Sunday, September 17, 2006

Health Tip: Prevent Yeast Infections

Vaginal yeast infections are caused by a fungus that thrives when a woman's body changes because of a period, pregnancy or medication she may be taking.

Here are suggestions to prevent these infections, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Avoid underwear and pants that are made of synthetic fibers. Stick to all-cotton underwear.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Avoid wearing pantyhose daily.
  • Remove wet swimsuits, clothing, or underwear immediately.
  • Avoid artificially fragranced or colored products such as sprays, tampons, pads, douches, or bubble baths, as they can affect the area's acid balance, which can promote symptoms of a yeast infection.