Yeast is a fungus that normally lives in our interior body tracks like vagina in the woman. It is not a contagious organism but may cause symptoms or infections if it gets a chance to overgrow or enter into our blood stream by some kind of injury or laceration. Various types of infections can be caused by yeast or fungus depending upon the site involved and the immunity possessed by the victim. The most common agent, Candida albicans is notorious for causing vaginosis (vulvovaginal candidiasis – most common second only to bacterial vaginosis) in woman and diaper rash in children. Oral thrush is also a yeast infection. Athlete’s foot, a disease or infection commonly found in young or healthy subjects is also due to the yeast infection. We are not particularly discussing any specific yeast infection, but 5 simple home remedies that we can try to eradicate all of the yeast infections.
Yogurt – A Probiotic
Yogurt as a probiotic that helps to treat vaginal yeast infection. Yogurt restores the natural flora of vagina i.e. inhabitant bacteria, lactobacillus acidophilus which keeps other pathogens in check. Like in our case, candida yeast infection is neutralized by lactobacillus population. All you have to do is to eat 8 ounces of yogurt in a day to boost your protection against yeast invasion. You can also paint your affected skin with yogurt for 20-30 minutes. Insert a tampon soaked in yogurt in your vagina for the vaginal yeast infection. Let the tampon be there for 2 hours at least.
Douche with Vinegar
Douche is nothing but a simple process to irrigate your body cavities like vagina in women. You have to use some vinegar for irrigation. It will raise the pH of the vagina and ultimately would kill the yeast. The simple way to mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water and use that mixture twice a day or at least once a day.
Boric Acid – An Anti-Fungal & Anti-Septic
Not all the times, yeast is Candida albicans so non-albicans yeasts can also cause your infection. Boric acid is an excellent choice for non-albicans species. dilute boric acid with some water. Apply to affected area and wait for some minutes. After that, rinse that area thoroughly with water. You need to do this daily for a week. You can get boric acid capsules via suppository route for 7-10 days and see the maximum effects to eradicate your yeast infection. Remember, boric acid should not be used in pregnancy.
Cranberries – Anti-Fungal & Anti-Bacterial
Cranberries have the natural property to fight against germs and fungi like yeast. So, it can be used to treat yeast infection anywhere in the body. You just have to drink unsweetened cranberry juice several times a day. It will heal the infection in your body. Cranberries tablet can be used as an alternative.
Coconut Oil – Anti-Fungal Agent
Coconut oil has been blessed with marvelous anti-fungal properties so is used in killing fungi like yeast. You can apply coconut oil on the affected skin area three times a day. You can also mix coconut oil and cinnamon oil in equal amount to increase anti-fungal properties. If you have oral thrush – a form of yeast infection in immunocompromised people, swish the coconut oil in your mouth for 10-15 minutes. Then spit it out. Remember, do not swallow the coconut oil. Repeat this three times a day.