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Natural Remedy for Yeast Infection

A common natural remedy for yeast infection is yogurt.

Yogurt is a common natural remedy for a yeast infection. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
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Yogurt is a common natural remedy for a yeast infection.

The burning and sometimes painful itching of a yeast infection can be very irritating. Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida in moist areas of the body. Candidiasis, an infection of Candida, can affect the genitals, mouth and throat. In the mouth and throat, it's known as "thrush." In the genitals, it's known as a "yeast infection" or "vaginal yeast infection."

Yeast infections are very common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 75 percent of all adult women have had a vaginal yeast infection. There are many prescription and over-the-counter treatments available for yeast infections, including pills, suppositories and creams, but there are also natural remedies for yeast infections. It's a good idea to consult a physician before trying any yeast infection treatments at home. Take a look at some of the most common natural remedies for yeast infections.

Yogurt Remedy for Yeast Infection

Yogurt is the most commonly used natural remedy for yeast infections. This is because yogurt contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, a so-called "good" bacterium that kills the Candida fungus. For vaginal yeast infections, apply the yogurt directly into and onto the vagina. A tampon can be dipped into yogurt and then inserted into the vagina, yogurt can be put into plastic tampon applicators, frozen, and then inserted into the vagina. Yogurt can be spooned carefully into the vagina, or a douche can be made by mixing yogurt and water. People who have thrush or are prone to yeast infections may benefit from eating yogurt regularly.

Garlic Remedy for Yeast Infection

Garlic has a number of antibiotic properties that make it suitable for treating yeast infections. Garlic slows the growth of Candida, which allows the bacterial balance to return to normal levels. For a vaginal yeast infection, a peeled garlic clove can be wrapped in cheesecloth or gauze, tied with a string and then inserted into the vagina like a tampon. The garlic can safely be left in the vagina for up to 12 hours. Garlic extracts, such as allyl alcohol, can be ingested and have been shown to begin working within one hour. Garlic also is helpful when eaten, both for sufferers of thrush and as a preventive measure for other yeast infections.

Gentian Violet Remedy for Yeast Infection

This traditional natural remedy for yeast infections is an extract that can be purchased or ordered from pharmacies. To use gentian violet, swab it over the afflicted area. In the case of a vaginal yeast infection, gentian violet, like yogurt, can be soaked into a tampon and inserted into the vagina. As with any treatment, be sure that you are not allergic to the substance before use. Gentian violet can be particularly helpful to nursing mothers, who may have thrush on their nipples. A word of caution: gentian violet is purple, and will stain clothing.

Vinegar Remedy for Yeast Infection

Vinegar is another popular home remedy for yeast infections. For women with vaginal yeast infections, a vinegar-and-water douche can be made using one tablespoon of vinegar to one quart of water. This douche should be used once per day. For men with genital yeast infections, or anyone with yeast infections on the skin, dilute a cup of vinegar into a warm bathtub of water and soak in it.

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