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Natural Remedy Yeast Infection - A Safe and Natural Remedy for a Yeast Infection

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A vaginal yeast infection is an infection in the vagina, also known as Candidiasis, and is caused by overgrowth of good bacteria called Candida, which is naturally present in the vaginal area as well as the mouth and intestinal tract. Approximately 75% of all women will experience a yeast infection at least once during her lifetime, although some women have the misfortune of being plagued with recurring yeast infections.

Some of the signs of a yeast infection are vaginal discomfort and itching, discharge that resembles cottage cheese and a fishy odor. If you are not sure if the condition you are experiencing is indeed a yeast infection, then you should see your doctor to be sure. However, if you are familiar with the symptoms and you are certain that you are experiencing a yeast infection, you will be happy to know that a safe and natural remedy for a yeast infection could possibly be right there in your kitchen.

There is more than one natural remedy for a yeast infection. One of these is plain, unsweetened yogurt. Yogurt contains good bacteria that work against the bad bacteria and return the balance of bacteria in the vagina to a healthy level. There are a couple of ways you can apply this natural yeast infection remedy. You can soak a tampon into the yogurt then insert it into the vagina and let it go to work for you or you can simply use it as a vaginal douche. Because using the yogurt treatment, as a douche can be quite messy, it is best to use this method before bedtime where you can lie down and keep from having too much leakage. You might try sleeping in a pair of plain, white, cotton panties with a regular, unscented maxi-pad to keep the mess to a minimum. You will find the results of this natural yeast infection remedy to be quite effective as well as inexpensive. Also, keeping yogurt as part of your regular diet can help keep that bad bacteria tame and help in preventing future yeast infections. Some individuals with allergies to milk and other dairy products may experience allergic reactions to yogurt as well. Some of the common symptoms to look for are skin related, such as rashes, hives or eczema, although you may also experience harsher symptoms such as constipation, vomiting and diarrhea. If any of these happen, stop using the yogurt and consult your doctor.

Another simple and natural remedy for a yeast infection is garlic. You can purchase garlic tabs or liquids that can be inserted directly into the vagina as a quick and effective cure or you can peel a natural garlic clove and insert it into the vagina. If you are using the clove, you will find using a closed clove might work well for a mild yeast infection remedy while a clove that has been cut open might work better for an infection that is further developed. If you are experiencing external itching and discomfort, you can thinly slice a garlic clove and line the top of a maxi pad with the slices and wear it inside of your panties for a while to sooth the vulva area for a short while, as the internal garlic treatment does its thing. As mentioned before with the yogurt, it is also a good idea to keep garlic as a regular part of your diet. Not only can it be used as a natural remedy for a yeast infection and aid in the prevention of recurring infections, a bit of garlic added to your diet has many other health benefits. If you are allergic to garlic, do not try this method. Garlic allergies can range from mild symptoms including nausea, upset stomach and gas, to the more severe vomiting and diarrhea. Be on watch for these symptoms and contact your physician if they occur.

Tea tree oil can also be an effective natural remedy for a yeast infection. Soaking a few drops of tea tree oil into a tampon and inserting it into the vagina for an overnight stay can eliminate the infection. You will want to use this method about twice a day and you will start noticing relief very shortly after your first usage. After a day or two, your symptoms should be nearly gone, however, for safety’s sake, continue the use of the tea tree oil for at least another day after you feel confident that the infection is gone. Allergic reactions associated with the use of tea tree oil include rashes and mild itching, though in more severe cases, heavy blistering can occur from contact as well as dizziness and swelling in the throat. If you experience any of these symptoms, you will want to discontinue use and consult your doctor.

The three methods mentioned above can be used to remedy a yeast infection in a safe and natural way. While there are other natural methods that can be used, these mentioned here have been used by people I know, all of whom have reported successful results. Do not attempt to use any of these methods if you have known allergies to any of them and as with any natural remedy, it is important to consult your doctor before trying them out for yourself.

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