If you are a woman and you’ve ever had a vaginal yeast infection, it isn’t something that you are likely to forget in the future, and it is definitely something that you will recognize again if it should occur again in the future. If you are have a yeast infection, you need to know about yeast infection treatments that are available.
Do You Need to See the Doctor?
If you’ve never had a yeast infection, you find that you are getting frequent yeast infections, or if yeast infection treatments do not seem to work, you need to see a doctor. Your doctor can confirm the presence of a yeast infection, and prescribe medication that will clear it up fairly fast – and when it comes to this type of infection, time is of the essence due to the extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing symptoms.
Most doctors understand the urgency that comes with this type of infection, and they should work you in the day that you call. If they do not, call a different doctor. These infections are too uncomfortable to wait a week or two for an appointment.
Over-the Counter Treatment for Vaginal Yeast Infections
At one time, you had to visit the doctor to get a prescription for medication. These days, those same medications are sold over the counter. There are numerous options. You can use a cream that is inserted in the vagina, for anywhere from one to three days, or you can opt for a single dose oral medication.
While the oral dose may seem more pleasant, it doesn’t work nearly as fast as the cream that is inserted into the vagina. Additionally, you should look for a medication that is used inside of the vagina, and outside of the vagina, since these infections can actually spread to the outer regions, and even down your legs.
Natural Yeast Infection Treatment
Plain yogurt is a natural cure for a yeast infection. You do not eat it, although this can help. Instead, you actually apply it to a tampon and insert it, or you can apply it to the skin on the outside of the vagina for a yeast infection that has spread outward.
Garlic is another remedy that has fantastic results. Again, you do not eat it. Instead, you peel one small garlic clove, and you insert it into the vagina. You can also purchase garlic tabs for this purpose.
Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections
Yeast infections are a common occurrence and most women will experience a yeast infection at least once or twice, some women are more prone to this type of infection and may experience more.
A type of vaginitis it is characterized by a vaginal discharge, vaginal irritation and itching in the vaginal region, both interior and exterior. A yeast infection is not a sexually transmitted disease but it can be spread through genital-oral contact.
What Causes a Yeast Infection and what are the Symptoms?
A yeast infection occurs when there is an overgrowth of the natural yeast that is present in the vagina. This can be the result of taking antibiotics, uncontrolled disease such as diabetes, impaired immune system, pregnancy or any situation that changes the amount of bacteria that is normally present in the vaginia which helps to maintain the balance of yeast.
The symptoms of a yeast infection include redness or swelling of the vulva, pain or soreness in the vagina, itching or irritation in or at the entrance of the vaginia, burning during intercourse or during urination and a distinct thick white discharge from the vaginal. The discharge has no odor and has the appearance and consistency of cottage cheese.
Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections
Although prescription medication is available to treat yeast infections you may find that a natural remedy is easier and healthier for you. There are several natural ways available to treat them at home.
- Vinegar Douche – 2 tsp. of cider vinegar mixed in 1 cup of warm water
- Yogurt Douche – 1 Tbsp. of plain live yogurt mixed with 1 cup of warm water
- Baking Soda Douche- 1 cup of baking soda mixed with 1 quart of water
- Tea Tree Oil Cream can be used externally to help relieve itching and irritation
- Garlic – either ingested whole or in pill form or used in suppository form vaginally
Natural Prevention of Yeast Infections
There are some steps you can take to naturally reduce your risk of developing a yeast infection.
- Wearing cotton undergarments can help to reduce moisture, also avoid wearing tight fitting pants, undergarments or pantyhose.
- Do not use scented tampons, pads or feminine hygiene sprays or cleansing wipes and avoid douching.
- Do not remain in wet clothing such as workout clothes you have sweated in or a wet bathing suit, change to dry clothing as soon as possible.
- Avoid long soaks in the bath tub and bubble baths.