Ever been in a meeting or running errands (because cruelly, you're always in public) when suddenly you're hit with an uncontrollable itch…down there?
As soon as you feel it, you're hoping it's not what you think it is: a dreaded yeast infection.
Yeast infections are very common during the summer since many women spend more time in damp bathing suits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 75% of women get a yeast infection some time in their lives.
Gynecologist Dr. Mache Seibel tells GalTime yeast thrives in warm, moist areas, such bathing suits or workout gear. "When the vaginal environment becomes less acidic, yeast can grow and cause itching or burning—sure signs of an infection."
When you have a vaginal yeast infection, you may have one or more of the following symptoms:
• Vaginal itching
• Vaginal discharge that may be thick, white
• Vaginal soreness, irritation or burning
• Rash or redness on the skin outside the vagina
• Burning during urination
• Painful vaginal intercourse
This is one infection that will certainly ruin your beach vacation and keep you out of a bathing suit for much longer than you prefer.
To avoid this uncomfortable and often painful infection Dr. Seibel has five tips to stay healthy and avoid a yeast infection.
1. Don't hang out in your wet bathing suits, jogging or cycling clothes this summer.
2. Stay away from scented feminine products. Many women think that feminine hygiene sprays or powders can ward off or even treat infections, when in reality the use of these types of products can make vaginal issues even worse.
3. Wear cotton underwear if at all possible.
4. Try RepHresh Pro-B, a once-daily probiotic supplement with 2 strains of lactobacilli clinically shown to balance yeast and bacteria to maintain feminine health.
5. Don't self-treat if you believe you might have an infection. It's important to visit your gyno to be sure it's really a yeast infection.
At the end of the day, there's no foolproof way to prevent the infections, but if you've ever had one, you know it's worth trying to prevent one if possible.
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