What’s the best way to cure a yeast infection at home?

October 14th, 2012 by Emily
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Question: What’s the best way to cure a yeast infection at home?

Best answer:

Answer by julie
Mayo clinic used to state place boric acid (find at any drug store) in a gel-cap (find at drug store) insert at night. In morning symptoms are gone. I think it might still be true, however dosage has varied throughout the years. Use lots has always been my motto. Remember though, no one can really be sure it is yeast unless seen under a scope so if home cure does not work, don’t piddle around, get right in and place your legs in the stirrups. Each girl’s dream come true….

Ps yogurt is not a cure for yeast infection, it is a wives tale. No educated doctor will send you home to consume yogurt. The question is home remedy, I usually use the one pill the doc gives, kills it in one day called Diflucan I think.

More sources besides my opinion:
Boric acid is a white, crystalline chemical substance that has antifungal and antiviral properties. It is used in various prescription pharmaceutical products and is also accessible without prescription. Experts now advocate vaginal boric acid capsules as a treatment option for vaginal yeast infections, particularly infections that can’t be cured by antifungal yeast infection medications. 1

If you are pregnant, do not use vaginal boric acid treatment.

How do I use boric acid?

You can make your own boric acid suppositories by filling size 00 gelatin capsules with boric acid (approximately 600 mg). Standard yeast infection treatment is one capsule inserted in the vagina at bedtime for 2 weeks. For maintenance treatment of a recurrent infection, boric acid can be used twice a week for 6 months to 1 year. 1, 2

Is it effective?

When used to treat vaginal yeast infections that haven’t been cured by antifungal medications (such as Monistat or Diflucan), boric acid cures up to 98% of women. After 30 days, symptoms return in some women, making it necessary to use maintenance treatment over several months. 2

Is it safe?

When used in capsules as a vaginal suppository, boric acid is only known to occasionally cause skin irritation. However, when used by mouth (internally), on open wounds, or by children, boric acid is toxic. Keep boric acid out of reach of children. Boric acid is not innocuous to use if you are pregnant.

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References

Citations

1. Eschenbach DA (2003). Vaginitis section of Pelvic infections and sexually transmitted diseases. In JR Scott et al., eds., Danforth’s Obstetrics and Gynecology, 9th ed., pp. 585–589. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
2. Kessel KV, et al. (2003). Common complementary and substitute therapies for yeast vaginitis and bacterial vaginosis: A systematic review. Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey, 58(5): 351–358.

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Author Kathe Gallagher, MSW
Editor Geri Metzger
Associate Editor Lila Havens
Primary Medical Reviewer Renée M. Crichlow, MD
- Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Paul Mackenzie, MD
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Updated May 19, 2004

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Author: Kathe Gallagher, MSW
Medical Review: Renée M. Crichlow, MD – Family Medicine
Paul Mackenzie, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Updated: May 19, 2004
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Boric Acid Effective Treatment for Chronic Yeast Infections
Contact Information:
Nikki Ricciardi
(719) 262-0022, ext. 171
nikki@collegepharmacy.com

http://www.collegepharmacy.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO., JULY 9, 2004—Few women have not experienced the misery of vaginal yeast infections. An estimated 75 percent of all women are likely to develop such infections sometime during their lives, and about half of them probably will experience recurrent episodes. A easy and affordable remedy—boric acid suppositories—may wage relief.

Yeast infections usually are caused by Candida albicans, a one-celled fungus that normally lives in the vagina, mouth, and digestive tract as a “friendly” fungus that causes no symptoms of active disease. For a number of reasons, however, candida might overgrow and change from a harmless one-cell fungus into long branches of yeast cells called mycelia. This condition is known as candidiasis. The causes of candidiasis are wide ranging. They include:

· Changes to the vagina’s normal acidic environment from pregnancy, contraception, menopause, and other hormonal factors.
· Diet, especially too much sugar. Diabetic women are more susceptible to chronic yeast infections because of their blood sugar levels.
· Other health factors including stress, fatigue, anemia, allergies, and low thyroid levels.
· Antibiotics, which kill not only harmful bacteria but also the friendly bacteria that live in the vagina to ward off infection.
· Immune deficiency. HIV infection, steroid drugs, radiation, and chemotherapy can compromise the body’s natural immunity, leaving the vagina prone to yeast development.
· Menstruation. The warm, moist conditions that menstruation provides encourage yeast growth.
· Regular douching or use of vaginal sprays, tampons, panty liners, commercial bubble baths, nylon underwear, and nylon tights.

Classic symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection include severe itching of the external and internal genitalia and a white discharge that might resemble cottage cheese. Other symptoms might include swelling, redness, and irritation of the outer and inner vaginal lips, painful sex, and painful urination due to irritation of the urethra.

Oral antifungal medications such as fluconazole or topical antifungal preparations such as miconazole and clotrimazole, inserted into the vagina as a cream or suppository, typically are prescribed to treat yeast infections. Boric acid, a chemical with mild antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral properties, is another affordable and often effective remedy. In one study of 92 women with chronic yeast vaginitis that had failed to respond to treatment with over-the-counter or prescription antifungal medicines, 98 percent of the women successfully treated their infections with 600 mg boric acid capsules inserted into the vagina twice per day for two-to-four weeks.1 Other studies have shown cure rates of 92 to 100 percent.2

Boric acid is accessible from compounding pharmacies in powder form and can be packed into empty gelatin capsules for use as suppositories. Boric acid suppositories should not be used during pregnancy and is very toxic if taken orally. It should be kept out of children’s reach. No serious side effects have been reported from the use of boric acid as a treatment for vaginitis.

For more information on boric acid suppositories and other health topics, visit www.collegepharmacy.com. Established in 1974, College Pharmacy is one of the largest, most comprehensive compounding pharmacies in North America. The pharmacy is equipped with state-of-the art technology that grants its technicians to compound virtually any product for custom, individualized therapy.

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References

1Jovanovic R, Congema E, Nguyen, HT. Antifungal agents vs. boric acid for treating chronic mycotic vulvovaginitis. J Reprod Med 1991;36(8):593-7.

2Shinohara YT, Tasker SA, Successful use of boric acid to control azole-refractory candida vaginitis in a woman with AIDS. J AcquirImmune Defic Syndr Hum Retrovirol 1997;16(3):219-20.

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  1. gordon_benbow says:

    boric acid?

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