Natural yeast infection remedies are quickly becoming the best way to attack and cure your infection. I attribute this to more and more people doing their homework and understanding the benefits of using a natural remedy for their yeast infection. People are tired of going to the doctor and spending money on the doctor’s visit and prescription medication and not finding permanent relief from their infection.
People are also discovering the side effects of prescription medications and deciding to stop using those drugs as a cure. People are educating themselves and finding out that the prescription drugs only treat the symptoms and not the problem that comes along with Candida infections. So it really is no surprise that more and more people, especially women a turning towards the more effective yeast infection remedies to put an end to their pain and suffering from their vagina infections.
There are no down sides, only up sides to a natural yeast infection remedy. Below are some tips that you can start using today to put an end to your yeast infection suffering.
Clothing and Hygiene
If you have a Candida infection or to keep from getting an infection you should wear loose clothing. You should also avoid wearing clothes made of synthetic fibers. You should either wear cotton underwear or no underwear at all whenever you can. The goal here is to keep the outside of the vaginal area as ventilated and dry as possible. Yeast grows and thrives in warm, moist areas of the body.
Some people do not realize it but yeast infections are transferable from one person to another. Due to this fact, you should avoid exposure as much as possible. You should not share public showers, baths and whirlpools in places like the YMCA and your local gym. You should not share towels just to be sure you do not get a yeast infection from someone else.
If you are using condoms during sex you should not use a condom with nonoxynol-9 lubricant. Nonoxynol-9 has been found to actually cause vagina infections. There are plenty of different condoms with other type of lubricants. You should wear a condom if you are having sex with a partner that has a yeast infection.
You should eliminate the use perfumed soaps and oils as these items can potentially cause a vagina infection. These type of products can kill the good bacteria in and on your body. Killing the good bacteria leaves you open for the bad bacteria to overgrow and develop into an infection.
Foods to Avoid
Here are a short list of foods that you must avoid if you want to put a stop to your yeast infection.
- White Flour
- Wheat Flour
- Processed Foods
Simple and Natural Yeast Infection Remedies
Yogurt is possibly the best food weapon to attack your yeast problem. Yogurt contains natural healthy bacteria. This natural healthy bacteria called Lactobacillus acidophilus, works to kill the overgrowth of yeast in your body. It is recommended that you eat one serving per day to help eliminate your infections for the long term. Some people recommend placing yogurt on a tampon and inserting it in to the vagina but highly recommend that you DO NOT insert anything of this nature into the vagina for an infections cure.
Garlic has been found to be a good fighter against yeast infections since it contains anti-fungal properties. Adding garlic to your diet by way of adding it to the food you eat daily will help to getting your infection cured. Some people recommend wrapping a clove of garlic into a cheesecloth and inserting it into the vagina. Again, I do not recommend placing anything like this into your vagina.
Tea Tree Oil is another natural remedy that many people use world wide to use as a natural yeast infection cure. People recommend placing drops of the tea tree oil onto a tampon and inserting the tampon into the vagina. Many people swear by this as a cure for their vagina infection but to repeat myself, I do not recommend placing anything of this nature into your vagina as a cure for your infection.
Each of these natural yeast infection remedies can be used but should be used thought your diet and not used internally. These cure have been found to work by thousands of women around the world for many years.
5 Easy and Natural Yeast Infection Remedies
If you don’t want to use drugs then natural yeast infection remedies are the way to go. But first let’s learn what causes yeast infection.
Notorious to yeast infection sufferers is the yeast specie, Candida albicans. It’s a type of fungi that lives naturally in our body. Infections erupt when there is an overgrowth of these organisms. An infection also occurs if the body’s immune system is weak. If we’re healthy, we normally have enough protection against them but they become opportunistic when your defenses are low.
Statistics show that 3 out of 4 women will contract yeast infections in their lifetime. Most of them acquire vaginal yeast infections. There are conditions which causes the infection such as:
- excessive antibiotic use or antibiotic therapy
- birth control pills
- using douches
- wearing tight and non-cotton underwear
Proper identification of the symptoms and a physician’s diagnosis is vital in treating the infection. Sometimes other diseases such as STDs or bacterial vaginosis are misdiagnosed by the patient. The patient then proceeds to use remedies to cure the infection she doesn’t have. This causes frustration and additional expenses which is what we want to avoid. Before using such remedies, it is recommended that you analyze and examine your condition properly or better yet, consult your physician.
Here are yeast infection symptoms:
- severe itching
- soreness, redness and rashes around the vaginal area
- burning sensation when urinating
- pain during sex
- a thick, white, clumpy, odorless and cottage cheese looking discharge is observed
Although they are not a permanent solution in treating the infection, these natural yeast infection remedies bring relief.
Be sure that the yogurt you buy is plain, does not contain sugar and has live cultures in it. Unsweetened is preferred because yeasts love and feed on sugar.
Yogurt is effective because it contains the “good” bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus. By giving your body a good dose of yogurt, the “good” bacteria fights of the infection and helps promote balance in your body. As an added bonus, it also helps digestion.
To use yogurt as a remedy against yeast infections, you apply it to the infected area. For vaginal yeast infections, dip a tampon completely in yogurt and insert it to your vagina. Leave it overnight and in the morning, wash and dry it off to prevent any moisture.
Another remedy that I’ve discovered is that adding probiotic tablets in your plain yogurt increases its effectiveness if you’re ingesting it.
Yeast hates garlic. What you can do is to buy garlic tablets and insert them in your vagina. You can also insert pure garlic cloves in your vagina. This method gives a soothing effect. Ingesting garlic tabs also help (not the ones you’ve used before of course!). Garlic also has health bonuses such as decreasing the bad cholesterol in your body.
Apple Cider Vinegar
To use apple cider vinegar as a remedy, you must first put hot or warm water in a bathtub. Make sure that the water is high enough to completely submerge the area of infection. After that, add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in the tub. Relax in the bath you’ve created for 30 minutes.
This remedy gives relief all throughout the day but it’s not effective in the long term. I would like to note that if you apply pure apple cider vinegar on the infected part, it burns painfully so better think twice before doing so.
Tea Tree Oil
Get a tampon and coat it with KY jelly. Put a few drops of tea tree oil around the tampon and apply it evenly covering the surface. Insert the tampon and let it remain overnight.
Drinking cranberry juice also helps in giving relief from infections. If you don’t like the taste, you can take cranberry tablets instead. Since it is a mild remedy, don’t rely on it solely. You can use it to increase the effectiveness of the other remedies.
Striving to treat yourself with natural yeast infection remedies has its benefits. A lot of patients prefer it because they believe that it doesn’t give any bad effects in the long run like prolonged use of drugs do. Always remember though that even if these remedies work, you should also try to keep your body and immune system healthy to prevent yeast infection recurrence.