Vaginal Yeast Infection Remedies - For Women Only!
Vaginal yeast infection remedies
can be a great way to get rid of the irritation and irritability fast!
Many medications only empty your pocketbook and sometimes don't work at all! There are some home remedies that work just as well if not better and faster for many women. The key is to figure out which one's work best for you!
There are so many yeast infection medicines on the market today! Fungal medicines include butoconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole, nystatin, tioconazole and terconazole. There are some that work overnight (like Diflucan) and others, mainly ointments, tablets, or inserts, (like Monistat) which are targeted to work in just a few days.
However, there are many inexpensive home yeast infection remedies that you can use that work very well and may even work faster than OTC's or prescribed medicines!
In order to understand how these simple yeast infection remedies work, consider why you get one in the first place. Yeast infections are caused when there is an imbalance in the pH levels of your body. Your body strives to be more alkaline than acid, yet most people flood their bodies with foods and drinks that are highly acid. When your body becomes overly acid, yeast infections happen!
Take a look at this list of foods and drinks to see why yeast infections happen so quickly and easily!
pH Food and Drink Chart
(For a full listing, see the Acid Alkaline Food Chart
Did you have an 'Ah ha' moment? When you know which foods and drinks make your body more acid, it's no wonder that we get yeast infections in the first place and/or why we don't get them more often!
Normally, the vaginal lining is neutral. When you have a yeast infection, the pH balance has changed. Yeast infections happen because something caused an overgrowth of yeast and this always implies an imbalance. The uterine walls become too acid and you break out in a yeast infection.
You may have to try a couple of different yeast infection remedies before you find the best one for you. Remember to incorporate more alkalizing foods and drinks when you get any symptoms too!
Consider some of these natural yeast infection remedies!
Vaginal Yeast Infection Remedies
Drink apple cider vinegar with water (mix 1:4) regularly and/or take apple cider vinegar supplements.
Although douching is not *suggested by doctors for good reason, using a mild vinegar and water douche can help return the uterine wall lining back to its alkaline balance which helps to fight off an excess of yeast. Vinegar really helps cool down the itch and burning and helps reduce swelling and redness!
For this method to be effective, you have to douche the MOMENT you begin to feel itchy. Repeat up to two more times in the next 24 hours. (It also helps you feel 'fresh' in the midst of yucky discharge and that’s worth it’s weight in gold!) But please don’t overdo douching!
Douche no more than 3 times. The point is to STOP the yeast infections BEFORE it starts.
*Your vagina is like a self-cleaning oven so you really never have to douche at all to 'be clean'. However, in the case of yeast infection remedies, it's a simple fix that can be the exception to the rule.
Also, after douching, be sure to UP your intake of digestive enzymes. They will help add back the natural flora that keep many conditions like yeast, in check.
Insert unpasteurized, plain yogurt with a small spoon, sterilized spatula, or vaginal cream applicator. Insert at night before bed and wear a pad. Repeat for three to seven nights, until symptoms disappear.
Douche with a mixture of water and yogurt. Mix together and shake well before douching. (Also eat a lot of yogurt with live active cultures!)
"Paint" the vagina, cervix and vulva (outside area including the labia or "lips" of vagina) with gentian violet. (You'll need a speculum for this.) It stains so you'll want to wear a mini pad. This method usually works after one treatment.
Insert a garlic suppository. Peel one clove of garlic, wrap in gauze, and insert into the vagina. Leave the garlic in for up to twelve hours. Repeat as necessary. Also eat a lot of garlic or take garlic supplements.
Drink lots of light cranberry juice. (Better to leave out the Vodka for now:o)
Insert Potassium Sorbate. This is used in home beer-making and can be found at beer or wine making store. Dip a cotton tampon into a 3% solution (15 grams of Potassium Sorbate in one pint of water) and insert into the vagina at night. Remove in the morning.
Consume acidophilus supplements. It's available in powder or capsules in many superstores or found in some milk and yogurt products. (Read the labels. Some dairy products have added acidophilus.)
Stay Dry. It's really important to keep your vaginal area as dry as possible. No hot tubs, pools, baths, or excessive showers. Yeast feeds on moisture, so you'll only make it worse!
Wear. Loose clothing as a positive benefit when you have a yeast infection. You want to keep as much ventilation going to the area as possible. This helps things stay drier too.
More Yeast Infection Remedies to Try
Drinking two or more glasses of buttermilk is a great recommendation for your daily diet and also avoid too much acidic food. Try eating some bananas and avocados to balance your pH levels.
Daub the vaginal area in a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar regularly. If you are itchy, then add a little bit of garlic to the solution to help stop feeling the urge to scratch.
Take olive leaf extract capsules as recommended for infections according to manufacturer instructions. The leaf of the olive tree have some mind-blowing healing compounds that are known tonics for sufferers for yeast infections.
Boric Acid suppositories are also a good remedy to use and can be located through compounding pharmacies. There have been many studies proving the usefulness of boric acid as yeast infection remedies.
Wash the vaginal area with a solution of Tea Tree essential oil mixed with water. Tea tree oil has great antiseptic properties. It can be used regularly for general cleanliness as well as alleviating the symptoms of oral thrush.
Next time you suffer from an implosion of vaginal yeast, think about using some natural yeast infection remedies instead of the medications at the pharmacy. Just a simple douche may stop a yeast infection in it's tracks if you use one before the infection has a chance to get worse! To find out more causes of yeast infections, view the previous page.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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