Yeast infection, also known as candidiasis is caused by a group of yeast like fungi called candida that lives on moist areas of your body, such as the lining of the mouth and vagina. They usually cause no problem, but sometimes they overgrow, causing infection, and vagina is the primary target. Overgrowth of yeast happens when the number of yeast cells reaches a critical mass.
Most people think of yeast infections, as a plague upon women but men can also develop candidiasis, especially those who are uncircumcised. A man with yeast typically shows no symptoms, but each time his partner is treated and gets rid of her infection, he re-infects her.
Therefore, if you’re a woman who’s been having problems with yeast infections, be sure your partner is checked too.
Vaginal acidity typically prevents yeast growth. However, yeast multiplies and causes the illness when the acidity level drops due to numerous situations like menstruation, pregnancy, diabetes, or birth control pills.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection: The skin around the vagina becomes sore, itchy, burns, and sensitive to even the least touch, and symptoms range from mild to acute itching and burning. Itching and burning in the vaginal area before and after urination; discharge that is white, thick, and smelly. Discomfort or pain experienced by a partner during sexual activity.
Yeast Infection Cause: Some of the most common causes of vaginal yeast infections are lowered body immunity, the use of strong antibiotics, stress, physical and mental strain, the use of birth control pills, menstrual cycles, and diabetes.
Yeast Infection Prevention: Avoid spending too much time in damp clothing by using loose-fitting underwear and pants. After washing and drying the afflicted areas, change into clean, dry clothing.
Do not use anything that could irritate your vaginal tissues, including deodorant sanitary pads and tampons, sprays like deo, perfumes, bubble baths, colored toilet papers etc.
So if you want some natural yeast infection medicine, then both of you might need some of these herbal treatments.
There are a number of herbs that can fight yeast infections but you better be sure what you’re dealing with before you self-medicate. Therefore, it’s advisable to see your doctor for a diagnosis, and then if you’d like the herbal alternative, discuss with her before you proceed.
Cranberry: Cranberries, bear-berries and blue berries have a compound called Arbutin which helps treat yeast infection or candida. Eat these colorful berries, or drink cranberry juice for a speedy relief.
Garlic: Garlic is well known as an antibacterial antibiotic, but it also inhibits fungi quite well and can be used to treat both vaginal candidiasis and thrush. An oral dose may range up to a dozen raw chopped garlic cloves taken 2 to 3 times a day in juice form. You’ll have to like the taste to live with this treatment. Try blending it with carrot juice, it’s a great combination.
Ivy Leaves: Ivy leaves are active against candida and quite a few bacteria, and also works for various chronic inflammatory conditions as well. Steep about 0.3 grams of ivy leaves in hot water for 15 minutes and drink it. This is a great remedy for yeast infection.
Yogurt: Studies have shown that, women suffering from reoccurring yeast infections had recovered quickly after eating about 225 grams of plain yogurt daily. Yogurt is low in fat, high in protein, high in calcium, and the bacteria lactobacillus acidophilus, that’s also naturally found within the human body, typically in the mouth, intestines, or in vaginal area. This is regarded as beneficial to human health since the bacteria doesn’t lead to diseases. They help the body absorb nutrients and maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria.
If you plan to apply yogurt directly on the vaginal opening, make sure you use plain and unsweetened yogurt containing live cultures.
Carrots: Studies show that eating carrots and other foods rich in beta-carotene, protects against yeast infections. Research indicates that vaginal cells in a woman with yeast infections had significantly lower levels of beta-carotene than the vaginal cells in a woman who did not have yeast infections. Doctors agree that this benefit may be due to beta carotene’s ability to boost the immune system.
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