It is well known that the overuse of antibiotics, steroid drugs and birth control meds can lead to a localized yeast infection in both men and women. There are other potentially contributing factors that may also lead to a greater risk of developing a localized yeast infection, especially in women.
First and foremost, control the amount of refined sugars in your diet. Excess sugars can destroy the healthy bacteria in the gut and upset the delicate balance between these and the yeast organism known as candida albicans. Once this occurs the candida or yeast is able to explosively multiply unchecked and can spill out via the urine, passing through the vagina. This can set up a situation where localized vaginal yeast overgrowth can take place.
Did you know that your clothing might be causing a higher risk for localized yeast overgrowth? Tight jeans, thongs and underwear made of synthetic materials prevent air from circulating in the vaginal region and since yeast grows best in dark, warm, moist places you are contributing to the perfect candida environment. Be sure to choose cotton or cotton blends for under garments. If you work out and/or perspire be sure to change under garments as soon as possible afterwards to reduce moisture.
You have probably heard about or even used some of those feminine sprays available as sprays, wipes or a douche. They are designed to eliminate odor by destroying bacteria. Keep in mind that not all human bacteria are harmful. In fact some are essential. These products generally destroy all bacteria indiscriminately even the ones needed to maintain proper pH balance. Once the acid/alkaline balance of the vagina is disturbed yeast has a much greater chance of overgrowing. Further, some of these natural bacteria are used by the body to actually fight off yeast and prevent overgrowth. Instead of these chemical products it is much better to wash with warm water and a mild soap. This will keep the vaginal area fresh but not disturb or irritate the region.
Each of these lifestyle factors can contribute to the development of localized yeast or candida infections. The more serious issue however is that these local infections can, over time if not controlled, lead to a systemic yeast overgrowth, which requires much more in depth attention.
Here at The Institute of Nutritional Science we have tried all the protocols out there for yeast management. We have settled on the use of natural, safe oxygen supplements to support and assist the body in the management of yeast organisms internally.