Do Home Remedies Really Work?

You might be wondering why home remedies are so often recommended for yeast infections.

There are many reasons for this, which include:

  • simplicity
  • cheapness
  • you have much greater control over your own body
  • there are effective remedies that work quickly
  • you don’t have to buy medication
  • you don’t have to rely on doctors
  • you don’t have to pay good money for expensive drugs
  • home remedies tend to be milder, more attuned to your body
  • home remedies have fewer side effects
  • home remedies tend to smell better than drugs and prescription medications

And obviously, if you find that your yeast infection is resistant to home remedies, then you can obviously go to the pharmacy and get a home remedy available over-the-counter.

But the question you might be asking yourself at this point is whether or not home remedies for yeast infections genuinely work?

The simple answer is that they really do — and it turns out that the compounds and products used as yeast infection home remedies have been investigated by top scientists who have proved they work effectively and quickly.

In other words, we have proof that all the products used as home remedies kill Candida effectively.

So, for example, the most common home remedies for yeast, which can be relied upon to clear up Candida fairly quickly, include:

Can yogurt really cure Candida?

Can yogurt really cure Candida?

Yogurt – you’ve probably heard of the use of yogurt as a home remedy. It works because it contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is a bacteria species that lives in the vagina. This bacteria has a vital role to play – it keeps Candid in check. It keeps yeast cells under control.

That’s why Candida albicans infections are associated with a low level of Lactobacillus, and why restoring these bacteria will kill the Candida.

(If you’re interested in the details of how this works, acidophilus kills yeast by generating hydrogen peroxide. Obviously, having yogurt in your vagina is a bit messy, but there are clever techniques and tricks which allow you to do this easily.)

For example, you can put yogurt (the plain, and flavoured variety, please!) – after you have ensured it contains live acidophilus cultures – into your vagina once or twice a day with a syringe (no needle!). There are other ingenious ways of doing this (more on that later!)

You can also use acidophilus pills from a natural health food store. Again, you can eat the capsule, or you can open it up, mix it with water, soak a tampon in the water and push that into the vagina.

If yogurt is strange, what about GARLIC?

If yogurt is strange, what about GARLIC?

Garlic is another common home remedy for yeast infection. It works very effectively because it contains Allicin, a natural antifungal chemical. You can use a fresh clove of garlic, carefully peeled, placed inside a muslin cloth, and pushed up into your vagina.

Attaching a string so you can pull it out again is helpful. Or if this freaks you out, then you can use garlic capsules that you can get from the health food store.

Other common home remedies for yeast infection include boric acid, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, and douching with various herbal compounds or acidic products such as lemon juice. And there are many more.

All of these are described in great detail in the best compilation of yeast home remedies that I’m aware of, called Yeast Infection No More by Linda Allen. If you wish to investigate this fantastic compendium of home remedies, you can see a simple explanation of how it works here.

Yeast Infection Home Remedy - Tea Tree Oil

One of the oldest home remedies – tea tree oil….

And if you look around this website, you’ll find all kinds of useful information – imagine having a summary of all the key facts about yeast infection, written for you by a scientist, so you can see why they work, how they work, and the best way to use them.

All that juicy information is right here for you, waiting on this website!

Joy and luck with life,
Maria

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Videos On Yeast Infection

I thought it might be helpful to publish some of the more useful videos on yeast infection. They are all embedded from YouTube.

Yeast Infection Home Remedies

This presenter is a medically qualified nurse who talks about natural remedies for yeast infection.

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Symptoms and Remedies For Yeast Infection

Yeast infections affect the majority of women at least once in their lifetime. Yeast infections occur for a variety of reasons, and it is extremely easy to contract them when you have a weak immune system. Learning how to detect the symptoms of yeast infections could help you protect yourself and prevent the condition from getting serious; it will also enable you to find a suitable remedy.

Although there are many types of yeast infections out there, the most common type is vaginal yeast infection. The symptoms of vaginal yeast infections can be quite obvious, but some people find it hard to discriminate between yeast and bacterial infections. Knowing how to identify the symptoms of Candida could help you treat the condition better and prevent further infections from happening again.

Symptoms Of Genital Yeast Infection In Women

The vaginal discharge in a woman can change depending on her phase of menstrual cycle and other psychosocial factors. However, the vaginal discharge of a woman who is infected with yeast infection is rather distinctive and easy to recognize. When you have an overgrowth of Candida, vaginal discharge tends to become thicker and creamier than usual. Many people report having a discharge reminiscent of cottage cheese that smells like yeast. This may not be unpleasant – just mildly yeasty. The appearance and smell of your vaginal discharge is one of the strongest symptoms of a yeast infection.

A Burning Sensation

A burning sensation may be an indicator of yeast infection, however, it could be the symptom of cystitis, another common genital problems that many women experience. In addition, a burning sensation when urinating could be an indicator of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), so it is best to check with your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will order an urine sample test or swab test to confirm the condition.

Intense Itching

When women have a Candida infection, they may experience unbearable itching in the vulva or vaginal area. The vulva may become swollen as well.

Pain During Sexual Intercourse

If you have pain during intercourse, it may be a sign of a yeast infection. However, pain during intercourse could be the symptom of many other conditions, so it is wise to check with a doctor.

These symptoms do not only affect women, they also affect men, although male yeast infections could be a little bit more difficult to diagnose. Most men are unaware that they are susceptible to yeast problems until they have an infection….obviously the most well known symptom of male yeast infection is redness and itching on the genitals. Other symptoms of yeast infections in both sexes include:

Digestive problems: Some difficulty in digestion may be the first sign a man has contracted yeast infection. Other possible symptoms of yeast infection include a change in bowel habits; and an dincreased desire for sugary products. If you experience an increased desire for sugary products, combined with some digestion difficulties, you may suspect infection with Candida. With a craving for sugary products, this is a reasonable diagnosis.

Genital itching is another symptom of yeast infection. Your penis may become swollen and itch. You will also experience pain when urinating and during sex. There may also be a smell of yeast, but not every man experiences this.

Having discussed the symptoms of yeast infections in both men and women, we now move on to the causes of and remedies for yeast infections.

The Use of Antibiotics

A major cause of yeast infections is the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics are often prescribed to kill any infectious bacteria in the body, however, they will also accidentally kill many useful bacteria in your body, causing an imbalance in the vaginal or bodily environment which can lead to an overgrowth of yeast. This is why so many people contract yeast infections while they are on antibiotics.

Lifestyle and diet

Many women find they contract yeast infections after consuming sugary foods and yeasty foods. Certainly diet plays a large part in succumbing to candidiasis. The acidity of the body is a major factor, too.

Weak Immune System

A weak immune system provides an ideal environment for yeast to develop. HIV, cancer, diabetes patients have a weak immune system. That’s why many of them contract yeast infections. When your immune system is weak, it will be unable to fight off the over-development of the yeast bacteria. When you have identified that you have such an infection, it is important to take action as soon as possible. Getting the appropriate and timely treatment will help you take control of the infection and get back to your normal lifestyle.

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Yeast Infection Remedies and Treatment

Yeast infection is a common condition that appears to affect about 70 per cent of women in the United States at least once in their lives. The problem is Candida albicans, the scientific name for yeast, a common fungus that is present in human body, although symptoms of yeast infection only occur when there is an overgrowth of this fungus. Yeast infection is caused by many things, including the use of antibiotic drugs, a weak immune system, the consumption of sugary products, unprotected sex, lack of good hygiene and   birth control pills.

Yes, birth control pills can cause yeast infections. Certain birth control pills could change the chemical balance of your vagina, causing chronic yeast infections. Consult with your doctor if you want medical advice on this  subject.

A stressful lifestyle is unhelpful too. Stress can change your hormone levels – cortisol makes you more prone to yeast infection. And, when you’re stressed, your immune system is at its weakest. That is why so many people contract yeast infections when they are stressed.

Yeast infections can affect both men and women, although the symptoms and indeed the remedies may be different for each sex. Female vaginal yeast infections have more explicit symptoms than male yeast infections. Many men may not even know they have a yeast infection until their partner tells them so. Here are some common symptoms to watch out for:

Female vaginal yeast infections:

  • Itching in the vaginal area
  • Swollen vulva
  • Thicker and creamier vaginal discharge… in some cases, the vaginal discharge will have a smell of yeast
  • A burning sensation in the vaginal area, especially when urinating
  • Sometimes pain during sexual intercourse

Male & female yeast infections:

  • Difficulty in digestion which include frequent diarrhoea, bad breath and     constipation
  • An increased taste for sugary products – the yeast fungus feeds on the sugar in your body, so it will make you have a constant craving for sugary products
  • Genital itching – your penis may be itching and swollen
  • You may also experience pain during urination and sexual intercourse

Remedies for Yeast Infections (including home remedies)

It is recommended that you go to see a healthcare provider the first time you experience the symptoms of yeast infection. This is to make sure that you have yeast infection, not any other type of disease. Once you are certain that you have candidiasis, you could start treatment – using either home remedies or medical treatment – as soon as possible to get rid of the condition.

There are two ways you could treat yeast infections: through medications or through home remedies. Most of the medications used for treating yeast infections can be bought over the counter. However, if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the drugs the best approach here is to seek consultation from a health practitioner for the appropriate treatment. Women who are pregnant or who have recurrent vaginal yeast infections should also consult a doctor for the appropriate treatment alternatives.

The second way to treat yeast infections is through home remedies. Although most people believe that they need complicated medications to cure themselves of yeast, in fact, many home remedies for yeast infections work just as well as medical remedies.

Yogurt

Yogurt is one of the best traditional remedies for treating yeast. Yogurt contains many healthy ingredients which are capable of killing the harmful bacteria in the body, including the yeast fungus. One such ingredient is Acidophilus. However, since yogurt also contains milk, and many people are allergic to milk, they cannot take yogurt as a natural treatment. In this case, they may try Acidophilus tablets which are available at most pharmacy stores.

A Healthy Diet

To permanently eliminate yeast infections (by which we mean recurrent overgrowth of the Candida population in your body), you also need to change your diet. If you have been consuming a lot of sugary products, it is helpful to cut them out. The yeast fungus feeds on the sugar in your body, and can paradoxically generate sugar cravings. If you are experiencing yeast, cut back on your sugar consumption, especially refined sugar. Honey, fruits, fruit juices, and molasses should be avoided altogether.

In addition to sugar, you may also consider limiting your intake of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates will be transformed into glucose, a form of sugar, once they are in your system. Therefore, when you are fighting yeast, stay away from fast foods and starchy foods that contain a lot of carbohydrates.

Natural and traditional remedies for yeast infections

Garlic could be a good home remedy for yeast infection. It contains allicin, a powerful anti-fungal agent that helps to kill the yeast cells. Other common natural substances for treating yeast include cayenne pepper, rosemary, and thyme.

When you opt for a treatment approach using home remedies, you should be patient and follow the treatment procedure through till you see any positive result. Generally, this kind of remedy will take longer to show effects.

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Yeast Infections In Woman And the Use Of Home Remedies

Yeast infections affect more than 70 per cent of all women in the United States. Studies have shown that these women experience yeast infections at least once in their lifetime. Learning how to treat this common disease could help you live a happier life and protect yourself as well as your partner.

When you experience itching in your genital area, combined with a yeast-like smell in your vaginal discharge, you may be experiencing a yeast infection. However, the symptoms of yeast infection can be similar to those of other genital diseases. Should you have any doubt as to whether you have a yeast infection or an STD, it is advisable that you check with a doctor to make sure using home remedies for yeast infection will actually work.

Some Common Vaginal Yeast Infection Symptoms:

  • Itching in the vaginal area, including the vulva
  • Creamier and thicker vaginal discharge with a yeast-like smell
  • Swollen vulva
  • A burning sensation in the vagina area, especially when urinating
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Once you have identified a yeast infection, it is time to take action. The sooner you treat it, the easier it is to control this condition.

Medical Treatment Of Yeast Infection

It is recommended that the first time you experience yeast infection, you should see a healthcare provider. This is to make sure that you have a yeast infection, not any other type of disease. Once you are certain, you could begin treatment with over-the-counter medications if you want.

Pregnant women should see a doctor before they decide to take over-the-counter medications, since some of the medications may have side effects on their babies. Women who have a weak immune system and experience recurrent vaginal yeast infections, or who have yeast infections that do not clear up after treatment, should see a healthcare provider for further diagnosis and other treatment options.

If your body does not respond to the over-the-counter medications after you have taken them for a while, then you may need to adopt a tougher regime – which means not just taking medication but potentially also changing diet and lifestyle. When you have 4 or more episodes of yeast infections per year, the condition is called recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) and this may be a case for lifestyle changes.

Antifungal Drugs – the Antithesis Of Home Remedies

Antifungal drugs are often prescribed to treat yeast infections. There are two types of antifungal drugs: vaginal agents and oral agents. The choice of oral or vaginal dosage forms really depends on the severity of your condition. The antifungal drugs will inhibit the ability of the fungus to multiply within your body, thereby preventing a Candida overgrowth from happening.

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the drugs, you should consult your doctor for appropriate alternatives. For people who have recurrent vaginal yeast infections, they may need maintenance treatments which should be taken periodically to prevent the fungus outbreak in the future. Note: taking prescription drugs repeatedly may well produce resistance to the antifungal agents in the medication, and in such cases you may want to consider the kind of lifestyle changes outlined in home remedies for yeast infection.

Some vaginal creams and suppositories may cause an itchy and burning feeling in the vagina area. Some other side effects include inflammation, irritation, contact dermatitis and pain during urination and sexual intercourse.

Home Remedies For Yeast Infection

In addition to medications, you could use certain types of food to treat yeast infections. One such food is yogurt. Yogurt contains many healthy ingredients that could help bring the body back into balance. Yogurt contains Acidophilus, a bacteria able to limit the growth of many types of harmful micro-organism, including the yeast fungus. However, since yogurt has milk content, many people cannot take it because they are allergic to milk. An alternative for those people is to take Acidophilus tablets.

In addition to the above treatment methods, you should wear only cotton fabric since cotton will absorb heat and moisture. Taking medications may not be enough if you want to keep the yeast infection at bay. You need to change your lifestyle altogether. Stay away from sugary foods since the yeast feeds on sugar in your body. The more sugar you take, the stronger the yeast fungus will become. You also need to exercise regularly. A healthy diet combined with regular exercise will not only keep the yeast at bay, but also other diseases as well.

You can see a review of the best treatments and home remedies for yeast infections here. It is important to get timely treatment to avoid any unwanted consequences associated with the condition. Yeast infections affect both men and women, and could be transmitted through sexual intercourse. Therefore, before you have cured yourself of the disease, you should not have unprotected sex with your partner. And please remember that pain during intercourse has other causes besides yeast infections.

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Home Remedies For Yeast Infections

After a man or woman has developed a so-called “yeast infection” the yeast is no longer a simple fungal organism but has mutated into an invasive form, able to infect any damaged tissues and cells in the body. Many people seem to think a yeast infection is common to only women, but a yeast infection in men is also just as common.

The perennial question is – how to cure a yeast infection? Is it possible to use home remedies for yeast infection treatment? Let’s find out….

The most common culprit for a yeast infection is Candida albicans; although other yeast species including other species of Candida may be present. C. albicans is a part of every person’s natural skin flora, regularly passed from person to person with normal human contact.

Generally speaking, this yeast rarely becomes a serious infection (here, infection means a population bloom, a massively overgrown yeast flora which is out of balance – in particular by destroying the good probiotic bacteria which live in the body). Several key factors seem to be the cause of yeast infections: they mostly create an environment for Candida to thrive in.

Among these are a high sugar or carbohydrate diet, prolonged use of antibiotics, anti-fungals or corticosteroids, toxicity, and lack of oxygen on a cellular level. When trying to overcome any fungal condition, whether by means of a home remedy or not, especially one which we regularly come into contact with the organism such as Candida, it is important to understand both how and why infection develops and how the organism normally lives inside the body.

The initial symptoms of a yeast infection include dry, irritated skin, dandruff, cracked lips, dry mouth, and a possible white coating on the tongue called thrush. A vaginal or penile infection will be marked by discharge and irritation or itching. Candida albicans specifically binds itself to mucosal membranes and moist areas such as around the lips, nose, eyes, ears, inside of the mouth, and the genitals. Yeasts like Candida feed off simple sugars, including glucose from carbohydrates, fructose from fruit, sucrose from sugar, and galactose, a form of sugar derived from lactose.

Causes Of Yeast Infection

If someone already has a poor diet and then becomes burdened with more toxic elements, such as those found in certain medications such as antibiotics and corticosteroids, or environmentally derived poisons, they may develop the “fungal infection” or “yeast infection”. This is because of the body’s inability to combat the toxins, or because of a diminished immune system, which allows the organism to mutate and grow uncontrollably.

Candida albicans can multiply rapidly secretes many toxic compounds – many of which, such as acetaldehyde, are alcohol based. Many a Candida sufferer deals with feelings of lethargy, weakness, confusion, and a “foggy-head” due to these poisons.

Home Remedies For Candida albicans

While you may never be free of Candida due to its universal presence, you can maintain a bodily environment in which it does not overgrow. This is of course the most effective “cure” for yeast infection. The first steps that should be taken are dietary in nature. Many Candida patients suffer from slow digestion and improper assimilation of nutrients.

Eating a low carbohydrate diet has been shown to help; a low sugar diet is necessary for Candida control; among other things, this involves limiting fruits and even high sugar vegetables such as sweet potato or carrots until the body’s biochemical balance is restored. You should also eliminate dairy products because although Candida does not feed on lactose, it breaks it down into another sugar called galactose.

There are many food products which may be responsible for contributing to the growth of yeast infections, such as hard aged cheeses. Another good remedy is to increase your intake of healthy saturated fats, such as those found in coconut oil – also a great substitute for dry skin when used topically. Likewise, the best possible treatment for thrush is the simplest – unsweetened chocolate from any grocery store.

Other Things You Can Use As A Yeast Infection Home Remedy

Of course, diet alone won’t help you overcome a full blown yeast infection. The yeast organism itself, as stated earlier, has now become an invasive fungal organism through a process called polymorphism, or the mutation of one organism into another. This is a well documented phenomenon in the microbial world, and one which can be replicated.

The organism is a product of its environment, and if the environment goes back to its original homeostasis or natural functioning, then so will all potentially virulent organisms. Among the best treatment options for slowing down the growth of Candida and converting the organism back to its simple, innocuous yeast form is an unsaturated fatty-acid derived from castor beans called Undeclyenic Acid.

You may find it in over the counter products sold for the treatment of fungus on the feet – athlete’s foot. As a long-term Candida solution this is recommended as a home remedy – try it along with the other suggestions outlined in this article. All in all, focus on eating a balanced diet which gives you all the vitamins and minerals you need.

Use pink Himalayan salt full of minerals for health and digestion, ensure you take vitamin C (around 500mg a day) for cellular health, and eat a proper ratio of healthy saturated fats to less protein to even lower amounts of carbohydrates. Though simple, these home remedies can be powerful ways to defeat Candida

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