several oils are shown here, such as tea tree oil, which has been shown to have strong antifungal properties
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A vaginal yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis) is caused by an overgrowth of a fungus that naturally lives in the vagina, called Candida albicans.

This overgrowth triggers irritation, inflammation, itching, and painful discharge. Most folks with a vulva and vagina experience a yeast infection at some point during their lifetime.

“If you’re experiencing the symptoms of a yeast infection for the first time, you should visit a gynecologist to make sure you have a yeast infection.”

There are several home remedies that can help if you have a yeast infection. Some remedies use ingredients that you already have in your home. Their effectiveness varies and the evidence for their success is anecdotal.

Home remedies for yeast infections are discussed in this video.

1. Greek yogurt

Probiotics can be effective against C. Albicans.

Yogurt can be considered a probiotic because it contains live bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus. These bacteria are essential to creating a healthy environment in your vagina. They can help treat an overgrowth caused by an imbalance.

A 2017 study suggests that eating yogurt helps expand the gut microbiome, which can help to reduce yeast in the body. If you don’t like yogurt, you can take a probiotic supplement or try other probiotic foods.

When it comes to using yogurt for a yeast infection, opt for plain Greek yogurt. Make sure the yogurt doesn’t contain any added sugar, flavoring, or fruit. Added sugar can fuel the growth of the Candida fungus.

If you want to get the benefits, try eating yogurt and applying it to the vagina or the vulva.

2. Boric acid

Boric acid is a powerful antiseptic that some claim is useful for treating yeast infections resistant to other remedies.

Boric acid vaginal suppositories may be used with medications to treat vaginal infections.

“Boric acid is toxic. If you absorb too much, you can end up with damage to your body. Boric acid can be used on broken skin, but don’t take it.”

“If you are pregnant, don’t use boric acid.”

This may not be a good option if you have sensitive skin. If there is any pain, stop use.

3. Essential oil of oregano

Common oregano, or Origanum marjoram, is what you usually find in your grocery store’s spice section. However, the oil of oregano used to treat yeast infections is not the same type.

Look for oregano oil made from wild oregano, or Origanum vulgare.

A 2017 study found oregano essential oil to be effective in altering the growth of C. Albicans.

Never ingest essential oils. Essential oils are meant to be inhaled as part of aromatherapy. While some studies are examining other ways to use essential oil of oregano, experts recommend diluting it in a carrier oil, such as olive or sweet almond oil, at this time.

“To use, mix 3 to 5 drops of essential oil. Then, massage the skin. It can be used as a smoke source. Don’t apply it near the vagina.”

4. Probiotic suppositories and supplements

Probiotics help restore the bacteria-yeast balance throughout your body.

If you start a regimen of oral probiotics that contain strains of the Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria, you can bring your digestive tract and vaginal flora back into alignment. Eating yogurt is one way to increase probiotics.

Some people use vaginal suppositories to see results more quickly because they take about 10 days to reach full effect.

Probiotic suppositories have also been shown to be effective for treating vaginosis.

5. Coconut oil

“Coconut oil is derived from the coconut’s flesh. The oil has many health benefits.”

Studies suggest that coconut oil is effective against C. Albicans, making this home remedy one of the few with strong evidence that it actually works.

To treat a vaginal yeast infection using coconut oil, be sure to buy pure, organic coconut oil. You can apply the oil directly to the affected area.

6. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that’s used to kill fungi, bacteria, and viruses.

Research suggests that a vaginal suppository containing tea tree oil may help treat vaginal infections. Tea tree oil has been shown to have antifungal properties.

Another study found tea tree oil to be effective as an antimicrobial in helping break down the biofilm.

Tea tree oil is very strong. If it is going to touch your skin, make sure to use a carrier oil. Tea tree vaginal suppositories are already prepared.

Never swallow tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is not good for sensitive skin. If there is any pain, stop use.

Tea tree oil should not be rubbed on the skin.

7. Apple cider vinegar

An apple cider vinegar bath is a popular yeast infection remedy.

Vinegar has many medicinal uses, some more proven by research than others. When you add a half cup of apple cider vinegar to a lukewarm bathtub and soak for 20 minutes, the acidic component of the vinegar can eliminate any harmful microorganisms, including yeast.

“Douching and apple cider vinegar baths are not the same thing. Doing so will make you more prone to a yeast infection. Don’t drink apple cider vinegar.”

Before touching the skin, it is advisable to put water in the container of the liquid of the spirit of the spirit. Adding apple cider vinegar to your diet is a possibility.

8. Garlic

In a 2005 lab study, garlic was shown to be an effective Candida killer.

Fast forward to 2020, and another study found garlic to be effective against Candida, though possibly more so for some strains than others.

While more studies are needed, research from 2019 examined the effect of using a garlic solution on sores of the mouth and found it was effective in inhibiting the growth of Candida. However, it was not as effective as using nystatin (Nystop), an antifungal medication.

If you want to try garlic to treat a yeast infection, add more garlic to your diet. Some websites recommend inserting garlic in the vagina, but this is not recommended. When applied to the skin or mucosa, the active compounds in garlic can cause burns and pain. FYI, mucosa — or mucous membrane — is the type of moist tissue that lines the mouth, and yes, the walls of the vagina.

Adding garlic to food is a good way to do it.

9. Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic that can kill bacteria and yeast. Hydrogen peroxide is produced by Lactobacillus bacteria in the vagina and is part of the biological activity against yeast.

“Some people swear by using hydrogen peroxide when they get a yeast infection, even though it won’t work on every species of yeast.”

“There is no evidence to support the use of hydrogen peroxide to treat vaginal infections. Don’t douche with hydrogen peroxide. Adding it to a bath or water may help with yeast growth.”

Diluting is only recommended if you want to use it for a long time.

10. Vitamin C

The immune system and skin health are helped by the presence of the vitamins C and E. Your body can bring itself back into balance with a strong immune system.

Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, has antimicrobial components, so some people add it to their diet to treat Candida overgrowths.

Try increasing your intake of vitamin C to boost your body’s ability to beat the yeast infection. Don’t apply the acidic vitamin C to the sensitive vaginal tissue.

11. Vitamin E

Some doctors recommend vitamin E for certain types of vaginitis. In fact, studies have found vitamin E to help reduce inflammation in Candida albicans in the lab.

Vitamin E suppositories have also been shown to help with atrophic vaginitis (aka, vaginal atrophy), which is the thinning of the vaginal walls caused by a lack of estrogen. Atrophic vaginitis causes changes to the vagina’s acidic environment, increasing the risk for bacterial and yeast infections.

For 3 to 14 days, you can use a suppository of vitamins E and E in the vagina or vulva.

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Relief can be brought within a few days. Some may take a week.

If your symptoms get worse or you start to experience new symptoms, you should call a doctor. If you have persistent irritation that is unrelated to yeast infections, you should call a doctor.

If your infection goes away with treatment, you should talk to a doctor. You may need a prescription-strength treatment to get rid of the infection.

These tips can help prevent yeast infections.

  • Limit the amount of sugar and processed foods you consume. Yeast thrives on sugar.
  • Cotton underwear is loose-fitting.
  • “Don’t wear wet clothes or bathing suits for long periods of time. Warm, moist environments are where yeast grows.”
  • When necessary, use antibiotics.
  • Douches are not recommended unless advised by a doctor. They can change the balance of good yeast and goodbacteria in your vagina.

What is the fastest way to get rid of a yeast infection?

If you suspect you have a yeast infection, the fastest and most reliable way to get rid of it is to visit a doctor. They will likely prescribe fluconazole, an oral treatment that can take a week to get rid of the infection.

Can yeast infections go away on their own?

A yeast infection can go away on its own, but this is rare. Even if it is mild, it is always a good idea to treat a yeast infection. yeast infections are more likely to return if they are not treated properly.

What happens if a yeast infection is left untreated?

It could go away, but it could be worse.

How do I know if it’s a yeast infection or a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

If you are having a vaginal yeast infection, you may have vaginal discharge that is thick and creamy. You may have pain in your genital area.

If you are having a UTI, you may have pain in your groin, abdominal area, and bladder, as well as a foul-smelling urine, and a high temperature.

Yeast infections and UTIs occur in the same area, but the symptoms are very different.

What is the difference between a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis?

Vagin infections and vaginosis have the same symptoms, but different causes and treatments. Vaginitis is caused by inflammation of the vagina.

“The difference between a yeast infection and a BV is that a yeast infection produces a foul-smelling, fishy odor, while a BV produces no vaginal odor. A yeast infection may cause redness and inflammation of the vulvar, while a BV doesn’t.”

A doctor can determine if a vaginal infection is a yeast infection.

  • Ask about your medical history, which may include vaginal infections.
  • Look for signs of vaginal discharge and infections.
  • Take a sample of the discharge to see if there is any overgrowth of harmfulbacteria or fungi.
  • test the pH of the vagina—a pH of 4.5 or above can indicate BV

“Home remedies may or may not work. The FDA doesn’t monitor essential oils, herbs, and supplements for safety, purity, and quality Buy from a reliable source.”

The effectiveness of a home remedy depends on a number of factors. If you have vaginal infections, talk to a doctor about natural approaches to prevention and treatment. If you have never had a yeast infection before, it is best to see a healthcare professional.

Any product that is natural or otherwise may cause irritation to sensitive vaginal skin. If you experience any irritation or pain, stop using the remedy and call a doctor.