Monday, April 19, 2010
Yeast Infections and uncommon (but effective) treatments
Yeast infections can be real pain in the... well..
Vaginal yeast infections are a part of nearly every woman's life at some point or the other. It happens during periods of high stress, problems with diabetes management, or maybe even undiagnosed diabetes. Wearing tight clothes with no room to breathe can also host a yeast infection.Yeast infections are not something shameful or uncommon as they can happen even with babies and little girls due to anti-biotic use. It's something annoying, but normal and happens when there occurs an imbalance of healthy vs unhealthy bacterium in the vagina. This also tends to occur more frequently during pregnancy. If both you and your partner are experiencing recurrent bouts of yeast infections, you may be passing it on to each other over, and over again.
Many times a woman can catch and nip a full blown yeast infection in the bud. At that very first tingle, itch or sign of labial swelling, it's good to try some simple, and relieving tricks before going to the doctor. These methods are also very desirable to use during pregnancy because they pose absolute no harm to your baby. Let's see common home remedies
Home Remedy # 1 Garlic Cloves
Garlic kills yeast. Those who bake bread know not to add garlic while the dough is rising or it will kill the yeast. Instead, garlic is added to the dough after it has risen, just before baking it in the oven. Garlic will also help in killing a vaginal yeast infection.
Take a clove of garlic and peel off the white paper that surrounds it. If you have an advanced yeast infection you may consider cutting the garlic in half. This increases the strength of the treatment. Before bed at night, insert the garlic into the vagina (high enough that it doesn't slip out with one cough) and remove it first thing in the morning. It is recommended that garlic be used at night because it tends to make the mouth have an unpleasantly strong smell of garlic ( but I personally didn't experience this). If you're afraid that it might get "lost" take a needle and thread and pass it various times through what will be the bottom part so it can serve as a string to gently tug it out. If in any case you are having trouble retrieving the garlic, squat and bear down a few times and it will pop out. I must say that the first time I tried it, it took some getting used to but it didn't hurt in any way or form.
Home-remedy # 2 Unsweetened yogurt
Some unsweetened yogurt contain live active cultures, such as acidophilus, that can help you re-establish the healthy balance of bacterium in your vagina. You may choose to eat it, or you may choose to go the more direct way. You can do this in two ways.
Take a tampon and dip it in the unsweetened yogurt (and do not use sweetened yogurt because yeast feasts on sugar!) and insert it in the vagina at night.
Another way is to freeze the yogurt in little cubes. I personally found this the most relieving option because the cold from the frozen yogurt really appeases the itching, burning and swelling from an infection. So all you do is freeze the yogurt (I froze half cubes) and then at night, insert the cube high into the vagina and wear a pad to bed. Repeat as needed. If by day 3-4, you haven't found relief or a complete curing of the yeast infection, you may choose to visit your doctor to get a conventional treatment to rid the yeast.
Do you have any other home-remedies that you use? What have you found relief with before going to your doctor?