Most often yeast infection grows spontaneously, and contrary to popular believes, yeast infection is NOT sexually transmitted.Apart from this, clothing that increase moisture and heat in genital area like wearing tight nylon under wears, thongs, bathing suits etc can also cause yeast infection. Also activities like exercising, jogging, riding bicycles in humid or hot environments that raise temperature in vagina and makes it moist is also found to increase the risk of getting affected with yeast infection considerably. Also poor diet,stress and lack of sleep all play there part in lowring your immunity to these infections. Just a thought if you have diabetes this can also make you more prone to the infection has well
If your symptoms are more severe or you have repeat vaginal yeast infections, you may need to take a longer course of therapy, up to 14 days.
Some women who continue to have repeat infections may need to take a clotrimazole vaginal suppository or one oral dose of fluconazole every week to prevent new infections.
To help prevent and treat vaginal discharge:
* Keep your genital area clean and dry. Avoid soap and rinse with water only. Sitting in a warm, but not hot bath may help your symptoms.
* Avoid douching. Although many women feel cleaner if they douche after menstruation or intercourse, it may actually worsen vaginal discharge because it removes healthy bacteria lining the vagina that protect against infection.
* Eat yogurt with live cultures or take Lactobacillus acidophilus tablets when you are on antibiotics to prevent a yeast infection.
* Use condoms to avoid catching or spreading sexually transmitted diseases.
* Avoid using feminine hygiene sprays, fragrances, or powders in the genital area.
* Avoid wearing extremely tight-fitting pants or shorts, which may cause irritation.
* Wear cotton underwear or cotton-crotch pantyhose. Avoid underwear made of silk or nylon, because these materials are not very absorbant and restrict air flow. This can increase sweating in the genital area, which can cause irritation.
* Use pads and not tampons.
* Keep your blood sugar levels under good control if you have diabetes.