Nearly 75% of women across the world are prone of yeast infection or Candida infection, named after the fungus that causes it. This infection is quite common, particularly among women. The growth of yeast cells leads to infection which causes itching, burning or swelling in the around the affected area. It can also occur as oral thrush or localized skin fold infection under the breasts and lower abdomen.
Yeast infection could also develop due to factors such as:
- use of antibiotics
- hormonal fluctuation, especially during pregnancy
- weakened immune system
- endocrine disorders such as thyroid disorder and diabetes
But before you panic and rush to consult doctor, try some natural and safe home remedies.
Yogurt – probiotics help rebuild the body’s defense mechanism against yeast. So eat generous quantity of yogurt every day, particularly in the morning. You can also dip a cotton ball in plain yogurt and apply it on the affected area. Leave it overnight or for at least 20-30 minutes.
Coconut oil – rinse the affected area thoroughly and then apply the coconut oil. This remedy can be used in the genital area, too. In case of oral thrush, simply swish the coconut oil in your mouth for about 5-10 minutes. And repeat this for at least three times a day.
Apple cider vinegar – take two tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and and cup of warm water. Mix the solution thoroughly. And drink this solution twice a day.
Yeast feeds on sugar. So, avoid consuming sugary foods and beverages. Avoid alcohol, too. Eat 2-3 garlic cloves a day and drink unsweetened cranberry juice.