Vaginal thrush is a common yeast infection that affects most women at some point in their life. Triggered by the Candida albicans yeast, the condition can cause uncomfortable and unpleasant symptoms that may become recurrent in some cases.
Typical symptoms include vaginal itching and soreness, a thick or thin white vaginal discharge, painful urination as well as discomfort during sex. Visible symptoms may include red, swollen or cracked skin around the vagina. However, with some simple home remedies, the inconvenience and discomfort of thrush can be minimized and even eliminated in a short time.
Unsweetened cranberry juice-
Cranberry juice without any added sugars can help acidify vaginal secretions and assist them in warding off the yeast. This is because cranberries have antifungal as well as antibacterial features which have the potential to heal the infection.
Drinking unsweetened juice daily can speed up the healing process but the taste may not be for everyone. Alternately, consider taking cranberry tablets two or three times a day.
Along with treating thrush, cranberry juice is also prescribed widely for urinary tract and other bladder infections.
Garlic’s antifungal, antibacterial and antibiotic components can be very beneficial in treating infections of most sorts. In the case of treating thrush, garlic can be used externally or internally to address the condition.
For an external application, make a paste out of a few crushed garlic cloves and apply directly to the affected area. If this seems to harsh, since the application may cause some stinging on irritated skin, another suggestion is to dilute garlic oil and vitamin E oil with some coconut oil and rub onto the affected area. For internal healing, include garlic in the diet or take in tablet form.
Coconut oil has well reputed antifungal properties which can target organisms causing the condition. To use, apply coconut oil externally to the affected area three times every day or mix an equal amount of coconut oil with cinnamon oil. Apply the oil blend to the affected skin to stop the spread of the infection.
Virgin coconut oil has lauric acid along with other active ingredients that target the infective agents on the skin. The oil also acts as a non-irritating protective barrier on the site of the infection.