Yeast infection (Candida) is caused by a group of microscopic fungi called Candida albicans. It mainly develops in the vaginal area, but is also found under breasts, lower abdomen, and skin folds. People are more prone to yeast infections in conditions of pregnancy, stress, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. Chances of yeast infections also increase when one is on steroids, antibiotics or oral contraceptives. Decline in Estrogen level due to menopause also increases chances of yeast infection.
Yeast infection is characterized by itching, burning sensation or swelling around the affected area. Vaginal yeast infection causes discomfort during intercourse, gives a burning sensation during urination, and an odorless discharge (resembling cottage cheese) from vagina. Normally, Lactobacillus, a healthy type of bacteria keeps pH levels of vagina and yeast level in control. However, the balance could get disturbed due to reasons mentioned above.
Several natural remedies are effective in curing Yeast infection:
Yogurt contains good bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is effective in keeping yeast infection in control. Unsweetened yogurt must be applied to the affected area. Consumption of yogurt in diet will also help.
Coconut oil is known for its anti-fungal properties and could help in eliminating the infection. Coconut oil can be applied externally to affected areas. The oil could also be mixed with cinnamon oil for controlling growth of infection.
Apple cider vinegar and white vinegar have properties to control yeast infection. Two tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar mixed with one cup of warm water must be consumed twice a day. Hot water bath in water containing vinegar for 60 minutes will also help in getting rid of skin irritation and itching. Diluted (with water) Apple cider vinegar could also be applied externally to affected area.
Garlic has natural antifungal, antibacterial properties. Raw, freshly crushed garlic can be applied to infected area. Alternatively, garlic oil mixed with vitamn E oil and coconut oil can be applied to the affected portion. Fresh garlic cloves can be consumed daily for treatment of yeast-infections.
Cranberries have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Fresh unsweetened cranberry juice must be consumed several times every day in order to control yeast infection.
Tea Tree Oil has also been found to be effective in treating yeast infection. A direct application of Tea Tree Oil on affected area helps in controlling yeast infection.
For keeping vaginal yeast infection in control, avoid panty-hose, tight jeans, and wear cotton lined underwear. Scented douches and body sprays that disrupt pH levels must be avoided. Washing vaginal area with unscented soap after sex (oral) will also help.