Yeast infection results from a perturbed vaginal pH or an imbalance of the vagina’s acid and base elements. There are no outside bacteria that enter the body to cause a problem; rather, infection takes place simply due to overgrowth of the yeast commonly found in localized areas such as the mouth, digestive tract and most commonly the genitals. Treatment for yeast infection includes conventional over-the-counter medication or prescription medication such as oral drugs, topical creams, anti-fungal drugs or probiotics.
Typically, treating yeast infections can be done by using one of four different types of methods or products. These are: Natural treatments, Anti-fungal creams, Anti-fungal suppositories and Anti-fungal tablets. To start off, a natural approach would include herbal and homeopathic treatments to treat underlying symptoms and as well help maintain overall health and well-being. Herbal and homeopathic remedies are unquestionably safe and effective. In addition to the ones already mentioned, corresponding alternative therapies including immunotherapy, acupuncture or increasing vitamin intake also ease symptoms of yeast overgrowth.
Anti-fungal creams on the other hand include antimycotics or the antifungal drugs. Examples of topical drugs under this kind are: Clotrimazole which is available as over-the-counter substance in various dosage forms. Nytastin, another antifungal drug has very minimal absorption and could also be in oral form. Lastly, Ketoconazole, an antifungal drug for imnunocompromised patients makes it safe for them to treat yeast infection. Anti-fungal suppositories that are inserted in the vagina have fewer side effects than antifungal pills taken by mouth. This is because vaginal medicine isn’t absorbed into the body and only affects the genital area. Antifungal pills that are taken by mouth affect the entire body and are subjected to side effects.
Examples of anti-fungal suppositories include Tea tree Oil suppository combined with coconut oil (the coconut oil becomes a solid when frozen). The combination of coconut and tea tree oil in plastic wrap is stored in the freezer until it’s ready to use. A tampon soaked in water and tea tree oil solution is also a suppository only that it is home-made and some dilutions must be done. It is recommended to apply these suppositories for at least an hour to make use of its effectiveness. Probiotics are known to inhibit the growth of fungus. Tampon soaked in a sugar-free yogurt gives the same effect. Boric acid has also been known to treat yeast infections because of its mild antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It can again be applied to a tampon and inserted to the vagina about an hour or so.
Garlic is also known for having anti-fungal properties and can be effortlessly made into a suppository. Paste can be made out of garlic cloves, shaped into the form of a suppository. Given all the information, one should always check with their doctor before attempting any type of treatment to prevent the aggravation of infection. What works for someone may not be effective to another. Consideration to a lot of factors including medical condition of the sufferer and severity of the case must be given sufficient consideration.