Ten Tips for Preventing the Dreaded Summer Yeast Infection

“Strong women don’t play victim, don’t make themselves look pitiful, and don’t point fingers. They stand and they deal.”

– Mandy Hale

Unless they have a yeast infection. Then, sister, all deals are off.

A swim in the ocean, beach sand and wet costumes may cause candida, a mycotic infection caused by pathogenic fungi that affect the vagina causing a weakening of the immune system and the bacterial flora present. Most likely the hot-humid, summer weather and a different diet, from being on vacation, induce alterations of the bacterial balance with excessive proliferation of the fungus. Beware: Especially in the premenstrual phase, the particular hormonal climate promotes the onset of infection.

Symptoms of a Yeast Infection

Intense itching in the genital area, which may be associated with burning and inflammation, white discharge called “ricotta”, and painful sexual relations are signs that you may have a yeast infection.This is how candidiasis occurs, the most frequent infection caused by fungi affecting the genital apparatus.The disorder affects about 75% of women at least once in their lifetime. In the vast majority of cases, the responsible pathogen is Candida albicans, which is part of normal vaginal bacterial flora.

If you experience the symptoms listed above, you should see your gynecologist to find out the best treatment for you.Therapy involves the application of antimycotic creams, able to eradicate the fungus, and in the most severe (or recurrent mycosis), the doctor may prescribe antifungal tablets by mouth.

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