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4 Natural Remedies For a Vaginal Yeast Infection
Help! Vaginal yeast infections are not only physically uncomfortable, but mentally you don’t feel like yourself. It’s difficult to walk around doing daily tasks with a yeast infection that is being treated. According to the CDC, 75 percent of women experience a yeast infection at least once in their lives, and 20 percent of those women barely experience the symptoms that follow the infection. For some yeast infections, there isn’t an overnight treatment, and it may take a few days to treat. Until symptoms are treated yeast infections don’t go away and have the potential to worsen. What is a yeast infection? A yeast infection is an overgrowth of fungus that naturally lives in the vagina called Candida albicans. Symptoms include pain around and inside the vagina, itching and clumpy vaginal discharge. This infection can be treated at home with these 4 home remedies:
Plain Greek yogurt has been known to calm and treat vaginal yeast infections. Eating greek yogurt reduces yeast within the body. Containing live bacteria, it can treat an overgrowth of fungus caused by an imbalance that triggered the infection.
Probiotics help restore the balance of yeast that lives in the body. Suppositories or supplements that contain Lactobacillus acidophilus will improve symptoms of vaginal yeast infections. Probiotic supplements take a little longer treating these symptoms. The pill that is inserted inside the vagina yields quicker relief.
Boric acid suppositories are known to be a tough antiseptic on yeast infections. Don’t take boric acid orally as it’s considered toxic in large amounts. If you are pregnant, it’s not recommended to use boric acid to treat yeast infections.
Apple Cider Vinegar
When you dilute apple cider vinegar and put it in a bath, it can have some treatment benefits. Soaking in the bath is known to restore balance and eliminate harmful microorganisms. Only soak with ACV, don’t insert it or douche in any fashion.
In some cases, home remedies may not be enough to treat a yeast infection. According to Heathline, the effectiveness of a home remedy varies depending on the person, the severity of the infection, and the quality of the treatment being used. Stop using the natural product if it causes further irritation. If symptoms still persist, consult your doctor.
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