According to a survey done by Brown University, at least 70% of women have had at least one vaginal infection or candida in their lifetime. Furthermore, this survey indicates that around 40% of these women have experience reoccurrence of this infection.
If you are part of the statistics that have experienced a reoccurrence of yeast infection or if you are just afraid of experiencing having it again, then you should have a lifestyle check and eliminate some areas of your condition that may bring about another episode of candida.
Do Not Self-Medicate
Nothing can go wrong by having yourself tested by a physician. He will ask for a sample of your vaginal discharge and have it examined via culturing or microscopic examination. If you do not do this, you will most likely come up with the wrong diagnosis and prescription just as what a research published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has found. Treatment for candida varies on the kind of yeast strain that you have. If you are using the wrong medication, your body will build up resistance towards antifungal medication.
Treatment for recurring yeast infection usually lasts around six months. It generally consists of applying anti-fungal cream for seven to fourteen days, and then followed by Diflucan (fluconazole) or Nizoral (ketoconazole). These two are given orally and must be taken for at least six months for maintenance.
Develop a Dietary Discipline
A 2002 study at Postgraduate Medical Journal stated that people who have high doses of simple carbohydrates in their system are at risk of developing oral yeast infection. Candida feeds on carbohydrates such as starches. These are commonly found on pasta, bread, cereal, pizza, baked good and potatoes. You might also want refrain from grains like corn, wheat rice and oats.
You should cut back on foods that are high on sugar as well. An article included in Mycoses revealed that your susceptibility to yeast infection increases as you continue to put in more sweet stuff in your system. Not controlling your sugar intake would result into high blood glucose levels which can also lead to you acquiring diabetes.
Many who suffer from this infection are gluten-intolerant. Candida also gets its energy to reproduce from individuals with high glycemic index in the same way that it does with sugar and carbohydrates. When you have high glycemic index, your cells will become insulin-resistant and it will be easier for yeasts to acquire food from your system.
Aside from avoiding certain kinds of food, you also need to stack up healthy food and supplements that indirectly restricts fungal growth. BioSet reported that enough cholesterol and protein intake would prevent uncontrolled multiplication of yeast. Since having this infection would prevent you from absorbing food efficiently, incorporating the right amount of cholesterol-rich food in your diet would help your body absorb soluble vitamins and nutrient. On the other hand, additional protein uptake will slow down the breakdown of carbohydrates and stimulates glucagon release.
Practice Proper Hygiene
Yeasts thrive in moist environments so make sure you that you are completely dry when you put on your clothing. Change from your wet workout clothes as soon as possible. Do not wear your swimsuit for a long period of time because it has been mentioned at Medline Plus Encyclopedia to be a risk factor.
I highly advise that you wear cotton underwear. Try not to wear synthetic leather or nylon pantyhose every single day. If this is not possible due to the nature of your work, then get something that is made up of cotton at the crotch so that your body moisture can be absorbed. Avoid wearing tight-fitting shorts and pants so that you can always stay dry and cool.
As much as possible do not have your tongue pierced, especially if the equipment look unclean. It has been reported at an article published in 2010 that yeast infection was found in many individuals who have had their tongue pierced. When buying deodorants, you should look for those that have antifungal components. In addition, you should avoid douching because it can spread the candida further to your cervix and uterus.
Keep Your Immunity at its Top Shape
According to a research in Oncology Letter, around 15% of the people who have a compromised immune system are susceptible to yeast infection. You should try to lessen activities that will cause you stress so that your body won’t give up on you. Practice safe sex so that you would not get infected by a partner that is a carrier of AIDS/HIV.
Sometimes, it is quite unavoidable to take antibiotics that can potentially upset the flora of your digestive tract; but when you have to, find antibiotics that have antifungal abilities.
Try building up your immune system by consuming yoghurt on a daily basis. If you can get a hold of fresh yoghurt instead of the manufactured and flavored ones at the supermarket then that would be a better choice.
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