How To Cure A Yeast Infection Naturally
Dr. Stuart Flanagan talks about some natural methods for soothing the symptoms of a yeast infection in women, such as using live yoghurt or diluted tea tree oil to soothe the inflammation. He also recommends that women go see their doctor or go to a genital-urinary clinic to get treatment for the underlying cause as well as the symptoms, and to make sure nothing else is causing the problem.
So, today, we're going to think about some of the natural methods for curing a yeast infection. So, what is a yeast infection? Well, the commonest cause is a fungal growth called Candida, and it's extremely common, especially amongst young women. It's thought that more than half of women are affected by a yeast infection at some point in their lives.
It's an extremely common condition. What can happen if you've got a yeast infection is that the fungal infection that lives on our skin normally and doesn't bother us can overgrow. And one of the spots where it really likes to overgrow is inside the vagina.
There it can cause irritation, discomfort, itching. It can really dry out the skin and it can also cause a very thick, creamy discharge. For men, sometimes they can get an irritation or a redness or discomfort as well.
So, most of the natural methods that we use are actually to soothe the symptoms of thrush, rather than to actually treat the underlying cause. One of the commonest methods is to use live yoghurt or bio-yoghurt. Smear that across a tampon and you can also place it around the outside of the vagina, the vulval skin.
That will help relieve some of the irritation and inflammation around there. You can also place the tampon inside, and leave it there for about an hour or so, and again, that will cool the irritation and inflammation that's going on inside the vagina. Another common, natural method is to use tea tree oil.
About 20 drops into half a cup of water, and again bathe the tampon in that and place it inside the vagina, and that will help soothe the discomfort and irritation that you can get from a yeast infection inside. However, it's important to remember that all of these natural methods probably aren't going to treat the underlying cause, and I'd recommend seeing your doctor or attending a genital-urinary clinic for further advice, because they're specialists in this area. Thrush infection isn't sexually transmitted, but your doctor can give you further advice on some treatments which can really help clear it up.
Some people are particularly prone to thrush infections. For example, if you're on a course of antibiotics, that can make you prone to Candida infections. And also, if you're pregnant or diabetic, then it's more likely that you may develop a thrush infection than someone who isn't.
Some of the prescribed treatments include anti-fungal tablets, pessaries (little tablets that are placed inside the vagina), and also anti-fungal and steroid creams, which can treat the underlying cause and relieve the symptoms. And also, your doctor can look at other causes of discharge, such as bacterial vaginosis, and think about anything else that might be going on. Some things that we do with personal hygiene can cause thrush infections, so some good tips is to try avoid douching which is washing inside the vagina.
Also avoid perfumed bubble baths, perfumed soaps and shower gels, because they can really irritate the normal bacteria that live inside the vagina and cause fungal infection to overgrow. So, that's some of the methods for treating fungal infections and yeast infections. Dr.
Stuart Flanagan talks about some natural methods for soothing the symptoms of a yeast infection in women, such as using live yoghurt or diluted tea tree oil to soothe the inflammation. He also recommends that women go see their doctor or go to a genital-urinary clinic to get treatment for the underlying cause as well as the symptoms, and to make sure nothing else is causing the problem.