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Treating yeast infections can often be a difficult process, mainly because it can be an embarrassing or difficult topic of conversation. Many people often turn towards conventional treatments such as antifungals simply because they are too embarrassed to explore other options. This is despite the fact that yeast infections often return after using these medications, and they cause a variety of side effects.
This is why I’m going to tell you how one woman used garlic to completely cure her yeast infection. But first, let’s take a look at what a yeast infection really is.
What is a Yeast Infection?
Vaginal yeast is a fungal infection that causes irritation, discharge and itchiness of the vagina. It is defined by an intense inflammation of the vagina and, although it can be spread through oral sex.
Yeast infections are an incredibly common condition, effecting approximately three out of every four women at least once in their lifetime. Many women commonly experience at least two episodes of yeast infection throughout their lifetime.
Symptoms of yeast infections can range from obvious and intense to mild and not very noticeable. Symptoms of a common yeast infection usually include itching, irritation and redness of the vagina accompanied by an either watery or thick discharge. These forms of yeast infections can be easily treated. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a complicated yeast infection:
Extensive redness, swelling and itching that causes tears, cracks or sores
Experiencing four or more yeast infections a year
If it is caused by a fungus other than Candida albicans
Weaked immune system
If you are experiencing any of the previously mentioned symptoms then there is a good chance that you may have a yeast infection.
Yeast infections occur when there is an imbalance in the bacteria in the vagina, and it is caused by the fungus candida. One of the types of bacteria in the vagina, called lactobacillus, produces an acid that prevents the overgrowth of candida. When there is not enough lactobacillus in the vagina an overgrowth of candida occurs which results in a yeast infection.
Yeast infections can be caused by the use of antibiotics, as they can kill lactobacillus bacteria, as well as pregnancy, diabetes, weak immune systems and hormone therapy.
Garlic for Yeast Infection
Although using garlic to treat yeast infections is an idea that has been around for a while, most of the evidence for its efficacy has been based on personal anecdotes. However, there is significant scientific evidence that garlic can treat yeast infections as effectively as typical treatment, and without all of the harmful side effects that usually come along with it, including liver, kidney and heart damage.
One study that was published in the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research found that a garlic-based vaginal cream was able to reduce yeast infection symptoms as effectively as typical treatment and was even more effective at treating one particular symptom.
The study participants consisted of 32 women between the ages of 18 and 49. They were given either a garlic-based vaginal cream or a clotrimazole cream, which is a typically used treatment for yeast infections. Researchers found that both creams reduced symptoms of yeast infection to a similar extent. However, they found that garlic was more efficient at treating burning and itching of the vulva more effectively than clotrimazole.
How to Treat Yeast Infection with Garlic
Although it may seem unconventional, many people can attest to the effectiveness of using garlic to treat a yeast infection, including Crystal Collins, creator of Natural and Thrifty health and wellness blog.
In one post, she recounts her experience using garlic to treat a yeast infection and also shares tips and advice on exactly how to go about doing that. Here are her directions for using garlic to treat a yeast infection:
Remove the cover of your clove of garlic.
Cut slits in the clove or cut it in half to increase the potency.
Using a sewing needle, tie a string through the clove for easy retrieval
Do it at night, before you go to sleep
You may need to do it more than once
It may burn, and you may smell like garlic
And there you have it! This is how you use garlic to treat a yeast infection. To learn about more ways to naturally treat a yeast infection, click here.