Vaginal Yeast Infection: Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies

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When you want to use vinegar as a remedy for skin fungal infection, make a solution of half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of water and apply it with a cotton bud on your skin. If the infection has spread to a larger area, you can soak a clean washcloth in the solution and cover the affected zone with it. Keep the solution on for 20 minutes and rinse the skin with lukewarm water.

Garlic

Garlic
Garlic is considered a natural antibiotic and is very helpful when it comes to fighting bacterial and yeast infections. The best way to make use of all the properties of garlic is to incorporate it into your diet. If you don’t like the taste of garlic, you can buy garlic supplements in a pharmacy or a health food store. They have no smell and practically no taste.

You can also apply garlic externally. Make a paste of a few cloves of garlic (the amount of garlic you press depends on the size of the infected area) and apply it directly to the skin. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Make sure you dry the skin well after the treatment as well as after the shower or bath. Yeast thrives in a humid environment.

Some women recommend inserting garlic into the vagina as a means of treating a vaginal yeast infection, however, there is no medical research that confirms the effectiveness of this method.

Oregano Oil

Oregano Oil
When an infection attacks your body, it’s very important that you both fight the bacteria and fungus as well as boost the immune system. Oregano oil is a great home remedy that will do both jobs for you. It can be taken in the form of a supplement or applied topically to the skin.

Since oregano oil sold in health food stores and in pharmacies is usually highly concentrated, you should dilute it with olive oil or almond oil before you apply it to the skin, otherwise, it can cause irritation. People who often suffer from yeast infections should consider regular supplementation with oregano oil in order to prevent relapses.

Olive Leaf Extract

Olive Leaf Extract
Thanks to its versatile properties, olive oil extract can be used as a remedy for various skin conditions. It has an antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect on the skin. What’s more, it stimulates the development of good bacteria in your body.

It takes time to prepare the extract, but it’s worth the effort. Take some olive leaves, chop them finely and put into a jar. The more leaves you use, the more concentrated the active ingredients will be. Pour vodka over the chopped leaves until they are entirely covered.

Close the jar and put it in a dark place for four weeks. If possible, use a jar made of dark glass or another material that doesn’t let the light go through easily. The mixture might lose its properties over time due to the exposure to the light. After four weeks strain the liquid and, again, keep it in a dark place. You can use the solution to treat yeast and bacterial infection on your skin whenever there is a need to do so.

Calendula

Calendula
This herb is a popular ingredient of antifungal creams and ointments and relieves the symptoms of yeast infection very fast. Many health food stores also sell calendula tea which can be drunk in order to fight the infection and give a boost to the immune system. Note that pregnant women should avoid using calendula both internally and topically since it might have a negative influence on the development of the fetus.

Boric Acid

Boric Acid
Just like garlic, boric acid has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. When used in a yeast infection, it inhibits the development of fungi but is safe for the ‘good’ bacteria. It is usually sold in the form of a powder and is too strong to be used directly on the skin without being dissolved in water.

Take half a cup of water and dissolve a tablespoon of boric acid in it. Dab a cotton ball in the mixture and apply it to the infected skin. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Repeat the procedure twice daily for a week.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil
Thanks to its natural anti-fungal properties, tea tree oil significantly reduces the symptoms of yeast infection. Mix equal amounts of tea tree oil and olive oil and rub the mixture on the infected skin three to four times a day. It will kill the yeast and enhance the regeneration of damaged skin.

In case of vaginal yeast infection, you can apply tea tree oil by soaking a tampon in the liquid and inserting it for two hours into the vagina.

Do it twice a day to kill the fungus and relieve the itchiness. Sometimes a high concentration of tea tree olive may irritate the skin so if you notice any discomfort during the treatment, take the tampon out immediately to avoid any damage to the skin.

Cotton Underwear

Cotton Underwear
If you are prone to vaginal yeast infections, you should try to eliminate the factors that may enhance the development of fungus. Since the moist environment is the most fungus-friendly, you should make sure that you wear underwear made of natural, breathing fabrics, like cotton so that the moisture gets drawn outside.

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