15 Great Remedies for Yeast Infection
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 75% of all adult women have acquired at least one kind of yeast infection or candida in their lifetime. The good thing about the prevalence of yeast infection is that there are a lot of remedies available out there that can bring you relief.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges the effectiveness of antifungal medication, vaginal suppositories and other over-the-counter treatments. Here is the list of several remedies that can alleviate your discomfort and prevent candida from pestering you again:
Medications prescribed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America
The best remedy for candida is always drug treatment. In 2009, an expert panel of the Infectious Diseases Society of America updated their list of approved drugs that can cure the overgrowth of candida.
- 1. Fluconazole: Doctors may prescribe you with fluconazole for your initial therapy if your condition is still at its early stage. It looks like white crystalline powder and is soluble in both water and alcohol.
- 2. Itraconazole: Itraconazole acts very much like fluconazole. It many targets Aspergillums but can also be used for treatment of candida on some cases. It can be given intravenously or orally.
- 3. Echinocandin: However, if it persists, you may be asked to take echinocandin for your candida. They have high toxicity and its rapid fungicidal activity isolates the candida.
- 4. Amphotericin B: On the account that there is a limited availability of other antifungals or if your body is rejecting the other medications, then amphotericin B will be ministered to you. It is administered intravenously for systemic elimination of the yeast infection. The therapy generally lasts from one day to two weeks. The calculated success rate for the usage of these medications is between 80-90%. However, you must take note that yeast infection may reoccur for various reasons like continuing your unhealthy lifestyle.
Easy Home Remedies:
The remedies on this list can easily be found at home or be bought over-the counter. If you are going to use home remedies, you should be patient enough to wait for a positive result. Generally, home remedies take a longer time before they show effects.
- 5. Probiotics: Probiotics are live microbial organism that naturally thrives in the vaginal region and digestive tract. They are commonly known as friendly bacteria and are capable of suppressing the growth of harmful organisms. It is reported by Dr. Marie Pirotta of ABC that having a daily intake of yoghurt with lactobacilli provides soothing effects among women who are suffering from candida. Low levels of lactobacilli in the vaginal area have been associated with outgrowth of candida.
- 6. Boric Acid: Boric acid contains antifungal and mild antiseptic properties. In a comparative study done in 2001 at Italy among 22 women, it was found out that boric acid is just as effective as Itraconazole when curing recurring yeast infection.
- 7. Tea tree oil: Once diluted, you can apply tea tree oil to the genital area to cure candida. It contains a compound called terpinen-4-ol that appears to be responsible for the repression of the yeast infection.
- 8. Garlic : Making a paste out of fresh garlic and applying it on affected area can hasten the healing process. You can substitute garlic oil diluted in coconut oil and garlic tablets if you can’t make fresh garlic paste.
- 9. Cranberries: Cranberries contain natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice can hasten the healing process of the infected skin area. In the event that an unsweetened drink is unavailable, you can take cranberry tablets two to three times a day.
- 10. Olive leaf oil : Extract from olive leaves can be used not just for the elimination of yeast infection but also for the restoration of good bacteria in the body. The oil can be extracted by chopping the olive leaves, putting the bits into the jar, soaking it in vodka and leaving it for a few weeks.
- 11. Coconut oil: Just like olive leaves extract, coconut oil also has anti-fungal components. It can be combined with cinnamon oil and be applied at the affected area at least three times a day to control the growth of candida.
- 12. Calendula: Crushed calendula can be gently applied over the infected area to soothe the itching. Celendula tea and lotion are also effective for alleviating discomfort cause by candida. However, do avoid drinking tea if you are pregnant because it might have side effects on the baby.
- 13. Oregano: In the event that you cannot find oregano on drugstores, freshly crushed oregano may be used. However, do not do so without first diluting it in olive oil because it might cause more irritation if applied directly.
- 14. Castor beans: Castor beans have undeclyenic acid that slows down yeast infection. In addition, it can convert the yeast back to its simple form that will make it harmless in the body.
- 15. Other common cooking ingredients: Allicin, a powerful and effective anti-fungal agent which can prevent candida from further spreading can be found by many common cooking ingredients such as thyme, cayenne pepper and rosemary.
Center for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/
Dr Marie Pirotta (14). "Fact Buster". ABC Health & Wellbeing. ABC.
Guaschino S, De Seta F, Sartore A, Ricci G, De Santo D, Piccoli M, Alberico S. Efficacy of maintenance therapy with topical boric acid in comparison with oral itraconazole in the treatment of recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 184.4 (2001): 598-602.
Dr. Eric Bakker YouTube Channel. http://www.youtube.com/candidacrusher