Boric acid is antiviral and antifungal in nature. It is found in white crystal form and is available without prescription too, although used in many prescription medicines. It is now being recommended by experts as treatment for vaginal yeast infections as many times such infections do not respond well to treatment with antifungal medicines, meant for yeast infections.
The topical –azole antifungal creams are good enough for treatment of most cases of vaginal yeast infections. Some of these medications are butaconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole and tioconazole. Oral prescription called fluconzole (Diflucan) can also be used for treatment. Recurrent vaginal yeast infection is common in diabetic women who have a higher prevalence of yeast called Candida glabrata.
Compared to fluconzole (Diflucan), boric acid has been found to be much more effective for treatment of Candida glabrata. That is why it can become the most preferred treatment for diabetes patients who complain of regular vaginal yeast infections.
The recurrent and resistant yeast infections can be treated by boric acid as it is the natural treatment method available. Studies have shown that in cases where chronic yeast infections do not respond well to treatment from over-the-counter medications and even other prescription antifungal medicines, boric acid can cure in most of these cases.
Moreover, you can make your own boric acid medicine. Just need to fill a size 00 gelatine capsule with approximately 600 mg of boric acid. The standard treatment of yeast infection involves inserting one capsule in the vagina for 7 days. For treatment of recurring stubborn yeast infections, continue with the standard treatment for 2 weeks instead of one. Follow this intensive treatment by using it twice a week for 6 months up to one year.
Boric acid is not meant to be taken orally as it is a toxin. It is not useful for cuts or open wounds and even for treatment of vaginal yeast infection, only the recommended amount should be used and not for prolonged period of time.
Boric acid is not usable by pregnant women or to be applied on the skin of babies and children. Vaginal burning and irritation can be experienced if the amount used is greater than recommended or if the use is prolonged. Boric acid may be a natural cure for vaginal yeast infection, there can be adverse effect without following proper instructions.
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