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Scientifically Proven Yeast Infection Home Remedy Treatments

By Nancy Frankfutr

A recipe for a yeast infection home remedy is one that is snapped up and looked over by people the world over. It’s not a surprise, considering that the yeast infection is the most common kind among men and women. But, before we understand yeast infection home remedy cures and how they work, let’s take a look at yeast infections themselves. A yeast infection is caused by a fungus, or a microscopic organism called Candida albicans, that is found in small colonies all over the human body. Contrary to popular belief, yeast infections affect both men and women and can happen in any part of the body that is constantly moist or rubbing together, like the underarms, between the toes, under the nails, and on other skin folds. This is why they most commonly occur in the genital area.

So, these yeast spores typically live in the genitals because they’re moist, a perfect place for fungi. But our bodies have a great control system – these areas are naturally acidic and keep the yeasts from multiplying. Unfortunately for us, sometimes the acid levels fluctuate and they can become weak enough for yeasts to flourish. No wonder a lot of women need yeast infection home remedy information.

Vaginal yeast infections have symptoms that practically demand knowledge of yeast infection home remedy curatives. There is an intense itch around the genitals, sometimes with a burning sensation as well. Pain makes itself known during urination and intercourse. A sure sign of an contagion is the secretion of a discharge that is white, thick, with no obvious odor.

Some well-tested yeast infection home remedy cures are favorites with sufferers. The most commonly used treatment is unsweetened yogurt applied directly to the infected area for about half an hour, two times a day. Studies show that probiotics have a lot to do with fighting off the infection, since helpful bacterium like Lactobaccillus controls the increase of the yeast colonies. If you can’t imagine using yogurt to cure your infection, there are vaginal suppositories and oral supplements based on freeze-dried probiotics available for purchase at most health stores.

Another yeast infection home remedy treatment is boric acid vaginal suppositories. Boric acid is a mild chemical that acts as an antifungal treatment with antiseptic qualities. Medical studies have found it to be comparable to, or better than, commercially available antifungal drugs like itraconazole. Boric acid has contraindications, however. It is toxic if taken internally and should not be applied to open wounds. It should only be used for the recommended period of time and should never be used on pregnant women, infants, or children.

An equally popular yeast infection home remedy is tea tree oil, although there are no medical studies yet that have proven the efficacy of this treatment. Terpinen-4-ol is supposedly responsible for controlling yeast growths. It’s been suggested that diluted tea tree oil should be diluted and applied to the vaginal area. Again, since there is not much proof to its efficacy, it is not highly recommended and tea tree oil should never be applied neat to the body, especially in the vaginal area, even if it is an accepted yeast infection home remedy in the European Union.

Nancy Frankfutr blogs about various remedies for yeast infection. Read more about chronic yeast infections and how to get rid of a yeast infection.

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Frankfutr, Nancy "Scientifically Proven Yeast Infection Home Remedy Treatments." Scientifically Proven Yeast Infection Home Remedy Treatments. 24 Jun. 2010. uberarticles.com. 1 Aug 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/health-and-fitness/scientifically-proven-yeast-infection-home-remedy-treatments/>.

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