Who Doesn't Hate Yeast Infections?

The summer months carry with them a growth in warm temperatures and a growth spurt in candida fungus. Most often this fungus is the culprit in causing vaginal yeast infections; however, it can also cause infections in other areas, including the skin, nails and mouth in both men and women. According to Sheila Warren, RN, BSN, LCCE, the Women’s Health Navigator at GMC, part of the reason candida fungus growth increases in the summer is due to non-ventilating clothing. Non-breathable fabrics are usually synthetic and can lead to an increase in moisture, warmth and darkness—all of which are fungi favorites.

There are many factors in addition to warmer temperatures that can impact susceptibility to yeast infections and candida fungus growth:

  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Mellitus
  • Antibiotic Treatment
  • Oral Contraceptives
  • High Carbohydrate Intake
  • Hot Weather
  • Non-ventilating Clothing

In addition to continuing a healthful hygiene routine, Sheila recommends using these simple tips to prevent complications or recurrence of candida growth:

  • Keep the genital area clean, use plain unscented soap
  • Use extra caution during menstruation, using tampons can make you more susceptible to yeast infections
  • Take showers rather than baths
  • Wear cotton panties or pantyhose with a cotton crotch
  • Remove wet clothing promptly—especially bathing suits
  • Avoid frequent douches or vaginal spray
  • Ask your doctor about eating yogurt, sour cream, or buttermilk when you take antibiotics
  • After urination or bowel movement, cleanse by wiping from front to back
  • If you have diabetes, adhere strictly to your treatment program
  • Try using a probiotic, especially if you are on an antibiotic and/or oral contraceptives

Stay up to date on information regarding the candida fungus and yeast infections. If you experience a yeast infection, it is best to seek medical consultation as trying to self-diagnose can be inaccurate and downright dangerous. Here are important reasons why a doctor is your best bet when dealing with a yeast infection:

  • Many bacterial infections can present similar symptoms to a yeast infection, which is fungal.
  • Overuse of at-home yeast infection medications can cause resistance to treatments long-term.
  • Yeast infections can be sexually transmitted, so it is important to know before you spread the fungus to others.
  •  Some yeast infection medications can cause harmful side-effects for women who are pregnant. So to be sure that you are not, talk to a doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Also, utilize on-line resources to learn more about risks that come along with treatments and medications. Recent stories such as “Drug for Yeast Infections May Raise Miscarriage Risk, FDA warns” and several others are available to you through our health (e) library.  

Candida growth can cause a host of side effects if left untreated or improperly treated. If you or a loved one shows signs of candida fungus growth or a yeast infection, seek prompt medical attention at ChoiceOne Urgent Care. With convenient locations in Hamilton Mill and Sugar Hill, ChoiceOne can diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. For more information, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/urgentcare.


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