Sauna visit for vaginal mycosis: risks and preventive hygiene measures
- Sauna visits promote fungal growth through heat and humidity.
- In the case of an active vaginal fungal infection, special hygiene measures are required when visiting the sauna.
- A sauna visit is possible despite infection, but caution is advised.
With vaginal infection – vaginal fungus in the sauna?
Is it allowed to go to the sauna with vaginal mycosis? Vaginal fungus is an infection from which many women suffer. But few talk about it. At the same time, there are quite a few questions that arise on this topic. For example, whether you can go to the sauna with this infection. After all, you could infect other guests. Fungal spores, But is that really so? We have investigated and provide you with a detailed answer to this question. Above all, we’ll tell you what to look out for if the worst happens. And we’ll enlighten you as to what is behind this annoying infection in the first place.
What is vaginal fungus?
Most women suffer from vaginal fungus at some point in their lives. When the time comes, many of them are unsettled. Is this due to a lack of hygiene, or is it even a venereal disease? At this point, we can give the all-clear. Vaginal thrush is neither of these things. It is an infection with fungal spores. This can occur, for example, if you take penicillin. In this case, your immune system is probably a bit compromised anyway, otherwise you wouldn’t need the medicine. In addition, the active ingredient is based on a fungus. And then it looks for a warm, moist place to grow.
How can I recognize the infection?
You can recognize the infection by a white discharge and intense itching in the affected area. Additionally, you’ll probably notice a slightly fishy smell. You can easily treat vaginal fungus with an ointment from the pharmacy. In addition, you should follow a few hygiene rules during the infection. You probably don’t need to be told that you should wash your private parts. Use a special wash lotion during the time of infection, because your skin is highly irritated.
Can I go to the sauna now?
Yes, you can go to the sauna with a fungal infection. But as always, you need to keep a few things in mind. But first, let’s take away one fear: You probably won’t infect any other guests. As long as you always sit on a towel. But you should do that for your own sake. Because nasty bacteria lurk on the wooden benches in the sweat lodge. They could make the infection worse.
What applies in the sauna also applies in the relaxation room, of course. Always place a towel underneath. By the way, the bacteria cannot multiply in the dip tank. The water is too cold for that.
Avoid steam baths and whirlpool
We had already mentioned that the fungus likes it warm and humid. And where is it warm and humid? That’s right, in the steam bath and whirlpool. That’s why if you have a vaginal fungus, you should avoid these two areas. Especially in the steam bath, the high humidity would be pure poison for you. It tremendously promotes the spread of fungal spores. In this climate, by the way, the risk of infection for the other guests is also greatly increased.
Frequently asked questions:
- How common is vaginal fungus? Studies show that up to 75% of women suffer from vaginal fungus at least once in their lives. So it is a widespread problem, but one that is rarely talked about openly.
- Are there any preventive measures against vaginal fungus? Yes, these include wearing breathable underwear, avoiding excessive intimate hygiene, and avoiding antibiotics unless they are necessary.
- Can men also be affected by a similar fungus? Yes, although it is less common, men can also be affected by a fungus in the genital area, especially after contact with an infected partner.
- How does diet affect the risk of getting vaginal fungus? Some studies suggest that a diet rich in sugar and processed foods may promote the growth of candida, the fungus that causes vaginal thrush.
- Are there natural remedies for vaginal fungus? Many women swear by natural remedies such as yogurt, garlic or tea tree oil to treat vaginal fungus, although scientific evidence is mixed.
Important note: The information provided is in no way a substitute for professional advice or treatment by trained and accredited physicians. The contents of Saunazeit Magazine cannot and must not be used to independently diagnose or initiate treatment.
Prevalence of vaginal candidiasis in the United States, 2009-2010 by P. M. Sobel et al, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2012.
Risk factors for vaginal candidiasis in women” by J. E. Kwon et al, published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology in 2014.
German Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology: https://www.dggg.de/
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: https://www.acog.org/
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