3 Natural remedies for treating yeast infection, regardless of your pregnancy
Yeast infections in the private zones are very common among woman and more so in pregnant woman. An overgrowth of Candida Albicans yeast fungus, naturally found in our bodies causes yeast infections. More than 70% of women suffer from yeast infection at least once in their lifetime.
Yeast infections usually cause itching, redness, swelling, thick whitish discharge and inflammation. These infections might also cause pain whileurinating. Yeast infections during pregnancy are much more common but not dangerous. Mainstream medicines and cures may prove harmful to the child and hence are generally to be avoided.
1 Causes of yeast infection
As mentioned above, yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of Candida Albicans. This naturally occurring fungus is found in the gut and moist areas of the body such as vagina, anus, mouth etc. While Candida Albicans is kept in check by good bacteria, this overgrowth may occur due to an imbalance in the balance of good and bad bacteria. During pregnancy a mere hormonal change may cause this imbalance but there are many underlying causes such as-
- Antibiotics – antibiotics kill good as well as bad bacteria and may cause an imbalance leading to yeast infection
- High blood sugar – as yeast feeds on sugar, high sugar levels cause yeast infection
- Weaker immune system – stress and weakness during pregnancy may cause the immune system to weaken which results in increased chances of yeast infection.
- Drug therapy during pregnancy may affect the above mentioned causes thus adding to the problem.
2 Natural cures of yeast infection
Understanding the causes of yeast infection and changing your lifestyle during pregnancy may help you contain and prevent yeast infection. Here are 3 home remedies to help you get rid of yeast infection easily at home:
Raw garlic has anti- bacterial and anti-fungal properties. These properties make garlic a handy and easy to usecure for yeast infection. Add garlic in your food or have raw garlic in measured doses to get rid of yeast infection in the gut and improve overall health. A clove of garlic can be tied to a string and inserted into the private part for the night to get rid of yeast infection. This treatment should be continued for two to three nights until the redness or other symptoms are gone. For other areas you can just use a garlic clove or peel at the affected area to get rid of the infection.
Cranberries are known to be effective in preventing and treating yeast infections. They contain a substance called flavonoids that strengthen the immune system of the body that in turn helps in maintaining the balance of good and bad bacteria. Although it is advisable to have fresh cranberries to fight yeast infection but cranberries in frozen, fried or dried form can also be consumed.
To ease the process, pregnant women can also drink cranberry juice as this is as effective as fresh cranberries. Cranberry juice helps in maintaining the correct Ph level of the urine, which prevents overgrowth of the fungi. Please note that you should always drink sugar free or unsweetened cranberry juice as the sugar in cranberry juice can lead to an increase in the yeast infection as yeast thrives on sugar.
4 Probiotics such as yogurt
Probiotics are good for the gut as they restore the amount of good bacteria in your body. Hence, probiotics are a great remedy to get rid of yeast infection as well. Probiotics are easily available as liquids or tablets at the nearest health store and it is always advisable to consult your doctor once before having these. For natural home replacement for Probiotics, pregnant women can eat yogurt in ample amount. Yogurt is a great source of good bacteria and can be used to prevent and get rid of yeast infection. The important point to note is that natural yogurt is always better than sweetened or coloured yogurt as it does not increases the chances of the infection.
The beneficial bacteria, lactobacillus acidophilus helps keep your gut in good shape. The best way is to make yogurt at home to be sure of its purity. Interestingly, you can apply yogurt directly to the affected area as well to get rid of the yeast infection quickly.