I’m sure you’ve all seen the Monistat commercials on television, so you’ve probably got a pretty good idea about the most common type of yeast infection women are infected with. By taking good care of yourself and maintaining a strong, healthy immune system, your body will be able to fight off the fungus that causes the infection. However, if your immune system is compromised for any reason, yeast infection will likely result.
It’s never pleasant discussing intimate problems like this, but it’s only by understanding what you’re up against that you’ll be able to take early steps to prevent an infection. If you know the symptoms to look for, you’ll be able to start treatment early using gentle, natural remedies instead of stronger commercial treatments.
Women get yeast infections when their bodies produce more yeast than it should. In the host habitat, the yeast grows into a mold which brings about an infection. Things that can create a welcoming environment for an infection include a body with a weak immune system, too much warmth or moisture in the vaginal region, or an escalated pH. In addition, higher sugar levels, allergic reactions, and hormones can play a big part in causing the infections.
The way to keep your pH levels in balance is by leading a healthy lifestyle. One thing you can do to reduce your chances of an infection is to wear loose clothing and cotton underwear. These will help keep the area cool and dry. Too many antibiotics can kill the growth of good bacteria in the body and bring on infections. When your good bacteria is as full strength, it will be able to successfully fight yeast infection.
Changes in hormone levels also encourage the start of yeast infections. Although most changes are typical and natural, outside forces, such as birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, and steroids, can cause abnormal amounts of hormone change and lead to infection.
If there is any chafing or other type of skin damage in the vaginal area, a woman is more likely to develop a yeast infection. The damaged skin will allow the fungus to get under the skin where it can turn into an infection. Unfortunately, this area is very sensitive, and many things can irritate it including having sex, soaps and bath products which are too strong, and wearing a wet bathing suit or undies for too long.
The most common symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection include:
* Cottage-cheese-like discharge smelling like yeast or beer.
By knowing the symptoms you’ll be able to know a yeast infection if you see one. Keep yourself healthy, exercise regularly, and keep the area clean and dry, and you will be able to prevent that miserable affliction known as vaginal yeast infection.
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