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Home Remedies for Yeast Infection

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A yeast infection, also known as Candida, is basically caused by a group of microscopic fungi or yeast called Candida albicans. It generally affects the vaginal area but can also develop around dentures, under the breasts, lower abdomen, nail beds, and beneath skin folds.

Factors that can increase the risk of getting a yeast infection are pregnancy, stress, chronic health conditions, diabetes, use of oral contraceptives, steroids and antibiotics.

Women can also get yeast infections after menopause due to declining estrogen levels, which thin the vaginal walls. Most men and women suffer from a yeast infection at least once.


Some of the signs of a yeast infection are itching, burning or swelling in and around the affected area. If it is a vaginal yeast infection, there will be pain or discomfort in the vagina during sex, a burning feeling when urinating, and odorless vaginal discharge. There are many simple home remedies that can eliminate the infection in a relatively short time.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for yeast infections.

1. Yogurt

Lactobacillus acidophilus, a “friendly” strain of bacteria present in yogurt, can control the growth of infection in the body. For treating a yeast infection, only use plain, unsweetened yogurt.

  • You can externally apply plain yogurt on the affected skin area and let it sit for at least 20 to 30 minutes, or preferebly overnight. This will help relieve the itching sensation.
  • For a vaginal yeast infection, dip a tampon in yogurt and then insert it in the vagina for two hours. Do this twice a day.
  • Also include yogurt in your diet plan.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has effective antifungal properties that can kill the fungi responsible for yeast infections.

  • Externally apply coconut oil on the affected areas three times a day.
  • You can also make a mixture of equal amounts of coconut oil and cinnamon oil. Apply it on the affected skin area to control the growth of the infection.
  • In case of oral thrush, swish the oil in your mouth for five to 10 minutes. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil or cinnamon oil and then use. Do not swallow. Do this at least three times a day.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Both apple cider vinegar and white vinegar contain some distinctive components that can control a yeast infection and get rid of the fungi causing it.

  • Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (organic apple cider vinegar should be murky brown in color) in one cup of warm water and drink it twice daily for a few days.
  • Prepare a hot bath and add some vinegar. Soak your body in this bath for about an hour. Soon the skin irritation and itching will lessen.
  • Alternatively, you can dilute white or apple cider vinegar with plain water and then apply it externally on the affected skin area. Leave it on for half an hour and then rinse it off with water.

4. Garlic

Garlic is a very well-known herb that can be used to cure various ailments. The antifungal, antibacterial and natural antibiotic components present in garlic can be highly effective in treating any kind of yeast infection.

  • Crush a few garlic cloves and make a paste out of it. Apply the garlic paste directly onto the affected skin area. If you do not have fresh garlic, you can dilute garlic oil with vitamin E oil and a few drops of coconut oil and apply it to the affected skin.
  • You can also take a couple of garlic tablets or eat a few fresh garlic cloves daily. Eating fresh cloves can cause bad breath, but it is very effective in treating yeast infections.

5. Cranberries

Cranberries contain both antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be used to fight the fungi responsible for yeast infections. It can also treat urinary tract or any other kind of bladder infections.

  • Drink unsweetened cranberry juice several times a day. This will speed up the healing process and produce effective results within a short time.
  • If unsweetened cranberry juice is not available, you can take cranberry tablets two or three times a day. Cranberry tablets are readily available at a natural health store.

6. Boric Acid

Boric acid is a chemical substance with mild antiseptic and antifungal properties. Boric acid is not recommended for pregnant women.

  1. Dilute some boric acid with water.
  2. Apply the diluted solution over the affected skin area and leave it on for a few minutes.
  3. Then rinse the area thoroughly with water.
  4. Do this daily for two weeks.

Home Remedies for Yeast Infection was last modified: July 30th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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95 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Yeast Infection”

  1. so i think i might have yeast infection due to tge symptoms i have like lite burning and dry vigina (i think i got it from douching ) and the inside of my vigina feels a lil tight maybe because its swollen from da infection but what should i do ? can i apply Coconut oil near my vigina and insde da vigina ? and if i speak with my doctor she might take very long to get me an appointment and i barely have time to go to hospital

  2. Garlic causes burning sensation and irritation but it can help a lot since it is an antioxidant. I was having a disease when I was a kid, I dont really remember the name and the doctor prescribd us to take antibiotics. My disease was gone but here come the itchy-ring-form-thing around my legs near the anus and it really upsets me a lot since I do not know what it is and I don’t wanna ask my parents about it because I felt embarrass upon letting them see it because it is disgusting. I’d searched and searched all over the internet to find a cure and yeah, I found this website and I was fully satisfied with the remedies in this site. I will try these home remedies as what you have said and thank you for giving us this. I find this site so helpful. Spread the love. Thanks again.

  3. I have use coconut oil also in a blend I bought on-line (also has the manuka oil from the east of the cape) that is for the thrush. It worked a very well thank you and much betters than the doctor gave me (sorry doctor!). try this if the lot else fales.

  4. White Grape Juice: Use this to prevent Thrush. After use of asthma inhaler. Rinse and gargle with juice about 20 seconds and spit out. Then enjoy a few drinks. Use everyday and haven’t had thrush again!

  5. I am so glad I found this site, I have been having this horrible itching and reddish look under my armpit and vagina area for more a yr after I had my baby, I have paid for all kind of of anti biotics to get it off my skin, in fact all kinds of herbs, just few days, some said he could teach us how to treat yeast infections online and to participate we should send air time,after sending d airtime I discovered it was scam, I am so glad because I can now use my Apple cider vinegar to treat my yeast infection,thanks a bunch.

  6. The FASTEST results I’ve found for relief from the symptoms is:
    1. Douche with apple cider vinegar & water mixture 1:6 ratio. Keep in it for 5-10 mins if possible. Alternatively, you can put one cup of apple cider vinegar in a sit bath and stay in for at least 20 mins.
    2. Place a garlic clove up the vaginal canal at bedtime (remove the tough skin of the clove first, poke the clove a few times with a fork to open it up). Take it out in the morning. You can alternate garlic with Vitamin C.
    3. Soak a tampon in yogurt and tea tree oil and place that inside the vaginal canal for 2 hours. Spread some of the yogurt mixture externally for immediate relief of symptoms. Leave on for 20 mins minimum & rinse off.
    4. Mix coconut oil with tea tree oil and spread topically on any infected area. This mixture is also good for the skin. I freeze the coconut oil/tea tree mixture and then take a small amount and use it as a vaginal suppository.
    Repeat this for a few days in a row. I noticed results immediately. Itching & burning stopped within minutes. The discharge was nearly gone within a day.
    5. Eat healthy. Avoid sugars, pastries, yeasts, alcohol. Take a probiotic 50-100 billion active cultures per day. Eat fermented foods.
    6. Wear loose clothing and cotton underwear- no thongs until symptoms are gone.
    7. After showering, make sure to dry the vulva area well.
    I haven’t tried boric acid yet, as those tips I’ve shared have helped me get quick results with the worst of symptoms. You also can drink diluted apple cider vinegar shots 1-3 x per day.

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