How to Prevent Yeast Growth

Yeast infections are painful and sometimes even traumatic experiences. Women, men, and even children can suffer from this affliction, and if not treated properly and thoroughly, these infections can quickly escalate into a serious condition. The best treatment is to stop the infections before they start, and knowing how to prevent yeast growth is essential to keeping this problem at bay.


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    Wash and thoroughly dry every area where your skin folds together, and make sure to use a clean towel. This includes, but is not limited to, underarms, genital area, toes, etc. If you live in a hot climate or are prone to sweating, you may need to do this task several times a day to prevent yeast growth.
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    Choose natural materials such as cotton or linen for your clothing wherever possible, in particular for undergarments. These materials allow your skin to breathe and help to draw moisture away from your skin.
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    Change out of wet clothes as quickly as possible. Wet swimsuits or damp clothing allow water to sit against your skin, which can also lead to yeast problems. Be sure to dry your skin with a towel before putting on a dry change of clothes.
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    Change diapers frequently if the affliction happens to your infant, and use a diaper rash cream. Though diapers are designed to wick moisture away from the skin, and even the tiniest amounts can make the rash worse.
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    Avoid douche products for females. These are oftentimes unnecessary, as the body has a natural cleansing process, and the harsh chemicals in feminine hygiene washes or douches can upset this pH balance and increase the chances of yeast growth.
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    Consider using products like toilet paper or deodorant that are free from chemicals, dyes, or fragrances. Additives irritate your sensitive skin and inhibit your ability to fight off infections.
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    Eat yogurt that contains "live bacteria." Often referred to as "good bacteria," the cultures in yogurt fight the bacteria that causes yeast infections. Look on the label of the yogurt to ensure it is the live-bacteria variety.
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    Eliminate sugar wherever possible from your diet. Not only is it generally bad for your health and your waistline, but it is a key ingredient that yeast needs to grow.
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    Read the labels on any toiletries you use, and avoid the ingredients likely to cause problems such as animal extracts that raise the sugar levels in your body and can promote yeast growth.


  • Avoid tight-fitting garments, especially underwear. Clothes that are too tight can trap moisture and heat against your skin, which in turn creates a breeding ground for yeast.
  • See a doctor, especially if you have never had a yeast infection before. You may have special circumstances which will require medical treatment to cure.
  • Antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatory medicines increase your risk of bacteria or yeast growth. If your doctor prescribes these medications, talk to him or her about the best way to prevent a yeast infection during treatment.

Things You'll Need

  • Water source
  • Clean towel
  • Cotton or linen clothing
  • Chemical-free toiletries
  • Live-bacteria yogurt

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Categories: Urinary Health