Yeast infections can occur in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, skin and vagina. Treatment usually consists of some form of antifungal medication, often with corticosteroid cream. However, some natural solutions have also been found useful in helping to ward off yeast infections. One such remedy that many have found to be quite effective is apple cider vinegar.
A yeast infection that occurs in and/or around the mouth is referred to as oral thrush. Oral thrush causes white, creamy looking lesions or sores in the mouth. These lesions can usually be found on the inner cheeks or on the top and bottom of the tongue. Without treatment, this infection can spread and even find its way to the gums, tonsils or the roof of your mouth. Oral thrush can be very painful and causes bleeding, problems swallowing, chewing and eating. It has been recommended that individuals suffering from oral thrush use apple cider vinegar mixed with an 8 oz. glass of pure water and swish it in the mouth or even swallow it up to three times a day. It has been said that the vinegar’s antiseptic properties kill off the infection. On a side note, expect for it to burn due to the fermentation.
A yeast infection can also affect the skin and is most commonly found in the groin area, under the breasts, beneath other skin folds, between fingers and toes and sometimes even under nail beds. Skin yeast infections appear as a simple rash, a patch of blisters that ooze fluid, or dry, red, raised itchy bumps but have no fear. Apple cider vinegar to the skin can help relieve discomfort and pain and leave you feeling better in no time. Individuals can use apple cider vinegar as a bath as well. Simply use 2 cups vinegar diluted in a warm bath with enough water to completely immerse yourself in. Stay in the water for at least a half an hour and then repeat this treatment daily until the rash and infection have subsided or dried up.
Contrary to what some may think, it is actually quite common to have some yeast in your intestinal tract. However, when this yeast starts to grow or multiply too quickly, it can cause toxic effects on the body. Some of the most common triggers for an intestinal yeast infection include the overuse of antibiotics, stress, or a practicing a poor diet. Having an intestinal yeast infection can cause muscle and joint pain. Other common symptoms include headache, irritability, depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, diarrhea, intestinal cramping, in rashes, bloating, severe gas, belching, heartburn, and oral thrush. Apple cider vinegar has been found helpful in treating this yeast by re-balancing the gut flora in your intestines while killing off the toxic yeast at the same time. Try drinking 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar diluted in 8 oz. water two to three times a day to treat the infection. The vinegar can also be used as an enema if you feel as though the infection is invading your lower intestines.
Vaginal yeast infections are the most common form of yeast infection and will affect at least 75% of women at some point during their life. Women who suffer from these types of infections usually will experience the following symptoms: itching, burning, and redness of the exterior region of the vagina. They may also experience a yellow or white cottage cheese consistency of discharge, and general discomfort in the pelvic region. Apple cider vinegar can help get rid of this type of infection. The best method is to use it diluted with fresh water as a douche. The douche can be used at least two times a day. In addition to this, apple cider vinegar can also be applied directly to the vagina with a cotton ball in order to help reduce inflammation and relieve itching. It can be used internally to work from the inside out.