How to Cure a Yeast Infection

Yeast infections are a potentially painful fungal infection of the vagina, usually accompanied by itching and soreness. The vagina houses fungus and bacteria in small numbers, and one of these fungi’s is yeast. A yeast infection occurs when there are too many yeast cells growing in the vagina. This happens because the bacteria – which typically keeps the yeast cell count low – is off-balance, causing the yeast cells to multiply. Although they can be bothersome, they are not usually serious, and treatment is fairly simple.

How can I prevent yeast infections?

  • Yeast infections are common during pregnancy, however they can occur at other times. Practicing good genital hygiene by keeping the vagina clean, particularly during the menstrual cycle.
  • Wear underwear that keeps the genital area dry.
  • Avoid tight fitting clothing that prevents sweating, as the lack of moisture will prevent yeast infections.
  • Change pads or tampons often.
  • Don’t use chemical sprays or deodorant tampons, as these extra chemicals may change the balance of bacteria and fungus in the vagina.

What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?

  • Itching, soreness, overall discomfort of the vagina.
  • Pain or burning during urination or sex.
  • Some may experience a white, odorless discharge.

How do I get rid of a yeast infection?

  • A short-course vaginal therapy using either a single-dose oral medication or antifungal cream or ointment. For some, the treatment may take a little longer, up to two weeks in some cases.
  • Preventative measures are the best way to go about it, but one natural method that has been said to be effective is yogurt with live cultures, which helps to restore the acid-bacteria balance. Both eating it and inserting one or two tablespoons into the vaginal opening (or douching with it) is said to help.
  • A related yogurt alternative involves using lactobacillus tablets vaginally once or twice a day while douching with vinegar twice a day for two days.
  • Several studies have also shown boric acid to be an effective, safe, and relatively cheap home remedy. Using boric acid as a suppository (fill size “O” gelatin capsules with boric acid) once a day for a week is just one home treatment.
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