Noelle Lucia has been a writer and author for over 10 years. She wears a lot of different hats and uses her experience to fuel her writing.
The One Ingredient
The only ingredient needed to cure a yeast infection is raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with "the mother". This can be purchased over the counter at any drug store or grocery store. It is natural and green, and yeast will not grow immune to it, as it tends to do with other man-made drugs. When used properly, it does not cause any harmful side-effects in the body. Though yeast infections manifest differently for each individual who experiences them, apple cider vinegar has been known to work in as little as a few days to a week.
Apple Cider Vinegar
My Personal Story
I had incurred a yeast infection due to using spermicidal contraception that threw off my ph balance. This is very common when using contraception. I then embarked on a painful journey to cure it but nothing seemed to work. I tried Monistat one day and Monistat one week. I tried lotrimin, anti-fungals, gold bond, and just about everything else you can get over the counter. Nothing worked until I tried apple cider vinegar. True, I used undiluted vinegar and got some nasty burns, but since then had tailored the process to where it was not longer extremely painful but still worked. This advice is based on my own experiences.
Cut It With Water
In order to avoid intense burning, dilute the apple cider vinegar with water. Some use undiluted vinegar but it produces a very powerful burning sensation. So much so that the affected area becomes red and raw and can bring tears to the eyes. Though it is extremely effective in killing the excess yeast, it will be a painful process. That is why dilution is best.
How To Use
After washing the infected area with water and no scented soaps (as these can facilitate the growth of yeast), it is time to treat it with vinegar. Take a clean paper towel or q-tip and soak it in the vinegar water solution. Gently apply the mixture to the entire infected area. There may be some stinging, but it should not be unbearable. This can be done from two to three times a day until the symptoms of the yeast infection have disappeared. This can happen in as little as three days or up to a week.
Some people may experience symptoms of yeast death when using this treatment. Yeast death is just as it sounds, the excess yeast is dying quickly, but this can cause side-effects. Flu-like symptoms, foggy brain, and dizziness are all common when experiencing yeast death. They are not permanently damaging but can be a pain.
While using this treatment, be sure to wear loose cotton underwear to help fight yeast growth. Also, avoid sugars and drink plenty of water. These will all help the yeast disappear and stay away in the future. Since the vinegar will sometimes sting the area, it is also a good idea to avoid sexual activity at the time of treatment.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.