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Can Underwear Cause Yeast Infections
What causes a yeast infection? What causes a yeast infection and how can they be prevented? I have heard things like wearing thong underwear can cause them, is that true?
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Cotton: Clean, dry, cotton underwear.Get a more detailed answer ›
Probably won't help: Vaginal yeast infections and underwear, tight clothing, etc is mostly urban myth. It may make a difference once in a while, but not in most women. If not yet checked for underlying problems that promote yeast, e.g. diabetes, do that. Assuming no special cause, the best approach may be a once weekly dose of oral fluconazole (Diflucan®), usually very effective in prevention. Discuss with your PCP. ...Read more
Not healthier: You want to wear 100 % cotton underwear and wash that underwear at at least 140 degree Fahrenheit. ...Read more
I've heard that runners should wear synthetic underwear, but i'm prone to yeast infections. Will the synthetic fabric be an issue or is cotton better?
Is it okay to wear a pad when i insert Monistat for a yeast infection to prevent it from getting on my underwear?
Yes: Yes, you can use a pad. Probably best to not use a tampon, to allow the cream to distribute through the vagina. ...Read more
How come icant get rid of yeast infection i wash with water 2 daily eat plain yogurt probiotics change underwear when damp had for over 3 months now?
My underwear have cotton fabric where my vagina is. Does this count as cotton underwear? Looking to stop getting yeast infections
Yes, as long as you don't have synthetic underwear touching the vaginal area directly you should be okay. Some of the newer underwears which are synthetic are much more "breathable" so those are okay as well.
Diet is another factor, make sure you aren't consuming too many simple carbs/sugars. ...Read more
I have a weird smell coming from my vagina. I am a virgin so i know it's not a disease. But the seat in my underwear is like a brownish color is it a urinary tract infection or yeast infection?
Retained tampon?: Be sure to check for a retained tampon if you use them. That can cause a foul smell and brown discharge. ...Read more
I have reoccuring yeast infections, im not diabetic, im not HIV positive, i drink water, i only wear cotton underwear. Whats wrong?
Check your partner: Make sure you're completely cured and your husband or partner (s) should be treated (particularly if uncircumcised) as well or you may just "ping-pong" the infection back and forth forever. ...Read more
Several factors can cause a yeast infections-
1. Local balance of normal flora is disrupted, typically from the recent use of antibiotics; 2. Impaired immunity- this may be due to steroid use or having other illnesses such as diabetes or hiv; 3. Misdiagnosis of symptoms in the absence of yeast from testing- adverse drug effects can be mistaken as a yeast infection. ...Read more
Yeast sites vary: Yeast infections usually occur in the oral passages, vagina, foreskin and penis, and in the skin where there are creases( armpits, groin, breasts). Taking antibiotics kills the good bacteria allowing the yeast to grow. High blood sugar and taking cortisone type medications also favor yeast growth. Yeast can be transmitted during sexual actvity as well. Warm moist areas favor yeast growth. ...Read more
Candida (overgrowth): Candida is the usual cause of yeast infections in a person. Candida is always in or on our bodies, in small amounts that are invisible. Candida lives with us, normally. It causes symptoms if it invades into parts of our bodies where candida is not supposed to go, or it causes symptoms if it is indeed staying where it should but is overgrowing in large amounts (such as with oral or vaginal thrush). ...Read more
Several factors can cause chronic yeast infections-
1. Local balance of normal flora is disrupted, typically from the recent user of antibiotics; 2. Impaired immunity- this may be due to steroid use or having other illnesses such as hiv; 3. Misdiagnosis of symptoms in the absence of yeast from testing- adverse drug effects can be mistaken as a yeast infection. Consult your gyn or id specialist. ...Read more
Cool and Dry: Anything that increases moisture or heat in the vaginal area can increase your risk of yeast. Avoid the bathtub, wear cotton underware or none at all, avoid panty hose, skinny pants and staying in a wet swimsuit. Wear more skirts. Diet can help as well. Eating dairy with active, live cultures can help vaginal, bladder and colon health. Dannon, activia and greek yougurts as well as kefir may help. ...Read more
Yeast infections: are very common with or without sex. If you get them after sex, make certain that you empty your bladder soon after intercourse. Douching is not recommended. Adding probiotic foods to your diet like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchee or aged cheeses can promote the growth of healthy bacteria. Recurrent yeast infections may occur in people with diabetes, so it's worth having that checked too. ...Read more