‘Too much of anything is bad’ that holds true for the yeast in your body too. Yes, we have yeast in our bodies, in the mouth, intestines, skin, and vagina. It isn’t harmful though unless of course, it overgrows.
During the summer months, the occurrence of yeast infection is more prevalent in girls. Yeast grows in a warm, moist habitat. Anything from as simple as staying in the wet swimwear or sweaty gym clothes for long, using scented products in the vaginal area, not changing sanitary napkins frequently, unprotected sex, to something more complex like diabetes, antibiotics, poor immunity can cause a yeast infection.
If you have had it once you know, it can be pretty painful and requires an immediate visit to the gynecologist. Itching in the vagina, thick & foul-smelling discharge, redness and swelling, and burning sensation while urination are the hurtful symptoms of yeast infection. Yes, you would want to avoid the pain and misery at all costs. Follow the below-listed preventatives measure to steer clear of yeast infection in summers.
Reduced intake of refined carbohydrates, sugar, and alcohol
A high level of glucose in the body makes you more prone to yeast infection. Avoid foods like cookies, cakes, carbonated drinks, junk food, etc. Limit your intake of alcohol too.
Have yogurt every day
Plain yogurt is beneficial for your vaginal health. Yogurt is a probiotic which helps to maintain the pH balance of the vagina and keep yeast infection at bay.
Take antibiotics only when it can’t be avoided
Antibiotics suppress the good bacteria and disturb the pH balance in the vagina. As a result, the yeast begins to thrive. Be mindful when taking an antibiotic, check if it is absolutely necessary.
Have safe sex
During intercourse with your partner, ensure using a condom.
Diabetes in control
High blood sugar levels are linked with vaginal yeast infection. If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar in control with medicines.
Key vaginal health pointers:
As the temperature soars high follow some basic rules to keep your vagina safe and healthy.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing to allow for ventilation and keep you cool down there.
- Opt for cotton panties for regular wear.
- Do not use soaps and scented products on the vagina. Just clean yourself with water.
- During periods frequently change your sanitary napkin/tampon. If you are susceptible to yeast infections, use sanitary pads, and avoid tampons during your periods.
- After swimming always take a shower and change to dry clothes.
Yeast infection is quite common and affects most women at some point in their life. But having good personal hygiene and a robust immune system goes a long way in guarding you against vaginal infections.