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To help prevent vaginal yeast infections, you can try the following suggestions:

  • Keep the external genital area clean and dry.

  • Avoid irritating soaps (including bubble bath), vaginal sprays and douches.

  • Change tampons and sanitary napkins frequently.

  • Wear loose cotton (rather than nylon) underwear that doesn't trap moisture.

  • After swimming, change quickly into your dry clothing instead of sitting in your wet bathing suit for prolonged periods.

  • Take antibiotics only when prescribed by your doctor, and never take them for longer than your doctor directs.

  • If you are diabetic, try to keep tight control over your blood sugar levels.

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