Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection – Does It Work?

Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection

Yeast infections are rather uncomfortable and also itchy, they can be hard to get rid of. Although yeast infections are indeed typically treated with over-the-counter or even prescription creams, some women do opt for home remedies and this includes coconut oil.

Coconut oil is the fatty oil derived from the flesh of the coconut fruit. The oil is said to have many health benefits, such as aiding digestion and also helps to balance one’s hormones.

It also has antibacterial properties, which makes it very effective treatment for yeast infections.

What there is to know more about?

Coconut oil is indeed an established antifungal. It helps get rid of a species of yeast. Candida albicans strain was, in fact, the most susceptible to concentrated coconut oil. In fact, less coconut oil is required to get rid of the yeast than fluconazole. Fluconazole is no doubt an antifungal medication that is commonly recommended to treat yeast infections.

How to use coconut oil for a yeast infection?

While purchasing coconut oil, one needs to select an organic, pure coconut oil. Some brands can turn out to be coconut oil blends that will not get one the required results.

One can treat a yeast infection by rather applying coconut oil directly from the jar to the affected area. One can rub the coconut oil into the skin or skin fold where the yeast infection is.

To treat a yeast infection in one’s mouth, one needs to melt 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a microwave for about a few seconds.

One must make sure the oil is of reasonable temperature prior to swishing it in one’s mouth for up to 10 seconds. Once the given time is up, one needs to spit the coconut oil out. One must not eat or drink

Coconut Oil for Yeast InfectionWhat sort of yeast infections?

Mouth Yeast Infections

For this, one must use coconut oil by:

Melting the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds.

When it is cool enough to not burn the skin, swish in the mouth for about 30 seconds.

Spit out the coconut oil.

Avoid eating or drinking for a half an hour.

Skin Yeast Infections

When a yeast infection does occur on the surface of the skin, coconut oil can indeed be applied much like an OTC or prescription cream. A person needs to rub a small amount onto the affected areas that include creases or folds.

Vaginal Yeast Infections

One can treat this by lightly coating a tampon with coconut oil. By inserting the tampon, the coconut oil is directly applied to the infection site.
Other ways to treat a yeast infection

One can treat a yeast infection naturally by reducing sugar in one’s diet and also eating bacteria-rich foods such as yogurt.

Yeast infections are indeed traditionally treated with a mix of OTC treatments and prescription treatments. Antifungal medications may also be applied topically, taken orally, or inserted as a suppository. One may experience slight discomfort as well as irritation if one was applying topically or inserting.

One can opt for oral medication such as fluconazole.

What should one do now?

In case one feels that one is suffering from a yeast infection one must consult one’s doctor. One needs to be sure that one is suffering from a yeast infection and not a bacterial infection or some other form of infection.

In case one has chronic yeast infections, it is better to consult the doctor than treat it at home.

Conclusion

Yeast infections are indeed common fungal infections that can occur on the skin, in the mouth, in the breasts of breastfeeding mothers, or in the vagina.

Coconut oil is usually safe to make use of and can be ingested or used topically (on the skin). Typical treatment for yeast infections does involve topical treatment of the infected areas.

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