Swimming When You Have a Yeast Infection
It’s not actually a bad idea to go swimming even with a yeast infection, at least not for you. Aside from the occasional discomfort on the infected area, and assuming that the infection is not severe, it will hardly limit your mobility. Although too strenuous activities and improper hygiene afterwards may end up worsening your condition, and in some cases, you may also end up giving your fungi to other people. Be sure that your bathing suit has been washed well before wearing it, and dry off completely when you get out from the swimming pool. Shower after the swim and change into clean dry clothes, don’t just put them on over your bathing suit. Do not let anyone else use your towel, soap, or shampoo.
Fungal infections usually come from the Candida family (although there quite a few other fungi that can cause infections), and it is a fungi that can easily spread around. In small growths, it can go unnoticed and will not cause any symptoms, but when the body is unable to control the growth of the fungi, the overpopulation will lead to an infection in the area that they are prolific. The most common areas are the mouth, the feet, the armpits, the intestines, and the groin area. In women, yeast infections can happen inside the vagina.
Yeast infection is the result of the body’s imbalance that leads to lowered immunity, or the pH level becoming more acidic. The imbalance can be due to inactivity and poor diet, which is why exercise is important, but that is seeing only one side of the equation. It will not prevent further recurrence, nor will it even treat the present infection.
A better way to address the yeast infection is to look at the big picture, and treat it holistically so that it will no longer be a hindrance to a healthy lifestyle. This means that you will not only need to be more active, but you have to change your eating habits, personal hygiene, and mental outlook at the very least.
There are a lot of misconceptions about this topic. Some people even think swimming becomes automatically prohibited once you get a yeast infection. In truth, physical activities are strongly recommended to yeast infection patients, since they can help to strengthen your body as a whole and to stabilize your immune. Just remember to take necessary precautions.
As what have been said earlier, you definitely can go swimming! Swimming makes you more active, thus, oxygenizing your body and increasing your immune systems functions. But remember that since the irritation depends, too, on the pH level of a specific part of our body, we should consider foreign elements that we are to expose ourselves into.
If you are going for a swim, whether in the sea or a swimming pool, remember that the fungi thrive on warm and damp areas. So be sure that your swimsuit or underwear is always dry on its fork area before you wear it. Also, even when you’ve already taken a shower, it is important to totally dry yourself. You can use a blower to be sure with it. After swimming, go and rinse yourself thoroughly to wash off the chlorine.
Bear in mind that while yeast infection symptoms can be relieved following simple lifestyle and hygiene principles, almost all Candida infections are a warning sign of a major internal imbalance that needs to be properly addressed.
Did you now that there is an all – natural comprehensive holistic therapy that can permanently cure and prevent your yeast infection? By focusing on every single factor that causes yeast infection, you can be assured that the cure will be permanent.
Swimming is one of the most favorite past times and exercises we can do to our body so even children love it. However, since you now know that it would be safe for you and for other people to go swimming in a pool even if you are infected with yeast infection the question is would it be safe for children to go swimming with you too since you also realize that their immunity levels is not as strong as the adults? Well, the answer can be no and yes because that depends on the condition of your yeast infection.
If you already have heavy whitish discharge and inflamed vaginal and vulval lining and there are children swimming in the pool, you better pass the time not to enjoy the water for now. It is true that chlorinated water can kill most of the fungal microorganisms that will be released into the water but we are not always sure if the water in the pool is properly chlorinated for swimming or not.
Some pool owners do not put much chlorine in their pools especially if they release the water after a day’s use. Besides, some may assume that the water that comes from the pipes are already chlorinated on their reservoir which is true. But water in the reservoir are chlorinated only for drinking purposes so the chlorine is only for the goal of killing the bacteria that lives on the water and not the persistent and opportunistic Candida albicans that causes vaginal yeast infections and thrush. However, if your case is just mild case of Candida infection and there are children around while you know the pool is properly chlorinated, then you can go and enjoy yourself. There is only a word of caution here if you are infected. Highly chlorinated water can actually cause irritation in your infected part so your infection can have the chance to progress.
Experts also say that even non-infected women can have the primary source of infection because of the chemical content that is in the water can disrupt balance of acid in their vaginal area. Nevertheless, do not let this thinking scares you. Just make sure that you get out of your bathing soon immediately as soon as you are done swimming and wash yourself including your vagina with mild soap and water. Dry your genital area completely so that no moisture from the pool is trapped. Make sure also that you will be following a healthy regimen and treatment so that next time there would not be any apprehension about enjoying the water in the pool.