9 Ways to Treat your Yeast Infection FAST
Thrush is a very common yeast infection that affects both men and women, and some strains can also affect babies and children as well. Although it is usually completely harmless, it can become very uncomfortable, particularly if left untreated and can keep coming back. We’ll take a look at thrush symptoms and natural remedies only in adults for the sake of this article, as any treatment used on babies should be checked by your GP.
Although some symptoms are similar in both men and women, there are some differences. In women, you might notice a white discharge that does not smell; itching and irritation around the vagina; or a soreness and stinging both during sex or when you wee. In men, you might notice; irritation, burning and redness around the head of the penis, and under the foreskin; a white discharge; an unpleasant smell; and difficulty pulling back the foreskin. It should be noted though that thrush can affect other areas of the body as well; commonly the armpits, groin and between the fingers.
Although if it is particularly bad, it is advisable to see your GP, as there are medical treatments available; but there are some home natural remedies that you can try as well.
Boric acid capsules are a great natural remedy for women who are suffering from a yeast infection and can be especially effective for women who suffer from recurrent infections.
Although boric acid can be applied topically, the most effective way of relieving symptoms is via a suppository, which is inserted directly into the vagina. The suggested dose is 600mg of boric acid. Before purchasing any suppositories, it is beneficial to see your GP, to ensure that it is the best course of treatment.
A number of different studies have suggested that Greek yoghurt is a great natural remedy for the treatment of thrush. Research has suggested that some of the probiotics that are found in Greek yoghurt are effective at fighting the yeast infection. This is because it contains live bacteria, which are essential to creating a healthy environment.
If you are using this, ensure that the yoghurt does not contain any added sugar, as this can fuel the growth of the Candida fungus.
For this remedy to be effective, you have to look for an oil that is made from wild oregano, or Origanum vulgare, as they both contain thymol and carvacrol, which are incredibly powerful antifungals, and it has been suggested that it can be used in the treatment of common yeast infections.
Studies have suggested that wild oregano oil can slow down the growth of the fungus, depending on the dosage that is used.
There are some existing medical conditions that could make this remedy unsuitable. Because oregano oil is a natural blood thinner, it should not be used if you are taking blood thinning medication. It should also not be used if you have any issues with blood-clotting.
Please note: These oils should not be taken orally, and are instead designed to be inhaled. Alternatively, you can massage it into the skin, but only if it is diluted with a carrier oil. Do not apply this directly or near to the vagina or penis though.
There are many health benefits to coconut oil, but it is also believed to have some antifungal properties, and a number of studies have suggested that it is effective against C. albicans.
In order to treat a vaginal yeast infection using coconut oil, ensure that you have purchased pure, organic coconut oil, and then apply this directly to the affected area.
Tea tree oil
This is well known for its ability to kill fungi, bacteria and viruses, and research has suggested that using a vaginal suppository that contains tea tree oil can help to treat vaginal infections, as well as helping to maintain a healthy balance of flora in the vagina.
Just like any essential oil, it is really important that you dilute it with a carrier oil; particularly if you are going to use it as a vaginal suppository.
Apple cider vinegar
Although this is quite a controversial natural remedy, with a lot of conflicting reports, it is used to treat a number of different health complaints, and there are suggestions that it also works to treat yeast infections.
To use this remedy, add half a cup of apple cider vinegar to a lukewarm bathtub before soaking in it for twenty minutes. It is believed that the acidic component of the vinegar will help to eliminate any harmful microorganisms.
Garlic is another wonder ingredient that has a long list of health benefits. Not only is it a fantastic immune system booster, but it is also effective at killing the harmful candida that is responsible for a yeast infection.
To use this as a treatment of a yeast infection, simply add more garlic to your diet, or take garlic capsules. Do not insert a clove of garlic into the vagina, as it has been reported that this can cause pain and burning.
Hydrogen peroxide is a very strong antiseptic, which has been proven to have yeast killing abilities.
Some reports suggest that applying diluted hydrogen peroxide topically to the affected area can help to kill a yeast infection; however, it should be noted that this should not be used neat, especially when you are applying it to your genitals, and it should not be used for longer than 5 days.
Another good all-rounder. Vitamin C is a great immune booster, which can help to allow your body to balance, and fight off any infections. On top of this, it has antimicrobial components when it is distilled into tablet form, making it useful to kill candida.
To use this remedy effective, try increasing your intake of vitamin C via your diet, or by taking a supplement to help boost your body’s ability to fight off infection.