Yeast is normally found in small amounts on a human’s body, but there are instances when it flourishes and causes an infection. When it does, uncomfortable symptoms are experienced, such as cottage cheese-like discharge, burning and soreness, itchiness, and pain during urinating and sexual intercourse. A yeast infection may be treated using vinegar, as it kills off the yeast and makes it hard for it to grow back. Here is how to use vinegar to get rid of a yeast infection.
- Soak the affected area. Wash the affected area with soap and warm water. Afterwards, pour the vinegar on it and let it stand for five minutes. If you prefer, fill up a tub with vinegar and let the affected area soak in the vinegar for a while.
- Use as a douche. Get a douching apparatus. Combine equal parts of white vinegar and clean warm water within the apparatus. Shake well to ensure that the solution is thoroughly distributed. If you prefer, add water to dilute the solution to make it less acidic and more tolerable.
- Pat with cotton balls. Gather clean cotton balls and place in a clean container. Pour white vinegar over them until they are soaked. Then, pat the affected area with the vinegar-soaked cotton balls. Dispose of the cotton balls properly to avoid spreading the yeast.
- Wipe the affected area with vinegar. Soak a clean cloth or towel with vinegar. Place the damp cloth over the affected area, and let it stay for a few minutes. Don’t use the cloth or towel with other areas of your body which are unaffected by the yeast. Keep it away from other people to prevent them from getting infected as well.
- Gargle. Rinse your mouth with white vinegar. Let it stay within your mouth for as long as you can. Refrain from using anti-bacterial mouthwashes. Bacteria fights off yeast, thus killing them off means the yeast may thrive more.
- Soak contaminated items. Clothing and other items may be contaminated with yeast. Kill them off by soaking them within a tub of undiluted white vinegar for an hour. Discourage other people from touching or handling these items while they are still in the tub.
- Leave the affected area to dry. After treating affected areas or items with vinegar, don’t rinse them off with water to prolong the vinegar’s sanitizing effect. Wear comfortable clothes and leave affected areas of your body to dry out.
- Repeat the vinegar treatment. A yeast infection is not cured by one vinegar treatment alone. Repeat for as long as necessary. If the yeast infection doesn’t improve or worsens after several vinegar treatments, consider going to the doctor to ask for alternative remedies you can safely take.
- Never reuse the vinegar. Don’t reuse the vinegar that you have poured on yeast infected areas and items. The vinegar you have previously used may contain yeast residues that may spread into other people, items and areas of your body.
A yeast infection is very uncomfortable but highly curable. Use vinegar as a safe and natural remedy to get rid of your yeast infection. Observe the effects of your vinegar treatments to determine whether they are effective on their own, or that you need other remedies to speed up your recovery.