Yeast Infection Home Treatment Options

Yeast Infection Home Treatment Options
November 18, 2013 3:28 AM

Yeast infection is among the most common infections that affect a lot of women today. This infection is sometimes referred to as Candida and it is a fungal infection. The fungi that is responsible for this condition is called Candida albicans. It usually affects the vaginal area but it can also affect other parts of the body including under the breasts, nail beds, beneath the skin fold, around dentures and lower abdomen.

Treatment options for yeast infection

Yeast infection can be as a result of diabetes, oral contraceptives, antibiotics and steroids. The following are yeast infection home treatment options that can help in dealing with this problem.

Calendula

This is a portent herb that contains both anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that are very important in dealing with yeast infection. In its natural form calendula can be used in making tea which can be taken by the individual suffering from the infection. It is also available in lotion and ointment forms and can be used by those who are unable to find the natural calendula. 

Cranberries

Among the best yeast infection home treatment options that are effective are cranberries. They contain both antifungal and antibacterial properties that can be used to fight the fungi that are responsible for the yeast infection. Cranberries can also be used to treat other infections for example the urinary tract infection and other forms of bladder infections. For best results it is recommended that an individual drinks 3-4 times of unsweetened cranberry juice a day. In case of unavailability of the juice you can take cranberry tablets 2-3 times a day. 

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is yet another effective treatment for yeast infection. It can be used by both men and women. This oil contains anti-fungal properties that help in killing the fungi that causes the infection. Apply coconut oil on the affected area three times a day for better results. It can also stop further growth of the infection. 

Yogurt

This is yet another yeast infection home treatment options that is very effective. The bacteria present in yogurt (lactobacillus acidophilus), helps in controlling the infection in the body. What should be emphasized is that for yeast infection treatment, unsweetened plain yogurt should be used. You can simply apply the yogurt on the affected area and let it dry for a bout an hour or so then clean the area. This will stop the itchy feeling that is associated with this infection. In case of vaginal yeast infection, dip a tampon in the yogurt and insert it inside the vagina for abut two hours. On top of that it is advisable to include yogurt in your diet. 

Tea tree oil

This oil has the most effective and powerful anti-fungal properties that can also be used to treat yeast infection. You are advised to use organic tea tree oil for better results. Dilute the oil with water or olive oil and then rub the diluted oil over the affected area. Repeat this several times daily. For vaginal yeast infection, put a few drops of the organic oil on a tampon and insert it in the vagina and leave it for about 2-3 hours. Repeat this procedure two times daily until you are relieved from the symptoms. 

Garlic

Garlic for years now has been used to treat a number of ailments including yeast infections. Garlic contains natural antibiotic, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that can help in fighting yeast infection. Make garlic paste by crushing garlic cloves and directly apply the paste on the affected area. Garlic supplements are also available to those who are unable to find natural garlic cloves. Also including fresh garlic in your food recipe on a daily basis is very important.

Vinegar

This is yet among the very important yeast infection home treatment options that can be used to treat this infection. It helps in controlling the infection and also completely eradicating the fungi that is responsible for the infection. You can add vinegar into you bathing water and soak your body in the water for about an hour or you can simply dilute the vinegar with water and apply it on the affected area. 

In summary, the above are some of the yeast infection home treatment options that can be used effectively in dealing with the infection. But it is very important to always seek medical advice before you begin using any treatment.

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Written by: Michal Vilímovský (EN)
Education: Medical student, 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Published: November 18, 2013 3:28 AM
Next scheduled update: November 18, 2015 3:28 AM
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