Remedies for Vaginal Candidiasis
Vaginal yeast infections, otherwise known as vaginal Candidiasis, are caused by a build up of Candida albicans which is a particular kind of yeast often found in the vaginal area. For various reasons, but often due to the use of antibiotics or immunosuppressants, the body fails to get rid of enough of this Candida albicans and unpleasant side effects result. Itching, pain, soreness and burning during urination or intercourse are usual symptoms, along with a creamy vaginal discharge. Consult your doctor for diagnosis. Drugstore bought treatments work to get rid of these yeast infections, but sometimes their effectiveness is short-lived. Many women prefer to use natural cures for yeast infections instead.
Some women use plain, unsweetened yogurt as a natural remedy for yeast infections. It can be applied either externally, or internally, or both ways. The good bacteria in plain yogurt tackles the yeast infection and reduces symptoms. It is also very cooling when applied to the region which can give some immediate relief. It's essential to use unsweetened yogurt as yeast feeds on sugar and using a sweetened product can make the problem worse.
General maintenance of good levels of body-friendly bacteria can help reduce instances of yeast infections too. Take pre-biotic and pro-biotic supplements, which you can buy from health stores, to help prevent and eliminate yeast infections. These supplements also keep your digestive system in good shape and help your overall health levels.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic or Cloves
Apple cider vinegar can be taken both internally or externally to treat yeast infections. It will need to be diluted if used externally or it will burn uncomfortably. Add around a cup of apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of water for gentle, but effective, treatment. Garlic can be used in a similar way. Either eat some or insert a clove internally to treat yeast infections.
Natural homeopathic remedies may also help to relieve the symptoms and prevent yeast infections.
Try to drink up to 8 glasses of filtered, or bottled, water each day. This not only helps to keep you hydrated and energized, it also helps the body to flush out toxins. Similarly, by making you urinate more often, it will help to keep away unpleasant yeast infections.
Other Causes of Yeast Infections
Other causes of yeast infections include the use of oral contraceptives, pregnancy, over-use of douches or a side-effect of diabetes, or chemotherapy. It is important to consult your regular medical practitioner before using home-based cures for yeast infections in case there is a serious underlying disease causing it, or medications that you are prescribed are exacerbating the problem.