Raw plain yogurt contains certain “good” bacteria that can be useful for treating various yeast infections. Your digestive system and vagina naturally contain amounts of yeast and bacteria. However, vaginal yeast infections can occur when the delicate balance of bacteria is disrupted and allows yeast to overgrow. Also, yeast infections can affect your mouth, skin, and become life-threatening if they affect your bloodstream.
Yeast infections can cause symptoms like a white, thick vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese. Many women suffer from a vaginal yeast infection which causes itching in the vulva, burning when urinating, and swollen red labia.
The main cause of vaginal yeast infections (or, vaginal candidiasis) is an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans. The overgrowth of yeast in your vulva can happen if you have a weakened immune system, have been taking antibiotics, use oral contraceptives, or are pregnant. Consuming yogurt or applying it to your vagina can help to reduce the symptoms of candidiasis because it prevents the fungi from multiplying and soothes irritation.
This article looks at ways you can use yogurt as a natural home remedy for yeast infections. You will find out about the different causes and symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection and how you can make your own antifungal treatment for candidiasis using yogurt and other ingredients.
What is a Yeast Infection (Candidiasis)?
A vaginal yeast infection is an overgrowth of fungi that causes discomfort, vaginal itchiness, and white discharge.
Doctors from the Mayo Clinic say that your vagina contains various strains of bacteria and yeast, including Candida. The Lactobacillus strains of bacteria keep yeast at bay and don’t allow the number of fungi to increase. A yeast infection happens when certain conditions disrupt the balance of bacteria and affect your vaginal health.
According to Dr. Melissa Conrad Stöppler on MedicineNet, most yeast infections in the vagina are caused by Candida albicans and can affect up to 75% of women, although candidiasis can also affect men.
Dr. Stöppler says that keeping the vaginal area as dry as possible and consuming foods with probiotics are some ways to prevent yeast infections developing.
Causes and Symptoms of Yeast Infection
Usually, our bodies and immune system keep the balance of bacteria in check and don’t allow fungus to grow and cause irritation in our genitals. If for some reason, there are not enough bacteria in your digestive system and vaginal areas, yeast infections can become a problem and cause redness and irritation in the affected area.
Causes of yeast infection
One common cause of a vaginal yeast infection is being on a course of antibiotics. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic say that antibiotics also kill off “good” bacteria from your system. This decreases Lactobacillus bacteria in your vagina which protect it from yeast multiplying. When yeast invades the sensitive tissue in your vagina, you are left with irritation of the vagina.
That is why after a course of antibiotics, you should always take probiotics or consume live yogurt to help restore normal intestinal flora.