Yeast infections of all kinds tend to develop in areas of the body where conditions are most favorable for yeast and mold to reproduce easily. Yeast and fungus thrive in moist conditions, so damp “folds” of the body (think areas where you sweat a lot) are usually more prone to infections and outbreaks. Vaginal yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, are a common female condition. A healthy vagina has bacteria and some yeast cells. But when the balance of bacteria and yeast changes, the yeast cells can multiply. This causes intense itching, swelling, and irritation.
One of the most common reasons women get vaginal yeast infections is antibiotic use. Antibiotics kill off invading bacteria, but they also kill off the good bacteria that keep the vaginal pH in balance. When that balance gets thrown off, the yeast normally living in the vaginal canal in small amounts starts to reproduce and a yeast overgrowth results.
To help prevent yeast infections, cut back on sugar, which enables yeast to grow. Avoid concentrated sweets like soda, candy, syrup, and jam. Instead, try foods that are low in sugar but high in fiber and nutrients; eat complex carbs like whole grains, beans, and brown rice.
Also be sure to get lots of antioxidant-rich vegetables in your diet to help fight off yeast infections. Choose dark-green, orange, yellow, and red vegetables, which are high in the antioxidants you need to keep your immune system strong. During those times when you're prone to infection, limit your consumption of fruits to two servings a day so you can reduce your sugar intake.
One treatment option is a preparation to kill off the yeast. Boric acid powder is one of the most effective remedies available; it's antiseptic and can be taken in capsule form or mixed with water to create a douche. While using boric acid to kill yeast organisms, women should reintroduce good bacteria into their system with probiotics like acidophilus. These can be taken in capsule form or used as a douche.
Black Walnut Hull, Wormwood, Cloves Complex a natural herbal parasite cleanse combination is also very effective as a natural antibiotic. It is not only able to suppress infections caused by parasitic bacteria, but also those caused by viruses, parasitic fungi (yeasts), and generally all types of pathogens.Yeast infections of the genital organs are very common, and many people find they are easily treated with a herbal parasite cleanse. The Parasite Cleanse is usually taken internally (standard dose is about 10 drops three times a day) with food and drink, but genital organs can be treated directly with a diluted solution of 1 drop of Parasite Cleanse in 50 drops of water.
The organisms that cause yeast infection produce secretions that are irritating to the genital tissues. The nerve endings that sense the presence of the yeast are located at the vaginal opening. Although you may have an infection inside the vagina, you can often get symptomatic relief simply by frequently washing away the secretions with water until your chosen treatment knocks out the infection.
Also try to use yogurt. The live culture in plain yogurt (prefereble organic yogurt) is a great remedy for a yeast infection, helping to restore the acid-bacteria balance in more ways than one. Of course, you can eat yogurt. But you can also insert 1 to 2 tablespoons into your vagina, apply it externally to the affected area (anal or vaginal), or use it as a douche by diluting it with warm water.
Unsweetened cranberry juice may acidify vaginal secretions and equip them to fight off the yeast. Eating two fresh garlic cloves a day, either plain or minced and tossed in a salad or sauce, may also prevent yeast infections or help clear up a case of thrush. Garlic has anti-fungal properties.
Vaginal yeast infection symptoms can be mistaken for other health problems, so if it’s your first time having one and you’re not 100 percent sure of the cause of your symptoms, you might want to talk to your doctor.