Yeast infections, otherwise known as Candida; common, uncomfortable, awkward, embarrassing, itchy and downright painful. Although generally thought to be a problem only among women and only in one particular place, yeast infections can also occur among men and in other places. Yeast infections can occur as beneath any fold of skin, around finger nails and in the mouth and leaves many wondering how to treat a yeast infection. Their favorite haunt however remains in that particular place in women and by far it is reported that vinegar is the most effective yeast infection home remedy. If you truly want a natural cure for a yeast infection this is undoubtedly your best best. 

Doing Battle with Candida

Yeast infection are caused by microscopic fungi or yeast and there are many species of Candida to do battle with. Recommendations from the drugstore for fighting yeast infections will generally involve creams and suppositories. Home remedies commonly proposed are yogurt and garlic. Although all of these remedies can be effective in treating and even getting rid of a yeast infection they aren’t necessarily as good at keeping a yeast infection away. Yeast infections are notorious about returning for a n encore, and often the encore is worse than the original performance. 

vinegar for yeast infectionApple Cider Vinegar

Into the foray steps vinegar, but will it save the day? Apparently not for everyone but for a large majority of Candida suffers vinegar stands out as the real hero. Vinegar actually has many health benefits and has long been a favorite home remedy for problems internal and external. Some gargle with apple cider vinegar to ward off a sore throat. Some will use it to deal with a sun burn. Vinegar is sometimes used to deal with allergies. Other wonders of vinegar include helping with weight loss and high blood pressure. Will it really help treat a yeast infection? Numerous people say yes and that it can't be beat when it comes to a yeast infection home remedy. 

How to Use Vinegar for a yeast infection

First of all, understand that apple cider vinegar is relatively strong stuff and some may find it painful to apply directly to the skin. Starting off with a less direct approach may be the answer. To do this, try bathing in it. Not in a full tub of vinegar of course, but just add a cup or even two cups of apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of warm water and take a leisurely bath; an hour would be ideal. Even if this doesn’t completely cure a yeast infection it will likely help decrease it at least a little bit. For more intensive treatment using vinegar a more direct approach will be warranted. Just pouring it on the infected area will probably be too much, that is, too painful (if you do try this don't leave it there for long). Instead, use cotton balls or a damp cloth. Just be sure to dispose of the cotton balls or to wash the cloth afterwards as yeast infections spread easily, to other body parts as well as to other people. Next, simply repeat. No yeast infection will be banished from your life with any one time treatment, it takes repetition. Stick with it, apply the treatment for a number of days in a row until it is either gone, or clearly isn’t working. If the yeast infection is in the mouth, gargling with it is the best approach. You can either mix it with water or take it directly but  whatever you do, don’t rinse with anti-bacterial mouthwash as bacteria is helpful for fighting yeast. Just be patient and methodical whatever remedy you use to treat a yeast infection and if the problem persists or worsens and refuses all treatment, then a visit to the doctor will be in order.