8 Effective Yeast Infection Home Remedies
If you are 100% sure that you are suffering from vaginal yeast infection, then there are many home remedies you can try out to alleviate the symptoms and gradually get rid of it. Most people would go to the doctor, and we strongly recommend you do so, however, some people choose to save a bit of money from not seeing the doctor, and staying at home to treat the condition themselves.
Vaginal yeast infections are one of those conditions that make just about anyone gag. It’s not uncommon for patients to feel embarrassed about asking for help from family members and close friends, or even too embarrassed to pay a visit to the doctors. Regardless of your reason, we’ve listed 8 different methods that will help you get rid of the yeast infection in your vagina.
1. Practice Good Hygiene
There’s nothing that promotes the spread of vaginal yeast infection mote than poor hygiene habits. If you don’t clean your intimate regions frequently, then bacteria and fungi are much more likely to be able to multiply unchecked. Soap is great for killing off excess bacteria and harmful fungi. If you are already suffering from yeast infection, then soap is also great for washing away the secretions which cause the majority of the irritation until the treatment of choice finally kicks in.
Good hygiene practices include things like:
- Not sharing towels
- Washing your hands with soap every time you use the bathroom
- Washing your clothes frequently
- Showering thoroughly before making love with your partner
These measures are especially important after you get the symptoms of yeast infection. It can be incredibly contagious so make sure you don’t pass it on to others by washing often and washing thoroughly. While washing alone won’t treat your condition, it will help alleviate the itchiness and pain that can sometimes come from having a yeast infection.
2. Wear Dry And Loose Clothes
The clothes to avoid when you’ve got a yeast infection are the tight ones which don’t allow the specific body region to breathe. One of the most natural home remedies for getting rid of yeast is simply to air out the area and dry out the region. Yeast thrives in warm and damp places, making sure your clothes allow air to reach the vagina will help reduce the temperature of the area, and at the same time, dry the genitalia out.
3. Avoid Certain Soaps And Feminine Products
Yeast performs better in slightly alkaline environments, and this can be brought on by using the wrong products or soaps. As a general rule of thumb, refrain from using scented deodorants, douches and bubble bath soaps when you’re suffering from yeast infection. Frequent douches are generally a bad idea, however, if you have a yeast infection, you can add a mild, or heavily diluted vinegar solution to help restore the healthy balance of 4.5 pH.
4. Consume Yogurt
Everyone knows that yogurt is good for the digestive system because it adds good bacterias that help digest foods you eat. Subsequently, yogurt can also help stop a yeast infection because it adds in those good bacterias to the affected area, which in turn help to keep the yeast from multiplying too rapidly. With enough of these bacterias, you’ll be able to crowd out the yeast and reduce the numbers significantly enough to cure yourself of the problem.
5. Over The Counter (OTC) Fungal Creams
The main solution women find works well on their yeast infection is over the counter fungal creams. These can be bought without a prescription at a range of pharmacies. Rubbing this cream onto the infected area will help kill off all the excess candida. Depending on the specific product you buy, the full course may take anywhere from 24 hours to 7 days. It’s important that you complete the full course to ensure that all the candida cells are eliminated. Leaving even a small colony of the fungi can result in the infection coming back rapidly.
If your vaginal yeast infection problem is a recurring one, then its time to lay off the over the counter fungal creams, and see your doctor for prescription medication or other treatments that target the root cause of the recurring infection.
6. Boric Acid
Boric acid has been scientifically proven to be safe for use, and an effective home remedy for vaginal yeast infection. You can buy boric acid and insert it into the vagina as a suppository every day for an entire week.
7. Garlic And Cranberry Juice
Both of these ingredients can help cure yeast infections. Eating a couple of cloves of garlic a day can help fight off those fungi cells with its antifungal properties. This is an age old home remedy and is probably something your ancestors used. Cranberry juice doesn’t have any antifungal properties, but it restores the pH balance in the vagina making it more difficult for yeast to multiply and allow your vaginal secretion to fight off the yeast.
8. Treat Yourself And Your Partner
One of the reasons why recurring yeast infection on genitalia is so prevalent is because when one partner treats it, they only treat themselves and not their partners. This yeast infection could then pass between the pair every few weeks, and while you kill the yeast colony on yourself, it comes back the next time you have sexual intercourse. Uncircumcised men can often carry yeast under their foreskin and not show any symptoms or signs that it’s there.
If yeast infection keeps coming back to you, then you and your partner may want to reconsider the use of contraception as a barrier against the spreading of yeast. Even if you are currently on the pill, or have other means of contraception, it’s a good idea to use a condom anyway for the added protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
It’s also worth noting that women currently taking birth control pills have been scientifically proven to be more likely to get a yeast infection.