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The general answer to that question is yes.  But there are some caveats.  Let me explain.

Human bodies have good bacteria which fight of infections.  This was a bit hard for me to understand at first, since I was brought up in a household where “germs were baaaddd.”

If you’re the same, stick with me.  If that good bacteria happens to get overwhelmed by the “bad” bacteria in our bodies, disease in the form of a yeast infection manifests itself.   And the one way good bacteria gets overwhelmed is to eat junky food, causes an environment in our blood where bad bacteria flourishes.

The types of foods that causes our bodies to let bad bacteria flourish are all the good things that make the American diet what it is:  processed foods, sugary food, artificial crap (pardon my French).  Today, I can say it’s so impossible to not eat these types of foods for a whole day, let alone several days.

If you have a yeast infection, or get them frequently, one yeast infection remedy is to introduce more natural foods, and significantly reduce or completely eliminate processed foods, and in particular processed sugar.  Yeast loves sugar, and if it doesn’t have any to consume, it can’t survive in the body.

When you eliminate processed sugar, your body will remain in what’s called an alkaline state, as opposed to an acidic state.  An acid state is the technical term that describes the environment where yeast infections will flourish.

An interesting food that helps your body with good bacteria is yogurt.  Yogurt contains intestinal flora good for your digestive system.  It will strengthen the body to protect it from existing and future yeast infections.  Unfortunately most yogurt sold in typical grocery stores have a high sugar content.  The best way to maximize the benefits of yogurt is to either eat it plain, or eat sugar-free yogurt. 

This is all well and good you ask, but what if you have a yeast infection right now?  What’s the best cure?  Well that’s the caveat of natural food diets “curing” a yeast infection.  It doesn’t quite help you if you need relief now.  Of course, natural remedies are best, but short-term fixes are the subject of future articles. 

The main point of this article is to emphasize the point that the only long-term yeast infection remedy is proper diet.  Vegetables, raw and unprocessed, are the absolute best foods, although not the easiest to eat in big quantities for some of us (including the author).  This will give your body the fuel it needs to operate in its natural, healthy state, from of not only yeast infections, but other kinds of ailments as well.



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I was diagnosed with a yeast infection, and started treatment Wednesday night. I started using the Monistat, and continue to use it, but have also taken the oral medication too. How long does it normally take for the yeast infection to go away? Thanks for your help!
How long will it take for the burning and itching to go away. It’s still red and sore and itchy.

Treatments can vary from 1 to 3 to 7 days depending upon the strength of the dosage. Just follow the dosing schedule on the included literature for whichever one you purchased. Even after treatment it may take a day or two for all the discharge to be emitted as your body sheds the infection. If the infection recurs or comes back after a few days, consult with your OB/GYN as you may require a stronger prescription and to also rule out other possible complications.

iso lets say ya have 2 NON expired 7 day treatment yeast infection cures(creams). would ya use both for 7 days? are they going to work the same?one is clotrimazole and the other terconazole….now what?

I would only use one. You don’t want to risk the drugs somehow interacting with each other or making each other ineffective. Try the one and if it doesn’t work see a doctor for a prescription so that they can see what strand it is or try the other brand.

I have a yeast infection, but I don’t have insurance so I can’t go see a doctor.
I was searching the net, _ apparently there is a lot of controversy about Monistat, etc.
I was just wondering if anyone has used an OTC treatment to cure the infection, and if so, which one?
Thanks so much. :)

My doc told me (last time I had one) that the OTC is potentially better than the antiobiotic a doc would give. She instructed to me use one 3-7 day kit, then wait a week (no sex) and do another 3-7 day kit. There are also other methods that are supposed to be helpful at health food stores. Google for other ideas. ( I did not use the Monistat, I just got the store brand.) I dont like antibiotics and am against thier use unless absolutely no other way!!!

Are there any home remedies for a yeast infection?
i really dont want to go to the doctor this is really embarrasing to me.

Plain yogurt

The good bacteria in plain yogurt helps fight yeast and yogurt can be used both internally and externally. BUT, be sure you buy plain, unsweetened yogurt. Since sugar feeds yeast, this is a crucial point. You can also make your own, using a yogurt starter. I have done this myself and it is simple and the results are quite good. The advantage is that you can use other types of milk, such as soy or almond. While I made mine directly on the stovetop, you can also purchase a yogurt maker, if you want to take the thinking out of the process. Whether purchased or homemade, yogurt is a great thing to eat before meals because it provides "good bacteria" for your stomach to aid in digestion.

For a topical treatment, you can also dip a tampon in plain yogurt and insert it into your vagina or simply rub some on the outside. I have found, however, that leaving it on for a prolonged period tends to have the opposite effect. It seems that once it has done its job, it is best to wipe it off or you will feel itchier due to the moisture.


Garlic is a big enemy of yeast! This is one of the most effective home remedies I have found for instant relief. Inserting one garlic tab (such as Shaklee’s Garlic Tabs) or a garlic clove into the vagina every few hours or as needed provides soothing relief. If you use garlic tabs, be sure the ingredients are natural and pure. I highly recommend the Shaklee garlic tabs. They are what I have always used with great results.

Of course, garlic can be taken internally, as well. Again, the Shaklee garlic tabs work great. I have also used Kyolic garlic tabs and liquid in the past with good results. Or, if you don’t mind the smell, you can press a whole garlic clove and drink it down quickly with water. I have found this to be very effective. Do it as often as necessary.

Garlic is one of nature’s amazing "drugs" that has a number of other health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and reducing bad cholesterol. It is a natural antibiotic. In fact, my Greek father-in-law eats raw garlic everyday and, in his mid-sixties, is very rarely sick.

See our full article on Garlic Facts Remedies and Health Benefits

Apple-cider vinegar (with the mother)

Apple-cider vinegar has many health benefits (including aiding in weight loss) and can be used both internally and externally, as well. However, it is very strong, so it is not recommended that you apply it directly on the skin. It will kill the yeast, but it will burn like nothing you’ve ever felt! The best external application is to add about a cup of it into your bathwater and take a nice hot bath. This will feel very relaxing and soothing and will help temporarily. I don’t find it as effective long-term, however, as the garlic suppositories. They provide full-day relief.

The type of vinegar I recommend is Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, with the Mother. It is important that it have the mother, as this is more natural and less processed. Never use plain, white vinegar! This actually feeds the yeast instead of killing it.

Apple cider vinegar can be used as a home remedy for many ailments.


In my opinion, this is one of the world’s most powerful, secret remedies for any illness! I strongly believe that if we all drank the amount of water our bodies need, we would see a great reduction in all types of sicknesses.

Most doctors say that we should drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water daily, but many people need even more than that. I have found that simply drinking enough water greatly reduces my likelihood for getting a yeast infection. Because I am drinking more water, and subsequently urinating more frequently, my body is able to flush out the sugars that feed the yeast.

Be sure to drink water that is pure and free from toxins. It is best to purchase some type of water filtration system, such as one made by Shaklee. Other brands that are good are the Brita and PUR brands. Be sure that regardless of what system you purchase, you do your research first to be sure that it will be effective in its performance.

If you do only one thing, drink more water. It’s easy, accessable, natural, and has no side effects!

See our article on detoxing your body with a water detox.

Oil of Oregano

This is an amazing herb! It is very potent against yeast. Take it internally daily, according to directions. Be sure, also, that the type of oil you choose has a high carvacrol content, as this is the active ingredient. I recommend Oreganol Super Strength P73.

Beneficial bacteria supplement

A healthy body contains trillions of microoragnisms, most of which reside in the colon. Their main function is to provide balance for less-desirable organisms (such as yeast). I use Shaklee Optiflora to help maintain these probiotics and prebiotics in my intestines. I have used other products in the past, but have not found that their level of quality matched this product’s. Other products can only gaurantee a certain amount of organisms at manufacture. However, Shaklee gaurantees that the bacteria will be alive when you ingest it and be delivered to the intestines. So, at this point, I can only suggest their product.


This is a botanical, non-toxic multi-purpose solution that can be sprayed directly onto the skin. It is extremely soothing on a yeast infection and is effective at killing yeast. I use it straight from the bottle, without diluting it. I find it works best that way, but please be aware that this is not how the company recommends using it. It can be purchased at this site: http://www.solutions-4-you.com.

Here are some things that you should try to avoid when fighting a yeast infection:

Taking birth control pills – Birth control pills weaken the immune system, making you succeptable to yeast.

Taking antibiotics – Antibiotics also weaken the immune system.

Douching – Douching can upset the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina.

Feminine deodorants – These can be very irritating to anyone, especially those with yeast infections.

Non-cotton underwear – Any underwear made of man-made fibers is not breathable, as cotton is. They trap moisture and heat, creating a perfect environment for yeast.

Clothing that is tight in the crotch – Tight clothing also creates a warm environment for yeast to grow.

Sitting in a wet bathing suit for a prolonged period – This creates not only a warm environment, but a moist one, as well. Perfect for yeast growth!

Pantyhose – Tight, man-made fiber that also allows yeast to flourish.

Foods that feed yeast – Avoid sugar, yeast, refined foods (such as white flour). See our list of food to eat and avoid when you have candida.

It seems like I always get yeast infections and I’m starting to wonder if it’s not actually yeast. My doc usually says it’s yeast, but I’ve never gotten a second opinion. Are there any other conditions, illnesses that might cause the same symptoms to occur as a yeast infection? I’ve been tested for STDs, so it’s not that. I’m just really frustrated with this and want this problem to go away! It’s hurting my relationship because I can never be intimate with my bf.
I eat yogurt every day, and use non scented hypoallergenic soaps.
I do not wear tight clothes, and I always wear cotton panties.

I guess it depends on what specific symptoms you are referring to. Itch ,irritation, and a burning sensation can have multiple causes. Yeast is fairly easy to confirm by vaginal swab and culture as well as the type of discharge…. usually a curdled discharge is indicative of yeast but there may not be much of a discharge and would only be seen by a physician using a speculum on exam. As far as itch, irritation and burning, make sure of your personal habits are not adding to the problem or are the real cause being blamed on yeast.

1. Do not use perfumed agents on the skin or anywheres near the groin because what you may be experiencing is in actuality an allergic reaction to those agents.
2. Do not use Bounch or other fabric softeners on underware for the same reason.
3. If you have very hard water or a water softener, not all the soap may be removed in the rinse cycle of the wash. When the machine stops, turn it all the way over to rinse again and add a full cup of white (clear) vinegar to the water. It is an acid and will neutralize base soaps and allow them to be removed easily from clothing. Otherwise a single drop of urine or vaginal moisture release onto the fabric will re-activate the soaps and then migration to the soft tissue causing more itching and irritation.
4. Don’t wear tight clothing that would cause mechanical irritation from walking especially if you are overweight which will accentuate the mechanical irritation.
5. Use a good sterile personal lubricant again without fragrance or gental warming gels. Use this every time for sex to prevent mechanical irritation from the get go.KEEP it simple so that what you do does not cloud the waters and cause their own harm.
6. Never use mineral oil or vaseline as a lubricant. It is actually a petroleum distallate and for some people is just as irritating as using gasoline. (plus the fact is may dissolve latex)
7. Make sure you do not have an allergy to latex if hopefully you are using condoms.
8. Spermicidal jellies can also be a source for irritation If one type is causing a problem, ask for a different formula that hopefully is not as irritating.
9. Make sure your bf takes a shower before sex especially if he is not circumcised and no condom is used. Mechanical irritation to rough up a soft tissue surface followed a smear of foreign bacteria from under a foreskin or from poor hygiene on his part can cause you to suffer. It always amazes me how many men use a public restroom, pee and never wash their hands. If that is a standard of behavior, it follows that other health habits can be poor.
10. Take a shower not a bath but if you must take baths, limit them to once a day and less than 10 minutes. Long term soaking in the tub can remove the body’s own lubrication from vaginal tissue and expose the nerve endings in the tissue causing itch and burning.
11. Avoid bubble baths for the same reason. If you disturb the natural barrier of mucous and the upper epithelial lining of these tissues, when you urinate, the salty urine will draw fluid from the lower tissue layers causeing an immediate burning sensation that will last until what remains on the labia is diluted by your own moisture.
12. when wiping the area, use a non-sented toilet paper and pat… do not rub
13. After a shower,use a hair dryer and dry the pubic area before getting dressed. A lot of moisture will cling to the hair and activate soaps,dyes and fragrances before you even start your day.
14. Do not use scented tampons and change more frequently.

These are the mechanical and allergy preventing steps you can take to maintain good genital health and prevent irritation and burning that mimick yeast infections. Most also work for men to avoid jock itch and allergies. It is just more prevalent in women due to exposed mucosal membranes of the labia. Hope that helps

a day before my yeast occured i had sexual intercourse with my boyfriend and we used alot of ky jelly…can ky cause a yeast infection and what are some home remedies

It was probably the ky jelly, it can destroy the good bacteria in the vagina the same way some douches do.

You need to restore the normal balance of healthy bacteria to kill the yeast.

The most popular and useful of the probiotics is Lactobacillus. Several forms of this “nice” bacterium can be used to treat yeast infections naturally.

If you want to use Lactobacilli to treat your yeast infection, you have the option of using it as an oral supplement or as a vaginal suppository. Acidophilus, a member of the Lactobacilli family, is the key ingredient that makes yogurt work! With this in mind, it makes sense to eat plenty of yogurt when battling a raging yeast infection.

If you need immediate relief, try using yogurt as a topical cream. Simply soak a tampon in unflavored yogurt that contains active cultures and insert it as usual. If you don’t wish to use a tampon, you can simply wipe the yogurt on with a finger.

Tea Tree Oil and Other Treatment Options

This oil is taken from the tea tree and has apparently helped with yeast infections. However, tea tree oil is too strong to use without first diluting it a good deal. There is some debate about the safety and value of tea tree oil when used in this fashion.

Garlic cloves are well-known warriors in the fight against yeast infections. They can even be used as suppositories, provided the cloves are first wrapped in something soft and porous before being inserted.

An old timer remedy is honey, just dab it on with your finger and can provide relief on contact.

Also apple cider vinger diluted with water can be applied to relieve itching and kill the yeast.

No. It would have to produce the hcg hormone.

I really want to be able to have sex tonight but I think im getting a yeast infection is there anything I can do to stop it from happening?

Or if get it tomorrow is there anything I can do to speed up the recovery or anything I should make sure not to do that might make it worse?

Obviously I wouldnt be asking if I had some yeast infection medication.

Thank you for your help!!

cranberry juice wont help a yeast infection but it will help a urinary tract infection go away.

what you can do for the yeast infection is
run to the drugstore, buy some monistat 1 day. follow the directions in one day you will be fine! promise!
good luck!

My friend (not me>_<) has a vaginal yeast infection and she has been using vagasil disposable wipes and she wants to know if there is anything better to use? Also if douching would be a good idea?

Douching is the opposite of a good idea. Douching is one of the major CAUSES of yeast infections. Also, the vagisil disposable wipes don’t cure a yeast infection and say as much in the packaging. They’re only meant to relieve the symptoms on the outer vulva while you are getting treated. You need Monistat. Don’t use the one day despite the temptation for quick relief. it’s just a waste. The three day is OK, but the 7 day is really the one that works.

She also can get diflucan, a prescription pill, from her doctor, but i still think the 7 day Monistat is better.

That being said, it really sounds like her first yeast infection, in which case you really have to see a doctor because most people who think its yeast actually have bacteria and treating it with an OTC yeast treatment will make the bacteria worse and make future yeast harder to treat.