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Natural Remedies to Prevent and Treat Vaginal Thrush

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Vaginal yeast infections are often treated using antifungal medicines. But if you keep getting yeast infections, you may want to try a natural remedy.

Thrush is a very common yeast infection caused by a specific yeast known as Candida albicans.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some fungal infections such as invasive Candida infections become resistant to the medications that were designed to cure them.

This means that every time you use an azole medication such as fluconazole to treat your thrush you may be building up resistance to the anti-thrush medicine.

If you have had recurrent thrush, the medicine will also only treat the infection and not the cause, so it will not prevent you from having future infections.

A great option is to turn to a yeast infection home treatment.

However, you should still visit your doctor for an examination and swab just in case your infection isn’t caused by candida.

Other infections can cause similar symptoms yet require different treatments, so you should always have a diagnosis before you use a natural remedy.

Common symptoms of thrush include vaginal discharge, itching and pain which may occur during sex or when urinating.

Reasons for susceptibility to thrush include:

- Diabetes

- Pregnancy

- Use of antibiotics

- Use of high dose steroids

- Cancer and chemotherapy

- Excessive use of personal hygiene products on the vagina can also cause thrush to become overgrown. This is because the vagina contains mucus with friendly bacteria that kill off candida and if you wash away this protective mucus you are more likely to get a thrush infection.

- A weakened immune system: Normally candida is in the vagina and intestinal tract without harm but if it becomes overgrown and the immune system fails to keep it in check, infection can occur.

- Sex: Candida isn’t a sexually transmitted infection but sexual activity can sometimes provoke an infection. Minor damage to the vagina caused by friction may cause candida to thrive.

- Diet: Food and drink can affect the pH of the vagina. If there is not enough acid, candida is more likely to grow.

Antifungal Resistance. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web. Retrieved August 16, 2016.

Vaginal thrush: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Boots WebMD. Web. Retrieved August 16, 2016.

Home Remedies for Yeast Infections. Everyday Health. Joseph Bennington-Castro. Web. Retreived August 16, 2016.

Formation of Azole-Resistant Candida albicans by Mutation of Sterol 14-Demethylase P450, Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1999 May; 43(5): 1163–1169.  Full Text:

Recurring Vaginal Thrush, Patient UK.  Web. 21 February 2012.

Your pH, Rephreshgel.  Web. 21 February 2012.  

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EmpowHER Guest

I used a natural candida treatment with coconut oil, olive oil and east cape manuka oil that I bought on-line and it is the only one to help me. It also felt really soothing and cooling when I applied it and relieved the itch straight away. Fingers crossed (or should I say legs) I haven't suffered with another thrush outbreak since using this.

June 20, 2016 - 5:29am
EmpowHER Guest

My doctor prescribed me ZERODERM Ointment for eczema on my hands and legs.it is an emolient.i read somewhere on internet that emolients can help in recurrent thrush....from that day i am using zeroderm whenever i have a feeling that its about to start.thanx God! It has never troubled me again lime in the start it used to left me feel soooo miserable....

March 24, 2016 - 4:37pm
EmpowHER Guest

I personally use proskin candida as my doctor couldn't help me with my thrush. It was driving me up the wall! Not had another infection since using this.

March 24, 2016 - 9:27am
EmpowHER Guest

My doctor said that most wash cycles don't kill the bacteria so you should iron your undies if you've had thrush to blast the bacteria and prevent reinfection or add vinegar to the wash cycle rather than chemical wash additives. Helped me a lot. Who doesn't love ironing?

March 8, 2016 - 4:36am
EmpowHER Guest

My second child was born with asymptomatic thrush and a bad latch, so she passed it on to me. And it got into my milk ducts. It was the single most painful thing I have ever experienced, bar none.
After a series of topical treatments (like Monistat) failed to work, I tried a natural remedy

August 12, 2015 - 2:35am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi, I have just read the article and would like to know if plain yogurt is suitable to use, not sure what live yogurt is?

July 31, 2015 - 8:59am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Yes, plain yogurt is what you should take. Live yogurt means live cultures in the yogurt. 



August 11, 2015 - 4:55am
EmpowHER Guest

I always have had great success with the natural remedies, it usually takes me less than 2 days to clear up yeast using natural remdies such as yogurt .

June 25, 2015 - 6:23am
EmpowHER Guest

I think this is a really great article and I never knew about sea sponge tampons. Might give those a go. I was at my wits end with doctors etc. because I was really troubled by vaginal thrush especially the itching. I read on a forum about proskin candida and it was a godsend. I applied it twice each day and after about ten days I was thrush free. I would recommend the natural route if all else fails.

March 11, 2015 - 5:06am
EmpowHER Guest

Numerous lifestyle changes have been suggested to prevent thrush. These include avoiding sugar and other dietary measures, avoidance of tight clothing, and alteration of sexual practices. None of these have been proven to be effective. Candida albicans is not sexually transmitted.

December 17, 2013 - 8:00am
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