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Health Tip: Prevent Yeast Infections

Things you can do to thwart fungal growth

(HealthDay News) -- Vaginal yeast infections are caused by a fungus that thrives when a woman's body changes because of a period, pregnancy or medication she may be taking.

Here are suggestions to prevent these infections, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Avoid underwear and pants that are made of synthetic fibers. Stick to all-cotton underwear.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Avoid wearing pantyhose daily.
  • Remove wet swimsuits, clothing, or underwear immediately.
  • Avoid artificially fragranced or colored products such as sprays, tampons, pads, douches, or bubble baths, as they can affect the area's acid balance, which can promote symptoms of a yeast infection.
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