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3 Things to Know About Exercise and Yeast Infections

If you’ve had a yeast infection, then you know how uncomfortable it can be—and you’re probably looking to avoid another at all costs.

These infections typically cause an itchy, burning sensation in the vagina, but they can actually occur anywhere in the body where moisture is trapped between folds of skin.

Most women just wait relief. Unfortunately, exercise can actually serve as a hidden culprit, due to the combination of sweat and snug workout clothes.

Here are three things to know about exercise and yeast infections, according to the experts.

They’re most common in your armpits, groin, and vagina.

“Yeast infections commonly cause problems in the armpit, groin, and vagina,” explains Dr. Christopher Hollingsworth of NYC Surgical Associates. “The involved skin folds will appear very angry and red.”

Dr. C. Nicole Swiner, partner at Durham Family Medicine and adjunct associate professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, says symptoms often include white discharge, an itching or burning sensation, or a diaper rash-like look and feel to the affected area. These types of infections are very common for women and are usually caused by a pH imbalance.

Sweaty, unwashed clothes are more likely to harbor the types of fungus that cause yeast infections.

“The balance of acid and base in secretions in the vaginal area can be thrown off by recent medications, hormonal changes, intercourse, irritants that we may be allergic to, or sweaty or moist environments,” Dr. Swiner notes. “Anytime there is an overgrowth of what is naturally occurring down there, yeast infections can occur.”

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If you have a yeast infection, you can still workout.

Even though working out while you have a yeast infection may be annoying, to say the least, it’s technically fine to keep hitting the gym; you won’t make things worse, especially if you’re already treating the infection. But, if you want to skip your workout due to the severity of inflammation, then that’s okay, too.

”Working out can cause yeast infections, but one does not need to stop working out during treatment,” says Dr. Swiner. “Treatments include probiotics, which can be used both internally and externally, over-the-counter Monistat (or other anti-yeast creams), or vaginal inserts.”

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Lower your risk with a few simple steps.

“Sweaty, unwashed clothes are more likely to harbor the types of fungus cause yeast infections,” says Dr. Hollingsworth. “In the absence of personal hygiene, these yeasts spread to the skin, then find a moist area, where they start to multiply and cause dermatitis. Tight-fitting clothing, poor hygiene, close skin-to-skin contact with friction, and moisture in areas of your body with poor ventilation are all risk factors.”

  • While you can’t prevent yeast infections one hundred percent, to help reduce your risk you can certainly practice good habits, with respect to exercise:
  • Use good hygiene. Don’t re-wear the same workout clothes day after day, and be sure to shower after each workout.
  • Wear loose-fitting, breathable layers to help wick away moisture.

Talk to your healthcare provider about treatment, or explore medicated powders to keep problem areas dry.

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You know when people say “dress for success”? Yeah, that’s not just about the office. What you wear to the gym 100 percent affects your performance.

That 10-year-old sports bra, or cotton T you’ve had since middle school, can actually make working out feel harder, and even wreak havoc on your body.

Here’s what you should chuck from your workout wardrobe, stat:

1. 100% Cotton Clothes

Sure, research shows that cotton clothes stink less than synthetic fabrics, but “cotton literally absorbs every ounce of sweat, which makes you you feel like you’re wearing a wet towel,” says Chad Moeller, a certified personal trainer.

The more moist clothing is, the more likely bacteria will grow—especially if you’re wearing it for long periods of time, says Navya Mysore, M.D., a physician at One Medical in New York. And “if any open areas of skin are exposed to bacteria-filled workout clothes, it can lead to a fungal infection at the site,” she explains. Instead of cotton, opt for sweat-wicking fabrics made for exercise.

2. Worn-Out Sneakers

There’s a general rule of thumb that you should wear your sneakers for about 300 miles before replacing them. But if you’re not tracking miles, it can be tough to figure out just how much work you’ve put your gym shoes through.

“You know your sneakers are too old when the treads or designs on the bottom start to wear out,” says Jasmine Marcus, a physical therapist in Ithaca, NY.

“If the bottoms are flattening in areas and you can no longer see the design of the tread”—not to mention, if there are holes by the toes, or any other obvious signs of total disrepair—“it’s time to get new sneakers.”

The problem with old shoes? They provide less cushioning and shock absorption, says Marcus, and as the bottoms get worn down, it can throw off the alignment of your feet and, as a result, your knees and hips.

3. Regular Bras or Stretched-Out Sports Bras

For the love of your breasts, do not wear a regular bra to the gym. Saggy old sports bras with stretched-out elastic are a bad idea, too. “If you’re not wearing a sufficiently supportive bra to work out, bounce isn’t the only thing you have to worry about,” says Darria Long Gillespie, M.D., a clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. “If you have a moderate to large chest, the movement can lead to upper back and shoulder pain post-workout.

Not to mention, “it can cause the breast tissue to stretch, damaging it and increasing your chances for sagging in the future,” says Gillespie.

4. Jewelry

If you’re too nervous to leave your jewelry in the locker room, leave it at home—it’s a no-go on the gym floor. Let’s start with necklaces: “If you’re running with a long pendant, I hope you enjoy it beating against your chest and smacking you in the face, or getting tangled with your earbuds or the elliptical arms,” says Angel Stone, a NASM-certified personal trainer.

And you might think rings are fine, but “wearing them while you lift could affect your grip on the weights and pose a serious risk if the weight slips out of your hand,” she says. “Also, the pressure of a weight against your ring can cause deep indentations and even break the skin. And remember, a 25-pound weight can easily dent the metal or scratch the stone.”

5. Too-Tight Clothes

Compression clothing, which is designed to allow movement while compressing the muscles, is fine. But clothing that’s a size too small or too tight in any way? That can do more harm than good.

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“Clothing should not be so tight that it restricts movement—like shorts or leggings that make it impossible for you to bend over or descend into a full squat or shirts that keep you from raising the arms overhead,” says Robert Herst, a certified personal trainer and powerlifter.

“Also, clothing should not be so tight that it restricts circulation.” Too-small pants can cause leg cramps, while tight sports bras can actually constrict your breathing, says Mysore. Restrictive shorts can cause chafing on the inner thighs, which can even lead to infection.

6. Super-Baggy Clothes

“You don’t want to hide the body, because your trainer or instructor needs to see it to asses you,” says Conni Ponturo, the founder of Absolute Pilates Upstairs in Woodland Hills, CA. “Is the spine elongated, are the abdominals engaged, are the ribs poking out, are you overworking the wrong muscles?”

She adds: “Exercise clothes today are made to help the body move in a better way,” so find an outfit that actually fits you, and that you feel awesome in—looking good is just a bonus.

7. A Face Full of Makeup

This should really go without saying, but “makeup has its time and place, and the gym is not one of them,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “When you sweat, dirt and oil can build up under makeup, which leads to irritation, and promotes acne breakouts.”

And so begins a vicious cycle, in which you wear more makeup to cover up the blemishes caused by wearing makeup. Ugh. “If your goal is actually work out at the gym, it’s best to go with a freshly washed face wearing nothing besides a light sunscreen,” says Zeichner.

Ashley Mateo Ashley Mateo is a writer, editor, and UESCA-certified running coach who has contributed to Runner’s World, Bicycling, Women’s Health, Health, Shape, Self, and more.

Stylish Workout Clothes That Aren’t Tight

Workout gear is becoming just as cute as regular clothes these days, what with all the stylish mesh leggings and funky sports bras, but the only downside is that most of styles are really tight. That why I hunted down the best workout clothes that aren’t tight for days when I’m just not in the mood to do the wiggle-dance-squeeze into tight leggings. There are even days when a fitted tank top is the last thing I want to put on my body.

For every day I find myself doing jump squats in my favorite cosmic-print leggings, there’s a day I’d like to have a loose tunic that covers my butt to do my barre stretches in. It’s about options, folks! And luckily, there are a lot. From cool open back workout tunics that let you show off your favorite sports bra, to flowy harem pants that would be perfect for a yoga sesh, cute workout clothes that aren’t tight do exist. If tight-fitting workout clothes are just not your thing, here’s a round-up of my favorite loose-fitting workout clothes for your next sweat sesh.

1. A Loose Open Back Tank For Your Workout

Roxy Women’s Devotee Tank Top (XS-SL), $9-$38, Amazon

This loose and flowy tank top is the opposite of boring with its contrasting colors and my favorite detail — an open back!

2. Sweat It Out In This Flowy Tunic

Elbon Boutique Womens Comfy Short Sleeve Loose Tunic Top (XS-5XL), $13-$18, Amazon

Comfy, full coverage, but still lightweight — what more could you want in a workout tunic? Plus, it comes in so many colors!

3. Stay Comfy In These Bright Joggers

Women’s Under Armour Tech Twist Capri (XS-XXL), $30-$40, Amazon

If you want to ditch tight leggings, opt for comfy joggers. This bright pair is anything but boring.

4. Try A Super Breathable High-Low Racerback Tank

TeeDoc Loose Activewear Flowy Open Back Yoga Tank Top (XS-L), $10, Amazon

This high-low racerback tank has breatheable mesh so it’ll be the perfect breezy top to throw on before you get into your sweat sesh.

5. Wear This Loose Trapeze Tank For Your Next Gym Sesh

Stretch is Comfort Women’s Plus Size Modal Ava Tunic Tank (XL-3X), $12, Amazon

This stretchy trapeze tank is so comfy, not to mention the fact that it runs a little longer than most to give more coverage.

6. This Cool Pair Of Running Shorts Is A 2-In-1

FEILV Women’s Active Mesh 2 in 1 Run Sport Shorts (S-XL), $18-$20, Amazon

If you live for a good pair of loose running shorts, these are a perfect pair because they feature another layer of compression shorts for extra coverage.

7. A Surplus Top You’ll Want To Wear Outside Of The Gym

Ssyiz Long Sleeve Stretchy Top Solid Color Fashion T Shirt (XS-4XL), $13-$18, Amazon

This surplus back top is so cute, I’d even wear it outside of the gym.

8. Grab This Essential Racerback Tank In Every Color

Cool Relaxed Loose Fit Rayon Knit Racerback Sports Tank Tops (S-XXL), $8-$22, Amazon

Stock up on these flowy racerback tanks that are so easy to throw on over your favorite sports bra and leggings.

9. Perfect Your Sun Salutation In These Flowy Pants

Hoter Womens Soft Elastic Waistband Fitness Yoga Herem Pants (M-XL), $15, Amazon

Move freely through all your complicated moves in the flowy yoga harem pants.

10. Go From Gym To Errand Running In These Joggers

Alya Plus Size Drawstring Waist Contrast Color Jogger Pants (1X-3X), $20-$24, Amazon

Play up your athletic side with a loose pair of joggers that will take you from the gym to the streets.

11. This Mesh High-Low Tee Is Actual Perfection

Campeak Mesh Workout Sport T-Shirt (S-L), $13-$17, Amazon

I love any workout gear with mesh (hello non-sticky, breathable fabric!), so this loose high-low tee is a favorite.

12. A Loose-Fitting Gradient Outer Layer

Pink Lotus Sunny Ombre Zip-Up (1X-2X), $23-$67, Amazon

When your workout discipline is still going strong in November, you’ll be happy to have an outer layer that keeps you warm en route to your exercise class.

13. You Can’t Go Wrong With These Classic Workout Pants

Adidas Athletics T10 Pants (XS-2XL), $37-$45, Amazon

When tight leggings just won’t do, this classic pair of loose workout pants can be a real lifesaver.

14. Prevent Any Spillage With This Covered Tunic

Jofit Women’s Time Zone Tunic (S-XXL), $30-$68, Amazon

This loose fitting tank also has a high neckline for anyone concerned about spillage during an intense workout. Hey, it happens!

15. Try This French Terry Tunic That Will Keep You Dry

Under Armour Favorite French Terry Tunic Dress (XS-XL), $60, Amazon

This french terry tunic dress has moisture-wicking fabric that dries faster than regular cotton, and is so easy to throw on over leggings — or to wear alone!

16. You’ll Never Take These Fold-Over Joggers Off

Mrignt Fold Over Workout Capris (XS-XL), $19-$25, Amazon

These fold over joggers are so comfy you’ll find yourself wearing them even when you’re not working out.

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I Exercise A Lot, Which Means Yeast Infections Can Be Part of Life

I’m super active, and while being active can lead to many positive results, it can sometimes lead to a few not-so-good results. Like vaginal yeast infections. Yeast thrives in warm, moist environments in the vaginal area. Sweat from physical activity, wet swimsuits after swimming laps, and tight spandex or nylon underwear can contribute to warm, moist environments that help yeast to thrive. If you’re active like me, and you get yeast infections, the good news is, there’s something you can do about it.

So why do girls get yeast infections?

Yeast infections are due to the overgrowth of yeast in the vagina, and they happen because there’s either too much food for the yeast (like hormones) or the “good bacteria” keeping the yeast levels in check have been wiped out. Here are some possible yeast infection causes:

Too much food for yeast to grow…

  • Menstruation: Changes in hormone levels during a normal menstrual cycle can result in occasional or recurrent yeast infections.
  • Increased Estrogen Levels: Women who are taking birth control pills that have a high-dose of estrogen as well as those on estrogen hormone therapy are more susceptible to developing a yeast infection.
  • Pregnancy: Increased levels of estrogen during pregnancy make women more susceptible to yeast infections.
  • Diabetes: Whether controlled or uncontrolled, diabetes puts women at higher risk for developing a yeast infection because of the extra glucose that’s not being properly metabolized.

Not enough bacteria to keep yeast in check…

  • Antibiotics: Broad-spectrum antibiotics kill healthy lactobacillus bacteria (“good bacteria”) in the vagina, which enables yeast to overgrow.
  • Cancer Treatments: Undergoing chemotherapy treatments creates a greater risk for developing a yeast infection.
  • Impaired Immune System: Women with weakened immunity from corticosteroid therapy or HIV infections are at greater risk for developing a yeast infection.

Here’s how to help prevent yeast infections

  • Change out of wet swimsuits and exercise clothes as soon as you can
  • Avoid scented hygiene products like bubble bath, sprays, pads, and tampons
  • Change tampons and pads often during your period
  • Avoid tight underwear or clothes made of synthetic fibers
  • Wear cotton underwear and pantyhose with a cotton crotch
  • If you keep getting yeast infections, be sure and talk with your doctor

Can I still exercise with a yeast infection?

You can exercise while you are taking MONISTAT® 1 Ovule® formula. All other treatments should be taken at night right before bed, and you can expect some leakage with product use. For best results, lie down as soon as possible after inserting the product. This will reduce leakage. You may want to use fragrance-free panty liners or pads to protect your clothing during the time you are using MONISTAT®.

Relieve symptoms faster

There’s no reason why a yeast infection should hold you back from your workout routine! Once you know what it is, the next step is finding out how to treat a yeast infection. After your doctor confirms that it’s a yeast infection, reach for MONISTAT®. MONISTAT® is the #1 OTC (over-the-counter) yeast infection brand and relieves yeast infection symptoms 4x faster than the leading prescription pill.

If this is your first yeast infection, it’s important to talk with your doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Not sure what to ask? Here are some questions to ask about your first yeast infection.

MONISTAT® 1 treatment is proven in a clinical study to stay in place throughout vigorous activity. That means it keeps working while you work out.

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5 Common But Embarrassing Symptoms You Should Definitely Talk to Your Doctor About

He and fellow host Dr. Asha Shajahan, a family medicine physician at Beaumont, talked about common embarrassing symptoms on a HouseCall episode.

“There’s no taboo topic for a doctor,” Dr. Shajahan added. “We’ve seen a lot of crazy things over time.”

Here’s a rundown of five commonly searched, embarrassing health symptoms:

Excessive sweating

Sweating is a perfectly normal bodily function, a way for the body to cool itself. But it makes many people understandably self-conscious when, say, they arrive for an important meeting at work, party or special event drenched in sweat.

That goes double if your sweat is coupled with body or foot odor.

Excessive sweating is typically the result of an exaggerated emotional response, being anxious or having a hormonal imbalance. But you should be concerned when it happens when it’s not hot out or there’s no other obvious trigger. It could be a sign of hyperhidrosis, a condition that affects about 8 million Americans.

If you sweat excessively, you should see your doctor to rule out other factors, including diabetes, thyroid issues, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, an infection, anxiety or hormone imbalance, which can afflict post-menopausal women. “Those are all things that can cause excessive sweating that you can correct,” Dr. Shajahan said.

Some people simply produce more sweat than others. Doctors can issue you prescription-strength antiperspirant, even for your feet. Botox injections can help with sweaty palms, and anticholinergic drugs help lock the body’s sweat triggers. But if that doesn’t work, it’s time to look for organic causes.

If you suffer from night sweats, when you wake up night after night drenched in sweat, that could be a sign of an underlying infection, Dr. Gilpin said. So you should definitely see a doctor.

Constipation, gas and flatulence

People often tell their doctors that they get bloated after eating a meal, or constipated. Many surmise that a certain food that they ate causes gas, or that they are lactose or gluten intolerant.

But oftentimes, constipation is down to simply not eating enough dietary fiber. Nervousness, stress and your diet can also stress the digestive system, causing diarrhea or gut stress.

It’s also important to consider the role of air, which gets into the intestines via swallowing or drinking. Another possibility: your intestinal flora — a.k.a. gut bacteria —may be producing gas as a byproduct of your metabolism.

As Dr. Gilpin points out, babies often suffer from excessive gas because they’re swallowing air. And the only way for air to escape the body, to be frank, is by farting or belching.

Some people believe they suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, which is a complicated disease that is diagnosed after a process that likely includes a colonoscopy and ruling out other causes.

If you suffer from excessive bloating and flatulence, it could also be due to something called FODMAPs — an acronym for fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols. These are short-chain carbohydrates that the body doesn’t digest well. They’re found in many foods like wheat, beans, fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Shajahan advises patients who have digestive troubles to keep a food diary, so you can see what you ate that day if you experience diarrhea. Or, if you’re constipated, modify your diet before seeking a laxative product. Berries, flax and chia seed, and leafy greens will often do the trick.

Bad breath

Many patients complain of bad breath despite taking breath mints and mouthwashes, and despite the fact that their dentist says they don’t have gingivitis. Dr. Gilpin says it’s important to distinguish whether a person actually has bad breath from a clinical perspective.

“Once you get to real bad breath, then I think the majority of cases of real bad breath, real halitosis, are caused by disorders of the mouth, the teeth and the gums,” he said. “Gingivitis, teeth that have not been cleaned or flossed, trapped food, the back of the tongue is an area that also can trap food and that’s where most of the bad breath comes from.”

Other causes of clinical bad breath include chronic sinus issues, smoking, dry mouth after sleeping with your mouth open, or certain medications. Oftentimes, increasing the amount of water you drink can help.

If you truly have bad breath, Dr. Gilpin advises visiting a dentist as your first step. If you’ve tried modifying your lifestyles, flossing, brushing, good oral care and you’re still having issues, then your next step should be to visit an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor.

If you have bad acid reflux, that can also cause bad breath, and you should see a gastroenterologist. Controlling your intake of caffeine and spicy food may help you in this case.

Hair loss

Hair loss is a difficult subject for anyone, but especially women. But there’s a big difference between your hair falling out due to aging, stress, being in menopause or thyroid hormones, and actual alopecia, where you have patches of no hair growth.

For benign hair loss, there are some possible solutions. The first deals with diet; you should eat more proteins, vitamin D, and vitamin B12. You can also get your vitamin and hormone levels checked. Women, Dr. Shajahan said, often have low iron levels, so taking iron supplements, or eating iron-rich foods like lean red meats, shellfish, beans or spinach, can help.

It’s also important to maintain good scalp health by making sure you have good shampoos and conditioners and not wearing your hair tied up too tightly in a bun or ponytail.

If you have alopecia, you may need to see dermatologist, who can prescribe medications or steroid injections to help stimulate hair growth.

Dr. Gilpin said doctors can learn a lot by talking to patients about their hair loss, patterns and timing. “But if you can’t get to the bottom of it by just asking the questions, a dermatologist and a biopsy is going to be an important next step.”

Itchy things below the belt

Dr. Gilpin divides STIs into two camps:

  1. Lesions, lumps, bumps and sores, which include things like syphilis, herpes, HPVs, which cause genital warts, and chlamydia.
  2. Things that cause discharges, which covers conditions like gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast infections.

Common in young adult women, bacterial vaginosis is a type of bacteria that changes the balance of flora in the vagina and causes discharge that is smelly and uncomfortable. Normal vaginal flora, Dr.Gilpin explained, leans toward lactobacillus, a generally benign bacteria characterized by a clear discharge with no odor. When it transitions toward BV, the discharge becomes yellow and fishy, and can be uncomfortable.

Both BV and vaginal yeast infections are not sexually transmitted, per se, but they are often associated with sexual activity and flare up afterward. Condoms and taking antibiotics can sometimes cause yeast infections.

“BV and vaginal yeast infections can be unbelievably frustrating,” Dr. Gilpin said. “They can have a recurrent, relapsing nature to them and it’s extremely frustrating, so don’t be ashamed to talk to your doctor about them. You don’t have to hide in the shadows. I think that this is a very common thing, and it’s a very treatable thing.”

It’s especially important to talk to your doctor about issues you notice below the belt because STIs can lead to fertility problems if left untreated. Also, the presence of one STI could mean there are others lurking undetected, Dr. Gilpin said.

Of course, there are other bumps common to the genitalia region that aren’t STIs. For example, people sometimes mistake razor bumps or irritated hair follicles for genital herpes. There’s also jock itch, which is a skin fungus that’s treated with a topical antifungal, and women sometimes suffer from a condition called Bartholin’s cysts, which form on either side of the labia and can become inflamed and painful.

Yeast infections also can occur between the breasts, where they are treated by topical creams.

Both Dr. Gilpin and Dr. Shajahan said patients should know that their doctors are bound by strict confidentiality agreements and don’t shock easily.

“If it’s enough to create anxiety in you, it’s certainly enough to bring up to your physician,” Dr. Gilpin said.

NEXT STEPS AND HELPFUL RESOURCES

  • Learn more about these embarrassing symptoms by downloading / streaming the Embarrassing Symptoms of the Beaumont HouseCall Podcast.

YOUR CANDIDA INFECTION CENTER

CANDIDA SIGNS, SYMPTOMS AND RISK FACTORS

Candida can affect various organ systems and cause various symptoms such as:

Digestive system

  • Bloating, gas cramps
  • Alternating diarrhea with constipation
  • Multiple food allergies, or allergic to all foods (pan allergic)

Nervous system

  • Abnormal fatigue
  • Anxiety, mood swings
  • Drowsiness
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Insomnia and mental fogginess
  • In extreme cases: hallucinations and violent behavior
  • Symptoms of ADD, hyperactivity and learning disabilities in children

Skin

  • Hives
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Excessive sweating
  • Acne and nail infections

Genitourinary tract

  • PMS (depression, mood swings, bloating, fluid retention, cramps, craving for sweets, headaches prior to menstruation)
  • Recurrent bladder / vaginal infections
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • In males: chronic rectal or anal itching
  • Recurrent prostatitis
  • Impotence
  • Genital rashes and jock itch

Please fill out this Candida questionnaire if you suspect that you might have a candida or yeast infection. If you questionnaire score is higher than 140 please call us at (416) 913 4325 to schedule your initial naturopathic consultation to address any possible chronic or acute yeast / fungal / candida issues.

THRUSH

Thrush is the common name for a mouth infection caused by the Candida albicans fungus. It affects moist surfaces around the lips, inside the cheeks, and on the tongue and palate. Thrush is common in people with diseases such as cancer and AIDS, which suppress the immune system. It also can develop in people with normal immune systems, particularly people who have diabetes or who have long-lasting irritation from dentures.

Symptoms: Curdy, white patches inside the mouth, especially on the tongue and palate and around the lips. If you try to scrape off the whitish surface of a patch, you will usually find a red, inflamed area, which may bleed slightly. There may also be cracked, red, moist areas of skin at the corners of the mouth. Sometimes thrush patches are painful, but often they are not.

ESOPHAGITIS

Esophagitis is candida infections of the mouth can spread to the esophagus, causing esophagitis. This infection is most common in people with AIDS and people receiving chemotherapy for cancer.

Symptoms: Swallowing difficult or painful and it may sometimes cause a type of chest pain that centers behind the sternum (breastbone).

CUTANEOUS (SKIN) CANDIDIASIS

Candida can cause skin infections, including diaper rash, in areas of skin that receive little ventilation and are unusually moist. Some common sites include the diaper area; the hands of those who routinely wear rubber gloves; the rim of skin at the base of the fingernail, especially for hands that are exposed to moisture; areas around the groin and in the crease of the buttocks; and the skin folds under large breasts in women.

Symptoms: Patches of red, moist, weepy skin, sometimes with small pustules nearby.

VAGINAL YEAST INFECTIONS

Vaginal yeast infections are not usually transmitted sexually. During a lifetime, 75 percent of all women are likely to have at least one vaginal Candida infection, and up to 45 percent have two or more. Women may be more susceptible to vaginal yeast infections if they are pregnant or have diabetes. The use of antibiotics, use of birth control pills, or frequent douching also can promote yeast infections.

Symptoms: vaginal itch and/or soreness; a thick cheese like vaginal discharge; a burning discomfort around the vaginal opening, especially if urine contacts the area; and pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse.

DEEP CANDIDIASIS (for example, Candida sepsis)

In deep candidiasis, Candida fungi contaminate the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, causing severe infection. This type of candidiasis is especially common in newborns with very low birth weights and in patients with severely depleted immune systems or severe medical problems. In these people, Candida fungi may access the bloodstream through skin catheters, tracheotomy sites, ventilation tubing, or surgical wounds. Deep candidiasis also may occur in healthy people if Candida fungi enter the blood through intravenous drug abuse, severe burns, or wounds caused by trauma.

Symptoms: – deep candidiasis may cause a wide range of symptoms, from unexplained fever to shock and multiple organ failure.

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That said, it can still be hugely awkward—and the need to swear off all workout pants that aren’t black isn’t necessarily the worst part of a sweaty nether region.

RELATED: Do You Sweat More Than Normal?

“There are two major types of sweat glands: apocrine and eccrine glands,” explains Jeremy Fenton, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York and New Jersey. Eccrine ones produce the most moisture, whereas the apocrine glands produce the most stank—and your groin has a higher density of them than just about any part of your body, save your armpits, says Fenton. That means: A sweaty crotch it going to be a smelly one.

Those smells can lead to more smells—and itches. “The problem with this sweat is that this area rarely gets to breathe,” says Melissa Goist, M.D., clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “So the skin stays wet and occluded. This environment is perfect for the yeast that lives on your skin to thrive and overgrow, causing external yeast infections.” Trapped down-there moisture can also result in small cracks or fissures that can be itchy and irritating, allowing entry for bacteria that may cause skin infections, she says.

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“The best thing a woman can do is keep herself as dry as possible,” says Goist, who recommends changing out of your sweaty workout gear (and washing up!) immediately following your sweat sessions. Wearing loose-fitting pants can also help the skin “breathe,” so it stays cooler and less sweaty, says Montenegro. Plus, whatever sweat you do have can dry more easily.

Montenegro recommends splurging on workout-worthy underwear that help to wick away sweat; many athletic apparel brands, including Under Armour and Moving Comfort, sell them. Both brands even sell undies with microbial technology. Meanwhile, Dear Kate specializes in underwear and yoga pants that boast breathable and leak-free inner liners. (They can hold up to three tablespoons of moisture—sweat, pee, period spotting, whatever.)

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You’ve finally done it. You’ve found the perfect pair of workout leggings with seams that don’t chafe: the holy grail of versatile athleisure aesthetics. Just as you turn to see how the snug fit complements your bum, your worst nightmare flashes across the paneled mirrors—your favorite pair of black workout leggings have deceived you in the form of see-through material! If this struggle sounds all too familiar, I’m here to help.

Searching for the perfect pair of workout leggings can often feel like a daunting task due to the number of options available. With various brands claiming to offer the best product, it can be hard to decipher which pair of pants will actually deliver during a legitimate sweat sesh like a 60-minute vinyasa flow.

Best Leggings for Yoga

Stress no more, my friends! I’ve taken the time to personally test five different pairs of popular workout leggings to determine which options are the best fit for your yoga practice. To help you save time and your hard-earned money, I put these workout leggings to the ultimate yogi challenge by attending one hot, one power, and two vinyasa yoga classes with each pair.

Following each class, I logged my insights on factors including breathability, comfort, the integrity of the waistband, athleisure applications, and the integrity of the material. Read on for my honest opinions regarding which pants you should consider adding to your yoga practice and which workout leggings are best left on the shelf.

C9 Freedom High Waist Leggings

Size XS

I celebrate a budget-friendly legging as much as the next yogi, but unfortunately the C9 Freedom High Waist Leggings fell short. The lack of stretch was a key player in the leggings’ downfall due to their sheer material. If I can’t down dog without flashing my polka-dotted cheeky to the woman behind me, the item will certainly not be added to my closet.

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Pros

Stranded in a town far from home without your favorite LBL (Little Black Leggings) and desperate for an easy yoga flow? This pair will get the job done in a pinch, without leaving a worrisome dent in your wallet.

Cons

While I may pick them up in the above scenario, they would live in my dresser drawers thereafter. Ultimately, the C9 legging doesn’t offer the stretch, tailoring, or technicality that many women (including myself) search for in the quest for the perfect pair of yoga leggings. The thin black material is prone to pilling and the extra seam of piping down the leg makes the legging a bit itchy and uncomfortable for everyday wear. By the end of a full flow, the legging’s shape and fit were noticeably looser on my body. Bottom line? This one is a pass.

Reminds me of: A traditional cotton legging—not necessarily a yoga-friendly pair

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Athleta Meshblock Pocket Salutation Tight

Size XS—Available in Plus, Petite, and Tall Sizes

These leggings offer a goddess warrior squat-proof, naked-feeling fit! Athleta touts the Meshblock Pocket Salutation Tight’s “unpinchable” waistband and flatlock seams that minimize chafing. Thanks to a high rise that hits just below the belly button—and the heavenly soft matte material—flowing through a sun salutation in these yoga leggings unites the best of both comfort and style.

The strategically placed mesh blocks flatter and contribute to breathability, making these great go-to leggings for hot and power yoga flows (as long as they’re removed immediately after class).

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These yoga leggings feature a waistband pocket that’s useful for non-clunky items like cards, cash, or a loose key. Walking into my local yoga studio, I was pleased to find that the side pockets easily accommodated my iPhone 6s during the quick commute. Once class began, it was clear that the Salutation Tight was made of a perfectly breathable material: The light, thin fabric ensured sweat wasn’t lingering in any curves or crevices during class, and I didn’t notice any visible sweat spots despite the heat.

The fit is very comfortable: no chafing or compression along the seams of these yoga pants (I didn’t even have lines or indentations after taking them off!). Athleta’s mesh is softer and far more flexible than what you’ll find in many other pairs.

Throughout my yoga flow, the high-rise waistband resisted rolling and folding. It lays flat and didn’t show through my lululemon Cool Racerback. All this plus minimal clinging, a hardly noticeable cameltoe, and no feeling of being held in (which means no compression—ladies, these will not hide cellulite) equates to maximum comfort. I’m happy to say the Salutation Tight is commando-friendly. All my queens rejoice!

As I mentioned, if you’re looking for cellulite-concealing compression, this won’t be your go-to pair of yoga pants. Also note that after class, the sweat I’d worked up left a noticeably moist feeling, and I needed to change into my breezy romper before heading out to my favorite coffee shop. These yoga leggings feature great breathability, but given the mild clamminess typical of a matte-finished workout legging after a sweaty class, they aren’t ideal for a quick transition from the studio to your next activity.

Reminds me of: The lululemon Align Pant

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lululemon Align Pant

Size 2—Available in 19”, 21”, 25”, and 28” Lengths

It’s hard to find workout leggings as comfortable as the lululemon Align Pant. Movement during every variation of yoga was noticeably easier in this pant thanks to the “naked” material, which takes standing bow to a whole new level.

The fabric has a soft, matte feel, which makes these the perfect yoga pant to transition your look from a workout to a night out. Since these workout leggings don’t have any flashy features or a super sporty look, they’re perfect paired with just about any item in your closet, from a long cardigan sweater to booties and Old Skool Vans.

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The lululemon Align Pant is similar to the Athleta Meshblock Pocket Salutation Tight in terms of moisture wicking and breathability. There is no feeling of thickness or super tight compression to these pants, and the shape holds well when worn as suggested. The waistband on these workout leggings is easily my favorite out of the various pairs I tested. It sits just above the belly button, slightly higher than the Athleta Meshblock Pocket Salutation Tight and lays completely flat with no rolling or adjusting needed.

Although these pants were airy and comfortable during hot yoga, the moisture was noticeable once the flow stopped. While the sweat spots weren’t visible, I would still recommend removing these pants shortly after a heated class since they are not entirely moisture-wicking. If you’re looking for a workout legging that can help disguise cellulite, the lack of compression in these pants may not be a feature you’re looking for.

Reminds me of: Dancing around in nothing but my underwear (or the Athleta Meshblock Pocket Salutation Tight)

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Beyond Yoga High Waist Leggings

I’m a fan of high-waisted leggings, but the Beyond Yoga High Waist Leggings missed the mark a bit for me. Although these pants were tailored well to the calves and ankles, the fabric wasn’t very breathable and felt more like a traditional cotton legging. While these leggings are not ideal for a sweat session, they do pair well with everyday attire. With that being said, they don’t hold up well enough for regular wear. There were signs of pilling in just two short weeks.

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These workout leggings had comfortable seams and didn’t chafe during my hot and vinyasa practices—or core circuits! The waistband hit at the belly button and stayed in place, only requiring one adjustment during my 60-minute yoga flow. These pants have decent compression, but no excessive squeezing that would limit breathing, moving, or eating.

Unfortunately, these workout leggings were not comfortable for hot yoga as I began feeling clammy and restricted as class continued. These pants also did not dry quickly after class. Overall, I would only recommend them for room temp flows. The fabric was slightly see-through, which made me feel a bit self-conscious during my practice. Unfortunately, this nagging distraction is the last thing you want during a centering movement meditation. In my opinion, these workout leggings were not worth the price tag.

Reminds me of: A traditional cotton legging

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ZELLA Live In High Waist Leggings

ZELLA’s Live In High Waist Leggings are a well-tailored yoga pant option that’s crazy posture proof. (Hollow back handstands, here I come!) If you like thicker material and an extra long inseam on your yoga pants, this is a great pick. In fact, the legs were so long that at 5’4” I experienced a little scrunching around the ankle, which means the Live In Leggings will be perfect for tall and long-legged ladies.

The poly-spandex blend results in a matte, brushed-feeling material that’ll keep you comfy, especially in a cooler studio space (i.e., I’m not recommending this pair for hot yoga).

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I got to to do some hip-opening, root chakra–grounding binds while sporting these leggings and was pleasantly surprised by their flexibility. No chafing and no cutting in, even as I was breathing through my flying lizard lunge! The Live In High Waist is true to its description, sitting just above the belly button. The leggings stayed in place throughout my yoga flow—no adjustments necessary. The crotch is also comfortable with or without underwear, which is great for poses like bird of paradise and happy baby. I would gladly wear these out and about, which means these yoga leggings stay true to their name.

Some will love the thickness and compression of the Live In Legging, but for those who break a serious sweat, a quick change after class (or a more moisture-wicking pair of leggings, like the Nike Pro HyperCool Training Tight) will be welcome since the material can feel a bit clammy. If you already love the ZELLA Live In Legging but are looking for something for hot yoga, opt for ZELLA’s Lightweight High Waist Midi Leggings or their High Waist Mesh Crop.

These yoga pants are prone to clinging and are likely to pill if not handled carefully. Also, if you’re petite and bothered by scrunching at the ankle or want yoga pants with a pocket that can hold more than a card, cash, or a loose key, opt for the Athleta Up For Anything ⅞ Tight.

Reminds me of: A long, warm hug

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