How To Treat A Yeast Infection — Natural Remedies

How To Treat A Yeast Infection — Natural Remedies
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A yeast infection is often confused with bacterial infection which altogether changes the course of treatment and aggravates the problem. There is a huge difference in treatment approach between a yeast infection and a bacterial infection. So, one should first get to the bottom of recognizing which type of infection it is before resorting to any treatment.

Our skin is the outer protective layer of our body and it protects us from not only weather but also different kinds of germs. In our skin, there are different types of bacteria dwelling. Amongst them there are helpful bacteria, which prohibit the development of yeast; otherwise, we could have seen mushrooms, which is a type of yeast, growing all over our body. If somehow we have a yeast infection and instead we treat it with antibacteria, it will instead of killing the yeast colonies will kill the helpful bacteria and the yeast problem will aggravate. So, the first step is to recognizing the type of infection correctly.

What Causes A Yeast Infection

Scientifically, yeast is known as candida so the infection is called candidiasis. Usually yeast and bacteria lives in almost everywhere in our body and the population of yeast is controlled by the helpful bacteria. So, if we are taking antibacteria or we are sick, the yeast multiplies and it is the cause of yeast infection or candidiasis or moniliasis.

Factors which disturb the flora of skin and lead to yeast infection are listed below:

a) Using detergents or douches externally disturbs the flora of bacteria which lead to an overgrowth of yeast cells.

b) Taking oral contraceptions and being pregnant is also increases the chances of catching up with what is candidiasis or yeast infection.

c) Certain disease such as AIDS, HIV infection, diabetes and long term use of antibiotics provides a perfect bed for growth of Candida infection.

d) Yeast or candida needs moisture to grow. So, if you are not keeping your skin dry and it is always moist especially during a humid weather or in a tropical place, this plays a perfect host for yeast cells to grow leading to what is candidiasis.

e) When we eat simple carbohydrate rich food, this also provides a perfect ground to Candida infection in the mouth or oral thrush.

f) HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and infertility treatment are also linked with Candida infection.

g) We are also predisposed to yeast infection or Candida infection when we have a weak or compromised immune system due to illnesses like diabetes or autoimmune disease.

h) Yeast infections in women are more common than yeast infections in men. Male yeast infection also spread through physical encounter with partner.

Symptoms Of Yeast Infection

a ) A yeast infection in the skin causes itching and white flakes.

b) In the private parts like vagina, it is noticed when white cheesy discharge comes out and at times there is pain during union with partner also.

How To Treat A Yeast Infection — Natural Remedies

a) Keep the area dry and airy. Yeast infection or candidiasis needs warm and moist surroundings. So wipe the area after bath or swim thoroughly. Avoid hanging around in your bathing suit or swimming suit when you are prone to yeast infection.

b) Always wear cotton products and avoid synthetic clothes to avoid having symptoms of yeast infection.

c) Avoid sharing towel or bathing on a common pool. Candidiasis is an infection which passes through close contact between partners and also sharing bath towels, soaps, pool, etc.

d) Add vinegar to your clothes while rinsing after washing them in hot water to clear the yeast cells from your clothes.

e) The best thing is eating curd and applying curd to the affected area as yeast infection cures.

f) In case of private parts, one can douche it with diluting curd with water in a ratio of 1:10 till the yeast infection cures. Do not overdo douching and do it only once a day and stop once the infection is cleared.

g) Clotrimazole and miconazole based over-the-counter medications are very effective in treating Candida infection. Follow the instructions on the medication for how to treat a yeast infection. They come in various forms like cream, powder, lotion.

h) Application of cranberry juice to the affected area helps as a remedy for yeast infection.

i) For oral thrush, chew two cloves of garlic daily or mix them in salad and eat. Garlic is a very good herb containing anti-fungal properties which checks the growth of yeast infection.

j) For oral thrush, after eating brush your teeth with homemade paste of baking soda and water. Rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide (3%) and lukewarm water in the ratio of 1:20 as home remedies for yeast infection.

k) Basil leaf contains antifungal properties. Prepare a decoction of basil leaf by boiling 20 basil leafs in two glasses of water till it reduces to one glass. Then you can gargle with this water or apply over the affected area for as natural cures for yeast infections.

l) Apply Aloe Vera gel to the affected area twice daily for half an hour and then wash it off. Aloe Vera gel could be either homemade by slicing the Aloe Vera leaf in two half and then extracting the gel or buying it over the counter.

m) Apply coconut or cinnamon oil two to three times days as then contain antifungal properties.

k) Basil leaf contains antifungal properties. Prepare a decoction of basil leaf by boiling 20 basil leafs in two glasses of water till it reduces to one glass. Then you can gargle with this water or apply over the affected area for as natural cures for yeast infections.


l) Apply Aloe Vera gel to the affected area twice daily for half an hour and then wash it off. Aloe Vera gel could be either homemade by slicing the Aloe Vera leaf in two half and then extracting the gel or buying it over the counter.

m) Apply coconut or cinnamon oil two to three times days as then contain antifungal properties.

I wish you will be able to help your near and dear ones with this article How To Treat A Yeast Infection — Natural Remedies.

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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Great info about yeast infection! Thank you for sharing!


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks kidscrafts! I wish that with through these natural remedies we get the benefit and keep ourselves away from chemically treating them which harms our body.


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

I think to treat with natural remedies is always the best way to do!


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes Indeed through natural remedies we strengthen the immune system of our body to respond and recover instead of harming it with chemical agents.


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Ingenira 3 years ago

Good to know there is natural remedies for candida. Thanks ! I learnt a few tips here.


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you Ingenira for you valuable feedback regarding natural remedies for Candidiasis.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Wow. Candida is not too common here in Singapore, but this was an extremely well informed article! Thanks for sharing, Pinto2011!


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you midget for your constructive views. Candida very well could be avoided and treated with natural remedies.

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