Medically known as Candidiasis, a vaginal yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans. It results in burning and itching of the vulva, which consists of the external female sex organs. The most common symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection include soreness, rashes, pain during sexual intercourse, swelling around the vagina, vaginal itching, and a burning sensation during urination. According to researchers, one in every three women has suffered or will suffer from a vaginal yeast infection, at least once in their lives.
Here is how to prevent it:
- Wear cotton underpants and loose fitting pants or skirts.
- Change out of wet clothes such as gym wear and swimsuit, as soon as possible.
- Consume more probiotics such as yogurt, dark chocolate, pickles, and raw cheese. Probiotic foods are known to prevent and fight yeast infections.
- Clean yourself properly, following a sexual intercourse.
- Avoid using scented tampons, soaps, sprays, and bubble baths on/near the vagina.
- Make sure to change the sanitary napkins at regular intervals, when on your period.
- Avoid taking antibiotics, unless absolutely necessary. Antibiotics change the normal balance of the vagina, which may lead to infections.
- Maintain a healthy blood sugar level. People with a high blood sugar are more prone to yeast infections.