The vast majority of yeast infections are due to an overgrowth of candida, which is naturally found in the intestines. One very common cause of this annoying overgrowth is taking a course of antibiotics or other medication. Alternative treatments, probiotics, and common household products can help to relieve the symptoms of candidiasis and treat the cause of candida overgrowth.
Probiotics are a great way to restore the balance of ‘friendly’ bacteria in the gut. This good bacteria can be destroyed after taking antibiotics, corticosteroids and a variety of other pharmaceuticals according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A probiotic containing Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of the best ways to restore harmony to your digestive system. It can be purchased form health food stores and certain larger pharmacies that offer refrigerated items. For best results, keep any probiotics in the fridge to maintain their good bacteria.
Yogurt and fermented foods such as saurkraut and pickles are also effective probiotics that contain Lactobacillus acidophilus, which has the ability to kill candida yeast. Plain, unsweetened live yogurt with active cultures is the most effective. Check that the label states that the yogurt contains live, active cultures. Eating yogurt daily will kill candida yeast; and it can also be used topically to relieve itching and burning.
Garlic is an ancient medicinal herb whose anti-fungal properties have been used to kill yeast infections as well as a host of other pathogens. Garlic can be taken orally in capsule form, powder or whole cloves can be eaten raw. Fresh, crushed garlic can also be steeped in boiling water to make a tea. To use garlic topically, wrap a clove in a cheesecloth attached to a string and insert it directly into the vagina as you would a tampon.
Boric acid is a traditional remedy for treating vaginal yeast infections. According to Michigan State University’s Do-It-Yourself treatment suggestions, it is a great way of curing chronic vaginal yeast infections that cause severe discomfort. To remove candida overgrowth completely, insert a boric acid capsule directly into the vagina for several days in a row, or even up to three weeks in severe cases. Occasionally, some women will feel a burning or stinging sensation after inserting the capsule, but this will often become less noticeable after a few days. If the feeling persists, stop using the boric acid immediately and seek medical advice. Always insert the capsules at night just before bed. It is advisable to wear a sanitary pad as boric acid can cause an increase in vaginal discharge.
To restore the vagina’s natural PH level, an acidic douche can sometimes prove effective. A quart of water mixed with two tablespoons of a mild acid such as lemon juice or apple cider vinegar will make an effective acidic douche. Use this mixture daily for up to five days to restore vaginal PH.
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