How do I effectively get rid of a persistent yeast infection?

Contrary to the belief that yeast infection commonly affects women, this medical condition affects both men and women. Yeast infection can affect any part of your body that has is moist and encourages the growth of the yeast. Yeast infections can affect your underarms, and can even attack the space between your toes. Among women a yeast infection commonly affects the vagina. Whichever part of the body the yeast infection affects, it can cause discomfort to the patient.

A yeast infection is caused by yeast, tiny organisms that live in your body, known as candida fungus. Your body constantly plays host to these organisms. But the trouble strikes when the number of these organisms increases suddenly. Usually a woman's vagina is safe from an infection because the acidity level here ensures that the organisms are unable to grow. However, when a woman goes through her menstrual period or is pregnant the acidity level drops. Certain medication or birth control pills can also cause the acidity levels to drop.

You might experience burning and an itching sensation in your vagina. Due to the burning and itching the skin around your vagina may become tender and you may experience pain. Some women complain of a burning sensation during urination and pain during sexual intercourse. Women notice that they have a thick white discharge when they are suffering from a yeast infection.

Maintain a high level of personal hygiene. Wash yourself often with warm water and dry your self well after a bath. Avoid highly scented soaps, bath oils, harsh toilet papers or even scented toilet rolls. Dress in loose clothing, preferably in clothes made of natural fibers.

Stress aggravates your condition, so keep calm: eat healthy food and stay away from food that could cause you irritation. Avoid tomatoes, peanuts and chocolate, and drink water and fruit juices. Yogurt is highly recommended.

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