Best Home Remedies for Yeast Infection
Yeast infection is a fungal infection of the Candida species and there can be many remedies for this depending on the type and kind. Find out the best home remedies for yeast infection.
Yeast infection is a fungal infection of the Candidas species, and most women are affected by yeast infections at least once in their lifetime, and it can occur for various reasons.
Yeast infection in fact is very easy to contract in case one has a weak immune system, and learning how to detect the symptoms could protect you and prevent from getting serious. There are suitable home remedies for the infection that you could put to use. The most common of all yeast infections is the vaginal yeast infection and can be easily detected. Let us now take a look at all the various home remedies for yeast infection:
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Loose and Dry
The yeast organisms like warm and most conditions, and also does not prefer oxygen, and therefore you should not allow then this perfect breeding ground. Always dry your vaginal area properly after bathing or showering and opt for cotton underwear that has enough breathing space. Also do wear lose pants and avoid moving around in a wet swimsuit, you must change into dry clothing as soon as you can.
You could use yogurt to reduce yeast infection, a bacterium named lactobacillus acidophilus that is present in yogurt can handle and control the growth of infection in the body. But you must be careful to use plain and unsweetened yogurt for this treatment. Apply plain yogurt in the affected area and let it sit for about an hour, and this will help you to get relief from the itching sensation. For vaginal yeast infection you could dip a tampon and dip it in yogurt and then insert it in the vagina for two hours. Do this twice a day, and include yogurt in your diet.
A chemical substance with mild antiseptic, antifungal and anti viral properties in it, studies has shown that boric acid is a safe, inexpensive and safe remedy for yeast infection. You should take some boric acid and dilute it with water and then apply this solution over the affected area on the skin, finally leave it for a few minutes. Then finally you should rinse this area thoroughly with plain water and do this daily for two weeks. You could also pop in boric acid capsules to treat vaginal infections. However, you should be careful not to use it for a prolonged period of time as boric acid tends to be toxic. Boric acid should also be avoided by pregnant women.
Cranberries contain both the antibacterial and antifungal properties and therefore you can use it to fight the fungi that are responsible for yeast infection. One could also use cranberries to treat urinary tract infection or some other bladder infection. You should drink unsweetened cranberry juice several times a day as this will fasten the healing process and you will get positive results in a short span of time.
In order to treat your yeast infection in both men and women coconut oil be come into some real good use. Coconut oil has antifungal properties in them which are very helpful in killing the fungi that is responsible for your yeast infection. You can also apply coconut oil on your affected areas thrice a say in order to get rid of the infection completely. You could also make a mixture by adding equal amounts of coconut oil and cinnamon oil and then apply on the skin areas. This will also control the growth of the infection.
Never forget to consult a doctor before trying any of these remedies.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jun 25, 2013
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