Home remedies for yeast infection
There are a number of home remedies for Yeast infection. But first let us understand a little more on yeast infection and then go on to the remedies you can try at home. Yeast infection in not restricted to women only as is commonly believed. Yeast infection can affect both men and women, and can occur in any part of the body such as underarms, between toes, etc. Yeast infection in women is very common in the vagina. Although its not a very serious condition, Yeast infection is very uncomfortable and irritating.
Yeast are minute organisms ( known as candida fungus ) that live in small numbers on human body. Yeast infection occurs when the number of these organisms increase beyond a certain level.
Typically, the acidity in the vagina keeps the level of yeast low. But with the drop in the acidity level (due to various conditions like menstruation period, pregnancy, diabetes or birth control pills ), the number of yeast grows and causes the infection.
Yeast Infection Symptoms
Itching and burning in the vagina
This is one of the most common symptom. It may start as a very mild irritant, but increase gradually.
Swelling, itching, and burning around the skin surrounding the vagina.
The skin around the vagina, known the vulva has some swelling and may be itching and become very tender and sensitive to even the lightest of contact.
You will experience vaginal discharge. This is typically white and thick and is odorless.
Pain during sexual intercourse
Another irritating symptom is the pain and discomfort felt during sexual intercourse.
Burning sensation during urination
The burning sensation on the skin in and around the vagina persists a while even after urination.
Yeast Infection Causes
Reduced body immunity levels
If your body has a low immunity levels, it is very easy to succumb to such conditions where the organisms grow faster causing the infection.
Use of some antibiotics can also cause yeast infection.
Sometimes physical and mental stress also causes the yeast level to go up considerably
Birth Control Pills
Some reaction due to birth control pills also cause yeast infection
In some cases, infection is caused during mestrual cycles.
Diabetic conditions may cause the infection in certain cases
Home remedies for Yeast Infection
Home remedy using Yogurt
Take a tampon and dip it in yogurt. Insert in the vagina, twice a day. Continue this remedy for an extra day after your symptoms go away.
Tea Tree Oil
A few drops of tea tree oil poured on a tampon and inserted in the vagina can provide some relief.
For non-vaginal yeast infections, you can apply garlic paste directly on the affected parts. This remedy is for other affected parts of the body and not for the vaginal yeast infection.
Diet for Yeast Infection
No Specific diet
There is no specific diet that we are aware of for this condition. Of course, eat healthy, lots of fruits and vegetables, as always.
Suggestions for Yeast infection
Loose fitting undergarments
To avoid yeast infection avoid wearing tight underwear or other tight acrylic garments everyday. Use loose fitting cotton underwear and panties. Avoid wearing jeans, legging, panty hose every day.
If you suspect infection, stay away from deodorant sanitary pads and tampons. Avoid sprays and other such external agents as that could cause irritation.
Do not remain in wet clothes for a long time. Change into dry ones as soon as possible and dry your affected body parts before changing into a new set of dry clothes.