Are you uncomfortable because it does not feel right down there and smells a little funkier? Maybe you are suffering from the vaginal infection which can be caused due to bacteria, yeast, viruses or any other chemical-based products such as soaps that comes in contact with your vagina. The medical term that is used for vaginal infection by the doctor is vaginitis.
Bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, viral vaginitis, allergies and candida yeast infection are some common vaginal issues and you can have more than one at a time. A liquid discharges from women’s vagina which probably helps to clean it up. But if the discharge has a noticeable odor, burn or itches you must consider this situation because there may be some problem.
Woman’s vagina contains many microorganisms in the form of bacteria and yeast cells. A healthy vagina has these bacteria and yeast cell in a balanced proportion. If due to any reason the balance is not maintained and yeast cells grow you may suffer from vaginal yeast infection. It is estimated that every 7 women out of 10 suffer from yeast infection at some point in their life.
Candida cells that cause yeast infection are balanced by bacterium Lactobacillus acidophilus naturally occurring in the vagina. The balance may go out due to excessive use of antibiotics, pregnancy, weak immune system, uncontrolled diabetes or hormonal imbalance causing the yeast infection. Yeast infection is not a sexually transmitted infection but it can be transferred from female to male sexual parts.
During the yeast infection, a translucent greyish liquid may discharge from your vagina and volva the lips of your vagina becomes red. Uncomfortable irritation, itching and pain during urination and sex are other symptoms of yeast infection. If you experience these symptoms you may visit your health service provider to make sure if that’s just yeast infection so you may continue towards treating it. Here top 5 Home remedies to Treat Yeast Infection:
Tea Tree Oil
Oil derived from the leaves of tea trees present at swampy southeast Australia coast is one of the most known essential oil. Tea tree oil has been used for the medical purpose for years and in modern days it is added to many of the skin and hair care products because it has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. Due to these properties, tea tree oil is applied to skin infections such as acne, small scars, and fungal infected nails to treat them. It also proves to be an effective ingredient to be used for vaginal yeast infection. The anti-fungal properties will kill yeast cells and will soothe the irritation. However, the excessive application may lead to further irritation as it is essential oil. Therefore, always apply it by mixing it with some other carrier oil.
A healthy vagina has many friendly bacteria which help to control other microorganisms. The bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus present in vagina helps to control yeast cells candida. Therefore, it is better to use yogurt to treat yeast infection because it contains live bacteria which acts as prebiotics and create the healthy environment in your vaginal area. You can add yogurt in your diet when suffering from yeast infection. You may also apply yogurt to your vulva and vaginal walls for half an hour and rinse it. Repeat this twice a day for fast recovery.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature and it is used to treat skin infections. Apple cider vinegar can also be used to wash baby’s reusable diapers to reduce diaper rashes. Similarly, it is yet another household item that can be used to treat yeast infection.
Vinegar’s acidic nature helps to kill bacteria. You can take warm vinegar bath by adding a cup of vinegar to your bathtub. You can find other ways to use apple cider vinegar to treat the yeast infection on my blog.
Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano oil is not extracted from the same oregano that presents in your kitchen. To treat yeast infection oil of wild oregano is required because it contains thymol and carvacrol that are powerful anti-fungal. Many studies have highlighted that oregano essential oil controls the growth of candida cells. Just like tea tree oil do not apply bare oregano oil near your vaginal area. Always apply diluted oregano oil by mixing it with almond or olive oil. In addition to this, you can add few drops of oregano essential oil in your bathtub to enjoy its benefits.
Coconut oil also has anti-microbial properties that make it a good substitute for vaginal creams. Coconut oil not only helps to treat a yeast infection by limiting the growth of yeast cells but it also forms a thin barrier between your vagina and moisture which helps to reduce yeast infection.
You can also use vitamin C to treat yeast infection as it is an immune system booster which helps your body to fight infections. Vitamin C also has antimicrobial components. Therefore, try to add vitamin C in your diet.
In addition to this, to avoid recurring yeast infection you must take some preventive measure as an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Yeast usually grows up in the moisturized area, therefore, if you experience yeast infection keep your vaginal area dry. During your menstrual cycle keep changing your pad or tampons regularly. Usually taking antibiotics may also affect the number count of healthy bacteria that keep yeast in control so you must take some probiotics supplement with lactobacillus while taking antibiotics. In addition to this, wearing tight synthetic fabric underwear creates warmth and gives promotion to yeast infection. Wear cotton or light cloth underwear and always sleep without them except your period days. One more precaution is to avoid fragranced hygiene products because it decreases acidity in the vagina and boosts yeast infection.