Can lingerie cause yeast infection? Tight clothing correlation to vaginal candidiasis

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Lingerie, particularly synthetic or tight-fitting styles, can contribute to the development of yeast infections in some cases. Here's why:
Traps Moisture: Lingerie made from synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester can trap moisture against the skin, creating an environment that is ideal for the growth of yeast.
Irritation: Lingerie that is too tight or made from scratchy materials can irritate the skin, creating small tears in the skin's surface that can make it easier for yeast to invade the skin and cause an infection.
Bacteria Build-up: Lingerie that is not washed frequently can also harbor bacteria and yeast, which can contribute to the development of infections.
To prevent yeast infections, it is important to wear underwear made from breathable fabrics, such as cotton or moisture-wicking materials. It is also recommended to wash lingerie frequently, particularly after exercise or sweating. Additionally, it is important to avoid wearing tight-fitting lingerie for extended periods of time and to opt for looser styles when possible. If you are prone to yeast infections, it may be helpful to avoid wearing lingerie altogether during periods of increased risk.

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