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What is Yeast Infections?

 Home Remedies for yeast infectionYeast are minute organisms (known as candida fungus) that live in small numbers on human body. Yeast infection occurs when the number of these organisms increase beyond a certain level. Typically, the acidity in the vagina keeps the level of yeast low. But with a drop in the acidity level (due to various conditions like menstruation period, pregnancy, diabetes or birth control pills), the presence of yeasty increases and causes the infection. Yeast infections can affect both men and women, and can occur in any part of the body such as underarms, between toes, or in the genital area. Yeast infections in women are very common in the vagina. Although it's not a very serious condition, a yeast infection is very uncomfortable and irritating.

Yeast Infections Causes:

  1. If your body has a low immunity levels, it is very easy to succumb to such conditions where the organisms grow faster causing the infection. Therefore, it is not uncommon to suffer from a mild yeast infection after a long period of illness.
  2. Use of some antibiotics can also cause yeast infection. Most antibiotics are able to specifically target a pathogen and thus eliminate an infection but some broad spectrum antibiotics target healthy as well as unhealthy microbes. This often causes an imbalance within the vagina and leads to an increase in the amount of unhealthy yeast.
  3. Sometimes physical and mental stress also causes the yeast level to go up considerably
  4. Some reaction due to birth control pills also cause yeast infection
  5. In some cases, infection is caused during mestrual cycles.
  6. Diabetic conditions may cause the infection in certain cases

Yeast Infections Symptoms:

  1. Itching and burning in the Vagina.This is one of the most common symptom. It may start as a very mild irritant, but increase gradually.
  2. The skin around the vagina, known the vulva developes some swelling and may be itching and become very tender and sensitive to even the lightest of contact.
  3. You will experience vaginal discharge. This is typically white and thick and is odorless. The type of odor of the vaginal discharge is one of the simplest methods of differentiating between a vaginal bacterial infection and a vaginal fungal infection. A bacterial infection will generally have a strong fishy odor while the vaginal discharge in a woman with yeast infection may have a slight “yeasty” smell at the most.
  4. Pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse tends to irritate the already inflamed delicate vaginal tissues and this could cause pain during as well as after intercourse. Some women make use of douches to try and control the problem but this is not advisable as it can actually aggravate the condition.
  5. Burning sensation during urination
  6. Some symptoms of yeast infections in women are different from those in men and recognizing these symptoms is the first step in trying to treat this problem. Some of the most common male yeast infection symptoms include itching and irritation on the head of the penis. The penile head tends to become reddish and sore on account of a yeast infection. Some men may even experience rashes, red and white bumps or blisters on the head on the penis. This kind of a rash can either appear on the tip of the penis or then along its shaft.

Yeast Infections Prevention Tips:

  1. Its better to prefer cotton panties instead of nylon ones.
  2. Never keep the area moist as it enhances the yeast growth.
  3. Avoid using any soap or shampoo for washing the area.
  4. Avoid remaining in wet clothes for too long.

Yeast Infections Home Remedies:

  1. Yogurt: Take a plug of cotton and dip it in yogurt. Insert in the vagina, twice a day. Continue this remedy for an extra day after your symptoms go away. Yogurt is one of the most well known home remedies for vaginal yeast infection. Yogurt is especially useful in treating a Candida yeast infection and must be included in a Candida yeast infection diet.
  2. Tea Tree Oil: A few drops of tea tree oil poured on a cotton plug and inserted in the vagina can provide some relief. It is important to dilute the oil before using it as tea tree oil is extremely potent and can cause inflammation if it is used in its undiluted form. Tea tree oil can be diluted by mixing a few drops of this oil along with a teaspoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil. Tea tree oil has anti fungal properties and will help to control the yeast infection as well as reduce yeast infection symptoms such as itching.
  3. Garlic: For non-vaginal yeast infections, you can apply garlic paste directly on the affected parts. This remedy is for other affected parts of the body and not for the vaginal yeast infection. If you do not have fresh garlic, you can dilute garlic oil along with Vitamin E oil and a few drops of coconut oil and apply this blend of oils to the affected skin. While garlic oil helps to control the infection, Vitamin E oil helps to fortify the skin and coconut oil helps to provide it with several fatty acids that help to prevent the infection from spreading.
  4. Coconut Oil and Cinnamon Oil: These are two of the best natural cures for yeast infections in both men and women. Cold coconut oil or cinnamon oil can be applied on the infected areas 2-3 times a day to get rid of a yeast infection. Both these oils have effective anti-fungal properties which are very helpful in killing the yeast.
  5. Vinegar: A hot sitz bath along with some added vinegar is a great way to relieve skin irritation and itching caused by a yeast infection. It is also an effective remedy to arrest the growth of yeast and restore the PH balance in the body.
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