Ask any woman past puberty about the cause of a yeast infection, and she may not be able to tell you the answer. She will know the signs and symptoms, she’ll know all about the discomfort this infection causes, and she probably knows how to cure a yeast infection. But too many women – and some men- are unaware of the actual cause of a yeast infection. Unfortunately, those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
A yeast infection is an irritation of mucous membranes of the body, such as the vagina, intestines, skin or mouth. This infection causes irritation and swelling of the affected area(s). The cause of yeast infections is an over-abundance of a fungus known as candidiasis. The candida family of fungi also causes thrush infections in the mouth and vaginitis.
What Do I Need To Know About The Cause Of Yeast Infections?
To prevent future yeast infections, you must know what causes them. The candida fungus is a fungus of “opportunity,” meaning that the fungus attacks a vulnerable area of the body. A major cause of yeast infections among women is taking antibiotics or steroid medications. These medications make the vagina develop too much candida.
Actually, candida is a fungus commonly found in the vagina; it’s only when the fungus explodes into an over-abundance that it causes a yeast infection. Antibiotics and steroids are necessary medications for women who need them. Women who know they’re prone to yeast infections when they must take these medications head off a candida overflow by using a yeast infection medication at the same time.
Another cause of yeast infections is wearing damp underclothing or swimsuits during hot weather. Candida thrives in warm, damp environments. Perspiration in the vaginal area and/or wearing a damp swimsuit provides everything candida needs to flourish. To prevent yeast infections in hot, damp weather, change your underwear if it feels too damp, use wetness-absorbing powder in your underclothes, and change out of your swimsuit into dry clothing when you’re not swimming.
A well-known cause of yeast infections among women is wearing shorts or jeans that are too tight. Clothing that’s too tight-fitting causes vaginal irritation. Candida thrives on irritated skin. Once any kind of irritation takes hold, so does candida! Women are advised to wear clothing that fits property and forgo vanity for common sense.
Tight clothing is not the only source of irritations that cause yeast infections. Some women are especially sensitive to bath products that contain a lot of soapy suds. While these products may feel and smell pleasant, these things aren’t worth causing a yeast infection.
If you know that certain bath products cause irritations in which candida thrives, simply avoid them. Try something like a milk-bath product that contains a small amount of soap.
Finally, it’s vitally important that women do not use douche products. Your physician will advise you that douches are not helpful or necessary in maintaining the health of your vagina. Nature does that for you and does not need assistance from harmful douche products.
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