Yeast is a fungus that normally lives in the vagina in small numbers. A vaginal yeast infection means that too many yeast cells are growing in the vagina. These infections are very common. Although they can bother you a lot, they are not usually serious. And treatment is simple.
Your risk of yeast infection may increase if you are taking antibiotics, or if you are pregnant, overweight, diabetic, or have an impaired immune system. Symptoms of candidiasis may include: itching, irritation, soreness or burning sensation in the vaginal area. Odor-free white lumpy discharge, skin rashes and blisters. Below are simple ways to get rid of it at home.
PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE AND COMFORTABLE CLOTHING
Practice good hygiene. You can prevent having recurrent infections or future yeast infections by keeping your genital area clean and dry. Avoid the use of soap in the genital area, warm with warm water only. Always wipe from front to back and avoid using fragrances, feminine sprays or powders on the genital area. Ensure to change pads, menstrual cups and tampons every two to four hours.
Wear comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing clothing that is tight-fitting, such as tight pants, leggings, or pantyhose. They can cause that can cause irritation and aggravate your symptoms. Also, avoid wearing wet bathing suits or exercise clothing for long periods of time and wash sweaty or wet clothes after each use. Wear cotton underwear instead of silk or nylon,as these can increase sweating in the genital area, thereby causing irritation.
CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
Ask your doctor. You should see your doctor if you think that you may have a yeast infection, if you are experiencing symptoms for the first time, or if you develop other symptoms. Your doctor may take samples for testing, such as a vaginal wet smear, CT scan or test of your stool in case the infection has spread. If you have frequent candidiasis, your doctor may test you for an immune deficiency or some other disease.
You may have a complicated yeast infection if you are experience severe signs and symptoms such as extensive redness, swelling and itching that leads to the development of tears or cracks (fissures) or sores. Also having recurrent yeast infections four or more in a single year.
CHANGE YOUR DIET
Steer clear of certain foods and beverages. Following a diet plan can help reduce the occurrence of the bacteria that cause yeast infections. Experts suggest avoiding alcohol, sugary foods and beverages including artificial sweeteners, refined carbohydrates, and foods with a high concentration of yeast.
Take a Vitamin C supplement. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an important natural antioxidant that helps promote immune function. Take natural vitamin C such as sweet red or green peppers, citrus fruits, spinach, broccoli, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, mango and papaya.
Include a Vitamin E supplement. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that boosts the immune system, and may be effective if your yeast infection is caused by a weakened immune system. The recommended dosage for adults is 15 mg per day. Vitamin E can be found in foods such as: vegetable oils, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, broccoli and spinach.
Eat foods with Omega-3 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids can help reduce inflammation and the burning sensation often experienced by people with yeast infections. A mix of omega-6, found in evening primrose extract, and omega-3, found in fish or flaxseed oil, is recommended. Take 2 tablespoons of oil per day or 1,000 to 1,500 mg in separate doses, twice a day. Foods that are rich in omega-3 include: eggs, soybeans, black-eyed peas, wild salmon, sardines, walnuts, almonds, flaxseed, fish oil and flaxseed oil.
APPLY ANTI-FUNGAL CREAMS AND ANTI-ITCH CREAM
Use anti-fungal creams. Your doctor may prescribe antifungal medication to help cure the infection or advise you to use an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine. A true yeast infection is caused by a fungus, so over-the-counter antifungal creams are one of the most common treatments used. If you don’t improve within 3-4 days, call your physician for advice. Avoid using OTC products if you are pregnant or if you have had recurrent infections. See your doctor for help treating your yeast infection.
Apply an anti-itch cream. Anti-itch medication should be applied only around the vulva but not inside the vagina. Vaginal creams can be combined with low-strength corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and itching and usually come with an applicator for accurately measuring the amount of creams used.
EAT MORE GARLIC
Garlic is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, because of a natural compound known as allicin. Consider eating one raw clove per day or adding 2-3 crushed cloves to meals. For supplements, take the equivalent of one clove per day or one tablet that equals 4,000 to 5,000 mcg of allicin.
Garlic may interact with a number of medications, including those used to treat HIV. Garlic may also increase the risk of bleeding in people with weak immune systems, people taking blood thinners, and those who have recently sustained injury or had surgery. Consult your doctor before using garlic or garlic supplements.
Though some women believe douching helps clean out and freshen the vaginal area, the process of douching can worsen a yeast infection. Douching can change the natural pH balance inside the vagina, irritate and damage the skin and mucous membranes, regardless of whether you use herbal or medical products. Douching can also increase your risk of vaginal infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, and cause pregnancy complications.