Yeast infections are a common type of fungal infection, and one one the places it affects is the vaginal area, which leads to itching, pain, and an uncomfortable discharge. But how can a recurring yeast infection be treated at home? Women are more susceptible to vaginal yeast infections, and most women experience at least one in their lifetime, but men can also get yeast infections.

What are yeast infections? 

Yeast is a form of microscopic fungus, and most of these infections are triggered by the overgrowth of a fungus called Candida Albicans. This fungus is naturally present in all vaginas and is suppressed by other bacteria. But sometimes, this balance is disturbed and causes an overgrowth of yeast, resulting in infection. The typical symptoms of yeast infection are:

  • Itching and burning sensation in the vulva and vagina
  • Painful urination
  • Swelling and Redness of the vulva
  • White and thick discharge

Home remedies for yeast infections:

1.    Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to treat Candida albicans, a fungal strain that causes recurring yeast infections. To use this natural remedy, run a bath, add half a glass of apple cider vinegar, and soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes.

Do not use apple cider vinegar directly in the vagina. Apple cider can kill bacteria and fungi, so it can also kill healthy bacteria in the body. Dilute apple cider vinegar before use.

2.    Boric acid

Boric acid vaginal suppositories treat recurring yeast infections due to the acidic properties. Studies support the use of these suppositories but conclude that they should only be used for recurrent and difficult-to-treat yeast infections.  

3.    Coconut oil

Coconut oil, extracted from the pulp of coconut, has natural antifungal properties. Studies have found that coconut oil helps control Candida, which causes yeast infections. To use this remedy, apply coconut oil to the affected area. Do not insert coconut oil directly into the vagina.

4.    Cranberry juice

Cranberry juice has been shown to help urinary tract infections by preventing the formation of Candida albicans. Although studies have not demonstrated its ability to help treat yeast infection in the vagina, some women claim to have resulted from its use. Cranberry juice and pills are also very rich in vitamin C and can help prevent infections.

5.    Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful disinfectant known to kill yeast. Vaginal yeast-infected strains have not been specifically studied; however, many women have used to treat recurrent vaginal infections. Be sure to dilute hydrogen peroxide before applying it to the vagina.

6.    Oregano oil

Oregano oil has been shown to prevent the growth of Candida albicans. To use oregano oil, add a few drops of the carrier, such as coconut oil or olive oil, and apply it to the affected area.

7.    Douching

Over-the-counter douches can combat yeast infections and relieve inflammation and irritation. Studies show the adverse effects of irrigation, and few have positive results. Many medical professionals highly recommend that women do not douche.

8.    Garlic

Garlic oil and garlic are known as antifungal agents. The use of garlic has even been found to have antifungal properties that naturally fight against Candida albicans. While more traditional approaches may recommend inserting garlic directly into the vagina, a less offensive method is to add fresh garlic to the food and incorporate it into multiple diets.

9.    Probiotics

Probiotics include live bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria, which help promote a healthy balance of bacteria in the vagina. They can treat or prevent bacterial vaginosis and urinary tract infections, in addition to yeast infections.

Buy probiotic supplements online or in stores. These oral supplements can take up to 10 days for results to appear. To reduce the time to results, some women use probiotics as vaginal suppositories. Eating yogurt (with a lively and lively culture) is another good way to increase your probiotic intake.

Like the various natural remedies, there is little evidence that supports natural remedies that treat recurring yeast infections. The annoyance of frequent diagnosis of yeast infections is very common in women. While some home remedies can help with curing, others can be aggressively harmful to the vagina. It is best to see a doctor who can diagnose you and provide the most appropriate treatment plan.

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