A Yeast infection, otherwise widely referred to as vaginal yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis) is an infection resulting from the overgrowth of fungus in the vagina. The fungus, called Candida albicans, naturally lives in the vagina.
When the fungus grows beyond the normal rate, inflammation, irritations, as well as painful discharge, occur. In the lifetime of most women, vaginal yeast infection occurs.
For a woman who experiences signs of a possible vaginal yeast infection for the first time, it is advisable that you consult your gynecologist. The gynecologist is in a better position to diagnose the exact health problem. However, there are quite a couple of natural ways (usually home remedies) that can help you kick the hell out of this yeast infection.
Natural Remedies For Yeast Infections
For a woman with recurring bouts of vaginal yeast infection who is fed up with prescription medications and the regular antifungal cream, you can try other remedies.
One good thing about some of the remedies is the fact that the ingredients are most likely available at home. Note how effective these remedies vary from individual to individual.
Read on to discover the simple home remedies that will end your problem with a vaginal yeast infection.
Remember that the vagina requires live bacteria to create and maintain a healthy environment. Remember that yogurt contains some live bacteria like lactobacillus acidophilus.
Now, because yogurt contains these live bacteria, it is said to be a probiotic. Probiotics can put the excessive growth of unhealthy fungus in check. Hence, Greek yogurt is a good way of naturally remedying vaginal yeast infection.
The most suitable and effective type for the home cure is plain Greek yogurt. Do not add extra sugar to it because it can actually promote the growth of Candida fungus.
Apple cider vinegar is another natural way of handling a stubborn vaginal yeast infection.
Vinegar is a very useful household liquid, even for medicinal purposes. Just pour half a cup of apple cider vinegar into warm inside your bathtub. Soak yourself in it for 15-20 minutes. The acid in the vinegar would have eliminated harmful microorganisms.
Do not confuse vinegar douching with a vinegar bath. The former is not encouraged as it can flush out all the good bacteria with the harmful ones from the vagina. The absence of certain bacteria puts you at a higher risk of yeast infection recurrence.
The essential oil of Oregano
The oil made from wild oregano (Origanum vulgare) contains carvacrol and thymol. These two are very powerful antifungals. These antifungals can stop or retard the growth of Candida albicans if used right.
Note that the essential oil of oregano naturally thins the blood. It should not be taken at all if you are already taking a blood thinning medication for another medical situation. If you are vitamin K deficient or you have issues with blood clotting, you should not take oil of oregano.
Do not take essential oils orally. Inhale the oil during aromatherapy. It should be diluted in oil like sweet almond oil or olive oil.
Mix some drops of essential oil in the carrier oil. Use a diffuser to inhale the oil or apply the oil to the skin during massage. The oil should not come close to the vagina.
As stated earlier, probiotics contain live bacteria which even aid the restoration of the bacteria-yeast balance in the body. A therapy of oral probiotics containing Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria is capable of bringing the vaginal flora and the digestive tract back to normalcy.
You might want to use probiotics as vaginal suppositories for a speedy effect since oral probiotics take as long as 10 days to be fully effective.
Boric acid is a white solid crystal that can dissolve in hot water to form a weak acid. Boric acid is a mild yet powerful antiseptic. It is believed that boric acid can cure a vaginal yeast infection that defies other solutions.
Before applying boric acid to the vagina, dilute it with water to reduce its acidity. Do not use boric acid in large quantity as it can be toxic. Boric acid must never be taken by mouth or applied to damaged or inflamed skin. It must never be used by a pregnant woman.
If your body absorbs an excess of it, acute failure of the circulatory system or kidney damage can result. Death is even a possible outcome of an overdose.
Coconut oil is one kind of oil that is replete with surplus health benefits. It equally has some antifungal properties. Coconut oil is derived from coconut flesh and it is fatty. The oil has many health benefits, including antifungal properties.
The antifungal properties are an effective cure for Candidaalbicans. This is one home remedy with very strong evidence for its effectiveness.
When treating a yeast infection with coconut oil, be sure to use pure and cold-press coconut oil. Coconut oil should be applied directly to the vagina.
Vitamin C is useful in boosting the immune system. When your immune system is strong, your body finds it easier to come to a state of balance.
Vitamin C, known as ascorbic acid, contains some antimicrobial properties when it is still in tablet form. It can be used to kill Candida and reduce its overgrowth.
Take in enough vitamin C to increase your body’s ability to resist yeast infection. Remember that vitamin C is acidic. It should not come in contact with the sensitive tissue of the vagina.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a very useful oil that works very well against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. A vaginal balm with traces of tea oil may be useful when treating vaginal infections.
It is also believed that tea tree oil is useful in maintaining a healthy balance in the vaginal flora.
Because tea tree oil is very powerful, it should be diluted in coconut or jojoba oil before using it for vaginal treatment. Do not use it frequently. Do not use tea tree oil orally.
Tea tree oil is available at some local stores or on online shopping sites.
Though it is still being debated whether garlic can effectively cure vaginal yeast infections, it is believed that it kills Candida.
If you must use garlic as a home remedy against vaginal yeast infection, just apply it to your food. Do not insert garlic into the vagina. Garlic in the vagina can cause irritation and inflammation.
Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic capable of killing bacteria and yeast. Even though it is selective in its operation, it can still help.
Before you use hydrogen peroxide on your vagina, dilute it with enough water. Do not apply hydrogen peroxide in the vagina for more than 5 consecutive days.
After Using These Natural Ways of Getting Rid of Yeast Infection, What Next?
A natural remedy (home remedy) might offer some relief in a space of days. It might take up to a week. If the symptoms persist or get worse, consult your gynecologist.
- Reduce your intake of sugar and junk. Sugar and junks encourage yeast growth.
- Do not be inside wet cloths for a long time. Warm moist promote yeast growth.
- Use loose-fitting, cotton underwear.
- Douches should never be used except when they are prescribed by a doctor.
- Do not use vaginal deodorant and perfumed vaginal cream.
- Antibiotics should only be used when necessary.
These natural home remedies may or may not cure vaginal yeast infections in your body. Do use organic ingredients and items. How effective a home remedy depends on the patient, how severe the condition is as well as the quality of ingredients used.
If any home remedy is worsening the situation, discontinue from it. Consult a medical professional.
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