Bathing & Yeast Infections
A yeast infection commonly known as candida is an infection caused by the overgrowth of yeast cells, usually in moist areas of the body. The most common types of yeast infections are in the vaginal area.
If the acidity level in the vagina changes then yeast can grow and cause an uncomfortable itch. The acids found in the vaginal canal usually kill yeast cells and prevent overgrowth. Yeast infections are also common in young babies as there is a lot of moisture in diapers.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection
If someone has a yeast infection they will notice painful burning in the vaginal area. Sexual activity will become more painful and a 'cottage cheese' like discharge will come from the vagina. The vulva area may swell up as well and become very painful. Yeast infections are very common in women. Birth control is a contributor. It is important to see a doctor to ensure that what may be thought of as a yeast infection is not an sexually transmitted infection.
Bathing is a common cause of yeast infections in women and girls. Bathing causes a lot of moisture to sit in the vaginal canal for a long period of time which may upset the balance of acidity in the vagina causing cells to multiply. Any scented products such as feminine wipes, baby wipes and tampons may also cause a yeast infection.