Health Hazards You Might Not Know About

Spot these health risks you may not know about!
by Giancarla Espinosa   |  Mar 25, 2010
illustration by Angela Angeles
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THE DEAL: Taking antibiotics
THE RISK:
Yeast infections. When antibiotics attack bad bacteria, they may also kill good bacteria. That may throw the delicate balance in your vagina out of whack and lead to an overgrowth of yeast.
THE REMEDY:
Ask your doctor about getting a milder prescription. Try adding yogurt to your diet to combat yeast.

THE DEAL: Wearing thong underwear
THE RISK:
Urinary tract infection (UTI). The narrow strip of fabric acts as a funnel which can lead bacteria from the back of the genital area to the front, causing an infection.
THE REMEDY:
Avoid wearing thongs. Choose underwear made of cotton-this material lets air circulate better, discouraging the growth of bacteria. If you're worried about visible panty lines, try seamless underwear.

THE DEAL: Wearing jeans that are too tight
THE RISK:
Meralgia Paresthetica Disorder or numbness or pain of the thigh. Overly tight clothing can pinch and compress the nerves, causing itchiness, numbness, or even pain.
THE REMEDY:
Wear your size. Clothes shouldn't look like you mooched them off of your little sister. Pay more attention to the fit of your clothes to make a good fashion statement.

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THE DEAL: Not changing your sanitary napkin or tampon often enough
THE RISK:
Bacterial infection. By leaving tampons and pads on longer than necessary, bacteria is given the opportunity to thrive. It can then cause an infection.
THE REMEDY
: How often you change your pad or tampon is usually flow-dependent, but generally, you should change tampons every four to six hours, and pads, every three to four hours.

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THE DEAL: Too much caffeine in your diet
THE RISK:
Headaches, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and rapid heartbeat. Caffeine is a stimulant. Some people are extra sensitive to caffeine, so their central nervous systems get overly stimulated.
THE REMEDY:
Cut back on caffeine. Try switching to caffeine-free versions of your favorite drinks. Better yet, stick to good old agua next time you feel the need to cool down.

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