Although it can be a rather uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing topic, every woman should know about yeast infections and how to treat them. Yeast infections are fairly common; three out of every four women will get one in their lifetimes. Candida albicans is a type of fungus that can grow and throw the balance of bacteria off where you are infected. Although it is best to see your doctor about infections, here are some measures that you can take to help cure a yeast infection, which usually occurs with accompanying thick white vaginal discharge.
Take a Test
If you aren’t sure that you truly have a yeast infection there are ways to see if you could potentially have one. You can take an at home pH test. It is similar to pregnancy tests and is easy to use to determine what’s going on down there.
If the level is above, go see your doctor because that’s not indicative of a yeast infection. If the pH is below 4, it means that it is probably a yeast infection.
Over the Counter
There are many different antifungal medicines that you can buy over the counter to treat a yeast infection including creams, tablets, and ointments. You can also go to your doctor and get a single dose of oral fluconazole to help treat the infection.
Infections that don’t respond to these medicines are becoming more and more common because if you use them and don’t really have an infection, you can raise the risk of getting one that is hard to treat in the future. It’s always good to know that before treating yourself you should see a doctor if you’ve never had one before, are pregnant, or continually keep getting yeast infections.
Yogurt is a great way to cure yeast infections at home. It contains live cultures of bacteria called lactobacillus acidophilus that can help restore the level of healthy bacteria. There are a couple of different ways to use yogurt, either you can eat it or use it as a topical treatment, about a tablespoon or two, on the affected area. A good thing to keep in mind is to use plain yogurt, not sweetened. The sugar in the sweetened or flavored yogurts can help the yeast grow faster, making your infection worse.
Some other great options are garlic, vinegar, and tea tree oil.
Each of them can be inserted/ used as a cream for the infected area. Only vinegar and garlic can be taken orally to help with the infection and tea tree oil needs to be diluted before you apply it to the infected area.
Yeast infections can be uncomfortable, painful, annoying, and embarrassing. Thankfully there are more remedies than one might think. So get out there, pick up a remedy, and get rid of that annoying itch.