Yeast is a group of fungi that attack the female vaginal and results in yeast infection in females. However, yeast infection may also affect other parts of body parts for example lower abdomen, under breast and nail beds. But they commonly cause vaginal yeast infection and our article is all about it.
What Causes Vaginal Yeast Infection
Women usually get a yeast infection during pregnancy, periods or when they are on birth control pills. During all the above there are hormonal changes in female body and thus changes in hormones may be considered responsible for the growth of yeast in the vagina.
Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection
Yeast infection causes itching, burning, and swelling of the intimate area. Also, it makes intercourse painful. There may be vaginal rash and sores. Many females suffering from vaginal yeast infection also complain of leucorrhea or vaginal discharge.
Natural Yeast Infection Remedies
Cranberries, which are also used to treat urinary tract and bladder infections, are antibacterial and anti fungal. They kill the bacteria and fungi that cause yeast infections. Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice or taking cranberry tablets(2 to 3 times a day) several times a day helps cure yeast infections fast.
Another common remedy for yeast infections is to eat several fresh garlic cloves each day. While this will probably give you bad breath, it will also help clear up a yeast infection. This works because garlic has natural anti-fungal properties and can even balance out harmful bacteria.
Here’s an age old trick: Dip a tampon in plain, unsweetened yogurt, and insert that bad boy directly in your vagina to soothe itching and rid the yeast infection on the quick. The yogurt is packed with probiotics and bacteria that will treat the infection. Adding more yogurt to your daily diet helps too.
4. Castor Oil:
Castor oil is one of the most versatile oils out there. I recommend you eat about a teaspoon daily and apply the oil topically on the fungal infection. Personally, I loathe the taste of castor oil, but find that the antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral elements make it worth the cringing. Pop it in the fridge for about 20 minutes before you apply for an extra soothing cooling effect.
Probiotics, are good bacteria that help suppress the growth of yeast. While taking antibiotics or over the counter medicines may cure your yeast infection, they may also kill the friendly bacteria your immune system needs to stay healthy and prevent future infections. Make sure to eat plenty of foods that contain probiotics.
6. Aloe Vera Juice:
Aloe is a great plant for skin health, but did you know it’s also great for our insides? According to The Candida Diet, aloe juice is helpful because, “Candida yeast breeds in your intestine when transit time is too long, but Aloe can help by alleviating constipation Aloe Vera repairs and seals your intestinal wall, which stops Candida from actually penetrating through into your blood stream.” Choose the juice with the skin for some laxative effects, or choose without the skin if your bowels are in good shape.
7. Naturopathic Medicine:
If you are dealing with recurring infections, visiting a naturopathic doctor can be very helpful. He or she will look at underlying causes for symptoms, and address the whole system with supplements, homeopathic remedies, and lifestyle tweaks that can help you beat yeast infections at the source. Naturopathic medicine can help with many other illnesses too!
Even if you are scared of needles, you should check out acupuncture options for overall health and wellness, and especially if you suffer for digestive or hormonal issues. Like naturopathic medicine, acupuncture can help address underlying symptoms of your condition and build a stronger, healthier body. An acupuncturist might also recommend supplements, Chinese herbs, dietary suggestions, and of course, needling!
We know that good food makes us happier and healthier, but it’s especially important if you are dealing with yeast infections. Certain foods, like beer, wine, cheese, sugar, and grains are often linked to candida, and if you suffer from recurring infections, it might be time to eliminate or reduce these foods in your diet. Sugar is pretty bad for us anyway, but as candida feeds on sugar, it’s good to get rid of it and build a diet based on fresh veggies, protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates to keep your gut healthy and balanced.
Tips To Prevent Yeast Infections
Some healthy habits may help you avoid yeast infections:
- If you have diabetes, make sure your sugar levels are under control.
- Rinsing your mouth after your meals, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day, and flossing can help prevent oral infections.
- If you wear dentures, take them off at night and make sure they’re clean.
- Avoid wearing tight underwear. Also, avoid the use of materials like nylon which don’t allow your skin to breathe to help avoid a vaginal yeast infection.
- Keeping your skin clean and dry can help prevent an infection.