Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of Candida fungus, which can be prevented by following some simple guidelines:
- Practice good hygiene: Keep the vaginal area clean and dry. Avoid using strong soaps, scented sprays, and douches.
- Wear breathable clothing: Avoid tight-fitting pants and pantyhose. Wear cotton underwear and avoid wearing underwear at night.
- Manage your blood sugar: If you have diabetes, work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar under control.
- Avoid unnecessary antibiotic use: Antibiotics can kill the good bacteria in your body, which can allow yeast to grow.
- Use condoms: Using condoms during sexual activity can reduce the risk of getting a yeast infection.
- Avoid irritants: Avoid using feminine hygiene products, like powders and sprays, that can irritate the vaginal area.
- Eat a balanced diet: A diet that is high in sugar and processed foods can promote yeast growth. A balanced diet that is rich in nutrients and low in sugar can help prevent yeast infections.
If you are prone to yeast infections, it is also important to talk to your healthcare provider about other preventive measures that may be appropriate for you.