Yeast infection can happen to anyone at any time.
Yeast infection is a skin infection found mostly in the genitals or mouth. Yeast infection will be experienced by 75% of all women due to the fungus Candida albicans. Statistics show that 1.4 million women in the United States will experience vaginal yeast infections every year.
Men are also susceptible to yeast infections.
The body normally contains a healthy balance of bacteria and yeast. The estrogen hormone helps lactobacilli, a bacteria to grow. This bacterium kills harmful organisms in the vagina keeping you healthy. When the balance of lactobacilli is diminished an overgrowth of fungus called candida occurs, causing the yeast infection.
Yeast infection symptoms:
Although common in women, the most recognizable symptom is, no one really likes to talk about them. It’s estimated that 75 percent of women will have at least one yeast infection in her lifetime.
The main symptoms of a yeast infections are discomfort and itchiness accompanied by:
• Redness, swelling and burning, of the vulva and vagina,
• Intense itching of the genitals, (itching usually gets worse the longer you have the infection.)
• Burning or pain when you urinate,
• Pain during intercourse,
• Vaginal soreness and/or pain,
• Vaginal rash,
• In extreme cases of yeast infections, you can get sores or fissures on your vulva or vagina,
• A white, thick, odorless discharge,
Symptoms of yeast infection can range from moderate to mild, and include a watery vaginal discharge or a clumpy, thick, white discharge, without odor.
When yeast infection occurs on the tongue, throat, or mouth, the symptoms of yeast infection looks like a rash and is called “thrush.” The thrush rash appears as white lesions on the roof of your mouth, your tongue, or inner cheeks. These oral lesions make it difficult to swallow and may bleed when irritated.
Yeast Infection Treatment;
Most infections can be cleared up quickly and easily.
How to treat a yeast infection?
This article is for information only and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe. See a health professional for diagnoses or prescriptions. Symptoms of yeast infections can be similar to other conditions including bacterial vaginosis and/or sexually transmitted infections. An accurate diagnosis is important so you can get the best treatment.
Over-the-counter anti-fungal creams, ointments or suppositories are the most common ways to treat yeast infections. These can take from 1 to 7 days. See your doctor for prescriptions or anti-fungal medicines. If you’re pregnant, consult your OB-GYN.
Common Treatments for Yeast Infections
Colloidal Silver was a treatment for yeast infection before penicillin was discovered.
At that time colloidal silver was a prescription. Now colloidal silver is sold as a supplement across the counter. There are many testimonials of the use of colloidal silver on the internet for the treatment of yeast infection and UTIs (urinary tract infections).
To date colloidal silver is the ONLY known natural deterrent that kills virus, bacteria and fungus in the petri dish within 4 minutes. Although Colloidal Silver may work like a broad spectrum antibiotic, it is still called a supplement.
University studies show colloidal silver to be effective in killing over 650 organisms in laboratory tests.
Home Remedies for Treatment of Yeast Infections
Probiotics can be effective against Candida albicans. The National Library of Medicine published a 2017 study that showed that the evidence of probiotic treatment for yeast infection with yogurt was little to low for control or arrest.
vaginal suppositories are an effective treatment for yeast infections. CDC (Centers for Disease Control Prevention) recommends using boric acid as a second-line treatment when the fungus is resistant to anti-fungal medications.
Boric acid is toxic. In large amounts it can lead to kidney damage, or death. Avoid long periods of use, do not take it orally, never take while pregnant in any form.
Essential oil of oregano is used to treat yeast infections.
This is not found in the kitchen cupboard. Origanum vulgare, contains thymol and carvacrol, which are powerful anti-fungals.
The National Library of Medicine published a 2015 study found the anti-fungal activity of thymol in oregano essential oil to be effective in altering the growth of C. albicans.
It is recommended that you use oregano oil diluted in a carrier oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil or sweet almond oil. Oregano oil is caustic and may burn the skin if it is not diluted properly!
It is not recommended that essential oils be taken orally. They are usually inhaled as in aromatherapy.
Warning: oregano oil is caustic and will burn your skin or tender areas unless it is diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil or sweet almond. Test on a small area before used on a larger or more sensitive area.
Coconut oil is a fatty oil derived from the flesh of the coconut.
Coconut oil has many health benefits, including anti-fungal properties. In a 2007 Study, published by The National Library of Medicine, “coconut oil was active against species of Candida at 100% concentration…” compared to prescription fungicide …“Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species”. This is one of the few home remedies with strong evidence that it actually works.
Recommended: that you use pure, organic coconut oil when applied directly to the affected area.
Tea tree oil, Melaleuca alternifolia, (TTO)
is an essential oil that’s used to kill fungi, bacteria, and viruses. In the Oxford Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2003, published that in all cases tea tree oil was efficacious, In vitro and in vivo activity. (All fungus killed using 5% TTO In vitro within 30 minutes.)
In vivo use may take as long as 3 weeks to have 100% kill of C. albicans.
Dilute it with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, jojoba or coconut oil, if it’s going to touch your skin. Commercially offered tea tree vaginal suppositories are best.
Never use tea tree oil orally.
Apple cider vinegar as a bath for yeast infection is a popular home remedy.
A lukewarm bathtub soak for 20 minutes adding a half cup of apple cider vinegar enhances the acidic component of the vinegar. This can eliminate harmful microorganisms such as yeast. This practice is different from an apple cider vinegar douche which is not recommended.
In a 2006 Study, published by The National Library of Medicine, garlic was shown to inhibit growth of all fungi tested including Candida in the petri dish. However, there is no clinical evidence if garlic will help cure yeast infections outside of a lab setting.
Inserting garlic will result in burns and significant pain, this is NOT recommended.
Recent studies show that the use of hydrogen peroxide in the vagina can eliminate the main symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. However little evidence prevailed to show inhibited growth of the fungi Candida albicans.
Hydrogen peroxide doesn’t work on every species of yeast, however CDC does say that it works as a disinfectant on Candida auris.
Home remedies see relief within a few days. Some may take up to a week.
How do I treat yeast infections?
Don’t have oral sex or vaginal sex, or put anything into your vagina, until you’ve finished yeast infection treatment and your infection goes away. Friction during sex can cause more irritation increasing the time to heal.
Yeast infections can usually be cured easily in a few days with anti-fungal medicine. You can get medicated creams or suppositories for yeast infections at the local drugstore or grocery stores, without a prescription.
Even though yeast infections can be real itchy, do not scratch. Scratching can make the irritation worse, spreading germs that may lead to more infection.
A yeast called candida albicans is the most common cause of these infections. However, other types of yeasts can also be responsible.
Antifungal medicines OTC (over the counter).
Your pharmacist can recommend the application he feels you need.
Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.