How to treat a Yeast Infection?

At least once in a woman’s life she will face and will need to know how to treat a yeast infection. In fact around 75% of women have this kind of infection once in their lives and almost 50% have two or more vaginal yeast infections throughout their lifetime. So you can be pretty sure it is a pretty common condition, that most still feel uncomfortable talking about, but there shouldn’t be anything to be ashamed of, the causes are pretty ordinary. So much so, that we also see yeast in bread and beer.

As most people know, yeast is a fungus, its scientific name is Candida Albicans. It is present in the vagina but in small numbers, it is perfectly normal for this fungus to live there, a healthy vagina will have this and other bacteria. Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of those bacteria and helps keep yeast under control. However when something happens to alter this healthy balance, yeast could grow out of control and therefore show the uncomfortable symptoms that come with the infection.
Many are the causes of this imbalance, and to many people’s surprise, sex is not the main one. Some antibiotics, a certain clothing fabric, chemicals present in perfumes, condoms, stress, a sugary diet, hormones from using birth control pills or caused by pregnancy, a weakened immune system due to HIV, Lyme disease or other related conditions and lastly sexual transmission. The symptoms are a combinations of itchiness, soreness, burning sensation during sex or when peeing and a white discharge; they most commonly happen around a week before the menstrual period.
Here are a few tips to treat a yeast infection:
  • Medicinal options: Antifungal creams, they are over the counter and can be found in any pharmacy. Some good example are Clotrimazole and Miconazole both excellent antifungal creams. There are also the suppository and tablets options.
  • Natural remedies: 
  • Eat plenty of plain yogurt, it has live cultures of the  Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria that keeps the yeast fungus under control. You can eat it or apply it as a topical treatment (a spoonful) on the affected area. Do not use flavored or sweetened yogurts, sugar helps the yeast grow faster. 
  • Drink cranberry juice with no sugar. Cranberries are great for treating and preventing yeast infections. Remember, no sugar!
  • Add more garlic to your diet. It has great antifungal properties. Add it to your meal, eat it raw or apply it on the affected area.
  • If you have a yeast infection during pregnancy:
  • It is vital to stress the importance of first consulting with your practitioner before you proceed with any medical or natural remedy. He or she might recommend Clotrimazole cream that usually is inserted inside the vagina, however is a good idea to apply a small amount of the cream outside on the affected area where rashes are presented. The infection will not affect your baby.
To prevent a yeast infection it’s important to maintain a clean area, wear breathable cotton underwear, avoid tight pants or pantyhose. Change your underwear after exercising or your bathing suit after swimming. Avoid bubble baths, scented laundry detergents or perfumed soaps. Clean the area with gentle warm water. And after going to the bathroom wipe the area from front to back towards the anus. Finally change pads and tampons often.
It is important to emphasize that I am no doctor or specialist. See your doctor if you presume you have a yeast infection and make note of the symptoms. do not self prescribe unless you are certain of this condition.