A yeast infection is something very common among women. In fact, about 3 out of 4 women will develop this infection during their lives. It is even more common for women going through menopause to develop this infection because of the thinning of the vaginal walls due to lower estrogens levels.
Self treatment is one of the first options most women turn to since it’s cheaper and they can avoid the use of harsh chemicals found in antifungal medications prescribed by doctors. However, it is a good idea to check in with your doctor first if you’ve never been diagnosed with a vaginal yeast infection before. This is will avoid you trying to treat symptoms that are caused by an entirely different condition.
If you want to know how to treat a yeast infection at home there are many options available to you. One of the most popular and effective ways to treat yourself at home is to use tea tree oil. You will have to dilute it a little and then apply topically to the infected area.
What makes it such an effective treatment is a compound found in it known as terpinen-4-ol. Just make sure you never apply full strength tea tree oil to the vaginal area when you use it as a treatment.
Another simple yeast infection home remedy you can make use of is Oregano oil. Oregano is a very versatile herb and known to be effective when it comes to stopping yeast. To use it as a treatment you’ll need to take it internally each day. The carvacrol content of the oil you use must be high because this is the active ingredient that makes the oregano oil so potent.
If you want to treat your infection at home try using probiotics, which are live microbial organisms that can be naturally found in the digestive tract and vagina area. Also called friendly bacteria, probiotics will keep the harmful organisms which cause the yeast to overgrow under control. The type of probiotic you need for your home treatment is lactobacillus acidophilus.
Finally, one of the best home remedies for yeast infections is eating a balanced diet. Eat plenty of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and non fat dairy products. When you eat right your body will be much better equipped to battle and fight off infections.
Your diet is extremely important because even when you get rid of your infection if you’re not eating right it will come right back. In order to avoid recurring infections the most important thing you need to do is avoid a diet high in sugar or yeast products.
Try one or two of these yeast infection home treatments and you’ll be surprised at how great they work. Just make sure you check with your doctor first so you know you’re treating a yeast infection and not something else.
Prasanta Chatterjee is involved in healthcare market research since 2009. He loves to write about alternative health, herbal health along with general healthcare.