There is a way to care for your underwear when you have toilet or yeast infection. This is the best time to pay particular attention to your hygiene and ensure it is at its peak. Below are some ways to care for underwear during an infection:
1. Use a skin-friendly laundry detergent
Treat your skin down there as sensitively as possible, our experts advise. It is advised that you use a hypoallergenic detergent, one that’s made for sensitive skin, free of dyes or perfumes. You should also avoid using bleach on laundry day if your underwear are involved. You never want to bleach your panties. Not only does it break down the fibers of the cloth and wear your underwear out faster, it can also expose you to chemicals when it interacts with elastic that can cause an allergic reaction on the skin.
2. Change them as often as you can
Seems obvious, right? But in addition to changing them daily, you should avoid sitting too long in a damp pair on a sweaty afternoon or worse, after workout, if you’re very prone to yeast/ vaginal infections.
Underwear can trap moisture and bacteria and yeast love to multiple in a warm and wet environment.
Whether you’re prone to infection or not, use dampness as a cue to send your undies to the laundry basket. If the discharge is bothersome and you can feel the wetness or moisture, then you should wear a new pair.
It’s also important to note that lingerie has an expiry date: Once the elastic is slackened and they’re not staying in place and causing extra rubbing and shifting around, it’s time to throw them out and get some new ones.