ByN. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
July 10, 2022 (IANSlife) The Monsoon is the most awaited season of al, but with its beauty, comes a host of illnesses and fungal infections, especially for women. "As the weather continues to be humid and wet during the rainy times make it is perfect for the growth of many microorganisms. Vaginal infections can become common during monsoons and exiting monsoons, especially vaginal candidiasis if intimate hygiene is not maintained. It not only makes you uncomfortable by causing irritation, discharge, and intense itching but also affects your fertility potential." says
Anagha Chhatrapati, Consultant- Gynaecology at Global Hospital, Parel, Mumbai.
"Yeast also called Candida albicans is present as a commensal in the vagina and female genital tract. Whenever the immunity goes down due to immunosuppression, diabetes, or even sexual activity, it can disrupt the vaginal wall and cause infections. The infection is typically characterized by profuse curdy white discharge associated with intense itching in the perineum. It definitely affects the vagina, vulva, and inner thighs as well. In mild infection, there will be minimal vaginal discharge associated with itching. In severe cases, there can be profuse curdy white discharge with excoriation and bleeding due to epithelial damage. Secondary bacterial infections can lead to foul smells. It can lead to painful coitus and burning micturition. In monsoon due to dampness and weather conditions, one is more prone to vaginal infections, especially candidiasis," adds Anagha.
What are some of the precautions you'd suggest we exercise during monsoons to avoid having to deal with this situation?
Does lingerie have anything to do with whether we develop such infections?
Anagha: Generally, clothing will not cause infections directly, but it can lead to skin irritation and rashes, especially synthetic and tight without ventilation. This makes one prone to catching an infection. Better to avoid wearing the same.
What are the other factors that can cause such an infection?
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