Yeast is an infection that is prominently experienced by women. It affects millions of women globally and isn’t life threatening. The infection originates and thrives in the vagina. The fungus that causes this infection is known as Candida albicans (yeast). This fungus can sustain in all parts of the body. Favorable environmental conditions are humidity and sweat for rapid distribution. The characteristic symptoms are irritation, pain and fluid discharge from the vagina. In this article on home remedies for yeast infections information has been given on the symptoms, causes and simple methods to get relief from discomfort.
The vaginal yeast infection is highly contagious and spreads from the affected member to uninfected member via sexual intercourse. Under normal circumstances, the healthy bacteria in your vagina known as Lactobacillus acidophilus keeps yeast contained. However, if you are taking antibiotics or suffering from sickness, you raise your chances of acquiring the infection.
Yeast can be treated easily by several antifungal oral applications. Doctors will often prescribe medicated talcum powder – you can apply in the infected region and you can get rid of the symptoms sooner.
Do not needlessly touch the infected area with dirty hands or attempt scratching them. You could make the infection worse.
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If you notice white patches in the mouth, it is caused by a type of yeast called as Thrush.
If you are experiencing difficulty to swallow food, the chances are you may have Candida esophagitis. It is thrush that affects your esophagus.
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Vaginal yeast will project symptoms like itching, burning sensation, discharge of clear viscous fluid and pain while having sexual intercourse.
If you are having the yeast infection on your skin, you will experience intense itching and rashes on the skin.
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List Of Home Remedies For Yeast Infection
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is effective in combating Candida albicans yeast. The medium chain fatty acids are strong enough to suppress the yeast fungus and to kill the yeast cells. Hence, it is one of the famous topical treatments against yeast infection for the vagina. Coconut oil can be applied directly over the infected area or you can include the oil in to your diet.
1st Method to Use Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection- Topical Application
Take a pint of coconut oil and warm it sufficiently if the contents are solidified due to lower temperature.
Using a clean cotton ball, dab the coconut oil gently in the affected region and let it remain for 20 minutes. Repeat the process twice a day and you can see the improved results.
How Does It Work?
Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain saturated fatty acids such as lauric, capric and caprylic acid (having antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties). The advantages of these chemical elements are that only harmful bacteria and yeast will be eliminated from the body but the friendly ones will be saved from harm.
The other advantages of lauric acid are it can support and strengthen the immune system of the body and also assists in the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Not Good If:
- Your metabolism rate is high. Coconut oil has high caloric density. The fat can cause an increase in blood pressure and increase your level of high cholesterol.
- You do not like the odor of coconut oil. It can easily solidify below 24°C (76 °F).
2nd Method to Use Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection- Take Internally with Diet
Note: If your coconut oil consumption is 1 tablespoon, it is sufficient to ward off the infection. Have 5 tablespoons of the oil per day till the infection is completely subdued.
If you are not acquainted using the coconut for daily consumption, it is recommended to start by using 1 tablespoon a day. You can add the oil as part of your regular diet. Gradually you can increase the quantity to 2 tablespoons and finally to 5 tablespoons. Some of the foods you can add are toast salads and health drinks etc.
2. Garlic Remedy For Yeast Infection
Garlic has been used for treatment of variety of ailments since ages. It can cure a plethora of illness and has been proved effective due to the anti-fungal and anti-microbial essence that this humble underground stem beholds within itself.
Take a clove of peeled garlic. You can wrap the garlic in a cheesecloth or gauze.
Tie the wrapped clove near the infected part with dental floss.
You can leave the garlic for several hours and then replace with a new one till the infection is cured.
How Does It Work?
The critical component that fights off the fungal infestations is known as allicin. That does not mean the garlic will naturally release this element upon immediate consumption. It is effective only if the garlic clove is crushed. When you crush the garlic, the enzyme alliinase will convert alliin to allicin.
Not Good If:
- If you are using oral contraceptives, stave off the garlic. It is known to reduce the effectiveness of these pills. According to research, birth control pills produce estrogen, and having garlic will intensify the process of breaking down estrogen in the women’s body.
- You are suffering from yeast infection in vaginal area. Directly applying the garlic in the mucous membrane of the vagina can induce burns and is unsafe in most of the conditions. It is advised to not apply the garlic enzyme directly on the infected region. However, if you have yeast infection on the other parts of the body, it is safe to use them directly.
3. Cranberry Juice
It is another acidulous berry that can treat the yeast infection. It qualifies as an excellent antibacterial and antifungal supplement. It can also easily treat a list of other ailments that affect the urinary tract and the bladder.
It is recommended to have unsweetened cranberry juice, because the sugar is known to interfere with the healing process. Unsweetened Cranberry juice will heal the yeast infection in the least amount of time.
Take four cups fresh or frozen cranberries and one quarts water. Mix them together.
Crush the berries to release their juices and allow the residue to settle.
Strain through the mixture with a spoon and discard the berries. The juice is ready.
How Does It Work?
The juice is widely popular for treatment of urinary tract infections (UTI) and vaginal yeast infections. The pH of cranberry juice is from 2.3 to 2.5 (acidic). Thus the juice effectively prevents growth of bacteria and yeast and eliminates the infection.
The main constituents of cranberries are 10 percent carbohydrates and more than eighty percent water. The other major components are catechin, organic acids, triterpenoids, flavonoids and anthocyanins. Organic acids in cranberries are malic, citric, quinic acids with minor amounts of benzoic as well as glucuronic acids.
Not Good, If:
- You are allergic to aspirin. Cranberries contain large amounts of salicylic acid similar to aspirin.
- You have a kidney stone problem. A chemical called oxalate is used for the production of kidney stones by the body. Cranberry juice has large amounts of oxalate chemicals.
- You are taking warfarin. The interaction between the anti-coagulant and cranberry might lead to bleeding and hemorrhage.
- Drinking large volume of cranberry juice can lead to diarrhea.
We have listed only three home remedies for a yeast infection. We will be including more in the following days.
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Pay Attention To Your Clothes
Wear airy clothes and avoid tight fitting fabrics. The perks of wearing breathable dresses are you will avoid creating a favorable environment for the yeast. It is best to avert the infection rather than dealing with them after getting infected.
Get Proper Sleep
A normal immune system is enough to keep the yeast infection under control. But any cut-downs on sleep and relaxation, not indulging in physical activity or exercise can give rise to yeast infections. In case of a history of diabetes, you have to keep the blood sugar levels under control.
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You should call for medical care if you face the symptoms:
Getting abdominal pain and have fever high than 101 degree Fahrenheit along with vaginal discharge.
The symptoms point to pregnancy, but there is a urinary infection.
Face extreme vaginal itchiness, suffer from pain during sex or urination.
The symptoms recur after two months even though you have taken antibiotics.
In the appointment, you can expect these questions from the doctor
Can you give me the list of symptoms you have had now?
Give me the names of any medication, vitamins/supplements or over the counter products used.
Do you have strong odor discharge?
Were you treated for a vaginal discharge before?
The questions you can ask the doctor:
How to prevent yeast infections
The signs and symptoms to watch out for
Do you also want to test my life partner?
Any specific instructions as to how the medicine can be taken?
What if the symptoms recur after treatment?
Natural Remedy Vs Pharmacy
The antifungal drugs prescribed for yeast infection (vagina) are azoles such as Miconazole (Monistat), Clotrimazole, Tioconazole (Vagistat), Terconazole (Terazol) etc. The popular oral medicate (azole) is fluconazole (Diflucan) known to be highly effective in curing a moderate yeast infection with a single dose.