Lifestyle Habits Lead to Yeast Infections

by Garreth Myers

Yeast is normally present in small amounts on the surface of your skin without posing any real harm to your health. However, if the amount of yeast increases drastically, it causes a yeast infection, which can spread to various parts of the body. A yeast infection is also known as thrush, and is medically called "candidiasis", as it is caused by various fungi of the Candida species. There are numerous types of yeast infections, affecting various parts of the body and ranging from the mild to the very severe. Most yeast infections however are mild and superficial. The most common are infections of the mouth and the vagina.

Yeast infections have many causes. A weakened immune system and disorders such as diabetes mellitus are some of the factors that can lead to candidiasis. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics are other common causes. However, in a large number of cases, poor lifestyle habits are responsible to a large extent, especially in the case of vaginal yeast infections. Doctors therefore recommend altering a few everyday habits to reduce the odds of developing a yeast infection. Firstly, it is important to keep your clothes and the vaginal area dry and clean, as this fungus thrives in areas that are moist. You should change your undergarments regularly, if necessary more than once a day. It is also advisable to wear clothing made of light, natural fibers, as these reduce sweating and quickly get rid of moisture. With oral thrush, smoking is a major factor, and should be avoided. As mentioned earlier, antibiotics can also cause thrush by upsetting the balance of good bacteria and fungi on the skin and membranes. With some people, this too might be a lifestyle issue - many people habitually self medicate and use antibiotics for minor ailments, even when the ailments have nothing to do with bacterial infections. This should be avoided at all costs.

It is sometimes also recommended that you control your intake of sugar. Though it is yet to be proved that sugar and yeast infections are directly related, the theory is that the added glucose levels make it easier for Candida organisms to stick to vaginal cells, making a woman more prone to developing such infections. In addition, a good eight hour rest is essential for a good immune system to fight off any disease or infection. Stress is another reason why one can develop a yeast infection, as stress tends to weaken the immune system. If symptoms persist for long, it is best you consult a doctor.

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