Yeast infection, or candida, is a fungal infection caused by microscopic fungi called candida albicans. Candida lives almost everywhere including within our body. Your body’s immune system is generally capable of keeping candida under control. However, if you fall sick or are on antibiotics, candida could multiply and lead to an infection.
Yeast infection can manifest in different parts of the body in different forms. These forms include; oral thrush, candida esophagitis, skin yeast infection, vaginal yeast infection (could lead to vaginitis), and yeast infection of the bloodstream (that could be fatal). However, vaginal yeast infection is the most prevalent.
Factors that increase the risk of having yeast infection include; obesity, pregnancy, diabetes, and usage of antibiotics, oral contraceptives or steroids.
- Symptoms of skin yeast infection include; itching, reddish skin inflammation, and burning sensation.
- Symptoms of vaginal yeast infection include; painful urination, irritation of the vaginal, redness of vagina, genital itching, burning sensation, and white cheese-like discharge.
- Symptoms of yeast infection that affects the mouth or around the mouth include; sores of the tongue and cheek interior, white patches on tongue and cheek interior, and tiny cracks or cuts around the mouth corners.
- Symptoms of nail yeast infection include; cracks on the nail, discoloration of the nail, pus, swelling and redness around the nails, and white/yellow nail that does not stick to the nail bed anymore.
- Symptoms of yeast infection that affects the penis include; rashes, redness, and scaling.
Below are home remedies and natural treatments for preventing and treating yeast infections;
1. Hydrogen peroxide is a surprising but helpful remedy.
Hydrogen peroxide works as a remedy because it’s an antiseptic and antimicrobial that eliminates yeast and other bacteria. It’s not effective for every yeast infection, but many people have used it to great success. A few helpful tips: use hydrogen peroxide for no more than five days in a row, and dilute it before you apply it to your vagina.
2. Essential oil of oregano is also an important ally.
Oregano oil functions as a remedy for yeast infections because it inhibits and completely stops the growth of Candida albicans, a fungal yeast that is one of the most common causes of yeast infections.
In addition, the carvacrol and thymol that constitute oregano oil are effective at destroying or eliminating fungi in the body. Be sure to use oil from Origanum Vulgare or wild oregano, not Origanum Marjoram, since the various strands have different properties.
The oil should be combined with a carrier oil, such as almond oil or olive oil, and then used to give yourself a massage, or inhaled into your mouth via a diffuser. There should be three to five drops of oregano oil for every ounce of the carrier oil. Note that, because the oil here is an essential oil, you need to use it for aromatherapy and massages; you shouldn’t consume such an oil.
Also, avoid using oil of oregano if you have problems with blood clotting, or if you take blood thinners as medication, since the oil can aggravate these issues.
3. Green tea has numerous health benefits, including fighting against yeast infections.
Green tea is packed with antioxidants which boost the immune system. You can either drink the tea (make sure it’s still warm when you drink) or refrigerate the tea bag after you’ve made the tea and then apply the cool tea bag on the infected areas. Leave it in place for ten to twelve minutes before washing off. The latter remedy will help both soothe the skin and make inflamed skin return to normal.
4. Tea tree oil is here to help you out.
Tea tree oil functions against yeast infections because it can effectively inhibit fungi that cause these and other infections. Tea tree oil can help maintain an ideal balance of bacteria and flora in the vagina area. You can use tea tree oil as a vaginal suppository for vaginal infections by diluting it with a carrier oil; coconut oil and jojoba oil are good choices. Don’t swallow the oil, as this is dangerous, and don’t make a regular habit out of using tea tree oil.
5. Vitamin C will help you with your infection.
This is because vitamin C strengthens your immune system, which will allow your body to return to its healthy state. Also, its antimicrobial properties can be put to use when vitamin C is crushed into powder or paste to inhibit overgrowth of candida (the yeast that causes the infections). Vitamin C suppositories can burn the skin in your vagina, so you should probably avoid this. You should use it as a remedy by increasing your consumption of sources of vitamin C, such as citrus fruits.
6. Plain, unsweetened yogurt will help you fight yeast infections.
Yogurt works as a remedy because it contains the bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus, which controls the spread of yeast infections within the body. Use this remedy by applying the yogurt to the affected area and then leaving it on. You can leave it there for as little as twenty or thirty minutes but aim to leave it on the affected area overnight. Also, incorporate yogurt into your diet. If your yeast infection is vaginal in nature, place a tampon, dipped in yogurt, inside your vagina, and leave it there for two hours, twice every day.
7. Aloe vera gel is excellent for yeast infections (among other ailments).
Aloe vera is an antiseptic, so it will prevent bacteria and fungi from developing and growing, and it’s cool to the touch, which helps relieve itchiness, irritation, and inflammation. You can get the gel either by extracting it from the leaves or by buying it, as is, at your local store. Apply the gel to the infected area, two or three times a day. Be sure to use a thin layer only. Wait for the gel to dry off, and you’re good to go.
8. Eat fermented foods.
We already mentioned yogurt before, but other fermented foods to treat your yeast infection include kimchi, kefir, and sauerkraut. As with yogurt, these fight against infection because their probiotic microflora strengthens the functioning of the immune system, fight against yeast, and protect the intestines from infection. They also contain lactobacillus, which are bacteria that ensure your vagina remains healthy and its pH level stays balanced.
9. Olive leaf can help you out.
You can use olive oil in the form of olive leaf extract, which will destroy fungi overgrowth, inhibit any swelling and inflammation, and return the pH of your skin back to its normal balance. Apply the extract (which you can buy from health food stores) to your skin, then rinse it off after waiting fifteen minutes. You can also make the remedy at home, using olive leaves and vodka. Submerge them together in a jar, and keep it there for five weeks. After the time has elapsed, strain the solution and leave it inside the jar. You can then apply this concoction to your skin.
10. Peppermint oil is an effective help.
Peppermint oil inhibits yeast infections because it contains menthol, which destroys the fungi that cause the infection. As such, peppermint oil is particularly effective for oral thrush (an oral yeast infection). Use peppermint oil by ingesting a capsule or two of the substance. Each capsule should contain 0.2 or more milliliters of peppermint oil.
You can also mix a few drops into an 8-ounce glass of water. Swirl it around inside your mouth for a few minutes before spitting it out, then rinse off the taste using clean water. You could also mix peppermint oil with clove oil to make this remedy more potent.
11. Cranberries combat yeast infections because of their tendency to destroy fungi and bacteria.
That is to say, cranberries have antimicrobial properties that inhibit numerous infections, including bladder infections or Urinary Tract Infection (UTIs). Use cranberry as a remedy by drinking cranberry juice (make sure it’s unsweetened) several times per day, or by taking cranberry tablets twice or thrice per day.
12. Be careful how you dress.
Treating yeast infections isn’t just about eating the right food or medication. It’s also about protecting your crotch area. So, avoid tight-fitting pants and pantyhose, change out of your wet or sweaty clothes as soon as you get home, and make a point of wearing underwear lined with cotton. If you have chronic infections, it’s even suggested that you wear long skirts with no underwear underneath.
13. Apple cider vinegar is useful for controlling yeast infections, as is white vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is effective against yeast infection because apple cider vinegar inhibits the fungi that are responsible for you getting sick. For apple cider vinegar, combine two tablespoons into a cup of warm water. This remedy can be taken twice a day; your symptoms should dissipate within a week or so. You can also add vinegar to a hot bath, in which case be sure to lie in there for about an hour. This will have the effect of making your itchiness dissipate.
It’s also possible to apply this remedy onto your skin. In this case, combine either apple cider or white vinegar with water, place it on the infected skin, and then rinse it off after about thirty minutes.
14. Thyme tea inhibits yeast infections.
Thyme tea helps with yeast infections as well as stomach and skin problems. It works specifically for yeast infections because it fights against inflammation and swelling, as well as any pain the yeast infection might cause. Drink this tea as a remedy twice a day, but avoid it if you’re pregnant. You could also mix thyme oil with tea tree oil to make a potent remedy for yeast infection.
15. Garlic fights against yeast infections too.
Garlic works because of it’s antimicrobial properties that inhibit yeast growth. Use garlic as a remedy for a yeast infection by crushing some to make a kind of paste, which you can then apply right on top of the affected parts of your body. Alternatively, rather than using fresh garlic, feel free to combine garlic oil with vitamin E oil and a little bit of coconut oil before applying to your body. You can also eat garlic directly every day, either by taking tablets or by eating a few cloves.
16. Coconut oil will help you out.
Coconut oil will help you in the fight against yeast infections because of its antifungal properties. Apply coconut oil to the infected parts of your body; you can do this three times per day. Alternatively, mix together coconut oil and cinnamon oil, then place that on your skin. You can also use coconut oil if you have oral thrush, in which case you should mix coconut oil in your mouth for five to ten minutes at a time, then spit it out afterward. This remedy can be used three times a day.
17. Calendula’s antifungal properties prevent the infection from growing or spreading.
More specifically, calendula works against yeast infections because calendula is capable of inhibiting fungi and other infections. Turn the flower into a remedy by crushing the flower into a paste, then applying the paste on top of the infected area. Rinse it off after waiting twenty minutes. This remedy should be done regularly until your infection goes away.
18. An Epsom salt bath might do the trick.
The salt contains magnesium sulfate, which inhibits yeast infections. You can make an Epsom salt bath by combining 2 cups of Epsom salt into a bathtub full of warm water. Be sure to swirl the salt around the water before you start taking your bath. This bath should take around a quarter of an hour. You can take this kind of bath three times a week.
19. Boric acid will help inhibit fungi infections.
Yeast infections are caused by fungi, so the antifungal properties of boric acid would help eliminate the infection. Use this remedy once a day by combining it with water, then leaving some of the solution on the affected area. Rinse off the solution, with water, after a few minutes. Boric acid can be used as a remedy for about two weeks, at which point the infection will start to dissipate. Also, you shouldn’t use boric acid as a remedy if you’re pregnant.
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