Stop Itching: 4 Ways To Naturally Relieve Your Yeast Infection

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Yeast infections are common, affecting nearly 75 percent of adult women. These infections can be quite annoying and irritating, especially if over-the-counter treatment methods don't make them any better. If you're looking for relief, try these four natural, science-backed remedies for the treatment and prevention of yeast infections:

1. Boric Acid Suppositories

Boric acid contains natural antiviral and antifungal properties, which can help treat and prevent yeast infections. This is true even when the infections can't be cured by traditional antifungal medications, according to one study. You will need to insert one 600 mg capsule of boric acid into the vagina before bed for one week. If you deal with recurrent infections, the standard treatment should be maintained for two weeks. Then, to prevent yeast infections, you can insert the suppository twice a week for as long as one year.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Although more research is needed to fully conclude that tea tree oil can treat yeast infections, research does show promise. In one study that used rats as the subjects, the tea tree oil was prepared and used in vitro. There were 115 different strains of yeast that were tested, and they all suggested that tea tree oil was active and efficient in treating the infection. Another study shows that tea tree oil has the ability to alter the properties of membranes and compromise their functions, which results in antifungal activity. An oral solution of tea tree oil may be beneficial to AIDS patients with yeast infections.

3. Resveratrol

This is a natural chemical that is found in foods such as grapes. Resveratrol is known to hold anti-cancer properties, but a new study suggests that it may also have the ability to cure yeast infections. When studied, the resveratrol displayed powerful fungicidal activity and that is was able to disrupt certain forms that are used in the pathogenesis of yeast infections. As a result, it has been determined that resveratrol holds candidacy as a potential all-natural, antifungal agent for yeast infections and associated diseases.

4. Probiotics

A controlled study was conducted on 276 elderly patients to determine the efficiency of probiotics on the controlling of yeast infections. There was a 32 percent reduction in the group who took probiotics, yet there was a 28 to 34 percent increase in the control group. This study has concluded that probiotic intervention can help reduce the risk of excessive yeast counts by as much as 75 percent and hyposalivation by as much as 56 percent. Aside from the elderly, there is sufficient research and evidence that suggests the consumption of probiotics (such as one daily serving of yogurt) can serve as a preventative treatment for yeast infections.

If you still can't kick the yeast infection after trying these natural remedies, consult with a gynecologist like South Ave Women's Services. There may be an underlying problem that could be affecting your body and causing the infection to be so persistent. 

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