Apple cider vinegar is probably found in every kitchen in every home. It is used for many different purposes for centuries. It is used in cooking, cleaning and in food perspectives. It is also used as a home remedy for treating different diseases. In this post we are going to take a comprehensive look on how we can use apple cider vinegar for yeast infection to treat it at home.
What Is Yeast Infection?
A yeast infection is a fungal infection basically caused by a microscopic fungus called Candida albicans, which is found everywhere in the environment including our bodies. Normally, our immune system keeps yeast under control. But sometimes, when we are sick or taking antibiotic drugs, the yeast can multiply and produce in large amounts causing infection in some body parts.
Yeast infection is a fungal infection caused by one of many types of fungus called Candida. This fungus is found everywhere, including human bodies. Usually, it is found in the digestive tract, mouth and the vagina. There are also many other types of harmless bacteria found in human bodies but they normally do not cause any issues.
But sometimes, due to different reasons, our immune system can get weakened and Candida fungus can multiply and grow in large amount causing infection in some parts of the body. Yeast infection can grow in any part of the skin in both male and females, but yeast infection in the sexual organs of females is more common.
According to Wikipedia:
In the Western Hemisphere, about 75% of females are affected at some time in their lives.
The most common causes of yeast infection are:
- The use of antibiotics
- Sexual intercourse with a person infected with yeast infection
- Cancer drugs
Types of yeast infection:
Yeast can grow and cause infection in different parts of the body like the vagina, month, digestive tract, bloodstream, male genital organs and other parts of the skin.
- Yeast infection in female sexual organs is very common. About 75% of women in the west are affected by yeast infection in their lives. Vaginal infection can cause redness, rash or soreness around the vagina. It can also cause pain during sexual intercourse.
- Yeast infection in the mouth is called Thrush and it can cause white patches. Thrush is common in infants.Sometimes Thrush can spread to the esophagus, a tube which takes food from the mouth to stomach. This type of infection is called Candida esophagitis. It can make it painful to swallow food.
- Yeast infection on male sexual organs is very uncommon. However, men can easily get a yeast infection by having direct contact with an infected part of the partner.
- Any part of external skin can get affected by yeast infection.
- Bloodstream can also get infected by yeast, which can be life threatening.
- Yeast infection can also grow in the intestines.
Signs and Symptoms:
Symptoms of yeast infection vary depending on the affected part of the body.
Yeast infection in the mouth can cause:
- White patches on the tongue, inner cheeks or gums.
- Redness or soreness which can cause difficulty in eating or swallowing food.
- Slight bleeding
- Some mild cracks at the corners of the mouth
- Loss or change of taste
Infection in and around sexual parts in men and women can cause:
- Redness, burning and swelling
- Pain during sex
Skin yeast infection can cause;
- Soreness, rash or redness in affected parts of skin.
Sometimes overuse of antibiotics, poor diet or stress can cause yeast infection in the intestines. Symptoms of intestinal infection are:
- Rash around rectum
- Intestinal cramping
- Severe gas
- Lack of sleep
Apple cider vinegar for yeast infection:
Apple cider vinegar contains some extraordinary components that can cure yeast infection. ACV is one of nature’s strongest antibiotics. It can kill every kind of bacteria, including Candida albicans. It not only helps in getting rid of yeast fungus, but it also reproduces good bacteria who control the growth of yeast fungus.
Oral Infection (Thrush):
Mix 2 tablespoons of raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar with 8 Oz of clean filtered water. Use this mixture as mouthwash or even swallow it up to three times a day. This ACV mixture will kill the infection. But be prepared for some burning sensation in the mouth. Do not add honey or any sugar in it as a fungus feed off the sugar.
ACV can cure intestinal yeast infection by killing yeast, fungus and reproducing healthy bacteria. Prepare mixture by following above given method (2 tablespoons of ACV mixed with 8 Oz of clean, filtered water) and drink three times a day. You can also use this mixture for enema to treat infection in the lower intestines.
Vaginal Yeast Infection:
Take a cloth or rag and soak it into ACV for a few minutes. Then place this cloth/rug on the walls of the vagina. Before applying it, make sure that it does not burn. Use a low acidic ACV (5% or less). If it burns or you have ACV with high concentration, then mix water in equal amounts. Regularly clean infected parts with this solution to completely cure yeast infection.
Male Yeast infection Home Remedies:
You can use above method to treat yeast infection around the penis. Soak a cloth or rug in ACV for a few minutes and then clean infected areas with it. Make sure that it does not burn. Use low acidic ACV (5% or less) or mix water in equal amount.
Prepare a hot bath and add some ACV. Soak your body in it for about an hour. You can also use above given soaking process for any infected part of the skin. Just regularly clean affected part with a cloth soaked in ACV for a few minutes.
ACV will help you get rid of any kind of yeast infection, but if apple cider vinegar yeast infection treatment does not give any notable positive results in one to two weeks then you should see a doctor. However, in most cases ACV will cure the infection within a few days.
Ninja tip: Ready to Use For All Fungal Infections
If you like something already made, and that you can include in your daily shower routine, this anti-fungal soap by Vi-Tae is a great choice.
Why a soap?
I’m normally not a soap kinda gal, but this is such a gentle blend of medicinal oils like Cajeput, lemon grass and Niaouli oil that it doesn’t feel soapy at all. Both my Candida and Athlete’s foot cleared up in one week. It’s completely vegan and organic, and contains no parabens, alcohol, petroleum, dyes, fragrances, animal fat, preservatives, or GMOs.
You can get the Viatea Anti-Fungal soap here.