Yeast infections are caused by micro organisms (primarily Candida Albicans) that are normally found on healthy human tissue and infection treatment yeast will be discussed. The naturally acidic environment in the vagina usually keeps the levels of yeast in check. However, if the PH balance (i.e. level of acidity) is affected then yeast may grow out of control causing an infection.
Symptoms of yeast infection include itchiness and burning sensation in the vagina and surrounding areas.
Yeast levels may be affected by many circumstances including use of oral antibiotics – This tends to reduce the levels of good bacteria which helps the proliferation of yeast. Hormonal changes affect the PH balance of the vagina.
Regular douching. A warm moist environment promotes yeast growth. Tight jeans and/or synthetic underwear. Avoiding douching.
While prevention may be desirable, statistics indicate that 3 out of 4 women will suffer from yeast infection at some point in life. Topical treatments usually provide quicker relief from symptoms and have less severe side effects. However, in order to avoid side effects altogether, many women prefer natural treatments to medication. There are wide ranges of natural remedies that aim to treat different aspects of the yeast problem.
Common natural remedies for yeast include:
Yogurt- This works by trying to re-establish the balance of good bacteria. Yogurt contains Lactobacillus Acidophilus good bacteria that helps overcome yeast and keep it in check.
Garlic is another popular remedy for yeast infections. Garlic contains natural anti fungal substances that help to control the yeast.
Tea Tree oil is often used to treat yeast. When levels of good bacteria fall below desired levels using hydrogen peroxide could lend a helping hand to keep yeast under control. Boric acid capsules are used as suppositories. Other treatments that aim to restore acidic balance include cider vinegar, lemon juice or Vitamin C suitably diluted.
Treatments with Gentian Violet and Potassium Sorbate have also had positive results.
While there are obvious benefits from adopting natural remedies for yeast infections it is important to consider the risks of self-diagnosis and self-treatment. Symptoms of yeast infection have much in common with other diseases such as Bacterial Vaginosis, Trichomoniasis, Chlamydia and other vaginal infections.