Yeast infections can become debilitating conditions and can cause extreme discomfort. Many modern medicines only treat the symptoms and leave the underlying cause of the infection untouched, or have unpleasant side effects. Repeated use of douches, deodorants or antibiotics can result in recurring yeast infections and actually worsen the underlying condition. To restore your body's balance, you can try these natural remedies.
Items you will need
- Apple cider vinegar
- Plain, unpasteurized, unsweetened yogurt
Add 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Add honey to make it more palatable, if you like. Consume this over the course of the day. You can ingest your dose all at once, but it is much more beneficial to drink it over a prolonged period. Once you have had at least a week free of symptoms, you should be able to stop taking the apple cider vinegar without risk of recurrence.
Eat plain, unsweetened yogurt. The acidophilus found in plain, unpasteurized yogurt is fantastic for righting many internal imbalances. Simply eating a few tablespoons of unpasteurized, unsweetened yogurt a day will help get rid of your yeast infection from the inside out.
Use plain, unsweetened yogurt topically. Apply it to the affected area. Once it has soothed the area, rinse it off. This tends to work best in conjunction with an internal dose.
Use apple cider vinegar to soothe the area in a bath. Add about a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath water before you soak.
If you can't stomach plain, unpasteurized, unsweetened yogurt, visit your local health store where you will be able to find acidophilus cultures in either capsule or powder form.
Recurring yeast infections can signal more serious health problems, such as systemic yeast, resistance to antibiotics due to overuse, and HIV. If you have recurring yeast infections that are resistant to treatment, see your health care provider.
If you have a yeast infection, you can be at increased risk of contracting HIV. While the yeast itself is not harmful, the irritation caused by the infection can enable HIV to pass into your bloodstream more easily. You can also pass a yeast infection to your partner. Refrain from sexual contact if you have a yeast infection, or be extremely vigilant about safer sex practices if abstinence is not an option.