A yeast infection, also known as candida, or sometimes vaginal thrush, is caused by microscopic fungi called Candida Albicans, which exist naturally within the body, only causing infection when the immune system is disrupted.
Candida most often affects the vaginal area—especially in post-menopausal women whose estrogen levels have declined—but it is not the same as bacterial vaginosis.
The infection can also appear around dentures, under the breasts, on the lower abdomen, in nail beds, and beneath skin folds. Most people—men and women—suffer from some form of candida at least once in their lives, and you’re about to learn how to cure it yourself using natural, inexpensive home remedies for vaginal yeast infections.
Vaginal Yeast Infection Symptoms
Below are the most common signs of a yeast infection to help you diagnose if you really have an infection or not. If your symptoms become serious, consult a doctor.
- Vaginal pain and soreness
- Redness and swelling of the vulva
- Burning sensation during intercourse or while urinating
- Vaginal itching and irritation
- Thick, white, odorless vaginal discharge with cottage cheese consistency
Home Remedies for Yeast Infections
All of the natural remedies for yeast infections below are safe for everyone, including pregnant women. Test each one to find out how your body will react before using it continuously.
Cranberries, which are also used to treat urinary tract and bladder infections, are antibacterial and anti fungal. They kill the bacteria and fungi that cause candida infections. Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice or taking cranberry tablets(2 to 3 times a day) several times a day helps cure a yeast infection at home fast. Click here for more information on how to cure yeast infections with cranberry juice.
Garlic has antifungal, antibacterial, and antibiotic properties which can be super helpful as a natural yeast infection treatment. The simplest way to use it is to cook it into your meals. You can also insert half a clove of garlic directly into the vagina and leave it overnight. For a topical treatment, try garlic paste or a mixture of garlic oil, vitamin E, and coconut oil. You can also swallow garlic tablets or insert them directly into the vagina.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Mix one tablespoon into a cup of warm water and use it as a douche once or twice a day. If it causes irritation, stop using it. Alternatively, dilute tea tree oil with water or one teaspoon olive oil or almond oil, and rub it into the affected area. Also try soaking a tampon with diluted tea tree oil, inserting it, and leaving it for 2-3 hours twice a day. If you’re pregnant, consult a doctor before using this remedy. Click here for more information on how to use tea tree oil for yeast infections.
4. Coconut Oil
Apply coconut oil or a mix of equal parts coconut oil and cinnamon oil directly to the affected area. Read more about how coconut oil treats yeast infections.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar balances the vagina’s pH level, and is one of the more commonly used remedies for vaginal itching. Add two cups of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes. But make sure to dry yourself thoroughly afterward. You will see results after two or three soaks. Read more about how apple cider vinegar treats yeast infections.
- Basil: Boil 3 ½ cups water, remove from heat, add 1 ¼ tsp ground basil, cover, and steep it for 30 minutes. Once it’s cooled to room temperature, gargle it.
- Thyme: Add 1 teaspoon dried thyme to 1 cup boiling water, steep a few minutes, and drink. Repeat up to 4 times daily.
- Rosemary: Make rosemary tea and use as a douche or apply directly to affected area.
Probiotics, are good bacteria that help suppress the growth of yeast. While taking antibiotics or over the counter medicines may cure your yeast infection, they may also kill the friendly bacteria your immune system needs to stay healthy and prevent future infections. Make sure to eat plenty of foods that contain probiotics. Find out the best probiotics for treating recurrent yeast infections.
Yogurt contains a bacterium called lactobacillus acidophilus, which helps control the growth of yeast and prevent future infections. It also helps relieve itching and irritation. Apply plain, unsweetened yogurt to the affected area and leave it for an hour. You can also dip a tampon in yogurt, insert it, and leave it in for two hours twice daily. Also, add yogurt to your regular diet. Read more about how yogurt treats yeast infections.
Water is the most powerful remedy for every type of ailment. Drink at least 8 to 10 oz of pure water daily to flush out the sugar that feeds the infection.
10. Oil of Oregano
Oregano contains carvacrol and has anti-fungal and anti-candida components that strengthen your immune system and fight the organisms that cause yeast infections. Dilute oregano oil with olive oil and apply it to the affected area, or take oregano capsules 1-2 times daily. Click here to learn ways on how to use oregano oil to treat yeast infections.
11. Olive Leaf
Extract of olive leaf contains antiviral, antioxidant, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to restore the body’s good bacteria. To make it, follow these steps:
- Finely chop 2-3 fresh olive leaves and put them in a jar that has a lid.
- Add vodka until all the leaves are completely covered.
- Put on the lid and store in a dark place for 4 weeks.
- Strain the solution into another jar.
- Apply directly to the affected area 3 times a day.
Calendula has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that suppress the growth of yeast. Crush a few fresh leaves to make a paste. Apply directly to affected skin 2-3 times a day. Calendula is also available in capsule and tincture form. If you’re pregnant, consult a doctor before using it.
13. Gentian Violet
Gentian violet can be found in most pharmacies. Use a cotton swab to coat the vaginal walls with it. Repeat this process until your infection subsides, but be careful, as it will stain clothing.
14. Healthy Diet
A healthy diet can also prevent yeast infections. Avoid dairy products, sugar, white flour, vinegar, and alcohol. Make sure to get vitamins and supplements that will boost your immune system, like grapefruit extract, golden-seal, vitamin C, zinc, and beta carotene.
15. Pau d’Arco
This South American herb is available in liquid form or as a tincture you can take orally or apply topically. Take a quarter teaspoon per day internally, more if you apply it topically. Take it at the first sign of symptoms to prevent a full-blown yeast infection.
16. Borax 6X
Borax 6X prevents yeast from growing out of control. It comes in the form of vaginal capsules or little pellets you put under your tongue. You can also dilute Boric Acid with water, apply it to the affected area, and leave it on for few minutes. Wash it off with plain water. You can also fill size O gelatin capsules with boric acid and use them as suppositories once a day for a week. If you’re pregnant, don’t use this method.
17. Wear Dry, Loose Clothing
Yeast grows in warm, moist conditions, so keep your vaginal area dry and wear cotton underwear and loose pants. Remove wet swimwear as soon as possible after swimming for temporary relief for yeast infection.
18. Good Hygiene
Good hygiene plays a major role in curing and preventing yeast infections.
- Make sure to regularly wash away excretions that result from yeast infections in order to prevent further irritation. This will keep the infection from worsening while you’re waiting for medications to work.
- Yeast infections can be transferred to your partner during sex, or through shared baths or towels.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, particularly after using the restroom and before eating, and use hand sanitizers.
- Wash clothes in hot water to kill bacteria that may cause infections. You can also add a cup of white vinegar during the rinse cycle.
19. Slippery Elm Powder and Aloe Vera
Add water to slippery elm powder to make a paste, or soak a cotton pad in Aloe Vera Juice, and apply directly to affected areas. These methods relieve itching but do not kill bacteria.
20. Over-the-Counter Solutions
If the above methods don’t cure your yeast infection, if your infection comes back, or if you don’t have the patience to stick out a natural regimen, ask a doctor about how to get rid of a yeast infection in 24 hours using OTC medications.
These may relieve yeast infections faster, but it’s important to make sure you’re aware of possible side effects. Try creams like Miconazole (Monistat) and clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin), or oral treatments like Diflucan and fluconazole, and make sure to complete the full course of treatment.
Tips for Preventing Yeast Infections
When used in conjunction with one of the above vaginal yeast infection home treatments, the simple tips listed below are very effective for preventing yeast infections.
- Avoid soaps that contain alcohol and chemicals that may cause irritation or alter the pH balance of the vagina.
- Routine douching increases the risk of infection.
- Use condoms during sex to prevent transmission of a yeast infection.
- Many studies have shown that oral contraceptives increase glycogen in the vagina, which encourages the rapid growth of yeast. Ask a doctor about alternative birth control methods.
- People with compromised immune systems, uncontrolled diabetes, or increased estrogen levels run a higher risk of developing yeast infections. Sex with an infected individual and frequent use of antibiotics also cause yeast infections.
- Avoid hot tubs, extremely hot baths, feminine sprays, deodorant tampons, and bubble bath solutions with chemicals.
- Check your pH levels with an over the counter test. A vaginal pH lower than 4 could indicate a yeast infection.
- Don’t use baking soda to relieve itching. It raises the pH, creating an environment that promotes the growth of yeast.
- Avoid stress or reduce it with meditation, yoga and other techniques.
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im only at a young age and no period, can you get a yeast infection before your very first period and if so how long can you have it for without treating the yeast infection and aslo what are all of the symptoms of a yeast infection
Girls who haven’t got their first period can also develop a yeast infection. It can be developed due to improper hygiene and clothing that are too tight and made up of nylon. Vaginal pain, redness and swelling of vulva, burning sensation and discharge are some of the symptoms of yeast infection. Try any methods mentioned above and try to maintain proper hygiene to cure the yeast infection.
Yes, girls can get them. They are very common in babies.
On #14 you said avoid vinegar and fermented foods but isn’t that what probiotics are? And isn’t acv recommend?
i’ve had this yeast infection for two months now..
can it still be cured or is it too late?
Yes, it can be.
Does this effects our sexul life, can it be tranmited from one person to another? If so what can one do? Oslo , to do way lack of sex drive disorder natural.??? Have stayed with itchy vagina for more than two years, have visited several doctors and attending other clinics but still it’s there what can I do?
Vaginal yeast infection can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexual contact. Try any one of the method mentioned above to get relief from the infection.
Should or do I have to ask a doctor cause I am young
If you want to have it checked before trying out any treatment then you can.
I have had vaginal infection for more than two years have tried so many medication prescribed by my doctor its still the I am married but my husband didn’t take medication what should we do
Apply yogurt on the genital areas. Wipe it off after 30 minutes. Yogurt contains probiotics which helps to increase the good bacteria and decrease the growth of bad bacteria. For effective results, you can take probiotics supplements for few days to prevent and treat the yeast infection.
I have had the same problem but the doctor won’t treat my husband or even check him. They say oh it is so rare to transfer it. My mom had this problem before and the dr. Gave my dad meds too and it fixed the problem.
have been suffering from vaginal discharge for a long time. and I can’t conceive
As per your description, we are not sure of the reason for vaginal discharge. Can you provide us some more information or other discomfort you are facing. Or else you can consult your doctor to find out the exact reason.
I’m young and afraid to tell my parents, or doctors about this yeast infection- I’m pretty sure I do have it though. Getting pains like in the vagina, there is frequent discharge at times though it’s normal. Itchy too. It use to be really majorly itchy but after about 1-2 years it stopped being itchy. but I think it’s been there for awhile. Since atleast 4 grade and I’m 12 right now. Very embarrassed to talk to anyone about this in real life. Should I just use coconut oil or something? Don’t think I have yogurt.
Yes, you can try coconut oil or any other method. Apart from that, increase probiotics like yogurt, kefir or whey in your daily diet to treat the infection from inside.
Can i use extra virgin olive oil
Please, do talk to your mum/older sister about it. I regret not speaking with my mum when I was 14 and felt itching. I was too embarrassed. I went to gyn 4 years later and she said I probably got it at the swimming pool or public toilet. Women get yeast infection about once a year, that our life.
Since I haven’t acted quickly I still can’t get rid of the problem and I’m 21. It affects my sexual life and I go mental from the itch. So please, do talk to your mum – this infection is not your fault and you can easily treat it with pills+ointment.
I only experience the itchiness and the vaginal discharge but i don’t feel any pain when im urinating, does it consider as yeast infection? And if i dont take remedies or medication does the itchiness wont go away anymore?
Yes, it can be considered as vaginal yeast infection. Until the yeast keeps on thriving, itching and vaginal discharge will not go away. So, we recommend trying any one remedy as per your convenience for relief. Apart from that consume probiotics to increase the good bacteria and reduce the bad bacteria.
My discharge is yellowish, and has an unpleasant smell. Feel pains when having sex. When ever am urinating x very hotas if is burning me inside have use herbal roots but x not working. Wen ever I sit and open MA legs d smell is so annoying I rilli need help. What do I do about it
Consult a gynecologist and find out the reason behind the discharge and smell. If it is due to yeast infection then download our free yeast infection guide and try the routine regularly for effective relief from the smell and discharge.
Something is going on with me
It hurts to go pee hurts to set down
I leak out and burns and looks a lil yellow
It’s been 2 days with out cream and meds but when I get the cream meds
Well it go away
What cream do I need to get
As per your description, we are not aware of the reason for the discomfort. So, we recommend consulting a gynecologist.
According to the doctor I have a yeast infection. She prescribed Ketoconazol-Clindamycin suppositories and cream. I am on my fourth day and the burning is borderline unbearable. After how long will I begin to experience relief? Is this normal?
I have a whitish discharge cheese like what should I do ?
I’ve been told to use bleach, close to he same way one would do an apple cider vinegar bath. Do people ever get pain from bleach or Apple Cider Vinegar. Wont those methods sting? Especially if the yeast infection is so severe there or open sores? I’m scared to try those, but I’m being told they’d be more effective. I’m scared it will hurt.
I really want to try some of the bath methods but I don’t have access to a bathtub.are there some alternatives, like maybe soaking a washcloth in some sort of solution?
i had a yeast infection a couple months ago and my doctor gave me a pill to make it go away and it came back and i don’t want to tell my mom about it again what should i do cause i don’t trust any of these home remedies to cure it!
Tell your mom. She will help
Hey admin, thanks for the information, I’m 25 now and have had discharge down there for a very long time now. Whenever i visit gynecologist they tell me that it is something minor and i have swallowed all the medics that treats UTI, STI and yeast infections but i don’t get better. Then few weeks ego i went for culture tests and the results showed that i have epithelial cells , pus cells and less lacotabacillus. The doc told me not to take medicine but to use yogurt. How can I use it for effective result and how long will it take?
Someone point out here that it is possible to get yeast infections when taking antibiotics. Its too true!
Most of the remedies are great and avail at home. Thanks you really saved my bad days.