3 reasons why you should never stay in a wet swimsuit
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The season of swimming at seas and pools have already begun. As it is known, wet areas are the source of yeast and bacteria both in the environment and in your body. Therefore, wet swimwear is "collector" for harmful organisms and can cause many infections.
Wet swimwear can cause fungal infections to bladder inflammation. Alyssa Dweck, a gynecologist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, claims that yeasts and bacteria develop in wet and dark areas such as in swimwear or workout clothes. Women with a weakened immune system who have diabetes or take certain medication and wear wet swimwear for longer period than usual, are exposed to higher risk of getting an infection.
There are 3 main reasons why you should never stay in a wet swimwear for too long:
An excellent combination for bacteria
The interior of the swimsuit is wet and warm and creates an ideal area for bacteria formation. Swimwear materials absorb various chemicals and bacteria that are found in pools or sea. After getting out of the water, your genital organ stays in contact with all the harmful substances that are kept in the swimwear. This disrupts the balance of good bacteria in the vagina and can lead to harmful bacteria in the urethra and cause various diseases such as vaginitis and urinary tract infections.
Symptoms that indicate a problem: Changes in the genital organ such as unpleasant smell, itching, swelling and sensitivity indicate bacterial vaginitis. Symptoms of urinary tract infections include a strong and persistent need for urinating, burning and burning sensation of urinating, pain in the pelvis and blurred urine.
What can you do: If you have symptoms of bacterial vaginitis, visit a doctor, and by that time, you must consume larger amounts of liquids, especially cranberry juice or supplements, and maybe even painkillers.
Cause of yeast infections
As yeast develops in warm and humid areas, wet swimwear can cause yeast infections in women. According to University Hospitals, the proliferation of bacteria in wet bathing suits causes an increase in fungal cells in the vagina or vulva that causes unpleasant symptoms such as burning, itching, sensitivity and lumpiness.
Symptoms that indicate a problem: Severe itching in the inner or outer part of the vagina and white vaginal discharge.
What can you take: It is recommended to take medication and cream against yeasts, and if the symptoms do not stop, the condition requires a onsultation with a doctor.
Rash and itching
A wet swimwear can cause an infection similar to the athletic foot that, besides genitals, can also affect the inner thigh and buttock area, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Mayo Clinic. The infection is very similar to yeast infection, but the difference is in the form of the yeasts.
Symptoms that indicate a problem: Itching and rash in the area of the thighs and cracks in the area of the genitals, redness and peeled skin where the rash is.
What can you do: Take a cream or powder against fungus for the genital area, in less serious case or visit a doctor.