Yeast infection is the most common type of fungal infection occurring in damp, moist parts of the body such as the tongue and the mouth, the genitals. It usually occurs due to the overgrowth of a type of yeast known as candida albicans.
Symptomized by soreness of the throat and swallowing problems (when in the mouth) and redness and discomfort (in the genital area), yeast infections need to be treated at the earliest. If left ignored and untreated, it can progress and enter the bloodstream and lead to invasive candidiasis and candidemia.
Effective Yeast Infection Home Remedies
While proper medical advice is essential when it comes to dealing with yeast infection, you could also implement these simple home remedies which can speed up your healing and recovery. Here we’ve listed down some of the most potent home remedies that can wipe away yeast infection quickly and effectively.
Garlic is well known for its ability to keep cholesterol levels in check, and also for its valuable antimicrobial and antiseptic action. It turns out, garlic also has antifungal action, which is why, it could make for the best home remedy for yeast infection.
Try to include more of garlic in your foods or if possible, eat a few cloves of garlic (organic) raw everyday. If you’re concerned about bad breath, you could also try taking garlic supplements that are readily available at most pharmacies.
Tea Tree Oil
Essential oils too, are effective in targeting fungal and bacterial infections, and tea tree oil is a good one to consider. Organic tea tree oil is blessed with the ability to fight off candida albicans fast, and can reduce the extent of the infection quickly!
The best way to use tea tree oil for yeast infection is to dilute it and then apply it topically to the affected area (the genitals). Allowing it to stay there for a couple of hours twice a day could be extremely helpful in relieving the symptoms and stopping the infection right in its tracks.
Probiotics have gained a lot of popularity in the recent years, especially yogurt. They work by restoring the normal flora in the gut, and keep the digestive system (and many other body systems) healthy. Plain organic yogurt, when consumed or even topically applied to the affected area, can help restore the normal pH, discourage the growth of the fungus and stimulate healing.
It is best to seek the advice of your doctor before you apply yogurt directly in the genital region.
Douching the vaginal area with lukewarm water or diluted apple cider vinegar can also be really effective as a natural remedy for yeast infections. The apple cider vinegar soothes the area and restores the ideal pH level, thereby reducing the growth of the fungi that causes the infection.
Fungal infections tend to worsen due to the use of soaps and other products that tend to mess up the pH levels of the skin. They also strip the skin of its natural protective oils, which makes it more susceptible to infections. Using organic soap made of natural and botanical ingredients is by far, the best way to reduce both fungal and bacterial infections.
Always make sure you choose soaps that are fragrance-free and made using natural ingredients.
Cranberries and cranberry juice has already been found effective as a natural treatment for urinary tract infections, but what most people don’t know is that it can also turn out to be one of the best yeast infection home remedies. Unsweetened organic cranberry juice works by normalizing the pH of the vagina, which in turn, discourages the growth of the fungi that causes the infection.
Consult your doctor before you start to take cranberry juice, especially if you’re on some medications or are affected by a health condition.
Basil is known for its powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial action, and it turns out, it is effective against candida yeast infections as well. If you’re affected by oral thrush, simply gargling with some basil tea twice or thrice a day for 2-3 days can bring about effective results. Those affected by genital yeast infections can wash the area with basil tea.
Don’t have basil handy? You could swap basil for rosemary- it has the same protective antifungal properties and can be really effective as a home remedy for yeast infections.
Oregano oil is yet another essential oil that is extremely effective in tackling yeast infections. It can be taken either orally (in the diluted form) or applied topically to the affected area (again diluted with a base oil). Oregano oil has a fast action and can reduce the growth of both fungi and bacteria effectively in a short span of time.
Many studies have found that the use of boric acid suppository capsules can be one of the most effective ways to stop a vaginal fungal infection right in its tracks, even those not caused by candida albicans. Make sure you seek medical advice before using them though, since their use can cause vaginal burning. Pregnant women should avoid using boric acid as a treatment for fungal infections.
Apart from implementing these home remedies, here are a few simple changes you could make to your lifestyle and food habits, which can definitely work in reducing the fungal growth and wipe off the infection faster.
- Wear loose clothing, especially your underwear. Choose breathable fabrics like cotton and stay away from tight, synthetic underwears since they tend to keep the affected area moist, which creates a breeding ground for fungus.
- Exercise- it may not seem to be directly linked to the infection, but including moderate exercise in your daily routine can help speed up healing by strengthening the immune system.
- Drink lots of water- water technically helps the body get rid of all the harmful stuff and toxins, and cleanses it internally.
- Maintain proper personal hygiene. Make sure you wipe the vaginal area with a clean dry cloth after you’ve used the toilet, and wear dry and loose inner wear.
- Being stressed can also worsen candida infections- take a break and do something you like- something that makes you feel good. Stress is directly linked to innumerable health conditions, including yeast infections, so this one is a real gem too! Try engaging in calming activities such as yoga and meditation, or simply spending a few minutes in the nature, away from everything else.
It is best to use these approaches in conjunction with any drugstore antifungal meds or topical creams that your physician may have suggested.
We hope that these tips will help you tackle your infection better. Which of these worked out for you? Do let us know in the comments box below.