Let's face it: women get yeast infections. And, although vaginitis (the medical term for the condition caused by a yeast infection) may sound like a "dirty" word, yeast infections are just a natural part of life and they really don't deserve all the taboo that surrounds them. Yeast infection results from an imbalance of yeast in an otherwise healthy vagina. This imbalance leads to a number of symptoms, including itching, burning, redness, and discharge with a foul odor. Although some cases of yeast infection require that you see a doctor for prescription medication, others can easily be treated from the comfort of your own home. Here are some natural treatments for yeast infections:
1. The yeast environment. Keep in mind that yeast organisms thrive in warm, moist environments. Always wear breathable underwear (made of cotton or other natural fibers), and steer clear of tight pants and stockings that trap sweat and moisture in. Also, don't ever sit around in a wet bathing suit for any longer than you need to.
2. Hygiene. Clean your vaginal area frequently with water. This will wash away those itchy secretions left by the yeast organisms. Replace your towel after each use, so as to avoid re-infecting yourself once the condition begins to clear. Wash your hands regularly (especially after using the bathroom), and wash your clothing in hot water, which kills yeast organisms.
3. Choosing the right hygiene products. Avoid harsh soaps and detergents with strong fragrances. These can contain alcohol and other chemicals that can upset your vagina's natural pH balance, allowing yeast the opportunity to overpopulate and cause an infection.
4. Yogurt. Eat yogurt that contains live acidophilus and/or lactobacillus bacteria. This type of bacteria is a natural defense against yeast, and eating yogurt that contains it on a regular basis is an easy and effective way to treat yeast infection, and also to prevent yeast infections from reoccurring in the future. You can also douche with this type of yogurt to provide an immediate treatment for the relief of the symptoms of yeast infection. Consult with a physician for advise on the appropriate way to douche, so as to avoid complicating the infection.
If you feel that you suffer from a yeast infection, it is advisable that you see a doctor as soon as possible. While these natural remedies will work for a large number of yeast infections, they may not work for severe cases, which could be indicative of a more serious underlying problem. When it comes to your health, your best bet is to play it safe and consult with a physician before you try anything at home.
About the Author: Jasmine Hau is a medical assistant with a passion for helping women better understand common conditions and natural alternatives for treatment. She highly recommends yeastinfection.org by Eric Bakker to anyone who wants to learn more about how the yeast organism can impact the entire body.