Like most of the reproductive and sexual health issues we can find in the world today, yeast infection is quite complicated and can be sort of a tough topic to deal with. But they should not be left out when you consider how common they are presently. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75% of women will experience at least one during their life. And men can get them as well, which may lead to an uncomfortable inflammation called balanitis. Basically, the infection happens when Candida yeast, which is always present on your body, starts to multiply too rapidly.
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Because symptoms can closely mimic those of other genital infections, it is important to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis before trying any over-the-counter medications. Symptoms in women include genital itching, burning, and sometimes an unpleasant discharge. Symptoms for men include an itchy rash in the genital area.
While most women know sitting around in a wet bathing suit all day can lead to a yeast infection or that sexual relationship with a certain partner can lead to complications, there are precautions women, and men, can take to ensure a lower risk of catching an infection. Here are five tips for preventing a yeast infection.
1. Wear cotton underwear
While lacy hip-huggers and skimpy thongs may be sexier, cotton underwear is the way to go, especially when working up a sweat. Some experts explained that cotton underwear is great for workouts because it is breathable, absorbent, and flexible, pulling moisture away from the skin and allowing air to flow. Moisture build up can lead to irritation, yeast infections or bacterial infections and as you might guess, the more sweat the more moisture. If you are planning a heavy sweat session, make sure you are wearing breathable underwear and even plan to change pairs halfway through if possible.
2. Use condoms
Because you can get a yeast infection without intercourse, it is not considered a sexually transmitted infection. But that does not mean that you cannot get one from intercourse if your partner is infected. The Office on Women’s Health recommends using condoms or dental dams to help prevent getting or passing yeast infections through sexual intercourse.
3. Shower ASAP
Endeavour to shower as soon as possible whenever you are through with an exercise session. It keeps your body clean and remove the presence of any forms of germs or infectious bacteria, especially if you are using an anti-bacterial soap.
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4. Use fragrance-free soap and dry thoroughly
While women are more prone to yeast infections, men are still at risk, particularly if they use scented products. These types of soaps can encourage yeast to grow. It is also a good idea to make sure you are really toweled off after showering.
5. Do not douche or use scented feminine products
Some women might think douching will leave them feeling totally cleansed down there, but that is not actually the case. Douching removes some of the normal bacteria in the vagina that protects against infection. Additionally, it is important to change tampons, pads, and panty liners often, and only use unscented products. Again, those fragrances will do you no favors.