infections?

    Ways to avoid vaginal yeast infections include lowering sugar intake in the diet, taking probiotics, avoiding moist environments like wet swim suits - and sleeping commando! Watch as sexual health expert Jen Landa, MD, provides some helpful ideas. 

  • AHealthwise answered

    The following actions can help prevent a vaginal yeast infection.

    • Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nonfat dairy products. Some women think that eating foods with lactobacillus organisms, such as yogurt or acidophilus milk, will help prevent yeast infections. So far there is no evidence for this connection. But eating foods that contain lactobacillus can be part of a healthy diet.
    • Control diabetes. Good control of blood sugar levels decreases the risk of yeast infections anywhere on your body.
    • Avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics. Antibiotics can change the normal balance of vaginal organisms, allowing excess growth of yeast.

    If you practice good genital hygiene, you can also help prevent infection.

    • Keep your vaginal area clean. Use mild, unscented soap and water. Rinse well.
    • After using the toilet, wipe from front to back to avoid spreading yeast or bacteria from your anus to the vagina or urinary tract.
    • Wear underwear that helps keep your genital area dry and doesn't hold in warmth and moisture. One good choice is cotton underwear.
    • Avoid tight-fitting clothing, such as panty hose and tight-fitting jeans. These may increase body heat and moisture in your genital area.
    • Change out of a wet swimsuit right away. Wearing a wet swimsuit for many hours may keep your genital area warm and moist.
    • Change pads or tampons often.
    • Don't douche or use deodorant tampons or feminine sprays, powders or perfumes. These items can change the normal balance of organisms in your vagina.


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