Wearing loose cotton underwear can help reduce moisture and prevent yeast infections. Since chemical irritants can influence the balance of bacteria in the vagina, avoiding products with potential irritants such as showers or scented tampons can also help. Regular baths or showers are a good way to clean the vagina, and vaginal douches are not recommended and may even increase the risk of yeast infection.
Since the microorganisms responsible for yeast infections develop in hot, humid environments, be sure to dry out your genital area after bathing and before getting dressed. Women who contract recurrent yeast infections can actually fight a more complicated infection that requires longer treatment and / or a change in behaviorThat can be at the root of the problem. If your symptoms last more than a few days or come back quickly, ask your healthcare professional for longer treatment seven to 14 days with topical antifungal therapy or three doses of fluconazole.
Corticosteroids or immunosuppressive therapy after an organ transplant can also decrease the body's defenses against candidiasis. Inhaled corticosteroids, often used by people with asthma, sometimes cause oral candidiasis. Pregnant women, people receiving cancer drugs, obese people and people with diabetes are also more likely to be infected with Candida. In some people usually people with weakened immune systems, Candida can invade deeper tissues and blood, causing life-threatening systemic candidiasis.
Fortunately, good bacteria are usually stronger than yeast cells, and can therefore cut off the supply of yeast or fungi. When it comes to your diet, be sure to check your blood sugar levels because high levels of sugar nourish the growth of Candida yeast. Some people with candida overgrowth have to eliminate almost all sources of sugar, at least for a while, while the disease disappears.
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