Most women experience thrush at one time or other, some have recurrent bouts. The infection is yeast related and is due to an increase in a type of fungus that is naturally located in the vulva area. The symptoms of this infection include itching and soreness, swelling and a white discharge. Whilst treatments can be purchased to treat this infection they can be quite expensive and sometimes lead to side effects. An effective alternative treatment is to use home remedies to clear the infection. Many people find, for example, that using olive oil for vaginal thrush brings about very quick and effective results.
Most yeast infections are due to an overgrowth of a type of fungus called Candida Albicans, the rest are caused by Candida Fungi. It is estimated that approximately half of women have Candida naturally in the vagina area without it causing any symptoms. It is normally advised that a women should consult her doctor when experiencing her first yeast infection so that a diagnoses can be made.
Yeast infections tend to be related to a change in the natural conditions in the vagina area. This change can cause a big increase in the growth of Candida that causes the symptoms of a yeast infection. The change may be chemical related, perhaps caused by certain types of medication. Alternatively it could be related to hormonal changes perhaps as a result of the menopause.
There are many alternative home therapies that can successfully treat a yeast infection. Olive oils contain important anti fungal properties which are thought to fight the infection by cutting off oxygen supplies to the yeast. Women often combine these oils with tea tree essential oil which is known for its anti fungal and antibacterial properties.
Mixing these two natural ingredients together helps to water down the tea tree which can be quite strong. Women often apply olive oil around the vulva area as a way of calming and reliving irritation caused by this type of infection. Tampons can be immersed in this oil before adding a small amount of tea tree and putting into the vagina. The two ingredients can also be mixed together and applied to the area two times a day.
Another home treatment is inserting a clove of garlic into the vagina and leaving it in for a few hours. Garlic has a long history of being used to treat yeast infections. It can be dipped into extra virgin oils before being inserted as garlic is quite a concentrated ingredient.
There a many simple treatments that women can use to successfully clear the infection. These are naturally ingredients and unlikely to give side effects. The items used in these home treatments, such as olive oil for vaginal thrush are easily available thus avoiding an expensive trip to the pharmacist for an over the counter treatment.allergies, alternate medicine, alternative health care, Alternative Medicine, alternative treatments, babies, children, dermatitis, diaper rash, diapers, dry skin, eczema, family health, nappy rash
January 18 2012 08:45 am | Alternative Medicine