Vaginal yeast infections are among the most common types of yeast infections. They are very common, approximately 75% of women have a yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. Vaginal yeast infections are completely curable.
They are caused by fungus called Candida albicans. This fungus is normally present in the vagina and in the surrounding area but if the acidic levels drop, it will grow and cause an infection.
The drop of acidic levels can be the result of menstruation, antibiotics, steroids and diabetes. However, in most cases, yeast infections are caused by improper hygiene.
Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are thick white discharge that are usually odorless, a burning or itching sensation, especially while urinating, pain during intercourse and swelling.
However, the symptoms of a yeast infection are similar to those of another condition, a bacterial infection or inflammation, so it is recommended to see a doctor who will perform the tests and determine the cause.
There are many medications for treating yeast infections. Some of them are taken orally and others are meant to be inserted into the vagina. There are also many natural remedies for yeast infection that can be done at home and that are proven to be effective for many women.
Tea tree oil is a very good remedy for the yeast infection since it is an excellent natural antifungal. A few drops of this oil on a tampon will help fight the fungus inside the vagina.
Another effective remedy is garlic. Garlic does wonders for so many conditions and diseases and it is also effective against fungus. A simple paste made of garlic cloves, applied topically on the vagina, will burn a little but will surely yield excellent results.
Yogurt can be beneficial for problems with yeast infections. It may look difficult to apply it topically, but all it takes is a tampon dipped in some yogurt and inserted into the vagina. Another possibility is to use a tablespoon to introduce it inside the vagina.
Honey gives amazing results in fighting a yeast infection, but it might be the most uncomfortable remedy, because it is sticky. It works best if half a cup of honey is applied to the vagina as deep as possible and left for 20 minutes. During that time it is best to sit on the toilet seat or to lie in the bathtub. After 20 minutes, the honey must be rinsed thoroughly and the vagina should be dried with an absorbent paper.
Another simple home remedy for vaginal yeast infections involves a cup of vinegar (preferably apple cider vinegar) in a bathtub full of warm water. It is important to dry the vagina well after this soak.
Even though yeast infections are relatively simple to cure, it is important to know how they can be prevented. The best thing to do is to avoid wearing underwear made of synthetic fabrics. Simple cotton undies are both safe and comfortable.
In case the clothes get wet, they should be changed immediately. Tight jeans, panties, leotards and pantyhose should not be worn every day or all day long. It is also better to avoid perfumes and sprays, as well as perfumed pads and tampons.