HOW A WOMAN SHOULD PROTECT HER SELF FROM FUNGAL INFECTIONS

By: Dr. Brahmananda Nayak

women and fungal infection

Being a woman there are already a zillion things running down our mind at all times. As such, we can’t effort to carry constant distraction. Fungal infections are nasty; they cause irritation, itching and sometimes pain in the most sensitive parts of our body. Triggered by several reason fungal infection is one of the most common problem. Women across the globe can connect to the hazards of fungal infection as almost every women has tackled this issue at least once in her life time.

What is a fungal infection?

Fungal or yeast infection is mostly caused by the species Candida albicans. Candida species can be present in healthy women without causing any symptoms. But if the normal balance of yeast and bacteria gets disturbed then it causes an overgrowth of the yeast leading to an infection.

Causes of fungal infection:

Menstruation

Pregnancy

Birth Control Pills

Antibiotics

Bad hygiene

Symptoms:

Itching & Burning

Vaginal Discharge

Pain in urination

Redness, irritation, or soreness of the vagina

swelling of the vagina

Here we present some of the most effective ways to care and protect yourself from Fungal infections:

Concentrate on your plate

Diet plays an important role in maintaining a healthy body system. Include probiotics and greeny leaves in your diet. Probiotics are magical health boosters. They help maintain a healthy PH balance, encourage the growth of good bacteria and ward off fungal infections. Avoid having too much sugar and keeping a track on your blood sugar level is also recommended as diabetes is one of the major causes of fungal infections.

Protect your privates

Give your private parts the attention they deserve. Invest in some good comfortable well fit lingerie. Intimates made from natural fiber like cotton should be preferred as they keep the area clean and maintains moisture balance.

Maintain good Hygiene

Good hygiene habits play a major role in armouring the body against harmful infections. Regular baths and washing the genitals softly helps in killing harmful microorganisms. However, do not rely on the chemicals or scented soaps to do the job as they can provoke the growth of yeasts. Rather opting for natural kitchen ingredients help in combating infections.

Go all natural

Use coconut oil as a lotion for your private parts as it is a superb remedy to fungal infections. Garlic is another boon ladened with anti-fungal, antibiotic and antibacterial properties that inhibits the growth of yeast. You can also opt for apple cider vinegar, cranberries or boric acid for the rescue.

Care for periods

Periods are that stressful time of the month. It is very important to keep the area clean and dry during the menstruating days. Change the pads and underwear more frequently to maintain good hygiene.

Pregnancy Care

Pregnancy is demanding as it causes a lot of changes in the body. Changes in hormonal levels can result in fungal infections. Apart from maintaining a good hygiene it is advised to consult your Gynec or health care provider to get a good solution.