How to Get Rid of Vaginal Yeast Infection
Causes of Vaginal Yeast Infection
90% of vaginal yeast infections are caused by the organism Candida albicans.
They reside in mouth, throat, large intestine and vagina from the first days of life without causing any infections. In culture samples taken from individuals, it is seen that 50% of them has no infection but Candida. During some systemic diseases, pregnancy, usage of drugs and weakness of immune system, infection occurs due to uncontrolled colonization and propagation.
How often does it occur in vagina?
75% of women has Candida at least once in their lives.
How to Get Rid of Vaginal Yeast Infection?
Fungal infections can be seen in any part of the body, but especially the parts that are warm and moist, such as vagina, have more possibility to get infected. Mouth, throat, genital area, armpits, anal area, navel (belly button), nasal cavity, endaural (within the ears), in between fingers and toes and digestive tract are more prone to infections.
- Itching in vagina
- a thick, clumpy, white discharge which has no odor.
- Skin rash around the opening to the vagina, redness and swelling
- A little bleeding
- Feeling pain while urinating, having intercourse and menstruating
- Sometimes abnormal vaginal smell
Fungal infections are usually noticeable and irritative. What is more, it might get worse if not treated. However, many people do not realize vaginal yeast infection and mistake it for urinary tract infection or any other infection.
How to Treat Vaginal Yeast Infections?
Keep Your Skin Clean and Dry
Yeast can replicate and come to a dangerous level only under correct conditions. To prevent this, you must keep your skin clean, dry and free from scratches and wounds. It’s crucial to have good hygiene, and treating scratches and wounds immediately to stop infections in any parts of the body.
Besides, it is important to wash the genital area everyday and dry it very well afterwards as fungi multiply mostly in moist areas. When you are in the bathroom, make sure that you clean from front to back not from back to front. In doing so, you will prevent the propagation of fungi.
One should always remember to wash the genital area after sexual intercourse. Individuals can infect each other during intercourse. Although it is mostly common in women to have yeast infection, men who are uncircumcised are also in great danger. If one partner has the infection, using condoms is important.
Wear Clean Clothes
Always wear clean underwear which should preferably be made of cotton or breathable fabric. Wearing breathable underwear makes it possible for the air to reach your genitals, which will prevent the moisture.
Wearing too tight clothes is not a good idea since they increase the moisture and body heat. Don’t wear the wet swim suits for too long.
Boost Your Immune System by Eating the Right Food
The right diet will boost your immune sytem and decrease the risk of infection. Weakened immune sytem is one of the reasons for recurrent of fungal infection. A diet that is rich in vegetables, healthy fats, probiotics and protein will support your immune sytem.
Foods like kefir, yoghurt or pickle all include highly amount of probiotic that support the intestines and boost the immune system. Probiotic bacteria have great importance in fight between hazardous bacteria.
You should also take your blood glucose level under control as high level of sugar boosts candida yeast propagation. Some people that have candida yeast should stay away from sugar completely, at least for some time in their lives. Here are some foods that you must stop eating: Alcohol, processed foods,snacks, refined grain products, fruit, some vegetables and dairy products.
The changes in diet might result in a different way in everybody, so you should try and find the best diet for you.
Get Rid of Allergies
Some allergies may cause infection. Chemical products give harm to genital area which is already sensitive. This spoils the flora in your vagina. If you have started to use something new recently, it’s better you replace it with the more natural one.
You should be careful about the products that irritate your vagina because chemical dyes and fragrances can cause yeast infection in your vagina. If you have problems when you use tampons, replace them with pads.
Don’t douche your vagina as it destroys the balance of bacteria in the area. Simply cleaning the outer part of the genital area is usually enough. When you clean up the genital area from good bacteria, candida yeast can easily grow there.
Pay Attention to Other Hormonal or Medical Problems
Some health problems disturb chemical and bacterial balance of your body, which causes vaginal infections. For example, high estrogen or progesterone levels and type 2 diabetes cause this.
Blood sugar level is crucial in diabetes. Sugar is also responsible for the growth of candida yeast. If your diet is rich in sugar or you don’t have the right control of blood sugar, then you give chance to the propagation of candida yeast.
Besides, progesterone, female sex hormone, may also cause the development of yeast in the vagina because this hormone enhances the generation of glycogen. And glycogen can easily be turned into sugar. Since women are naturally born with more progesterone, they are more prone to have yeast infections.
Fight with Yeast
Some foods and essential oils are important in stopping yeast infections. Here are some examples:
- Probiotic supplements
- Apple cider vinegar
- Blessed thistle
- Boric acid
- Tea tree oil, lavender oil