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 almost always present in human body. Symptoms of yeast infection only occur when there is an overgrowth of this fungus. The good news is that there are plenty of yeast infection home remedies available to you.
This overgrowth 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.
Candida infections can affect both men and women, although the symptoms and indeed the remedies may be different for each sex.
Female infections tend to occur in the vagina and have more explicit symptoms than male infections of the penis. 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 infection remedies:
- 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 and Solutions 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 what looks like an infection with Candida. This is to make sure that you do not any other type of infection – a bacterial infection, say. 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 do this: by using medications or by using home remedies.
Most of the medications commonly used to deal with yeast 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.
Many home remedies designed for Candida elimination…
…work just as well as medical remedies. We list the most common below.
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 recurrent 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 yeast remedies
Garlic could be a good yeast infection home remedy. 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.