Millions of women around the globe suffer vaginal yeast infections each year. Actually, estimates show that around 75% of all women have suffered vaginal yeast infection in their lives. Yeast is the cause of vaginal yeast infection. The yeasts can be harmless at some points but with time, they can take over your body’s good bacteria and lead to vaginal infections. When that happens, what should you do? The following steps should help you cure the infection.
Wear clean clothes:
Wear clean underwear – preferably cotton or other breathable fabric underwear. By allowing air to reach the genital area you will help prevent moisture and warmth development, which can facilitate yeast growth.
Avoid stockings, bathing suits or tights if you are more prone to getting yeast infection. Instead, wear loose fitting clothes. Tight clothes will only facilitate moisture retention and increase your body heat. If you have to wear a bathing suit, do not stay in it for more than one hour – especially if it is dirty or wet.
Use probiotics and nutrient-rich diets to boost your immunity:
Any diet that advances the immune system will help your body remain in tip-top shape and greatly reduce the risk of yeast infections – increase of protective white blood cells targets the problem before it reaches a hard to control level. That is the key reason why weak immune system is a significant risk factor for repeating yeast infections. Individuals with viruses such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders, HIV or cancer are more likely to develop the infections.
To support your immune system, eat nutrient dense diets, particularly those rich in healthy fats, vegetables, quality proteins and probiotics. Probiotics foods – including the types that contain bacteria – are effective in fighting all types of infections. They also compete with the harmful pathogens in your body. What’s more, you have to control your blood sugar because high sugar levels influence candida yeast growth. In other words, you should eliminate almost every sugar source – snacks, most refined grained products, alcohol and processed foods.
Use essential oils and supplements to fight the yeast:
Some essential oils and supplements can effectively stop yeast in the genital area. Probiotic supplements treat yeast infections more effectively due to their ability of replenishing good bacteria. Apple cider vinegar balances the PH levels while milk thistle and elderberry help cleanse the liver from prescription medication and the hormones resulting from birth control pills. Boric acid is a safe alternative to most prescriptive medication for recurrent yeast infections.
Antioxidants such as vitamin C boosts the immune system and essential oils such as myrrh oils, lavender and tea tree are gentle on the genital area and help kill various parasites, fungi and yeast. Mix several drops with coconut oil and apply the mixture outside the vaginal area.
Rule out allergies:
Allergies to latex/condoms, soaps and other hygiene products like tampons, bath oils, douches and spermicidal jelly can cause infections and allergies. Some chemical products are not only irritating to sensitive genital areas but also affect bacteria balance in the vagina. If you noticed an infection-taking place immediately you started using a new product, go for the natural products. For example, you can use coconut oil as the lubricant.
Moreover, you should avoid products containing harsh ingredients like fragrances and chemical dyes because they will cause vaginal irritation. If tampons cause infections, go for pads instead. Avoid deodorant/fragrance sprayed tampons or the feminine products.
Ensure that your skin is always clean and dry:
Yeast can multiply to harmful levels if the conditions are right. Therefore, to stop its spread, keep your skin clean, dry and free from any wounds or scrapes. Practise good hygiene and take proper care of the open cuts to prevent infections on the digestive tract, vagina mouth or any other place.
Even more, wash your genital area with soap on daily basis and dry it off after showering because fungi thrive in moist environments – that is why they thrive in leftover foods and the damp areas around your house. To reduce the risk of germs spread, wipe from front to back – from your vagina to anus) whenever you are in the bathroom.
After intercourse, wash the genital area to prevent yeast spread from person to person. Even though women are known to carry yeast, men – particularly the uncircumcised men – also develop yeast on their genitals. Use condoms or abstains from sex if your partner has an active infection.