Isvaiyah has been a licensed pharmacist at Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia) for nine years. She earned her M.Sc. from the same university.
How to Get Rid of a Yeast Infection at Home?
Nobody wants a yeast infection problem. However, if you do get one, there’s no need to worry. It may be embarrassing for some people, however, this infection is normally easy to deal with. There are a number of helpful home remedies for yeast infections.
What is a Yeast Infection?
A yeast infection is a very common disease, recognized by soreness and itchiness in and around your genital area, and a burning sensation when you pee. You may have a thick white discharge.
Typically yeast infection problems appear in the week before a period, when you take antibiotics, or during pregnancy. If you are not really sure whether you have a yeast infection, check with a qualified physician, since there are other conditions that give similar symptoms.
Although much rarer, yeast infections can occur in men, on the tip of the genital area. It’s best to avoid intercourse if you have a yeast infection; you will probably find that it hurts a lot anyway. If you do go for it, ask your partner to wear a condom, so he does not get infected.
The main type of yeast involved in infections is called Candida albicans. It is common to have some yeast down below, but normally it will give no symptoms. Any changes in hormone levels, or the effect of antibiotics, disrupt your natural balance, allowing the yeast to multiply rapidly and start giving symptoms. As you may well have had a small population of yeast for years without showing any visible symptom, don’t blame your partner for a yeast infection.
Natural Home Remedies for Yeast Infection
Conventional treatments for yeast infection involve antifungal suppositories, creams, or oral medication. However, don't use any oral fungicide preparation, unless you are sure that you are not currently pregnant. Many women prefer to use a home remedy for yeast infections. Consult a qualified physician if the symptoms persist.
Below are some useful home remedies for vaginal yeast infections.
Douche twice a day for four days.
Spead yogurt around the affected areas.
Put a capsule containing boric acid into the genital area at bedtime.
Wrap peeled garlic and then insert it into the genital area.
Make up a solution of potassium sorbate and then insert it at bedtime.
Drink a glass of grapefruit juice a day.
How To Treat a Yeast Infection Naturally with Home Remedies?
#1 Remedy : Vinegar Douche
A good scientific study from the University of Illinois at Chicago, published in 2000, confirmed that vinegar douche products were active against Candida yeast grown in the laboratory.
What to Do?
- Simply mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (ACV) or white vinegar with one quart filtered water.
- You can also buy ready-made vinegar douche solutions.
- Use a douche kit to introduce some of the liquid to your genital area (follow the instructions given inside or on the packaging).
- Douche twice a day for four days, by which time you should have got rid of the infection.
- The yeast doesn’t thrive in the acidic environment produced by the vinegar.
#2 Remedy : Live Yogurt
Live yogurt is a useful alternative remedy for yeast infection. Make sure you use live, plain yogurt. The commercial sweetened yogurts will simply provide extra food for the yeast. The bacteria in live yogurt combat the yeast, restoring the natural balance.
What to Do?
You can spread yogurt around the affected areas. Try using a plastic syringe (without the needle!) to get it up into your genital area. Always buy a new syringe, rather than using one that has been previously used for something else. Don't forget to wash the syringe thoroughly after use.
#3 Remedy : Boric Acid
A scientific study, published in 2007, confirmed that boric acid vaginal suppositories were superior to a conventional anti-fungal medication in the treatment of diabetic women suffering from yeast infections.
What to Do?
You can buy boric acid suppositories online, or from some drugstores. You can make your by putting boric acid (around 500 to 600 mg) into a size 0 gelatin capsule. Put a capsule into your genital area at bedtime.
#4 Remedy : Garlic
Garlic has strong antifungal and antibacterial properties, although a few people find it irritating. Cutting the garlic increases the likelihood of irritation, but also has a greater effect on the yeast. You have to find out for yourself whether or not to cut the cloves, since people vary in their sensitivities.
Many women find garlic a convenient home treatment for yeast infections, since it is less messy than many other methods. Unfortunately, eating garlic does not seem to affect yeast infections.
What to Do?
- Peel a clove of garlic.
- Wrap it in clean gauze, tying both ends securely with unwaxed dental floss, so that the clove can’t escape.
- Leave a long length of floss on one end, to act like a piece of string.
- Insert it into your genital area before you go to bed, leaving some floss hanging out like a tampon string.
- You can then use the floss to retrieve the garlic in the morning.
- Repeat with fresh cloves for a number of nights.
#5 Remedy : Potassium Sorbate
Potassium sorbate is a mild fungicidal compound. It's commonly used in brewing and wine-making, so it is available from home brewing suppliers, etc. A scientific paper in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology confirmed the success of potassium sorbates, applied with a tampon, in treating yeast infections.
What to Do?
- Make up a solution of potassium sorbate by dissolving about one tablespoon in a cup of warm water.
- Soak a tampon in the solution, then insert it at bedtime (this may be a bit tricky, but persevere).
- Remove the tampon in the morning.
- The yeast should vanish after a few nights of treatment.
#6 Remedy : Grapefruit
Grapefruit juice is best used as a preventive measure. Drinking a glass of it each day seems to make yeast infection less likely. Be aware that you shouldn’t take grapefruit juice if you’re on various medications, since serious adverse interactions can occur.
Some individuals use grapefruit juice as a vaginal douche, although it's not clear how effective this is. Avoid doing so if you are pregnant.
How to Reduce the Risk of Getting Yeast Infection?
Here are many useful tips for you:
- Wear loose, cotton underwear.
- Try to avoid wearing pantyhose or tight jeans.
- Don’t douche.
- Avoid very hot baths (a moderately warm bath is fine).
- Change out of wet clothing, such as swimwear, as soon as you can.
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