Yeast Infection Cures & Causes

Learn simple yeast infection cures to naturally treat your infection. Also, learn yeast infection causes and a home remedy or two.

Yeast infections (also called "candidias") are very common. They are an inflammation of your vagina that causes you to feel uncomfortably itchy and to have vaginal discharge.

Yeast Infection Causes

Yeast infections are caused by a fungus called "candida." We all need a certain amount of this fungus along with bacteria in order to be healthy.

The problem comes when the balance of fungus and bacteria gets out of control, and yeast begins to multiply at an unhealthy rate. When this happens, we have too much yeast in our vaginas, and we get yeast infections.

This can be caused by a number of factors:

  • An increase in heat and moisture

  • Hormonal changes (especially during pregnancy)

  • High estrogen levels

  • Antibiotics

Antibiotics are probably the main cause of yeast infections for most women. Antibiotics don't directly give us yeast infections, but they kill off the healthy bacteria in our vaginas, which leads to yeast infections.

Yeast Infection Cures

& Home Remedies

If you're suffering from your first or maybe second yeast infection, you should probably have your doctor check it out before you purchase an over-the-counter yeast infection treatment or begin whatever treatment you've decided on.

Many women suffer from recurring yeast infections. I don't fall into this category, but if you do (like my mom and sister), here is a holistic yeast infection system (affiliate link) and yeast infection tablets (affiliate link).

If you are a home-remedy type of woman, you might want to give these natural yeast infection cures a shot.

I've only have a few yeast infections in my life, and I can't say that I've tried these, but many women swear by these treatments.

  • Vinegar douches: Douche once a day with one tablespoon of vinegar to one quart of water.

  • Fresh garlic: Eat lots of it, or use it as a vaginal suppository. (Did you hear me gasp?) Peel a clove of garlic. Wrap it in gauze and insert it into your vagina for up to twelve hours. Repeat as much as you need to.

  • Tea tree oil cream: Apply this in a diluted form to your vagina. Be careful. This can cause irritation in some women.

  • Plain, unsweetened yogurt: You can actually eat this or apply it directly to your vagina.

  • Drink lots of unsweetened cranberry juice.

  • Take probiotics. You can find these as oral supplements or suppositories at health food stores.

Check out this site for more yeast infection home remedies.

Tip: Wear comfortable cotton underwear and pants. Yeast infections just love tight-fitting clothes that don't allow for much air.

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