Yeast infection refers to the growth of yeast at any specific place on the human body. An excessive growth of these yeasts or microscopic fungi results in an infection and irritation and itching. Sometimes the symptoms may be severe which includes burning sensation, redness etc. Vaginal yeast infection in women is one such yeast infection. If someone is suffering from a yeast infection, such a person might feel pained in real senses. It happens the most during pregnancy, stress, diabetes and during the usage of contraceptives, steroids and antibiotics. In order to cure a yeast infection, we can use simple ayurvedic home remedies; some of which have been provided by us here:-
1. Drink Yoghurt/ Curd and Probiotic Drinks:-
There is a friendly bacteria present in yoghurt, curd and other such probiotic drinks which has the ability to control the growth of infection in the human body. Yoghurt can also be applied externally on the affected skin. Just leave it for overnight and see the effect yourself. In case of vaginal yeast infection; tampons can become your best friend as you can dip it in unsweetened yoghurt to insert it in your vagina to get an instant relief against vaginal itching because of a yeast infection. Make sure that the yoghurt/curd you use for this purpose is not a flavored one.
2. Use Boric Acid as a Treatment Option:-
Boric acid has antiseptic properties which make it an awesome option to be used against yeast infections. Though it is toxic for the kidney and circulatory system and thus it should not be used in an excess, still it works well against yeast infections if used in a favorable way. Pregnant women should abstain from using boric acid for the treatment of yeast infections. If you are allergic against something, then also you should abstain from using boric acid.
3. Use Oregano Oil, Tea tree oil or Coconut Oil as a Treatment Option:-
Oregano oil contains Thymol and carvacrol which are powerful antifungals and same is the case with coconut oil. Even coconut oil has antifungal properties in it. Pure and organic coconut oil suits the best for this purpose. You should abstain from using Oregano oil if you are taking blood thinners.
These oils can be applied directly on the affected area. Tea tree oil has the property to kill not just funguses but bacteria, viruses and other such infectants as well. It suits the best for vaginal yeast infections. The other such oils which are rich in antifungal and antibacterial properties might also work well.
4. Use apple cider vinegar as a disinfectant:-
Apple cider can be used as a disinfectant. It can make us get rid of the bacteria and fungus causing infections. Just make a mix of water and apple cider vinegar and have a bath in this water. This will reduce itching and irritation. You can also apply this mixture directly on the affected area with the help of a cotton ball to get relieved against yeast infections.
5. Garlic against the Infection:-
Grate some garlic finely and juice it up by squeezing. This juice has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antibiotic properties in it because of which it can be used as a remedy against yeast infections. The grated garlic can also be applied directly on yeast infected area so as to cure the area naturally. This will also soothe you against the irritation because of infection.
6. Cranberries against yeast infections:-
Just like the other mentioned home remedies, cranberries can also be used against yeast infections because they are rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties. This makes them suitable for fighting the fungi which works as the root cause for these infections. These are also available in the form of tablets. Which can be purchased from any leading chemist store.
7. Make changes with your outfit:-
Those who wear panty hose or tight jeans create a yeast growth environment themselves as such outfits make the inner environment moist and warm which is very much favorable for the growth of yeast colonies. Instead of wearing tight clothes, We thus advise you to go for cotton clothes. We advise you even to change your underwear. It is better if you wear a cotton underwear instead as it will invite less chances for a yeast infection.
8. Try to keep your skin clean and dry:-
If possible, try to keep your skin clean and dry. This does n’t means that you stop bathing. Instead, you should pat dry your body immediately after bathing so that it gets cleaned but still remains dry.
Next, you need to keep your skin free against scrapes and wounds. This helps you to keep your body away from yeast infections. If nothing is available, just use some neem tree bark juice on the affected area and watch out if this relieves you or not.
9. Clean Yourself after Making Sex with Your Partner:-
Yeast infection can spread like a communicable disease from one person to the other during sexual intercourse and thus we advise you to wash your genital area immediately after making sex with your partner. It is not that only women are affected from yeast infections. Men get affected from it too. Thus you need to take every sort of care in keeping yourself free from yeast infections. Sometimes, the sexual accessories and apparels like condom/latex and soaps might also cause infections. If you have recently started using such an accessory and you have noticed an irritation or infection, stop using it immediately.
10. Inspect And Examine:-
Sometimes, you can’t say that you have become a victim of yeast infection just because you are experiencing an irritation. In such cases you need to inspect and examine the place yourself at times so as to ensure if it is a yeast infection or something else. If it is not a yeast infection, there won’t be any use of following remedies for a yeast infection and using tea tree oil or coconut oil to soothe yourself against irritation can be the best suitable option. In such cases, it is better if you consult a gynecologist about your problem.