A yeast infection, medically known as candidiasis, is an infection caused by a group of microscopic yeast or fungi called Candida albicans.
The infection mostly affects the vaginal area of the skin but may also develop around the lower abdomen, under the breasts, around dentures, nail beds and beneath skin folds. Natural remedies can help you get rid of a yeast infection.
Pregnancy, chronic health conditions, stress, diabetes, use of oral contraceptives and antibiotics are the most common risk factors for developing a yeast infection. The symptoms of the infection include burning, itching or swelling in and around the affected area.
If the infection is in the vagina, the symptoms may include pain or discomfort in the vagina during sexual activity, an odorless vaginal discharge or a burning sensation while urinating.
While this type of infection is most common among women, most men also suffer from it at least once in their lifetime. Most women tend to get the infection after menopause, which leads to lower levels of estrogen in the body, ultimately leading to thinning of the vaginal walls.
Although the infection can be eliminated with anti-fungal medications, many people prefer natural remedies.
Here are eight simple remedies to get rid of a yeast infection and get immediate relief in a relatively short span of time and with no side effects.
- Method 1: Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
- Method 2: Use Yogurt
- Method 3: Use Boric Acid Capsules
- Method 4: Use an Apple Cider Vinegar, Salt Soak and Vinegar
- Method 5: Use Garlic
- Method 6: Use Coconut Oil
- Method 7: Use Tea Tree Oil
- Method 8: Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Method 1: Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
A natural antibiotic, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is good for a number of reasons.
First, it helps the body fight against bacteria, fungi and other infection-causing germs. Secondly, it balances the pH levels in the body, thus preventing the growth of an infection as yeast cannot thrive in the lower pH of the vagina. Thirdly, apple cider vinegar helps increase the count of good bacteria in the intestines, thus improving your immunity against a yeast infection.
Single-Step Treatment: Apply apple cider vinegar twice daily
- Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar.
- Apply the apple cider vinegar on the affected area of the skin.
- Leave it for 15 minutes or longer (as long as it does not burn or itch).
- Wash it off using lukewarm water.
Do this 2 times a day for effective results. Repeat daily as needed.
For delicate areas, dilute equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water.
Also, you can mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of filtered water and drink the concoction 2 times a day to cure a yeast infection.
Method 2: Use Yogurt
Yogurt contains lactobacillus acidophilus, a good bacteria that fights the bad bacteria and fungi in the body. By helping restore the proper balance of good bacteria, it also prevents the yeast overgrowth from spreading.
Always use plain, unsweetened yogurt with live cultures. Do not use flavored varieties.
Single-Step Treatment: Slather yogurt on your skin
- Slather some yogurt on the affected skin.
- Leave it to dry for about 30 minutes. You can also leave it overnight.
- Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Repeat the process once each day until you achieve the desired results.
You may also consume yogurt to help speed up the healing process.
Method 3: Use Boric Acid Capsules
Boric acid contains natural antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties that restrict the growth of infection-causing bacteria, thus controlling and preventing the infection from spreading further.
Things you’ll need:
- Boric acid (restricts the growth of infection-causing bacteria)
- Empty gelatin capsules
Step 1: Fill gelatin capsules with boric acid
- Fill 7 empty gelatin capsules with boric acid (about 600 mg).
Step 2. Insert 1 capsule in the vagina every night
- Insert 1 capsule in the vagina at bedtime, every night for 7 days.
In case of a recurring yeast infection, follow the treatment for 2 weeks.
For a non-vaginal yeast infection, you can dilute boric acid with water in the ratio of 1:3 and apply the solution over the affected area of your skin. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with water. Do this once every day for 2 weeks to treat a yeast infection.
Note: Boric acid, if used internally or applied topically to open wounds, may irritate the skin. It is best to consult your doctor before using this treatment. Boric acid is not recommended for pregnant women.
Method 4: Use an Apple Cider Vinegar, Salt Soak and Vinegar
While apple cider vinegar (ACV) and white vinegar help balance the pH levels in the body, sea salt acts as an incredible cleaner and deodorizer for the body.
Things you’ll need:
- Apple cider vinegar (ACV) – ¼ cup
- White vinegar (helps balance the pH levels in the body) – ¼ cup
- Salt (incredible cleaner)
Step 1. Mix apple cider vinegar, vinegar and salt in a bowl
- Pour ¼ cup each of apple cider vinegar and vinegar in a bowl.
- Add some salt to the vinegar solution.
- Mix the solution so that the ingredients combine well.
Note: Do not use commercial salt, as it contains anticaking agents.
Step 2. Add the mixture in hot bathwater and soak in it
- Prepare a hot bath.
- Pour the solution into the bathwater and mix it around thoroughly.
- Soak yourself in the bath for 45 to 60 minutes.
Do this twice daily. Follow this up daily if the condition persists.
Alternatively, you can dilute some apple cider vinegar or white vinegar with water (ratio 1:2) and apply it on the affected skin. Let it stay for 30 minutes before rinsing off the area with water.
Method 5: Use Garlic
Garlic contains incredible anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial and antibiotic components that are highly effective in treating a yeast infection.
Single-Step Treatment: Apply garlic paste daily
- Peel 2 or 3 cloves of garlic.
- Crush them to form a paste.
- Apply the paste on the affected skin.
- Leave it on for about 30 to 40 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
Use this remedy once every day. Repeat if needed.
Note: Remember to protect the skin around the affected area that does not show signs of infection, as it may react to the garlic and cause a burning or itching sensation.
Method 6: Use Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains incredible antifungal properties that help kill the fungi responsible for the infection.
Single-Step Treatment: Apply coconut oil 2 times daily
- Apply a thin layer of coconut oil on the affected area.
Do this 2 or 3 times daily until the infection is completely gone.
Alternatively, you can mix equal portions of coconut oil and cinnamon oil and apply it on the affected area.
Method 7: Use Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil contains incredible antifungal properties that are strong enough to kill the infection-causing fungi and bacteria.
Things you’ll need:
- Tea tree essential oil (contains antifungal properties)
Single-Step Treatment: Dilute tea tree oil and use
- Add 3 to 4 drops of tea tree essential oil to 3 tablespoons of water .
- Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply it on the affected area.
Do this 2 or 3 times a day for effective results. Repeat the remedy until you get rid of the infection.
For a vaginal yeast infection, you can squirt a few drops of tea tree essential oil on a tampon and insert it into your vagina for 3 to 4 hours, once each day.
Note: Pregnant women must not use tea tree oil, as it contains certain properties that may be harmful to the unborn child.
Method 8: Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is highly effective in killing the fungus that causes the infection and prevents further spreading.
Things you’ll need:
- 3% Hydrogen peroxide (prevents the infection from spreading) – 1 teaspoon
- Water – 1 cup
Single-Step Treatment: Use diluted hydrogen peroxide
- Mix 1 teaspoon of 3 % hydrogen peroxide in 1 cup of water.
- Soak a cotton ball in the solution and dab it on the affected skin.
- Leave it for 2 hours before rinsing off with water.
Use the remedy twice every day for effective results. Repeat if required.
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes, especially those made of polyester and nylon as they tend to hold in moisture. Prefer wearing cotton underwear or ones with a cotton lining in the crotch so more air can flow through the genital area.
- Do not use products like scented sanitary pads, tampons, certain soaps, detergents, powders and fragrant sprays. These can irritate your vagina, leading to an imbalance in the naturally present bacteria.
- Avoid douching, as it upsets the natural balance of bacteria that can help prevent the infection. Instead, clean only the outside areas of your vagina with a gentle soap and water.
- Do not diagnose yourself with a yeast infection. Instead, visit your doctor for confirmation.
- Eat a healthy diet to help prevent an infection. Avoid dairy products, white flour, sugar, alcohol and fermented foods. Eat foods high in vitamins and nutrients like vitamin C, zinc and beta-carotene, as these will boost your immunity.
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