Candida is the generic medical term for yeast infections. When yeasts, or fungi levels in the body are out of balance, it causes itching, rash and discomfort. Vaginal yeast infection, infant mouth thrush and mucus membrane fungus can be treated in healthy, natural ways. Thrush and yeast infection are all part of the larger Candida infection.
This infection stems from an imbalance in the body's flora, or natural bacteria levels. The body needs good bacteria or flora to maintain health and ward off infections. After a course of antibiotic therapy patients, especially women, often experience a yeast infection. No matter how the anti-biotic is taken, topically or orally, a yeast infection can occur. Because antibiotics strip the body of all bacteria, good and bad, they leave the body prone to infection.
Acidophilus is a natural healthy probiotic bacteria, normally found in the digestive tract of the body. People with yeast infections have depleted levels of acidophilus. Yogurt and kefir are excellent sources of acidophilus. To ward off candida or yeast infection, consume a diet rich in yogurt. If you are lactose-intolerant or follow a vegan dairy free diet, health food stores carry dairy free acidophilus supplements. One of my favorite manufacturer's of nutritional supplements like acidophilus is Solgar (click here to visit website).
For infants with oral thrush candida or candida diaper rash, a nursing mother can help fight the infection by consuming yogurt and acidophilus supplements. The baby will get the nutritional healing benefits of the acidophilus from consuming breast milk. I have combated yeast infection in my children very successfully using this method.
For women suffering with yeast infection or candida or babies with candida as diaper rash, apply raw plain yogurt to the affected area. The acidophilus in the yogurt will heal candida topically as well. Yogurt can be made into a soothing topical treatment; it works best if used in conjunction with consuming the acidophilus in yogurt form. Some home remedies include making a vaginal vinegar douche or flush and following up with a diluted yogurt douche. Again, the most important thing to remember is to consume acidophilus in proper amounts also.
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