Many women across the world suffer from a very common yet quite annoying problem called Yeast infection. Yeast infection comes with many a symptoms like itching, burning, soreness and discharge. Most women have a number of good yeast bacteria growing in their vagina which is healthy; but sometimes there is an excessive growth of yeast bacteria which results in many problems and discomfort. While yeast infection is easy to treat through medication sometimes simple home remedies help to control it. But we must stress the fact that one must be sure that the symptoms are of Yeast infection only.
While women usually have this Yeast Infections men can also have them and this can be spread with sexual intercourse and that is the reason many a times multiple medications fail to treat yeast infection. While the most common infection remains Vaginal Yeast Infection there are other types of Yeast Infection like below the breasts, any skin folds, inside the mouth and any moist area on the skin. But most women suffer from Vaginal Yeast Infections and it’s necessary to realize the correct symptoms before moving on to the remedies:
What are the most common Symptoms of Yeast Infection?
- Soreness, itching and discomfort of the vaginal area
- Pain/ burning sensation during urination
- Pain/Burning Sensation during Sexual Intercourse
- White, odorless, thick discharge in the vagina
Once you are sure these are the symptoms you are facing and are sure to be able to treat yourself at Home do keep on reading. Here are some easy ways to treat Yeast Infection at the comfort of your Home
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Yogurt is not only good for your health and diet but it also can control your Yeast infection. There are two ways to use Yogurt as a treatment for Yeast infection:
- Method 1
Yogurt can be had as a food item on a daily basis which will help to regulate the pH level of your vaginal area and help the Yeast infection to decrease.
- Method 2
Yogurt can be used on the infected area directly. If you have the yeast infection and have some Yogurt at hand then applying a spoonful on the affected area each day can help you feel a lot better. The Yogurt helps to reduce the itching and soreness. It also helps to control further infections and balances the pH level of the vagina. But do keep in mind it is unsweetened, colorless, and plain yogurt. If possible make some of your own at home for best results. Unsweetened plain yogurt having live cultures has Lactobacillus acidophilus which is a good bacteria in it. This Lactobacillus Acidophilus helps maintaining the number of Candida Albicans (The main cause of Yeast Infections) thus controlling the yeast infection and also keeping the infection from growing.
One of the most effective natural antifungal natural remedy at hand is Garlic. It is one of the most effective home remedies for vaginal Yeast Infection as well as many more health problems like Blood pressure, cholesterol and a natural antibiotic. There are many ways to use Garlic in order to treat yeast infection like inserting garlic tablets into the affected area or having garlic regularly in your meal.
There are many Garlic Tablets available in the market which you can put inside the vagina every few hours or as needed for the much needed relief. There are many Brands which offer Garlic Tablets but always use a Natural one for best effects.
If you do not have Garlic Tablets at hand you can easily use Fresh Garlic Cloves too. Just cut a clove of Garlic in half and insert it into the vagina for the same effect.
Having a few cloves of Garlic Daily with Water or tossing some Garlic into your daily meals can also help you fight off Yeast Infections. Having a clove of Garlic a day is said to help keep one healthy and resist most health problems.
Unsweetened Cranberry Juice:
Cranberries are a great way to keep Yeast Infection at bay. It is seen that Unsweetened Cranberry juice helps to acidify the Vaginal Secretions. Yeast thrives on Sugar and increasing the vaginal pH level to a bit towards Acidic will help to stop the Yeast Infection from spreading as well as control it. Usually the pH level of the Vagina stays around 4- 4.5 which is slightly acidic and turning it a bit more acidic will help to diminish the breeding condition of the Yeast and help control it. Cranberry is also used to cure urinary tract infections.
Tea Tree Oil:
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One of the most common Essential Oil, namely Tea Tree oil is a great solution to Yeast Infections too. Using diluted tea tree oil topically to infected areas help reduce yeast infections. While it should not be used internally or undiluted as it will be too harsh for the vaginal area.
If you want to use it as a douche then mix 1 teaspoon tea tree oil with 1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol. Store the resulting mix in a Sealed Dropper/container and use 10 drops into 500ml of water and use it as a Douche. This should be used daily for a week.
Boric Acid is a great way to get rid of the Yeast Infections at the comfort of your Home. The best way to use Boric Acid is to fill in some size ’00’ capsules with Boric Acid and use as a suppository. The capsules will melt due to the heat in your vagina as well as the moisture and help the Boric Acid to release into the vagina.
Boric acid has mild antifungal and antiseptic properties which helps to regulate bacterial growth in the affected area. Though it’s completely safe to use Boric Acid while the infection is present or has been cured, it’s not at all suggested to be used by pregnant women. If anyone has a chance of being pregnant using Boric acid is not suggested as it has not been tested upon Pregnant Women.
Herbal douches re an excellent way to treat vaginal Yeast Infections. Here’s a very common douche using herbal elements to help you clear up your yeast infection
Take same amounts of raspberry, sage and Comfrey leaves and add 1/4th part of goldenseal. Add four tablespoons of this herbal mix to approximately a litre of water and boil. Steep the tea for 20 minutes and let it cool after removing the herbs from it. The temperature should cool down to room temperature. Add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Add a tablespoon of acidophilus powder or ¼ cup of yogurt to the mixture if you want to. Use this to douche each day if you have a severe infections and lower the frequency once you see the infection lessen.
Hydrogen Peroxide Douche:
Hydrogen peroxide is usually produced by the healthy bacteria naturally living in the vaginal area. These bacteria create Hydrogen Peroxide which help to keep a check on Yeast Growth. If you have a severe yeast infections maybe using a douche of Hydrogen Peroxide will help you cure the yeast Infection. To get the best results buy a 3% hydrogen Peroxide solution from the market and mix it with a cup of water. This should be used daily and until the symptoms vanish. Continue it at least a day after you see the symptoms vanish to help keep the yeast infection from reoccurring.
This is widely used in brewing Beer and to stop the growth of yeast at the correct time. It is also used in preserving foods and is a good fungicide. The best way to use this solution is to make a solution by adding a tablespoon of potassium sorbate to a cup of water and then soaking a tampon in the solution. The tampon should be used overnight so that the solution can work for a good amount of time.
These are some of the most common and easy Home remedies to fight Yeast infections. If you have tried these solutions and have seen no improvement or are getting yeast infections quite regularly then consult your doctor for better assessment. There are many over the counter suppository, creams, chemical douches and treatment for yeast infection. Yeast infection can be spread through sexual activities so if one partner is diagnosed with it the other one should also treat themselves. If no improvement is seen a professional treatment can easily treat it.