You might be wondering why home remedies are so often recommended for yeast infections.
There are many reasons for this, which include:
- 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 treatments or remedies, then you can obviously go to the pharmacy and get a non-prescription treatment over-the-counter.
But the question you might be asking yourself at this point is whether or not home remedies really work?
The simple answer is that they really do — and it turns out that the compounds and products which have always been used as traditional home solutions and treatments for Candida have been investigated by top scientists who have proved they work effectively and quickly.
In other words, we have proof that all these products do indeed kill Candida effectively.
The most common remedies, which can be relied upon to clear up Candida quickly, include:
Yogurt – you’ve probably heard of the use of yogurt as a treatment you can use yourself. Yogurt 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 plain yogurt (NOT the flavored 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.
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 solutions 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 domestic remedies for this problem that I’m aware of, called Yeast Infection No More by Linda Allen. If you wish to investigate this fantastic compendium of tips, tricks and solutions, you can see a simple explanation of how it works here.
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!
Yeast infections affect the majority of women at least once in their lifetime. They occur for a variety of reasons, but it is extremely easy to contract them when you have a weak immune system. Learning how to identify the symptoms could help you protect yourself and prevent the Candida overgrowth from getting serious; it will also enable you to find a suitable remedy.
Although there are many areas of the body which can be infected, the most common one is the vagina. The symptoms of these 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.
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 develop symptoms…. obviously the most well-known symptom for men is redness and itching on or around the genitals. Other symptoms of yeast infections are as follows:
Digestive problems: Some difficulty in digestion may be the first sign a man has contracted a Candida infection. Other possible symptoms include a change in bowel habits; and and increased desire for sugary products. If you experience an increased desire for sugary products, combined with some digestion difficulties, you may suspect Candida is at work in your body! With a craving for sugary products, this is quite likely!
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 remedies for yeast infections (click here).
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 Candida while they are on antibiotics.
Lifestyle and diet
Many women find they develop yeast problems 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.