How does Amoxicillin cause yeast infections?

Although Amoxicillin can be very helpful in combating bacterial infections, it also kills good bacteria that keep numbers of other undesirable micro-organisms in check.

Candida albicans is a fungus that is naturally present on the skin and on mucous membranes: the mouth, throat, and vagina. When Amoxicillin is taken, especially for a prolonged period of time, it kills good bacteria that keep Candida from spreading.

A yeast infection results when Candida albicans proliferates in the vagina because there are not enough good bacteria to limit its presence.

What can you do to prevent a yeast infection while taking Amoxicillin?

- Keep the genital area clean and dry — fungus likes moist conditions.

- Avoid wearing tight underwear or pants. Wear clean cotton underwear.

- Eat an alkaline diet consisting mainly of fruits and vegetables. Candida thrives in an acidic environment, so a diet based on fruits and vegetables will make your body more alkaline and discourage candida overgrowth.

- Take an oral probiotic supplement. Antibiotics kill both harmful and beneficial bacteria, so taking a probiotic helps to restore the beneficial bacteria your body needs.


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