How to Treat a Skin Yeast Infection with Home Remedies?
The most common skin infection is athlete's foot, ringworm, yeast infections and onychomycosis (your toe nails get infected and its plate appears rough). Mostly these are treated at homes, the reason being these infections happen to the females in their vaginal area and they feel shy or embarrassed to tell others. Mostly these infections strike during their period or pregnancy, because of their hormonal changes. Some birth pills increase infection. Yeast (candida) is a fungus that exists in our body, but is halted by our immune system from expanding. When the yeast's population increases multi-fold, you become more prone to get infected. When the balance between yeast and bacteria gets disturbed, vagina weakens against yeast infection, and it strikes with a bang.
A condition, which affects your immune system, like sexually transmitted diseases (STD) can cause yeast infection. Ladies who have diabetes are more prone to yeast infection, as sugar encourages yeast infection.
Home Remedies for Yeast Infection
These should be treated when these are in the initial stages and can easily be taken care of at home with the help of certain herbs. Some of these herbs have ingredients that are present in them, but you never pay much attention to them. Without any further ado, let's discuss them with you:
The yeast infection can be nipped in the bud by yogurt with active culture. Active culture refers to the live organism, which makes yoghurt during its fermentation, so buy the one that has the ingredient called Lactobacillus strains. It is needed to create a healthy environment in your vagina. Yogurt contains lots of pro-biotics, which goes to the digestive tract and help the body to absorb important nutrients and get stronger to fight infections of any kind. Beware; your yogurt should not have any sugar in it, which elevates the fungus.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar has dozens of medicinal remedies and Apple cider vinegar bath is built to find a cure for vaginal yeast infection, with its various ingredients like calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water, the level of the water should be at least 6 inches of the tub, add half a cup of Apple cider vinegar to it. Let it get dissolved fully well. Then just slide into the tub and remain in the water for 20 minutes at least. Its acidic ingredients of vinegar are supposed to throw out all the infection from the vagina. A vinegar spray on the vagina can be done, but the yeast can come back, even if it is eradicated. Drink its diluted version, which can also kill the yeast infection.
3. Coconut Oil
A study has proved that Coconut oil eradicates the species called yeast. It is derived from the body of the coconut fruit. Its ingredients are medium range fatty acids, which work quite efficiently to destroy the yeast fungus. You can just dab it on the infected part, with the help of a cotton ball. If you have the infection in your vagina, dip a warm tampon in coconut oil and insert it in your vagina. This is a herbal remedy that can be easily made at home. Better buy an organic coconut to make this remedy.
4. Oregano (Ajwain in Hindi)
It can be found on your store's spice area. Try to find oregano oil that is derived from wild oregano. It has carvacrol and thymol, which are extremely anti-fungus. This oil is not meant to be taken orally, but can be inhaled by aromatherapy. It can also be used if diluted with other oils like sweet almond oil or olive oil. Take an ounce of one of these oils; mix 3 -4 drops of oregano oil in it. Apply it to the infected part by massaging it or inhale it with the help of a diffuser. Never apply near your vagina.
It has anti-bacterial features that are great for skin infections. Some of the infections are found under the nail plate, where it is impossible to apply to the infected area. Consume crushed garlic for better benefits. It also works as an anti-biotic, speeding up the recovery, a bonus.
Garlic can be eaten orally or topically, if consumed raw or with your daily meals to avail the maximum benefits and halt the mushrooming of the fungus called Candida (yeast). Topical garlic extract creams are also available. Most of these creams are for external use only. Use them around your vaginal area. If a burning sensation occurs, halt and immediately wipe it off with a cool cloth and try an alternative method.
Basically, it is a salt which is obtained from many herbs like yellow root, barberry, goldenseal, Oregon grape, tree turmeric, amur cork tree, heart leaved moon seed and many more. It is an anti-fungal compound that is used to scare away many skin infections. It has various activities against the fungus, that it kills the fungus by nipping it in the bud. It is also used as tea or tea bags. Have at least 3 cups a day to avail maximum benefits. There is another way, have 1/2 or 1/4 of the teaspoon of fluid, which is extracted from any of the above mentioned trees, to scare away the yeast infection.
7. Grape Seeds and Cranberry Juice
Grape seed extract (GSE) plays a major role in eradicating the yeast fungus, due to its anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial features. It alone can nip the growth of the yeast infection in the bud. 100grams to 200 grams is enough for a day, better have it regularly. Cranberry juice has a compound that helps in combating urinary tract infections. It diminishes and throws out the bacteria that clings to mucous membranes and spreads infection. It also controls the pH level that halts the fungal growth.
If you are not satisfied with the results of above mentioned home remedies, have patience, these things are not eradicated with just a wave of the magic wand. If it prolongs and you are not getting relief, seek the advice of a doctor. He/she can guide you in a better way.
Dr. Meenakshi Chauhan
MD (ALT. MEDICINE) View Profile