"What's the fastest way to treat yeast infection at home?" That's the question which comes in most patients' minds when they contract this infection. In most cases, yeast infection which is also known as Candidiasis will go away on its own.
It is a fairly common infection which affects around 138 million women worldwide more than once. Other reports also suggest that it affects 75 percent women at least once in a lifetime. While it isn't a deadly disease, its symptoms can be irritating.
From the rashes to the cottage cheese discharge and the deformation of the vulva, it's almost unbearable.
Due to 'shame' most people tend to ignore yeast or opt to try DIY treatment options to relieve the symptoms. Most patients also blindly buy anti-itch creams to manage the symptoms and leave the condition untreated. Did you however know what will happen if a yeast infection is left untreated?
Read on as we unearth for you some of the Candidiasis infection secrets nobody told you about.
This is what Happens When Yeast Infection is Left Untreated
A mild Candida yeast infection won't lead to any horrifying side effects like scarring of the skin or infertility if left untreated. It will only make you uncomfortable and cause some pain during intercourse or when urinating.
Nevertheless, you shouldn't ignore a yeast infection especially, when you're trying to get pregnant or when already expecting a baby. Here are a few risks you could be exposing yourself to:
- You risk transferring the Candida yeasts to your partner. Candida yeast is the prime culprit behind over 35 percent balanitis cases. Candidiasis is however, not listed as an STI since you can also get it even if you aren't sexually active.
When a man engages in sexual activity with a woman with yeast infection, the woman can transfer to him Candida albicans which is the fungus associated with yeast infections. The resulting condition is known as Balanitis and usually characterized by pain, swelling of the penis, and itching.
- The infection can delay your pregnancy or even prevent it. Candidiasis usually develops when there's an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. It alters the pH which can make the vaginal flora unfavorable for the sperms and even kill them.
- You could also pass the infection to your baby during delivery. If you carry the Candida yeast into labor, you risk transferring the harmful fungi to your baby during childbirth. This may lead to the baby developing thrush which is a yeast infection of the mouth.
The baby may again transmit the infection back to you when breastfeeding, making you develop Breast and Nipple Thrush (BNT). BNT is characterized by severe pain to the breasts and nipples during breastfeeding
How Do I Know When I Have Yeast Infection?
It’s prudent that you don’t assume any abnormal change of the environment around your genitals. If you suspect that you have a yeast infection, your best bet would be to visit your doctor for a quick check-up or get a vaginal test kit to check for the infection at home.
Here are a few risk factors which can expose you to yeast infection:
- Douching or over washing the vagina. While it is essential to keep the vagina clean, care should be taken not to over wash or douch it. Douching will flush off the good bacteria leading to an overgrowth of Candida albicans.
- Using scented detergents and soaps which irritate the skin. The detergents here can kill the essential bacteria causing an imbalance in the vaginal flora.
- Poor hygiene.
- Being diabetic. A diabetic condition can result in too much sugar in the body and urine, thereby providing a favorable environment for the harmful fungi to thrive.
- Wearing tight-fitting underpants.
- Wearing wet clothes. Candida yeasts thrive in warm conditions and can increasingly multiply when you wear wet clothes or take time to change from wet clothes.
Symptoms of Yeast Infection in Women
The signs of a yeast infection may vary, but these are the most common signs.
- Watery discharge from the vagina.
- Vaginal rash.
- Irritation and itching of the vulva and vagina.
- Pain during intercourse.
- Burning sensation when urinating.
- Thick cottage cheese-like discharge.
It can sometimes be challenging to diagnose these symptoms on your own. If it's your first time getting an infection, don’t rush for the Over the Counter (OTC) drugs. Instead, get a medical test or check-up first to confirm your condition.
If you're too curious though and wish to compare the symptoms, you can always type phrases like 'yeast infection discharge pictures' on the search engines. This will help you find the most relevant pictures which relate to your condition.
You may also search 'Yeast infection pictures women’.
Yeast infection smell; this condition usually comes with thick white discharge and redness of the organs. However, there are no smells associated with it. In the case of a smell, it can slightly be different from the normal one.
If you experience a 'fishy' smell, it could indicate a different infection.
Candidiasis Home Remedies
The key to treating yeast infection or making it easy to manage is observing hygiene. You should also be keen about your diet and avoid lots of sugary foods on your table.
Here are a few home remedies that can help you manage the condition.
- Boric acid
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), inserting a 600mg dosage of boric acid capsules in the vagina for 14 days should relieve your symptoms. If the symptoms don't improve, you can topically apply Boric acid with antifungal flucytosine on the vagina.
Studies suggest that it has a 70 percent success rate for infections which don’t respond to Azole antifungal drugs.
- Oregano oil
According to this report, the wild oil of Oregano can stop or slow down the growth of Candida yeast. You can insert capsules which has Oregano oil into the vagina overnight.
Alternatively, you can also soak your tampon in the oil then insert in the vagina overnight. Do not continue using it if you develop any allergic reactions.
Oregano oil is an essential oil. Therefore, you cannot use it directly on your skin. You will need carrier oil, e.g., coconut oil for this remedy.
You will use one-ounce coconut oil and 3-5 drops of your oil of Oregano. Use it to soak the tampon then insert in the vagina and change after 2-4 hours during the day.
You can use yogurt as a probiotic supplement to create a balance of bacteria and yeast in the body. According to this 2016 review, you can get relief from Candida yeast symptoms when you eat the natural non-flavored and unsweetened yogurt.
You can also apply it on the vulva and the area surrounding the vagina or insert it in the vagina.
- Over the Counter (OTC) Drugs
These include creams and suppositories you can easily find online and in your local drugstores and pharmacies. The treatment method here can be internal or external, depending on the product.
Depending on the drug, you may be instructed to apply it for one week, use a single dose or 3-day application. The Azoles used for internal treatments can treat over 80 percent of vaginal yeast infections.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil has antifungal properties which kill different fungi and yeast responsible for vaginal vulvovaginitis.
Depending on your preferences, you can use vaginal suppositories made with tea tree oil or soak your tampon with diluted tea tree oil and insert in the vagina overnight.
This is also an essential oil. Therefore you will need carrier oil like coconut oil to mix it with before using on your skin. One ounce coconut oil with 3-5 drops tea tree oil should be enough.
In case you develop an allergic reaction, stop using it.
Candida yeast infection is not always dangerous, but you shouldn't ignore them. If you get recurrent infections like more than four infections in a year, you will need long term vaginal therapies. To make informed decisions if you wish to treat it at home, you can use these medically approved test kits to check your condition.