Yeast infections can be unpleasant. Nobody wants to get one, and once you’ve got one, you want to be rid of it as soon as possible. The best cures though, tend to be preventative steps you can take to help ensure that you never get one in the first place. With that in mind, here are some of the things you can do to minimize your chances of having one.
Stay Dry & Breathe
Yeast organisms, no matter their form, all like the same kinds of conditions. They prefer moist environments with little to no oxygen or air flow. One of the very best things you can do then, is to stay dry. If you get caught out in the rain, or after a swim, don’t lounge around in wet clothing or a wet bathing suit. Dry off and change into dry clothes. In a similar vein, wear clothing, and especially panties that are breathable. This normally means cotton, or, if you’re wearing nylons or other synthetics that don’t breathe well, make sure that what you’re wearing has a built in cotton panty liner. Taken together, these two steps will go along ways toward preventing an infection.
Another simple, practical thing you can do is to pay special attention to hygiene. This means washing your hands frequently, being sure to towel your genitals dry after a bath, not sharing towels or bathwater, and washing your clothing in hot water, rather than cold. This is an important step because the water temperature is high enough that it will destroy any lingering yeast organisms that might be on your clothes. If you want to be doubly sure, add a cup of white vinegar during the washing machine’s rinse cycle. Good personal hygiene by both partners before sex is also a given.
Eat Plenty Of Yogurt
Not only is this good dietary advice in general, but the live cultures in yogurt will go a long ways toward combating and preventing yeast infections from ever occurring. You should know that following these steps isn’t a magic bullet. Even taken together, they won’t guarantee that you’ll never get a yeast infection, but they will go a long way toward preventing one.