218. Get Rid of Yeast Infections

A common infection females get is a vaginal yeast infection. This occurs when the normal environment of the vagina is disrupted and small amounts of yeast begin to multiply. Symptoms include: itching, irritation, and redness around the vagina; a thick, white vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese; and burning and/or pain when you urinate or have sex.

To treat a yeast infection, use an over-the-counter medicine (vaginal cream or suppositories) as directed on the label. If symptoms persist, consult your physician.

You can help prevent yeast infections by taking these personal hygiene measures.

  1. Wear all cotton underwear.

  2. Change underwear and workout clothes immediately after exercising.

  3. Use unscented tampons or sanitary pads. Change tampons and sanitary pads often.

  4. Don’t use bath oils, bubble baths, or feminine hygiene sprays.

  5. Don’t sit around in a wet bathing suit.

  6. Dry the vaginal area thoroughly after you shower, bathe, or swim.

Chapter 9
  1. Women’s Health Problems