Vaginal Infections: Cause, Symptoms and Home Remedies

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Suffering from a vaginal infection is very uncomfortable and often becomes embarrassing as it results in itching, foul odor, pain and discharge. Unfortunately, almost every woman has to face it, at least once, in her lifetime.

It is rightly said that “Prevention is better than cure”, so let’s discuss each and every aspect of Vaginal Infection and help protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Causes of Vaginal Infections :

Our vagina contains traces of yeast. Good bacteria work to maintain the balance, but when bad bacteria takes its place, the amount of yeast increases in the vagina, which takes the form of a vaginal infection.

The main reasons for this are : –

  • Weak immune system.
  • The growth of estrogen in pregnancy.
  • Hormonal changes during periods.
  • Unhealthy food habits.
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Diabetes imbalance
  • Taking contraceptive medicines
  • High intake of antibiotics
  • Chemotherapy

Symptoms of Vaginal Infection

 

If you are facing any of the below-mentioned symptoms, then you must consult a doctor immediately –

  • Burning sensation, itching or discomfort in the vagina.
  • Any sort of pain in the vagina.
  • Burning sensation while urination or sex.
  • Thick and white discharge.
  • Red rashes or vagina turning red.

Ways to prevent vaginal infections :

The methods written below are not definite ways to avoid vaginal infections but these measures can surely help you to reduce the chances of contracting vaginal infections.

  • Do not use deodorant and deodorant pads in the vagina.
  • Wear loose pants and comfortable clothes.
  • Wear soft and cottony undergarments.
  • Wet clothes should be immediately changed.
  • Eat healthy food.
  • Do not bathe in a bathtub.
  • Wash your undergarments with hot water

Home remedies for Vaginal Infection :

1. Garlic

Garlic is a very effective anti-microbial.

Treatment 1– Take a garlic bud and cut it into two halves. The longer we leave it in the open, the more effective it will be. Now wrap it in a thin cloth and keep it in your vagina. Leave it like this overnight and repeat this treatment for a few days. Do not forget to consult a doctor before using this treatment.

Treatment 2Use finely chopped garlic in pasta, bread, and cuisine. And if you have the guts, then eat one spoonful of raw chopped garlic.

 

2. Yogurt

Yogurt is filled with good bacteria which we call probiotics. Probiotics are the best way to get rid of vaginal infections.

Treatment 1 – Use yogurt in your diet and be careful not to use sugar or any type of sweetening agent as it promotes yeast.

Treatment 2 – Place 1 teaspoon yogurt on the vagina and the surrounding area. Wear a panty liner and leave it like this overnight. If you have any kind of irritation or discomfort by doing so, contact your doctor.

 

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has antifungal properties

Treatment: Mix five drops of lavender oil in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and apply it on the vagina.

 

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

The acid in apple cider vinegar provides relaxation in the vagina. It has antibacterial properties that kill bad bacteria.

Treatment  Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to warm water and bath with this water.

 

5. Neem Leaves

Neem has antibacterial and antiviral properties which increase our immunity and help us get rid of vaginal infections.

Treatment 1Drink herbal neem tea and use lemon and honey for flavor.

Treatment 2Add 5 drops of neem oil and 5 drops of coconut oil to a bucket of lukewarm water and take a bath with it.

Although doctors will prescribe you some medicines to get rid of vaginal infections,  these treatments will also give you great relief from pain. Before trying these treatments, you must consult a doctor.

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