8 Natural Remedies for Yeast Infection

8 Natural Remedies for Yeast Infection

Like other kinds of fungal infections, yeast infection is also caused by fungi and not life- threatening. But, it affects human skin, mainly in the vaginal region of women. And, it causes itchiness, which is really annoying and embarrassing. Also, men can get yeast infection, too. Nowadays, majority of women are suffering yeast infection. But they all feel ashamed to share with others or visit a doctor. Although treatment is simple, finally, they decide to live with this condition. Yet, it is wrong to ignore yeast infection because if yeast infection is not treated well, it can develop further infections. In this case, natural remedies are effective and convenient for both women and men.

What is yeast infection?

We all own yeasts. They live in human body and have two main types. One type is beneficial and considered as “friendly bacteria”. It normally lives in small amounts in places like your mouth and belly, or on your skin and makes no harm. Other type is a fungal form or systemic fungal infection. In this case, bacteria can develop extended root type structures and become invasive. Its name is Candida Albicans. It commonly affects the vaginal area. Also, it develops around dentures, lower abdomen, under the breasts, beneath skin folds and nail beds. According to a survey, more than 75% of women experience yeast infection at least one in their lives. Yet, men can also get a genital yeast infection.

Symptoms of yeast infection

It is difficult to identify yeast infection because people who catch this condition often looks very healthy outside. Besides, yeast infection symptoms sometimes make people confuse with other kinds of fungal infection. In fact, there are some visible signs commonly found in yeast infection patients:

In women, yeast infection causes

  • itching
  • pain
  • burning in or around the vagina
  • painful intercourse
  • vaginal burning upon urination
  • pain or discomfort in the vagina during sex
  • vaginal discharge
  • rash
  • resembling cottage cheese
  • swelling
  • redness
  • skin fissures
  • skin sores

In men, there are some symptoms. For example, redness, irritation, itching and discharge at the head of the penis.

Causes of yeast infection

There are many reasons for this condition.

Imbalance in body. People have problems with their health. So, it can weaken immune system and make imbalance in body. For example, the high estrogen levels during pregnancy or hormone therapy can also cause yeast infection. Some health problems like diabetes or HIV infection are common reasons.

Wrong personal hygiene. Fungi and bacteria develop and grow well in warm, moist environments. Yet, many women do not keep their vagina clean and dry. Thus, this creates a convenient condition for yeast infection works. Moreover, some people use strong cleanser for hygiene. This will kill “friendly bacteria” and creates good conditions for harmful fungi attack and cause itchiness.

Unsafe sexual intercourses. Yeast infection is not a sexually transmitted disease. But, people having sex have more chance to get this condition.

Other reasons: using too much contraceptives or overusing antibiotics.

8 natural remedies for yeast infection

Often, yeast infections can be easily and successfully treated at home by following these natural remedies:

  1. Yogurt

intro-yogurt-600x450-TS-156989737Yogurt contains lactobacillus acidophilus, a “friendly” strain of bacteria. It can help control the growth of infection in the body. Also, yogurt is good for digestive system. Thus, eating at least one cup of yogurt for breakfast can prove to be a natural remedy to get rid of yeast infection. You can apply yogurt directly on the infected areas. It can help sterilize and relieve itchy areas. Natural, unsweetened, non-flavored yogurt is required.

  1. Coconut Oil

coconut-oil-cookingCoconut oil naturally contains antifungal properties. For example, lauric acid and caprylic acid. They can help strengthen your immune system and prevent Candida overgrowth. Also, coconut oil reduces irritating symptoms of yeast infection.

You can apply coconut oil on the affected areas three times a day. You can also make a mixture of equal amounts of cold coconut oil and cinnamon oil. Apply it on the affected skin area to control the growth of the infection (2- 3 times/ day).

  1. Garlic

tải xuống (1)Garlic contains allicin with natural antifungal properties specific to candida abicans. Eating raw can preserve and boost the good bacteria in the digestive system as well as stimulate the liver and colon to make you healthier. But, eating garlic has no effect on yeast infection. Yet, garlic can develop its function by applying in the vagina. Because garlic can cause burning sensation, you should wrap garlic paste with a small cloth and insert in the vagina. Then, keep it for half an hour for better result. Moreover, you can apply garlic paste directly on the infected areas.

  1. Cranberry Juice

glass-of-cranberry-juice-near-bowl-of-and-spoonCranberry juice is well-known for enhancing the function of urinary tract. Because it contains both antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also have a high efficiency on yeast infection. So, you can drink no- sugar cranberry juice several times per day to deal with yeast infection. Remember that sugar can boost the growth of yeast, so you only use non- sugar cranberry juice.

  1. Herbal Tea

tải xuống (2)Herbal tea such as thyme leaves, rosemary tea or basil, is useful for dealing with yeast infection. You can drink thyme 2- 3 times per day, or douche your vaginal area with rosemary tea. Those herbal tea can naturally sterilize and relieve the itchiness in infected skin.

  1. Honey

honey-625_625x421_41461133357Honey with similar use as herbal tea can reduce vaginal itching effectively. Therefore, you can apply it directly on the vaginal area. Then, wash it away after 20 minutes.

  1. Cider Vinegar

apple-cider-vinegar-in-bottle-whole-apple-and-apple-slice-facebookCider Vinegar contains some distinctive components that can control a yeast infection and get rid of the fungi causing it. Also, it helps neutralize the pH level in the human body, which plays an important role in reducing the growth of Candida Albicans. You can mix cider vinegar with a cup of warm water and drink it twice for a few days. Also, after diluting it in water, you can apply it on the affected skin areas.

  1. Antifungal substances or creams

boric-acid-250x250There are many kinds of antifungal creams in the market. They are effective to deal with relieving itchiness. Also, they can kill fungi and prevent recurrence of yeast infection. For example, boric acid is a chemical substance with mild antiseptic and antifungal properties. So, it is very useful for yeast infection. You can dilute it with water and apply directly on the infected areas.

Natural remedies can help to prevent and deal with yeast infection. Besides, have a healthy life, maintain dryness in the vaginal area and maintain your hygiene are important in fighting yeast infection. Yet, if these remedies do not produce significant result with 3-5 days, you may need extra medications. It is because they are not effective in some serious situations.

 

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