Are you one of those who loves swimming in the summer but does not change from wet to dry swimwear when done?
It’s more important than you think!
– Wet swimwear is a determining cause of both bacterial vaginosis , urinary tract infections, fungal infection, says gynecologist Wolfgang Eichstetter at A-Medi Medical Center.
Some people have more vulnerable mucous membranes than others, and when you get cold down, the blood flow in the mucosa decreases, reducing the immune system.
– Combination of moisture and heat provides a foundation for both bacteria and fungi, he says.
Among women examined for outflow, bacterial vaginosis is more common than fungal infection.
Bacterial vaginosis, ie malignant efflux, is a condition characterized by abnormal, grayish, thin-flowing, malignant and in-between foaming outflow. The smell is often described as a fishing odor, and is often enhanced after intercourse.
The condition is due to an imbalance in the bacterial flora in the vagina – a lack of lactic acid bacteria with an increase in bacteria normally found in the vagina in limited amounts.
– The pH increases due to reduced production of lactic acid. Changing the bacterial flora and the acidity of the vagina is believed to be the cause of the smell. The condition is seen mainly in women of childbearing age and is most troublesome in the time of menstruation, says Eichstetter.
– It has been found that at least 10-30% of all women examined for outbreak have a condition known as bacterial vaginosis, he states.
Self-discharge is completely normal and harmless and ensures that the pH in the vagina is between 3.8 and 4.4 – and prevents other bacteria from attaching to the mucous membranes.
Ca. 60 percent of lactic acid bacteria produce hydrogen peroxide, which also inhibits the growth of unwanted bacteria.
In this way, lactic acid bacteria regulate the normal vaginal flora and play a role in the defense of infections. Although lactic acid bacteria are the dominant bacterium, other bacteria are also in the vagina, says the gynecologist.
Normal outflow is white or clear without striking odor. The quality and quantity of vaginal efflux change in the same woman during the cycle and over time, and each woman has its “normality”.
– It’s important to notice what is normal for one yourself, so it will be easier to detect signs that something may be wrong, says Eichstetter.
Prevention and treatment of bacterial vaginosis
According to Eichstetter, bacterial vaginosis is a harmless disease, which usually passes without treatment – many also get no symptoms. If it is troublesome and persistent, treatment may be necessary and the doctor will either prescribe tablets or local treatment.
– The treatment effect may be temporary, and approximately half will relapse within one year. Treatment of a partner is not necessary, not by relapse, he says.
In sexually active women, it is advisable to exclude other infections, so go to the doctor and first and foremost find the diagnosis.
– Bacterial vaginosis is treated primarily with antibiotics, but since the condition is self-limiting and may overcome itself, it may be advisable not to use antibiotics as far as possible, says Viyan Tarin, Information Society at Vitus Pharmacy Railroad..
This is due to side effects and the risk of resistance development, it is desirable to use as few antibiotics as possible. At the pharmacy you can buy different products that can restore normal pH and bacterial flakes and which can be tried.
To prevent bacterial vaginosis, Eichstetter advises you to switch to dry swimwear when you get out of the water and be careful with hygiene.
It is also better to swim in salt water than in the pool or fresh water, he thinks.
If you get recurrent bacterial vaginosis, according to the gynecologist, probiotics capsules containing lactic acid bacteria may have effect.
– There is no evidence of the effect of local or systemic treatment with yogurt, other products with lactic acid bacteria, or rinsing with acetic acid, adding Eichstetter to.
– At the pharmacy you can buy both capsules and gel containing lactic acid. This will help by counteracting changes in pH and overgrowth of bad bacteria. The “bad” bacteria thrive best at increased pH, Tarin says.
In pregnant women, bacterial vaginosis has been shown to cause a slight increase in risk of early watering or premature birth.
– In women who have previously had a history of latex or premature birth and bacterial vaginosis, examination and possible treatment before or early in the next pregnancy are recommended, says Eichstetter.
May be confused with fungal infection
Many confuse bacterial imbalance with fungal infection, why it?
Because fungal infection is also a very common infection, and as you have heard more often. Mumps infection may have an intense itch with thick and white outflow that does not smell, and some describe the outflow like cottage cheese-like, says Tarin.
– The infection is accompanied by soreness, itching and redness around the vagina and in the vagina, Eichstetter adds to.
If you experience a fluid flow that smells, there’s no fungicide to use.
– Also, use something that may work by restoring the acidic pH in your abdomen and thus normal bacterial flora, says the information farm.
Should there be fungus in the vagina you experience, treat it with fungicides. The treatment consists of suppositories in the vagina for 1-3 days, and ointments on the females and around the aperture 2-3 times a day for 1-2 weeks. There are several different brands that should be equally good. These medicines are prescription free.
– Tablet treatment is similar, but no better effect than local treatment. One-day treatment is non-prescription, says Eichstetter.
You should also avoid tight clothing and synthetic lingerie. And remember that excessive washing and soap use may seem unfortunate.
Urinary tract infection
You may also experience urinary tract infections as a result of walking too wet swimwear for a long time. Urinary tract infection is an infection of the urinary bladder, which occurs when bacteria occur – usually bacteria from the intestine, into the bladder, which is usually bactericidal.
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– Bacteria thrive well in body warmth urine, and they multiply rapidly as they enter the urinary bladder. These bacteria lead to an inflammation of the mucous membrane that clings inside the bladder, and the entire urinary bladder becomes irritable, says Eichstetter and continues:
– This leads to contractions in the bladder although it is not full and patients experience that they have to pee frequently, but only at a time. The water slope can also be painful due to soreness and inflammation of the urethra. In addition, many sore and heat feel in the abdomen after urination.
There are a number of conditions that may predispose for a urinary tract infection. Some have more vulnerable mucous membranes than others, and when you get cold down, for example when you go cold and our bikini ruptures, blood flow through the mucosa decreases, reducing the immune system.
Eichstetter reports that urinary tract infection is usually treated with antibiotics. The doctor will prescribe the most suitable antibiotic cure.
– If recurrent cystitis is a problem, it may be appropriate to provide treatment to prevent new episodes. For women after menopause, local treatment with estrogen can prevent urinary tract infections.
As a preventive measure against cystitis, you can:
– Leak the water when the need arises, and avoid remaining in tight Lat water after intercourse.
– Avoid freezing on the legs.
– Change to dry swimwear when you get out of the water.
– Do not sit on cold ground.
– Avoid using pessaries and herbicides, it seems to increase the risk of urinary tract infection.
– Take care of hygiene – when you need to dry: start over and dry backwards.
– Drinking acidic fluid, f. eg cranberry or cranberry juice may seem preventative.
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