How to Treat a Yeast Infection Naturally

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Vaginal yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans, a fungus that normally lives in your body. Certain conditions can create an environment for the fungus to proliferate, and some of the common symptoms are a cheesy white discharge, irritation, intense burning and itching, and redness in the area.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbs For Douche
  • Yeasts Infection Remedy
  • Vinegar
  • Lactobacillus
  • Acidophilus
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Eat yogurt. It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. It also works when applied topically. Insert some into the vagina using a finger or plastic tampon applicator. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures.

  • Take lactobacillus/acidophilus supplements. Use according to the directions on the bottle.

  • Douche with a solution of 1 to 3 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water. Repeat once a day while having symptoms, but no longer than a week.

  • Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

  • Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent. Peel a fresh clove, wrap it in gauze and insert it into the vagina.

  • Try gentian violet. It's a traditional remedy for yeast and other infections, and can be found in pharmacies. Swab the area with it once or twice a day. Make sure to use a thick pad - it stains everything.

  • Use an herbal douche. Combine equal amounts of sage, raspberry and comfrey with 1/4 part goldenseal. This can be combined with cider vinegar.

  • Use an over-the-counter yeast infection remedy. Apply as directed.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you've never had a yeast infection before, you should see a doctor to make an accurate diagnosis.
  • If symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a physician. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
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