If you ever had a yeast infection, then you would know how troublesome the issue can be. In addition to causing a series of very annoying symptoms like pain, jock itch, irritation, swelling, redness, blisters, dry/flaky skin, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, irritability and mood swings etc., it can occur at the most embarrassing of places in the body which would make you go red in the face if you needed to show it to a doctor.
So this article is for all of you out there who are desperately searching for home cures and treatments that would get rid of yeast infections without warranting a doctor’s diagnosis. Be aware though that the best way to get rid of a yeast infection quickly and effectively is to let the doctor have a look at it and prescribe an appropriate treatment plan for the same. However, if you feel extremely shy of revealing your private parts to a third person, then here are some pointers that can help you out.
Effective Home Treatments For Yeast Infections
Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking plenty of water can flush out the harmful yeast bacteria and reduce the infection in the process. Drinking water during this period would cause you to urinate frequently, thereby getting rid of the excess Candican Albicans bacteria from the body.
Take Care Of Damp, Sweaty Body Parts
Yeast bacteria can thrive under damp conditions and areas like the armpits and groins that sweat frequently are potential breeding grounds for the bacteria and the ensuing yeast infection. So make sure that you keep these areas dry at all time.
Dry your body thoroughly after a bath. Always wipe from front to back after a bowel movement to prevent the yeast bacteria from moving to the groin from the anal region where it is usually available in small quantities.
Wear comfortable, cotton clothing while opting out for synthetic fabrics that can prevent the flow of air to the body and trap moisture, thereby aggravating the infection. Cotton underwear is also considered the best option for individuals who suffer from recurring infections.
Stay Away From Chemical Based Products
Products that contain certain chemical substances usually cause yeast infection. For example, fragrant soaps, perfumes, creams, powders or deodorants that contain alcohol as an ingredient can cause infection while petroleum based lubricants, dyes, detergents, inks etc. can also cause yeast infections in certain individuals by altering the body’s natural pH balance.
If you find yourself contracting an infection soon after using a product, don’t use it again. Stay away from similar products while opting for the ones that don’t seem to have any effect on the yeast bacteria present in the body.
Good Hygiene Is A Must
If you contract a yeast infection, your primary concern would be to treat it without spreading it to others in the household, mainly your sexual partner. For this, you need to be alert at all times and give utmost importance to overall hygiene.Make sure you wash the infected area with water plenty of times a day, including the times when you urinate. This can wash away secretions that can catch onto clothes or towels and cause recurrences later on.
Wash your hands with soap and disinfectant after visiting the bathroom. Wash your private regions with water thoroughly before having sex (ask your partner to follow suit). It pays to wash your private body parts with water after sex as well.
Wash your clothes separately in hot water to kill bacteria that might be attached to your underwear. Ironing your clothes after washing them would also ensure that any residual bacteria in the clothes are killed. You can also add a cup of white vinegar to the water while rinsing your clothes to effectively remove yeast bacteria from the same.
Kitchen Counter Remedies
Yogurt contains loads of good bacteria that can actually fight off the yeast infection and the bacteria causing it by retaining the body’s original pH balance. A cup of yogurt a day would be more than enough to get rid of yeast infection.
A potent antifungal and antibacterial agent, garlic is considered to be one of the best known home remedies for yeast infections, guaranteeing quick and very effective results. You can either eat a clove of raw garlic (with warm water or milk), add garlic paste to the foods that you cook or squeeze raw garlic to get a paste which you can apply on the infected area.
There are plenty of natural organic oils which contain potent antifungal properties aimed at treating yeast infections. For example, you can apply a diluted mixture of tea tree oil or oregano oil on the affected area to reduce the inflammation and pain that accompany a yeast infection in addition to treating the infection itself.
You can also take 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (the cold compressed variety) every day to fight off a yeast infection. Alternatively, you can also apply it over the infected area for immediate relief.
Certain fruit/vegetable juices can also help treat yeast infections in men. For instance, a glass of cranberry juice twice a day can effectively get rid of recurring yeast infections by replenishing the good bacteria levels in the body.
Lemon juice on the other hand contains plenty of Vitamin C which would help retain the body’s original pH balance, thereby reducing yeast infections and the bacteria that cause them. While a glass of lemon juice twice a day can help treat yeast infections effectively, you can opt to soak the infected area in a diluted lemon-water mixture for a few minutes every day.
Applying honey to the affected area can also take care of recurring yeast infections. The antifungal properties of honey would work extremely well in treating a yeast infection quickly and safely. Just be sure to take a bath afterwards to avoid getting messy.
Herbal remedies like Aloe Vera gel can effectively treat yeast infections in men. Aloe vera contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that would help get rid of the yeast infection and prevent recurrences. Applying some aloe vera gel to the infected area twice a day should do the trick.
Certain antibiotics can promote the growth of the yeast bacteria and lead to recurring infections. So it is considered wise to stay from those antibiotics that seem to cause the infection (you would know once you start using them) and stick to only those that do not seem to cause any symptoms of the yeast infection.
Regular Colon Cleansing
A regular colon cleanse would alter the acid content in the body and make the conditions unfavorable for the yeast bacteria to survive. Since yeast bacteria are also considered as potential toxins, regular colon cleansing would flush them out and get rid of the infection in the process. Just make sure you stay away from or limit your intake of foods that contain yeast, starch or added sugars during this period.