The severity of the symptoms influences how long your yeast infection lasts. Some people may may experience only mild symptoms, while some people may have severe, recurring infections over the course of a single year.
The chosen method of treatment also affects how long before you begin to experience relief from the symptoms. Remember that home remedies that might work great for others may not be as effective for you.
If Symptoms Are Very Mild, You May Not Need Treatment
In rare cases people won't need to treat yeast infection at all. According to HealthLinkBC, "mild vaginal yeast infection may go away without treatment."1 However, should mild symptoms develop, you may want to observe if any other alarming signs manifest.
As mentioned previously, yeast infection may be mistaken with other vaginal diseases.
Once clear indicators of yeast infection appear, such as vaginal discharge, itching and rashes, don't hesitate to visit your doctor right away. Your doctor will assist you in identifying if you really have yeast infection, a bacterial infection or a sexually transmitted disease.
You Can Use Home Remedies for Regular Yeast Infection
Fortunately, most yeast infections aren't serious and can be treated right away. Depending on the treatment used, the time it takes to experience relief from symptoms varies.
For example, adding apple cider vinegar to your bath can provide relief after two to three repetitions. If you want to try this method, add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to warm water and soak in it for 15 minutes, twice a day.2
Vinegar has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it an effective home remedy for yeast infections and other fungal infections.3
Yogurt is known for improving your gut flora because of its probiotics, and may help fight off yeast, but you may also apply it to the infection as well. Using yogurt with active cultures twice a day on your rashes may help provide relief from the itching and soreness.4
When trying this method, make sure that your yogurt is made from organic grass-fed milk without any sweeteners, since yeast uses sugar as fuel.
Creating a vaginal suppository made from boric acid powder and a gelatin capsule is also effective. Inserting one capsule into your vagina twice a day will help heal acute infections within three to seven days.5
Yeast Infection May Be Chronic as Well
Yeast infection can be classified as a chronic disease if it appears four times within a year.6 The cause for chronic yeast infection is unknown, but several attributes are linked to it, including:7
• Conditions that affect your immune system, such as HIV
• Uncontrolled diabetes that causes a spike in sugar in the vaginal membrane and provides fuel for yeast
• Frequent antibiotic use that lowers your good bacteria, allowing yeast to spread quickly
• Constantly wearing tight-fitting clothing
If these circumstances aren't controlled, there's a high possibility for yeast infections to reoccur. In this case, your doctor may recommend purchasing antifungal creams to completely kill off the yeast.
However, don't rely on conventional medications too much. Opt for safer remedies, such as boric acid suppositories, as they've been shown to be effective in treating chronic yeast infection. According to Dr. Kendra Pearsall, women with chronic yeast infection experienced a 98 percent success rate with using boric acid suppositories.8