When you are suffering from a yeast infection, you may experience some very annoying symptoms such as itching, burning, and pain depending on where the yeast infection occurs on the body. Luckily, you don’t need to run off to the doctor right away, there are many holistic home remedies that you can do to treat the yeast infection to prevent it from coming back.
A yeast infection develops when the Candida albicans fungus in the body experiences an overgrowth. This overgrowth is caused by an imbalance in bacterial levels within the body. The yeast then feeds off of this imbalance and begins to grow. Once the yeast grows, the body begins to experience the uncomfortable symptoms associated with a yeast infection.
You can find a long list of natural remedies that people claim really work to treat a yeast infection, but how do you know which ones are truly effective at treating a yeast infection and which ones are just a waste of time and money? What we eat can have a dramatic effect on the bacteria growth, negative or positive; here is a list of bacteria busting foods that can help treat one of the most annoying afflictions that women find themselves faced with…The Yeast Infection.
- Apple Cider Vinegar. Raw apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries to treat various illness and disease. It is filled with nutrients, enzymes, and antioxidants including many essential vitamins and minerals. It is fairly well known to be very effective at treating a yeast infection. It must be raw apple cider vinegar and not the distilled version as the distillation process kills all of the important ingredients and it will no longer treat the yeast infection. Apple cider vinegar can be used in a few ways to treat a yeast infection. Dilute the vinegar with water and dip a tampon in it before inserting the tampon into the vagina to treat a vaginal yeast infection; this is an unconventional use, but it rumored to work very well. If inserting a vinegar soaked tampon is too farfetched for you, washing the affected area with diluted apple cider vinegar, or adding a few drops to your bath water to soak in for 20 minutes works too.
- Garlic. Garlic has long been used to treat infections and it also kills yeast. To use garlic for a vaginal yeast infection you can insert one garlic clove into the vagina before bed and take it out in the morning. Some women prefer to wrap it in gauze or tie a string around it so that it will be easy to remove in the morning. If the garlic clove has any sort of cut in it, the activity of the garlic increases. If one uncut garlic clove doesn’t work, you can try putting a tiny slit in the clove for added strength. You may have to try this a few times to get the proper strength for your body. Some women need a garlic clove that is completely cut in half. For non-vaginal yeast infections, cut open a fresh garlic clove and rub it onto the affected area or you can also make a garlic paste to apply to the area.
- Yogurt. Yogurt is another common treatment for yeast infection. It must be only the unsweetened plain yogurt that contains acidophilus which kills the yeast in the body. Any sugar added to the yogurt will destroy the yeast killing properties and only give the yeast something to feed on. Eating ½ a cup a day of plain yogurt will also work to keep yeast levels in check. If you don’t like the taste of unsweetened yogurt, you can purchase acidophilus supplements to take.
- Boric Acid. Another effective treatment for yeast infection is the use of Boric Acid. You can purchase boric acid supplements and then insert one or two into the vagina overnight for a few days. Some women may experience some burning after insertion. Although inserting acid may seem scary and dangerous; boric acid is found in almost fruit and a variety of plants.
- Diet. Diet can play a big part in how yeast grows in the body. Consumption of a lot of carbohydrates and any type of sugary foods can feed the yeast and help it to grow. Beer should also be kept out of your diet as it contains yeast. Eat a healthy balanced diet that is low in carbohydrates and high in vitamins and minerals. It may take a few weeks to feel the effects of a better diet, but it will also work to keep yeast infections from coming back. This diet is very helpful for anyone suffering from an intestinal yeast infection.
You can also do a variety of other things to try to prevent a yeast infection from recurring. Some of these things include proper hygiene (including oral hygiene for oral yeast infections), staying away from nylon or any tight fitting clothing that can hold moisture and heat in, using only unscented products including soaps, tampons, and sanitary pads, and not staying in wet or sweaty clothing. These are things that give yeast what it needs to grow. Any one of these things could be the trigger that is causing the yeast infection to occur in your body. Diabetics are more likely to develop yeast infections so they should ensure that that their glucose stays at a safe level.
Having a yeast infection is not the end of the world, even though it may feel like it at times. You have a choice of a variety of things you can do to treat it naturally. You may need to try a few different things to find out exactly what works for you as everyone’s body is different. Just keep in mind that if you don’t see a difference within a few days or if the infection comes back, you should contact your physician to get stronger treatment and to make sure that it is indeed a yeast infection and not something more serious, and to get the underlying cause of the infection treated to prevent it from coming back. Also, a yeast infection that is left untreated can cause more serious problems down the road.
Amanda Smith is a young web entrepreneur. She is the owner of a few health websites dedicated to share natural home remedies and to help young families dealing with minor help issues. Most of her work is done from home while taking care of her two lovely children.