How To Cure Yeast Infection Prevention and Remedy
You should be seen by a physician to determine it is in fact a yeast infection especially if you have never had one before and aren’t sure of the symptoms. There are many causes for itching or pain and you need to rule them out before treating at home. Some sexually transmitted diseases have similar symptoms.
How to get rid of a yeast infection
If it is a yeast infection there are over the counter medications here in the United States that will clear it up. Follow the directions and don't miss a night if you buy the multi pack.
There are also creams to help with the itching and burning.
Foods with yeast in it like beer or bread should be avoided for a while when you have a yeast infection as well as sugar which can help yeast grow.
I've read a few home remedies such as putting plain yogurt in your vagina or a mixture of boric acid and water douche. I would be careful of any of these and talk to your doctor first. Yeast infection medication has come down in price over the years, easy to use and safe.
Why do we get a yeast infection?
Someone mentioned douching to help prevent a yeast infection; that is bad advice. A vagina is a self-cleaning organ and douching actually kills the friendly bacteria that keeps you from getting a yeast infection.
Yeast infections love dark, warm moist places which is unfortunately what a vagina is. Changing this is not a good idea but you can make diet and clothing changes to help keep them away.
Ways to prevent getting a yeast infection
Don't wear tight fitting clothing like jeans or panty hose. If you do wear pantyhose buy the kind with a cotton lining.
Polyester, nylon or other synthetic fabrics hinder air circulation and help yeast to grow.
Wear cotton panties or underwear with a cotton crotch, this helps your private area breathe. Air circulation is important.
You can sleep without underwear at night to give your body a break from confining clothes that can cause yeast growth.
Diabetics are more prone to yeast infections due to the sugar they carry in their bodies. Yeast loves sugar.
Eat less sweets, drink less beer and cut back on breads and other foods with yeast.
Antibiotics- the good the bad and the ugly
Women who take antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection will often find they have a yeast infection shortly there after because not only does the medication get rid of the infection in our sinuses but it also kills the friendly bacteria in our vagina.
You need the medication to get well but in turn we end up with a new infection to deal with.
Yogurt is loaded with friendly bacteria we need to help fight off yeast infections. If you are lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy products you can eat soy or almond yogurt found at some health food stores. Eating this on a regular basis will help keep away yeast infections.
Sexual intercourse can cause a yeast infection if you don’t properly clean yourself afterwards. Soap and water on the outside and run a bit of clear water inside will be sufficient, again, douching can cause more harm than good.
Women who are celibate say they don’t get them or they get a lot less when they don’t have a man in their lives. Unattached women also tend to not dress in silky lingerie or wear tight clothing so it could be a combination of many things.
A yeast infection can be passed to your partner so if you have one you should take precautions to protect them from catching it. Some couples have a hard time getting over a yeast infection and find they are passing it back and forth. Be sure to treat your partner if you discover you have a yeast infection.
It usually looks like a rash on a man’s genitals that will burn and itch just like the feminine version. Uncircumcised men are more prone to getting them. Over the counter creams work for them just like they do for women. Men should use as directed externally on the affected area. If uncircumcised be sure to treat all areas including under the folds of skin.
It’s best to refrain from sexual intercourse until after the yeast infection has cleared up or at least use a condom to keep the infection from spreading to your partner.