Treatment for yeast infection generally involves antifungal creams that are applied on the rashes until the infection clears. However, home remedies are effective as well.
For women, one remedy you can try is creating your own vaginal suppository made with boric acid powder and a gelatin capsule. Simply place boric acid powder inside the capsule and then insert it into your vagina twice a day.
For acute infections, use the suppository for three to seven days, and for chronic infections, use it for 14 to 30 days.
Boric acid suppositories are found to be effective especially for those who experience chronic yeast infection. In one study according to Dr. Kendra Pearsall, boric acid suppositories showed a 98 percent success rate among 100 participants.
If you find that the suppository irritates your external genitalia, Pearsall recommends applying vitamin E oil to reduce irritation.1
Other Home Remedies You Can Try
Several home remedies have been found to be effective in treating yeast infection for both men and women, such as:
• Apple Cider Vinegar2
Vinegar has long been known as a powerful agent for treating fungal infection, and there are a couple ways to use it against yeast infection:
◦ Soak cotton balls in apple cider vinegar and apply them directly to your rashes. Repeat this daily until the infection is gone.
◦ Create a vinegar bath soak by pouring 2 cups of apple cider vinegar into warm water in your bathtub. Soak in the mixture twice a day for 15 minutes and rinse afterwards. Note that the water should be shallow only. You don't need to dip your whole body into the mixture.
• Tea Tree Oil3
Similar to vinegar, tea tree oil has a long history of fighting fungal infections. Simply mix 3 drops of tea tree oil and 1 drop of carrier oil, and apply the mixture to the affected areas before you sleep. Rinse the area in the morning and repeat the process until the infection is gone.
Another alternative is creating a tea tree oil tampon that you can leave in your vagina for a couple of hours, twice a day. Just mix 5 drops of tea tree oil into a half-cup of water, and dip the tampon in the mixture.
• Coconut Oil4
Adding 3 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil to your daily diet may help treat infections. That's because coconut oil contains lauric acid, a compound that has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Coconut oil works great when directly applied to your yeast infection as well. Simply put a thin layer of coconut oil on the affected area — no carrier oil needed. Repeat the procedure two to three times a day until the infection is gone.
You may not know it, but this popular cooking ingredient happens to have powerful antifungal properties, thanks to its compound allicin. To utilize the healing power of garlic, create a paste made of crushed garlic cloves and apply it directly to the infection. You may also use garlic oil diluted with vitamin E oil and coconut oil as an alternative.
Eating garlic is recommended as well, as it has several health benefits, such as helping improve cardiovascular health and protecting against breast, colon, ovarian, prostate and esophageal cancer.
Good Hygiene Is Important Too
The following hygienic practices may boost your recovery from yeast infection when combined with home remedies:
• Changing out of wet clothes right away after swimming or after your workout
• Using comfortable clothing that provides airflow to keep your genital area dry
• Wearing cotton clothing to absorb moisture
• Drying yourself thoroughly after taking a bath to prevent moisture from harboring yeast