Yeast infections are caused by yeast or fungi. Candida albicans is the most common fungus to be blamed for such an infection, living almost everywhere, including in our body.
These infections can affect different parts of the body. If a yeast infection develops in the mouth, it is known as thrush. Thrush is characterized by white patches on the mouth, especially on the tongue. In cases when the thrush spreads to the esophagus, candida esophagitis develops. It is characterized by difficulties swallowing.
Vaginal yeast infections are quite common among women, an infection otherwise known as vaginitis. Skin infections caused by fungi are also common and characterized by a skin rash and itchiness. Yeast infections in the bloodstream are very serious and life-threatening, leading to septicemia. Below are 10 home remedies for yeast infections that you can try.
Home Remedy #1: Boric Acid
As a powerful antiseptic, boric acid has been shown to be very useful for the treatment of yeast infections. However, boric acid when used in large amounts is toxic. Large amounts of boric acid can lead to kidney damage, acute failure of the circulatory system, and even death. Also, boric acid is not to be used in any form while pregnant.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 600 mg of boric acid in capsules as a vaginal suppository is recommended for 2 weeks when dealing with vaginal yeast infections. However, please consult a doctor before purchasing vaginal suppositories.