The yeast that cause yeast infections are normally kept under control by the “good bacteria” in our bodies. If you are taking antibiotics, many of the “good bacteria” may be killed, allowing the yeast to take over. This may also happen from using antibacterial soaps.
The yeast is also sometimes allowed to take over if the body’s acidic/alkaline balance is upset. This imbalance can be caused by over-cleaning (alkaline douches, feminine hygiene sprays), the use of some spermicidal, or by taking some medications (including antibiotics for an infection or some oral contraceptives).
Acidophilus is one of the Natural cures for yeast infection that creates “good bacteria.” While taking antibiotics, you can prevent a yeast infection by eating three servings of acidophilus yogurt each day or by taking acidophilus supplements. Some available are: Acidophilus Tablets, Children’s Chewable Acidophilus Tablets, Acidophilus Strawberry Liquid, and Children’s Acidophilus Powder. Continue this “treatment” during the ten days of medication and for two weeks afterward.
Increasing your daily intake of acidophilus yogurt at the first sign of a yeast infection may be enough to cure it and is one of the Natural cures for yeast infection – but be sure to continue until the symptoms have been gone for two weeks. You can use either yogurt or supplements continuously as prevention.
Direct application of diluted natural apple cider vinegar can relieve painful, itchy symptoms in one or two applications.
Wash your panties in hot water to be sure all of the germs are killed. Or, you can “cook” your clean panties in the microwave for a few minutes.
Some other natural cures for yeast infection
One of the best natural cures for yeast infection is boric acid. Boric acid is a chemical substance with mild antiseptic and antifungal properties. A small Italian study examined the effectiveness of a topical treatment with boric acid compared to oral treamtment with the antifungal drug itraconazole (Sporanox) in 22 women with recurrent yeast infection. The topical boric acid was found to be as effective as itraconazole.
A large study looked at a single 150 milligram dose of the oral medication fluconazole (Diflucan) or boric acid vaginal suppositories (600 milligrams a day for 14 days) in 112 diabetic patients with recurrent vaginal yeast infection. At the end of the study, boric acid vaginal suppositories resulted in a higher cure rate (63.6%) compared to fluconazole (28.8%).
In another study, the charts of all patients seen at a vaginitis clinic between 1989 and 1994 were reviewed. The charts of people who had been treated with boric acid suppositories (600 miligrams per day for 14 days) for a particular type of candida yeast infection caused by Candida glabrata were examined. Of the 26 cases, 81 percent had a clinical improvement or cure, and the fungus was eradicated in 77% of people. Boric acid suppositories were more successful than therapy with topical and oral antifungal medications, which had success rates of less than 50%.
Garlic is a big enemy of yeast and hence one of the best natural cures for yeast infection. This is one of the most effective home remedies I have found for instant relief. Inserting one garlic tab (such as Shaklee’s Garlic Tabs) or a garlic clove into the vagina every few hours or as needed provides soothing relief. If you use garlic tabs, be sure the ingredients are natural and pure. I highly recommend the Shaklee garlic tabs. They are what I have always used with great results.
Of course, garlic can be taken internally, as well. Again, the Shaklee garlic tabs work great. I have also used Kyolic garlic tabs and liquid in the past with good results. Or, if you don’t mind the smell, you can press a whole garlic clove and drink it down quickly with water. I have found this to be very effective. Do it as often as necessary.
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal activity’ It may work against some intestinal parasites. Garlic appears to have roughly 1 % the strength of penicillin against certain types of bacteria. This means it is not a substitute for antibiotics, but it can be considered as a support against some bacterial infections.
Candida albicans growth is inhibited by garlic, and garlic has shown long-term benefit for recurrent yeast infections.