How can a teen girl get a yeast infection?

November 5th, 2013 by Emily

Question: How can a teen girl get a yeast infection?
One that is not sexually active. Just a normal teen that is experiencing symptoms of yeast infection.

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Answer by Kate
Wearing a wet showering suit for too long, douching or using too much soap to sanitize down there, anything that can throw off your pH equilibrium which grants bacteria to thrive.

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6 Comments on “How can a teen girl get a yeast infection?”

  1. Jenive says:

    You can get it from eating a lot of sugary things.

  2. NadineG says:

    Reaction to a soap, swim suit on too long while wet, non cotton crotch undies, tight jeans, antibiotics ect. It does happen.
    I was scared to tell my mom when I was 17, and I suffered through one. And it was all because of an antibiotic.

  3. baby girl says:

    it has nothing to do with sex really. Tight underwear, wet bathingsuits, douching, using irritating soaps and sometimes scented tampons, not eating enough yogurt or probiotics.

  4. Charlotte says:

    -wearing a wet bathing suit for too long.
    -not letting your personal area get enough oxygen [some doctors reccomend not wearing underwear at night] this can be the case if you have discharge and wear a pantiliner everyday and night.

    -hope that helped! :)

  5. - Pookie Baybee ™ says:

    -keepinq a bathinq suit on too lonq.
    -EXTREME itchinq.
    -vaqinal discharqe.

    Also my doctor told me today that the heat could be 1(: Hope I Helped !

  6. Jerusha says:

    there are lots of reasons. i got one one time from taking antibiotics.

    antibiotics are probably the leading cause of vaginal yeast infections in american wimmin, and are a great example of the important principle that by using technology to solve problems, we create other problems. say you take an antibiotic to cure your sinus infection. the antibiotic kills the unwanted bacteria in your sinuses, but can also kill the “good” bacteria in your crotch, upsetting the balance of your vaginal ecosystem, allowing the yeast to take over. (antibacterial deodorant soap can have the same effect.) most wimmin have problems with only a few types of antibiotics, or with prolonged antiobiotic treatment. others get yeast infections every time they take antibiotics. unfortunately, i know of no way of preventing an antibiotic-induced yeast infection; you just have to treat it once it starts.

    clothing: crotch yeasties flourish in non-cotton, tight, or dirty clothes that trap heat and moisture. no doubt Xena, Warrior Princess, gets infections all the time from that leather underwear. your absolutely best bet is to wear a skirt with no underwear or tights, and definitely avoid pantyhose. if you’ve ever had an urge to go for that sexy thigh-high stocking look but have been too shy, here’s the excuse you’ve been looking for. and if you do wear underwear, your safest bet is unbleached, undyed cotton underwear and breathable clothes. it’s a good idea to change your underpants regularly, like maybe once a day. if at all possible, don’t sleep in underwear; if you do, put on clean stuff. yeast can live in your underwear, so be sure to wash it well, particularly during and after a yeast infection. some medical types think that when you have a yeast infection, you should wash and dry your underwear and then iron it or throw it in the microwave on high for 5 min to kill the yeast. on the other hand, check out this testimonial: “I wanted to alert your readers that putting underwear in the microwave for 5 minutes is a VERY BAD IDEA… I went off to finish my nightly ablutions, leaving the underwear nuking away. I came back to a little black melted pile and an incredibly difficult to clean microwave.” there you have it. i personally am going to stick to ironing.

    chemicals, such as inks, dyes, and perfumes, can upset the balance in your crotch or trigger allergic reactions that lead to yeast infections. the classic example is commercial douches, which have no benefits and are definitely harmful to the vaginal environment and your health. you know those odor-causing bacteria that their products help you get rid of? well, they’re the same bacteria that kill the yeast in your crotch! on top of that, soaps are not only disruptive to the vaginal environment, but can damage your mucus membranes. you should never soap your crotch. but there are other, less obvious sources of nasty chemicals. for example, i’ve had serious problems with those nasty colored, perfumed toilet papers, like Charmin; 5 days of that and i am yeast central. if you think that’s your problem, try an unscented, undyed toilet paper, like Scott. even better, use a recycled, unbleached eco brand. similarly, some laundry detergents and fabric softeners have allergenic dyes and perfumes; i invariably get yeast infections from underwear washed in Liquid Tide, and a friend of mine gets them from underwear washed in Wisk. again, try an eco brand, or something like Arm & Hammer fragrance free detergent. additives in bubble baths or bath salts, scented tampons or sanitary pads, or (heaven forbid) feminine deodorant sprays, can similarly trigger yeast infections.

    diet: some people say that cutting down on yeast-containing foods helps lessen the intensity or frequency of vaginal yeast infections. i don’t understand how this could matter, because the kind of yeast that’s found in foods like bread or beer is not at all like the yeast found in the vagina. but hey, it can’t hurt, and it might help. similarly, many people believe that high levels of sugar in your diet can contribute to yeast infections, presumably by elevating sugar levels in your urine, giving the yeast more food. i can’t see how this could happen in a healthy person, but if you think it’s a problem for you, cut down on your sugar and alcohol intake. it is clear that wimmin with poorly controlled diabetes get frequent yeast infections, precisely because of sugar in the urine. if you have frequent yeast infections and have other symptoms of diabetes, like you’re always thirsty and you have to urinate often, go see a doctor. finally, most advocates of dietary causes also list caffeine as a factor. again, i don’t understand the connection and personally can’t imagine my life without caffeine, but it’s up to you.

    hormones, both naturally-occurring and artificially introduced, can affect yeast. for example, pregnant wimmin are particularly prone to yeast infections. many wimmin taking contraceptive pills experie

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