It's very common that people believe a number of fallacies, myths and urban legends just because of hearing some weird stuff from a friend who saw or heard something from another friend. The chain goes on and on until it reaches a point that what started out to be false become accepted as truth. Let’s focus on the problem at hand, shall we? It's been said that swimming or getting wet with a yeast infection would aggravate your current condition.
Now, having yeast infection may result to having some restrictions but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy some daily activities like exercising and in this case swimming. On the contrary, keeping your body fit by exercising may be more beneficial for treating your infection. As you exercise, body wastes are removed from your system. It also helps restore balance within the body.
One of the reasons behind yeast infection is that fact that there is a massive growth of Candida albicans in the body. Candida is a fungi that resembles yeast. It's a naturally occuring organism and finding it in our body, specifically in the digestive track and vulva area, shouldn't be a reason to be extremely alarmed. It's the unusually growth of Candida that causes the imbalance of microorganism in the body resulting to a Candida infection.
So does swimming have anything to do with worsening the infection? According to some observations and studies, it doesn't. You can go swimming all you want, on cold water or hot warm water even. What concerns me is what comes after swimming your heart’s out.
The process of swimming itself doesn't but keeping yourself wet during long periods of time wearing damp or moist clothes can affect the infection. By wearing damp clothing over long periods of time, you're creating a very favourable environment for the growth of Candida. Just like all other fungi, Candida like dark and damp areas to grow.
Also one of the things that keeps circulating is the notion that yeast infection can be passed on to others swimming in the same pool. That isn't true at all. If you’re swimming in a pool, the chemicals that keep the pool clean will keep the microorganisms from being passed on to others. So don’t worry yourself that much about swimming with yeast infection. Just be more concerned in keeping yourself dry after you’re done with your swim. That's the most important thing. The same goes with sweaty clothes if you’re accustomed to working out.
You can avoid yeast infection by not using perfumed soaps all the time. The strong components of the soap can irritate the vaginal area. Natural non-perfumed soaps would be the best choice. Taking antibiotics might also cause some yeast problems. The antibiotics generally upset the balance between the fungi microorganisms and other organisms in the body. So to help maintain balance of microorganism in the body, you can start with a diet of plain yogurt. Avoid the sweetened stuff for the sugar content can also trigger the growth of the Candida fungi.
Another avoidance technique is wearing loose clothing instead of sticking with your slick, tight attire. The more loose the clothes, the better when it comes to yeast infection. Having too tight pants don't allow the skin in the affected area breathe. Furthermore, cotton would be the ideal choice of clothing material instead of nylon or any other material.
So getting wet while having a yeast infection definitely doesn't cause any further problems with the infection as long as you keep yourself dry afterwards and observe some hygiene conditions.