There are two schools of thought about how to best treat a yeast infection and it is advisable that you understand what remedies are available and what remedies are recommended. The two possibilities for yeast treatment are:
1) The medical way with pharmaceutical medications
2) The natural way with natural products, and lifestyle and dietary changes
Because the symptoms of yeast infections are so typical many people self diagnose and treat themselves especially those who suffer from recurrent yeast infections. The risk of this is that the infection may be caused by something other than a yeast. There are various other infectious diseases which have symptoms which mimic a yeast infection. It is important to have a correct diagnosis so that the correct medication can be prescribed. Pregnant women should also consult a doctor before self treating for thrush.
The other problem with self diagnosis is that you may miss the underlying cause of the thrush such as diabetes or HIV infection. However once you are well aware of your symptoms and the triggers it is safe to treat yourself.
The drugs used to treat a yeast infection or Candidiasis, are available in either
1) Topical treatment which is available in creams, ointments, lotions, mouth rinses, lozenges and pessaries or suppositories, and is and the first choice for oral, vaginal or skin infections. Topical treatment is effective for mild-to-moderate cases of thrush. The drug is active only on the local site being treated.
2) Systemic treatment which is available in tablets or intra-venously and is the treatment of choice for severe cases of thrush and for more serious yeast infections such as Candidemia (systemic Candidiasis) or oesophageal yeast infections. Systemic treatment disseminates the drugs throughout the body. Systemic therapy may also be needed if topical drugs do not work, or if outbreaks occur often.
Pharmaceutical medications used to treat a yeast infection include a range of creams, ointments, lotions and pessaries or suppositories which can be prescribed by a doctor or bought over the counter at chemists or supermarkets in some countries. These include:
– Fluconazole (Diflucan)
– Clotrimazole (Canesten)
– Miconazole (Monistat)
– Econazole (Spectazole)
– Ketonazole (Nizoral)
– Amphotericin B (Funizone)
– Fungicidin (Nystatin)
– Threelac or Fivelac
– Formula SF722 by Thorne Research
People who use these drugs regularly to treat their yeast infection find that the symptoms often reappear as soon as they stop taking the therapy and they end up with debilitating and embarrassing recurrent thrush. One of the reasons for this is that they have not dealt with the underlying cause of the problem and have only treated the superficial symptoms.
Another reason is that with the overuse or improper use of these pharmaceutical drugs the yeast may mutate and become resistant to the medication which then becomes ineffective.
Another problem with pharmaceutical medications is that some people can react to them or develop allergies to them over the course of time. It is always important to read and follow the instruction sheet prior to using any new medication.
Therefore many people who suffer from recurrent thrush often resort to natural therapies to treat a yeast infection. Thrush can be combated with a holistic approach, by combining a number of techniques and natural products. While diet is the most important these other remedies in conjunction with each other can really make a difference.
The natural products listed below have proven effectiveness in killing off Candida, but should be rotated about every 2 to 3 weeks, to lessen the risk of developing an allergy to the herbs and to prevent resistance developing in the yeast.
– Bacterial Probiotic (Lactobacillus, Acidophilus, Bifidobacteria)
– Yeast Probiotic (Saccharomyces)
– Caprylic Acid
– Olive Leaf Extract
– Oregano Oil
– Grape Fruit Seed Extract (GSE)
– Black Walnut
– Apple Cider Vinegar
– Raw Honey
– Tea Tree Oil
– Hydrogen Peroxide
– Boric Acid
– Aloe Vera Juice
– Concentrated Cranberry Capsules
– Colloidal Silver
– Gentian Violet
– The Complete Candida Cleanse
The benefit of using these natural medications is that they are cheap, readily available and can be used in any combination. Because the medications are natural they are safe to use with very few side effects.
As stated before the other important consideration when treating recurrent yeast infections is diet. Recurrent yeast infections with Candida albicans are nearly 80% dietary related. In order to eliminate recurrent yeast infections you must undertake some sort of diet control regardless of whether you whether or not you use the medications or supplements discussed above
The dietary changes needed to treat a yeast infection include:
– Reduce sugar levels and refined carbohydrates
– Eliminate processed foods
– Remove foods containing yeast and moulds from the diet
– Use organic foods that are free from toxins, hormones, antibiotics and allergens
– Increase water and fibre intake – Introduce products that have anti-fungal properties such as garlic, cayenne pepper and yoghurt
– Supplement your diet with vitamins
This holistic approach about how to treat a yeast infection will help you to get rid of it forever. A little bit of research goes along way to helping you make the right decisions about how to treat your recurrent thrush.