The main aim of a remedy is to cure an ill. However, in ills like yeast infections it is best to prevent the infection than cure it. But since there is no way to pick a single cause of the yeast infection, there are a host of remedies, proven and otherwise, available.
Though home remedies may help alleviate symptoms, it is best to consult a doctor to confirm if the infection is indeed a yeast infection and draw up a line of treatment best suited to you. This is very important as yeast infections often mimic urinary tract infections or sexually transmitted diseases.
Products like oral tablets, vaginal suppositories or pressaries and creams for local application are available over the counter. Different types of antifungal agents are used for treatment of yeast infections. One is the Polyene antifungals. They act by disrupting the cell membranes of the yeasts. Amphotericin B and nystatin belong to this class. They are used for systemic yeast infection but cause some serious side effects.
The azole group of antifungal medication does not kill the yeasts but inhibit their growth by interrupting the synthesis of the cell membrane. It is essential to monitor the liver function throughout the administration of the drug. The yeasts are more likely to develop resistance to this class of drugs. Nizoral, Diflucan, Sporanox, Lotrimin, Monistat are some brands belonging to this class.
There are also some miscellaneous medications such as echinocandins and flucytosine. The cell structure of yeasts as compared to bacteria is very complex and is classified as eukaryotic. Therefore chemicals toxic to fungi are also toxic to human beings. Most yeast infections are caused by the imbalance of the friendly flora and opportunistic pathogens, the yeast. The medications described above do not restore the balance but kill or suppress the yeast infection. They have an acidifying effect on the body and the side effects further strain the already compromised immune system.
Natural home remedies for yeast infection are often without side effects. These yeast infection remedies include daubing with apple cider vinegar. Adding garlic further enhances the curative properties. Garlic has both antifungal and immunity boosting properties. Another tonic believed to be of good use is a mixture of olive leaf extract and grapefruit seed extraction mixed with water. Two glasses of buttermilk daily keep yeast infections away. Alternatively, tablets of Lactobacillus acidophilus help decrease the number of Candida in the vagina as well as the intestines and prevent recurrent attacks.
The ideal yeast infection remedies would be, of course, to combine natural home treatments with holistic medicine. Holistic medicine treats body as a whole, not limiting to just physical symptoms. The symptoms which appear are a manifestation of toxicity, digestive problems, emotional and mental ill-health. Once these are set right, the body heals itself.