To reduce the risk of recurrence, women should avoid practices that upset the natural bacterial balance in the vagina. It is best to avoid using perfumed talcs and deodorants in the perineal area, as well as douching and using bubble-bath, soap, bath salts and shampoo when taking a bath (sitting in water which contains these products can disturb the natural environment in the vagina). Quitting smoking may also be helpful.
- There are many ways to prevent Thrush
- Eat yoghurt with lactobacillus acidophilus, or take lactobacillus acidophilus supplements regularly.
- Do not douche – the vagina cleans itself and using a douche, particularly with perfumes or other chemicals, causes more harm than good.
- Wear cotton underpants and clothes that aren’t too tight. This will prevent the area from becoming too moist and warm.
- Do not leave tampons, contraceptive sponges, cervical caps or diaphragms in place too long.
- Wipe from front to back after going to the toilet. Candida in the bowel can infect the vagina and cause thrush, but wiping from the front will help reduce the chance of this happening.
- If you are taking antibiotics, and are prone to thrush, consider using a thrush treatment at the same time.
- Remember that using a treatment too often when it is not necessary may make yeast resistant.
- Avoid using perfumed soaps, bubble baths or vaginal deodorants. The chemicals in these products are too harsh for the delicate tissue and pH balance of the vaginal area.