If you're looking for home remedies for yeast infections, there are several options you may wish to consider.
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that can counteract the overgrowth of yeast responsible for yeast infections. You can take probiotic supplements orally or purchase vaginal suppositories, which are sold as Lactobacillus acidophilus. The supplements will not cause any additional discomfort and are easy to find in health stores.
Some people claim the probiotics do not work as quickly as over-the-counter anti-fungal medications, but they are products you can take for a long time as part of your everyday supplement routine without negative effects. This can be quite appealing for people who have experienced recurring yeast infections that respond to over-the-counter treatments but return when OTC treatment has ended.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil acts as a natural anti-fungal, preventing yeast growth. Since tea tree oil is highly concentrated, you will need to dilute a few drops of tea tree oil in a soothing oil base such as almond oil or olive oil. Some people find this treatment highly soothing, but some find the treatment to cause unpleasant stinging. Try a tiny amount on a small portion of your vagina before you use it liberally.
Boric acid supplements can be inserted into your vagina to kill off the yeast overgrowth. Some women tolerate this remedy well and find immediate relief since the boric acid does indeed kill of the yeast and create a hostile environment for future growth. Your tolerance for this yeast infection remedy will vary with your sensitivity level. Only use this remedy if you are sure your vagina can tolerate the possible burning sensation.
Boric acid should never be taken orally and can cause serious damage to cuts or open sores. Before using this remedy, you will need to thoroughly examine your vaginal passage for any signs of abrasions. Sometimes yeast infections can cause you to bleed or develop sore spots that could hurt a great deal if you use boric acid supplements.
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