Natural Home Remedies for Yeast Infections

Yeast infections are caused by overgrowth of the fungi Candida albicans. This infection can be disconcerting and painful for women. Following article will guide you about the natural home remedies for yeast infections.
| Friday, December 26, 2008
A vaginal yeast infection is caused because of a fungus called Candida albicans. This fungus is ordinarily found in small proportions within the vagina. Estimates indicate that around three out of four women tend to have the yeast infection during their lifetime. The causes for recurring yeast infections include diabetes, pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives and use of antibiotics and steroids. Yeast infections are also common after menopause following the reduction in estrogen levels that cause thinning of the vaginal walls.
  Symptoms of Yeast Infections
  • Itching and burning sensation around the vagina
  • Vaginal discharge that is white and looks like cottage cheese
  • Burning during urination
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
Natural Home Remedies to Cure Yeast Infections
  • Probiotics are microbial organisms that are found in the digestive tract and the vagina. These are referred to as friendly bacteria and can help rid yeast infections. These bacteria suppress the growth of Candida and so probiotic supplements can be used to relieve symptoms of yeast infections.
  • Chronic yeast infections can also be treated with boric acid. Boric acid is a mild antiseptic and also has antifungal properties. A study indicates that around 63% people experienced relief from chronic yeast infections following use of vaginal suppositories. However while using boric acid some precautions need to be taken as boric acid is quite toxic and so should not be taken internally or applied to open wounds and cuts.
  • Tea tree oil can be diluted and topically applied to the vaginal area.
  • Yogurt can also help in treating yeast infections. Unpasteurized and plain yogurt can be applied with a small spoon or inserted at night after which a pad can be worn. This can be repeated for a period of three to seven nights till the symptoms disappear.
  • Gentian violet can be applied to the vagina, the cervix area and the vulva and then a pad can be worn as this tends to stain. This treatment can work effectively after a single application.
  • A garlic suppository can also be inserted in the vagina. For this a single garlic clove should be peeled, wrapped in gauze and inserted in the vagina. This should be left in for a period of around twelve hours. Eating garlic can also help.
  • Potassium Sorbate can also be used to get relief from yeast infections. A cotton tampon can be dipped in 3% solution. To get this solution you can mix around 15 grams of Potassium Sorbate in around one pint of water and once the tampon is soaked in this solution it can be inserted in the vagina. This can be removed in the morning.
  • Acidophilus also helps in alleviating symptoms of yeast infections. This is easily available in health food stores.
  • Vinegar or water can be used for douche. Add around one tablespoon of vinegar to around one quart of water. However frequent douching should be avoided since this can result in increase in yeast problems.
  • Cranberries can also be used to treat urinary tract and yeast infections. Cranberries are responsible for reducing the pH in the urine and so can help in combating yeast infections.
  • Hydrogen peroxide can also be used to kill the yeast infection. For this purpose one teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide can be mixed with a cup of water and this solution can be used as a douche once in a day.
  • Another solution that can be used as a douche can be obtained by mixing 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar in a quart of water. Alternatively you can also use juice of half a lemon or a teaspoon of vitamin C and this can be mixed with a quart of water and used for douching.
  • To reduce itching in the vulva a paste of slippery elm powder and water can be applied to the region. Aloe Vera juice can also be used to reduce the itching by soaking a pad in the aloe vera juice and then this can be applied to the vulva.
  • Drinking a glass of buttermilk can help in killing the infection and this can serve as a good home remedy for yeast infection.
  • One way to reduce yeast infections is to ensure that the area is not moist. A warm salt hipbath can also be beneficial for reducing the yeast infections. Honey can also be applied to the outside portion of the vagina and this can be left for 15 minutes to ease the itching and infection.
  • Male yeast infections occur after intercourse or sexual contact with women who are suffering from the yeast infection. Treating male yeast infections includes using certain anti fungal creams and ointments along with other prescription drugs that can be easily obtained in the market.
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