Health Tip: Avoid Yeast Infections

(HealthDay News) — Vaginal yeast infections are common in women, and are caused by a fungus that is naturally found in and on the body.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions that may help you avoid yeast infections:

  • Don't wear clothing that is too tight, and avoid clothes made of synthetic materials.
  • Wear cotton underwear as often as you can.
  • Avoid wearing pantyhose or a leotard every day.
  • After getting out of the shower, dry your genital area with a hair dryer on a low, cool setting.
  • After using the bathroom, always wipe from front to back.
  • Don't stay in a wet swimsuit or damp clothing for longer than is necessary.
  • Avoid using douches, feminine hygiene sprays, or anything deodorized — including pads or tampons.
  • Avoid colored or perfumed toilet paper.

— Diana Kohnle

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