Candida, cure and prevention tips

Candida is an infection caused in the human body by a fungus called Candida albicans. The fungus exists in any healthy body, but when it multiplies uncontrollably, it may cause pain and inflammation. Here is some useful information about candida, its cure and prevention.

Normally, a candida infection is not dangerous, except for the rare cases where it spreads into the bloodstream and reaches the vital organs of people with an impaired immune system. In the case of cutaneous candidiasis, your doctor may prescribe a cream or an antifungal powder or a medicine to take orally. In the case of a vaginal candida infection, the treatment involves the direct administration of an antifungal into the vagina. You can also consult the pharmacist and get one of the many products available without prescription such as creams and powders for the treatment of minor infections.

There are several precautions you can take in order to prevent candida infections:

•Only wear underwear from loose cotton

•Wipe from front to back after using the toilet, as candida is present in large amounts in the rectal area

•Take a bath instead of a shower, as sitting in hot water may eliminate the fungus

•Do not use any soap in the vaginal area, as it has no effect on fungi

•Reduce the consumption of sugar and alcohol

•For recurrent infections, consider switching the birth control method if you are using oral contraceptives

•Avoid any type of deodorants in the vaginal area, as they may cause infections.

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