Most of us know what a yeast infection is, it is irritating and annoying. The most common yeast infection is vaginal yeast infection (or vagina thrush). There are approximately 75-90% of the women is having yeast infection and want to get rid of it. It is hard to deal with and most of the women do not want to go to the doctor because they think this is shameful. Read more about Yeast Infection Symptoms.
As the matter of fact, there are home remedies for yeast infection, however it is still recommended that you should go to your doctor and ask for help. There are three best type of remedies: Probiotics, Boric Acid Suppositories, and Tea Tree Oil. There are also some other ingredient as well, however it is just a rumor but not a permanent treatment. Let us peek at each of those remedies:
Probiotics are natural ingredient. They are known as good bacteria which exist in your digestive tract and vagina. They are the worst enemy for fungus like Candida because they prevent it from growing. One of the best types of probiotics is Lactobacillus, especially Lactobacillus fermentum RC-14, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1.
There are some oral supplements that contains probitocs like Alaczen (probiotic supplement for optimal vaginal health) (Find out more about Alaczen). There are researches, which say that people who have a low levels of Lactobacilli have a higher chance of infected by Candida than people with higer levels. These facts were supported by many clinical trials. However, these trials are poorly proven and it is still difficult to have a definite conclusions.
2) Boric Acid Suppositories
This is a chemical, which contain antiseptic and antifungal. Furthermore, there are a little small study in Italy prove that topical boric acid is as effective as itraconazole (Sporanox) from treating women with yeast infection. Other bigger study showed that with 150 milligram do of oral medication fluconazole (Diflcan) or boric acid vaginal suppositories (600 milligrams a days within two weeks) from testing with 112 diabetic patients with yeast infection.
The result come out was fascinating when boric acid vaginal suppositories has a 63.6% curing rate when fluconazole only has 28.8%. There are also other clinical studies, which have proven boric acid is a good natural ingredient for yeast infection home remedy. You can find boric acid suppositories from a product called Yeast Arrest from compounding pharmacies. This product does not only contain boric acid but also have herbs Oregon grape root and calendula.
3) Tea Tree Oil
Essential oil tea tree oil is also good for healing yeast infection. This diluted oil is best used to apply topically to the vaginal areas. Terpinen-4-ol in tea tree oil is the main ingredient which make this tea tree oil becomes the best remedy for yeast infection. Unfortunately, there have been no clinical studies which proven this remedy is safe or effective yet. Until there is more evidence on this yeast infection home remedy, tea tree oil is not recommended by any doctors. Furthermore, this remedy needs to be diluted before applying to the body, because the pure substance should never be used on the vaginal areas.
- Yogurt: applying yogurt inside your vagina by using a tampon twice a day is also said to be a good remedy for yeast infection and help you to ease the pain and symptom. However, you need to consult your doctor before you do this method at home because it is only helpful only in cases of yeast infection and this may aggravate other bacterial infection. Yogurt is is have been one of the most well known home remedies for vaginal yeast infection, however this is not a permanent treatment; which mean that this is only suppress the infection, not cure.
- Garlic: Garlic is an ingredient, which only work on non-vaginal yeast infection. You can apply garlic paste directly on the affected parts. Diluted garlic substance along with vitamin E oil and a feel drops of coconut oil will help to control the infection areas from preventing it to spread and fortifyy the skin. This is one of the most famous home remedy for yeast infection.
- Vinegar: a hot sitz bath with some vinegar is added will help you to relieve the skin irritation and itching caused by yeast infection. This is an effective remedy. However it can only stop the growth of yeast and restore the PH balance on the body, not a permanent cure. Furthermore, this can’t be used for vaginal yeast infection.
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