Yeast infections are more common than we imagine. Approximately 75% of women suffer from these kinds of infections at some point in their lifetime.
Common causes of yeast infections
According to Medicinenet.com, most vaginal yeast infections are caused by the organism Candida albicans. Although yeast infection is not considered to be a true sexually transmitted disease or infection, it is possible that a woman can transmit the infection to her male sex partner. In addition, Dr ME Ledwaba told DESTINY that an excessive intake of sugar is also one of the most common causes of yeast infections.
Daily Mail previously reported on the dangers of wearing your gym clothes after a workout. According to the publication, this can result in illnesses that include folliculitis, yeast infections and heat rashes. This because activewear doesn’t allow for as much ‘breathing’ as normal clothes do.
If you experience any of the following symptoms in your vaginal area, it’s advisable that you see your doctor as you could very well be suffering from a yeast infection: itching, burning, discharge, and pain during urination or intercourse.
Daily lifestyle changes and treatment
Although treatment involves topical or oral anti fungal medications, Dr Ledwaba warns that over-the-counter medication, especially creams are not as effective as they used to be. She says: “Thrush is common and woman now have the tendency of using any kind of cream for it.”
“The important thing is to decrease your sugar intake,” she adds. “Also remember that if your doctor prescribes an antibiotic, make sure they also prescribe a probiotic, as the imbalance could cause thrush. Wiping the anus from back to front can spread infection because thrush lives in the back passage, so if you wipe vaginal area from back to front and not vice versa, the infection spreads into the vaginal passage.”