A yeast infection is caused by a fungus called Candida albicans which occurs naturally in many people without any problems. Sometimes, however, it can "overgrow" into a more virulent fungal state which causes the infection.
The triggers for this are things like, but not limited to; a lowered immune system, overuse of antibiotics and steroids, diabetes, allergies, contraceptives, wearing of tight clothing, periods, stress.
Some of the symptoms are; redness and itching around the vulva, the same at the top of the penis, a white discharge, a burning sensation while urinating, painful sex.
So, how to get rid of a yeast infection using mainstream treatments? Unfortunately, prescription and over the counter remedies, whilst effective in the short term, are drug-based and it is known that the Candida can form a resistance to them over time. What this means is that your yeast infection can just keep coming back time and time again.
The best way to get round this is to use completely natural treatments that don't rely on drugs at all.
So here are 7 natural tips on how to get rid of a yeast infection using everyday things and some common sense...
Natural, non-flavored yogurt is a well known home remedy. It contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, a naturally occurring bacteria in healthy vaginas. This will kill the excess yeast and is recommended by many health-care professionals.
Just apply to the vulva and the inside of the vagina. You can use a syringe without the needle, or, just dip a tampon into the yogurt and use overnight for several nights.
Mild White Vinegar Solution
The key word here is "mild". Mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 quart of water and wash or douche the affected area. Apple cider vinegar is reckoned to be best.
Garlic and Cranberries
Eat more garlic and cranberries.
Garlic contains a natural anti-fungul agent to help fight the fungus. You can also form a tampon by wrapping the garlic in some cheesecloth and tying around with un-waxed dental floss. Leave some floss loose so that you can remove the tampon more easily.
Cranberries help to reduce the urine's pH levels so that the infected area is washed clean.
Clean Dry Crotch
It is very important to keep your crotch clean and dry. Use plain, natural soap where possible, or, at the very least use soap with very little perfume and dye. Always dry with a clean cotton towel (or cloth). Do this at least once every day.
Wet Underwear and Sportswear
Never keep wet (or damp) underwear or sportswear on for longer than is necessary. Whether you have been swimming, at the gym, or, out running, get out of those things as quickly as possible. Shower and wash as above.
Wear Loose Natural-Fibre Undergarments
If you are suffering from a yeast infection never wear tight synthetic underwear. These trap heat and moisture, which the yeast infection loves. The result? it multiplies! So always were loose, breathable materials such as cotton.
Cut Out Sex!
I'm sorry for you, but it's true. Apart from encouraging the growth of the infection, unprotected sex will pass it on to your partner. If you are sexually active while suffering from a yeast infection you can use a condom. But some spermicides in the lubrication can also encourage yeast infection, so that it is much better to stop having sex altogether until the infection has completely cleared. And of course you then need a very fast cure!
Note On Boric Acid
Boric acid is often touted as being effective. My view is that since it is toxic it needs to be administered very carefully indeed. My advice would be not to use it.
Now, these are only some of the things you can do. But these home remedies may not be enough on their own to permanently get rid of a yeast infection. So that very many women will still have life-destroying, multiple yeast infections during their lifetimes.
You see, a truly permanent cure needs to take into account a number of variables such as treatments, diet, lifestyle, etc. No one element will work on its own.