Q: How can I prevent it?
A: Here are some general suggestions:
- Stay healthy; eat well, get enough sleep, drink enough fluids.
- Keep vaginal area clean and dry.
- Wear cotton, not synthetic, underwear.
- Change your detergent and use one without perfume.
- Wipe from front-to-back (NOT back-to-front) after urination or bowel movement.
- Avoid using deodorant pads or tampons.
- Don't use petroleum jelly or other oils as lubricant.
- Don't douche.
- Use medication as long as directed.
- Avoid sexual intercourse until treatment is completed and you are symptom-free.
- Don't scratch infected or inflamed areas; it can cause further irritation.
- If using medication inside the vagina, use it during the menstrual period.
- During an infection, use pads rather than tampons if menstruation occurs.
- Avoid vulvo/vaginal irritants, including perfumed or deodorant soaps/body washes.
- If symptoms persist after completing the treatment, an exam is recommended.
- Have new partners wear condoms during sexual intercourse.