Yeast Infection

Symptoms of Yeast Infection

The symptoms of vaginal yeast infections are thick, white or yellow discharge with a cottage cheese-like consistency, irritation in the vagina and the surrounding tissues, painful sexual intercourse, burning sensation while urinating, and redness in the area (due to scratching). Symptoms of oral thrush include thick, white lacy patches on the tongue, palate, or elsewhere inside of the mouth. These patches are often rigidly stuck to the tongue surface and any attempt of scraping them off may cause bleeding or irritation. Yeast infection that has developed elsewhere on the body typically causes a red, flat rash with sharp, scalloped edges.

Natural Cures

You can create a few remedies from the materials in your kitchen to cure a yeast infection (particularly a vaginal yeast infection). Here are a few treatments:


Yogurt contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is a bacterium that also happens to be present in healthy vaginas. Acidophilus is believed to eliminate yeast by producing hydrogen peroxide. Remember to choose plain, no-sugar-added yogurt with live cultures. Applying the yogurt directly in the vaginal area can be very effective. Alternatively, dip a tampon in the yogurt and insert it into the vagina. Leave it in place for a couple of hours every day until the infection subsides. You may also choose to insert acidophilus pills into the vagina so that the bacteria can fight the yeast infection. In addition to the direct application of yogurt on the infected area, it is also recommended to include yogurt in your daily diet to possibly prevent the development of a yeast infection.


Garlic is believed to have antifungal and antiseptic properties that can aid in curing vaginal yeast infections. Here are a few suggestions:

Peel off the papery skin from a fresh clove of garlic. Wrap it in gauze or cheesecloth and tie the end with unwaxed dental floss. Remember to leave a bit of string dangling so that you can pull it out later on. Leave this on the infection for several hours or overnight if desired.
Alternatively, insert one garlic capsule (easily available in most health stores) into the vagina. Choose capsules with a soft coating that dissolves easily.

Lifestyle and Yeast Infection

Yeast infections cannot always be prevented. However, you may follow a few preventive measures to lower your likelihood of developing infections. The best breeding sites for yeast are warm, wet areas, so keeping these areas dry is the most effective way of avoiding infections.

Here are a few guidelines for reducing the risk of developing a yeast infection:

Wear clean, comfortable and preferably cotton underwear. Change your underwear twice each day. Wash your delicates with a mild detergent. Be especially cautious while washing underwear when you are already suffering from a yeast infection. Wash and scrub the garment thoroughly and iron it because exposing it to heat can help to eliminate the residual infection-causing germs.
Avoid douching because it may disturb the alkaline balance in the vagina. Also, avoid the use of feminine sprays, harsh soaps, and deodorants in the vaginal area.
Follow good hygiene practices. Shower regularly and pay careful attention to the genitalia. Completely dry the genitals after every shower. Wipe from the front to the back after using the toilet to avoid a vaginal infection from the germs in the rectum.
Change sanitary napkins or tampons frequently.
Avoid using hot tubs and whirlpool spas.
Avoid consuming foods and beverages that require fermentation such as baked goods, cheese, and alcohol.
To prevent oral thrush, maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing teeth after every meal, gargling with mouthwash and flossing. Also, to avoid the development of oral thrush in very young children, sterilize pacifiers, feeding bottles, and cups after every use.

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