This can help ensure that what you really have is a yeast infection and not another form of vaginitis like bacterial vaginosis, which needs another treatment. Furthermore, oral antifungals may not be the treatment of choice if you’re pregnant.
The bottom line is: while you can practice some home remedies for yeast infection, only a doctor can give you the appropriate drug treatment.
Home remedies for yeast infection
During your treatment, the following home remedies for yeast infection will also help ease your symptoms and keep the condition under control:
Don’t use tampons while you’re under topical treatment
If you’re applying cream or ointment to treat your yeast infection symptoms, avoid using tampons or menstrual cups.
Tampons, in particular, can absorb the medication and therefore reduce its effect. The same thing is true if you’re using a vaginal suppository. In the meantime, use sanitary pads.
Wear loose, cotton bottoms and undergarments
Loose cotton allows the skin to breathe and doesn’t trap moisture or body heat.
Moreover, be sure to change your clothes and panties after swimming or working out. This is an essential step because yeast thrives in a warm and moist environment.
Don’t douche or put anything other than medications in your vagina
There’s no proven alternative medicine for vaginal yeast infection. For this reason, don’t put anything in your vagina that’s not the prescribed medication.
Do not douche, and especially do not apply vinegar, garlic, or yogurt.
Avoid scratching, even if your feminine area itches
One of the most challenging aspects of yeast infection treatment and home remedies is to avoid scratching. Scratching irritates the vaginal skin further and makes it more vulnerable to infection. When you feel the itching sensation, apply a cold pack, or take a cool bath.
Practice feminine hygiene
And finally, don’t forget to practice good feminine hygiene. It’s important to NOT overdo it. Frequent washing with soap and water in the private area may deplete the good bacteria too. This can cause overgrowth of Candida.
Wash the vagina with warm water and wipe from front to back. Until your symptoms clear up, avoid sexual intercourse.
Learn more about Yeast Infections here.