How to Promote Good Bacteria and Prevent Yeast Infection

by Bonny Styles
(Chicago, USA)

You might be a little surprised at this title. Just what is meant by “promote” bacteria in order to prevent yeast infection? If you have ever had a yeast infection, you know all too well how irritating it can be and how difficult it can be to be rid of it. However, when you understand that your body has good bacteria that help in a number of ways such as digestion, the picture becomes clearer.

What Causes Yeast Infections?

The medical term for a yeast infection is Candidiasis and it refers to a condition where naturally occurring fungi on the body grow to a point where they cause an infection. These fungi are called Candida, a type of yeast, with the most common species being Candida Albicans. Yeast infections usually show up in the genital area, mouth, or as a diaper rash.

Certain precursors cause the fungi to multiply rapidly on the body. One of the most common of these is the taking of antibiotics or steroidal medications which make it difficult to prevent yeast infection. The body typically has both good and bad bacteria. Antibiotics are designed to attack bacterial infections however a side-effect is that the good bacteria are wiped out as well. These good bacteria keep yeast fungi in check but once they are no longer present the fungi begin to multiply.

Yeast infection can be passed through sexual contact. It can also be triggered by the use of antibiotics since these medications kill bacteria and allow yeast to multiply. Other causes of this infection include a weakened immune system, lack of sleep, and diabetes.

Symptoms of Yeast Infection

In women, the symptoms of a yeast infection typically are in the vaginal area and include redness, swelling, a foul odor, a cottage cheese-like discharge, itching, pain during intercourse and a burning sensation during urination. Men get yeast infections as well and the symptoms include redness around the head of the penis, irritation, itching, soreness, and sometimes blisters. Men can also have a cottage cheese-like discharge underneath the foreskin as well as the foul odor.

Prevent Yeast Infection at its Onset

Yeast likes to grow where the conditions are warm and damp. So, for this reason, you should wear cotton underpants because they tend to keep moisture away from the body. You should also change sweaty gym clothes as soon as possible after exercising.

It is important to keep the genital area clean as much as possibleand to pay special attention to any place where there are skin folds as yeast tends to flourish within them. After showering, make sure that you dry thoroughly.

Women should avoid douching because it can wash away good bacteria that work to keep yeast in check. You should also avoid scented bath products such as soaps and feminine hygiene sprays because the perfume in them can irritate the skin which makes it susceptible to an infection. In fact, anything scented that would be touching the genital area should be avoided in order to successfully prevent yeast infection.

Ridding Yourself of a Yeast Infection

One natural way to help rid get rid of a yeast infection is to eat yogurt. The reason is because yogurt is cultured with good bacteria that help to keep yeast in check. As mentioned before, staying clean and dry, wearing loose-fitting cotton undergarments, and getting proper rest are all critical to ridding yourself from an infection.

If it becomes particularly troublesome to prevent yeast infection, you can see your doctor for recommendations about medications that can clear up this condition. Some medications to prevent yeast infection include nystatin, fluconazole, and ketoconazole.

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Updated: January 8, 2014 — 7:45 am

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