How to get rid of a yeast infection
Yeast infections (candidiasis) are caused by the organism Candida albicans, which is found in small amounts in the vagina in about 25 percent of women. Increased estrogen levels during pregnancy cause changes in the vaginal environment, which may throw off the natural balance and allow some organisms to grow faster than others.
Candida may be present without causing signs and symptoms, or it may cause an infection. Signs and symptoms of infection include a vaginal discharge that is thick, white and curd-like, itching, burning and redness around the vagina and vulva, and painful urination.
Although a yeast infection is unpleasant for you, it won’t hurt your baby, and it can safely be treated during pregnancy.
It is quite common to have increased vaginal discharge during pregnancy. A normal discharge consists of thin, white mucus and is caused by hormones that stimulate glands in the cervix. However, if you notice a discharge that is green or yellow, strong smelling and accompanied by irritation and itching in your vaginal area, then you may have vaginitis, or a vaginal infection.
A yeast organism called Candida albicans often causes vaginal infections. This irritating condition is known as a yeast infection or candidiasis and can be a recurring problem during pregnancy. The Candida organism is found in nearly one-quarter of all pregnant women as they approach their due date. Symptoms of a yeast infection include a burning sensation and thick curdlike discharge. It is treated with an anti-fungal drug that is applied in a topical cream or suppository.
To prevent these and other vaginal infections, you should keep your vaginal area clean and dry, wear loose-fitting clothing, avoid synthetic materials next to your skin, wear underwear with a cotton insert and avoid douches or feminine hygiene sprays.
Try the following dietary strategies to prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections.
- Include fermented milk products in your daily diet. Foods such as yogurt, kefir (a milk beverage) and sweet acidophilus milk all contain friendly bacteria, known collectively as lactic acid bacteria. You may even know some of their names— Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacteria. These bacteria normally live in your intestine where they prevent the growth of infection-causing bacteria and fungi, including yeast. A number of studies have shown that women who consume yogurt or fermented milk beverages each day have a significant reduction in vaginal yeast infections. In fact, one study found that 1 cup of yogurt eaten daily for six months resulted in a three-fold decrease in infection among women experiencing recurrent Candida infections. Some studies have found a yogurt douche to be effective against vaginal yeast infections.
You may already know that these bacteria are available in supplement form. I have often recommended them to clients as a convenient way to get a hefty dose of lactic acid bacteria. However, during pregnancy, I recommend that you stick to eating fermented dairy products as there is very little information on use of supplements at this time. A yogurt a day also gives you close to 300 milligrams of calcium, not to mention protein and some carbohydrate for energy.
- Add garlic to your meals. You may want to use cooked garlic more often than raw, since some women report being sensitive to fresh uncooked garlic during their pregnancy. A daily intake of garlic and its accompanying sulfur compounds has been used to enhance the body’s immune system and kill many types of bacteria and fungi. One-half to one clove a day is recommended. You can also buy a liquid extract of aged garlic (Kyolic brand) that lets you add garlic to foods without peeling, cutting or chopping. If you buy this product from your health food store, add a few drops to your yogurt douche. Garlic has been used alone or in combination with yogurt to treat Candida infections.
- Wear underwear or pantyhose with cotton crotches, as well as loose-fitting pants.
- Avoid wearing wet bathing suits or exercise clothes for long periods of time, and wash them after each use.
How to get rid of a yeast infection : Medical care
Candidiasis is treated during pregnancy with a vaginal cream or a suppository containing an antifungal cream. These medications are available without a prescription, but don’t use one without consulting your care provider first. Your care provider needs to confirm the diagnosis before you start treatment. He or she may also recommend a prescription medication to clear the infection.
Once you’ve had a yeast infection while pregnant, it can be a recurring problem until after delivery, when it usually subsides. It may be necessary to treat yeast infections repeatedly throughout your pregnancy.
Condition: Yeast infection
Generally safe • Clotrimazole
Use with caution: • Miconazole (Monistat)
How to get rid of a yeast infection : ICED BERRY LEMONADE
A nutrient-packed Zinger
Is there any fruit more efficient than the humble raspberry? So small, yet crammed with powerful properties, both antioxidant (protecting the body’s tissues from oxygen-related damage) and antimicrobial (helping prevent yeast infections). Raspberries also contain folic acid and vitamins B6 and c, and research suggests that they provide cancer-fighting nutrients, too. All of which may explain why this delicious all-natural lemonade packs quite a punch.
Makes 2 servings
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
2 decaffeinated tea bags
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
3 cups water
In a small saucepan, combine the lemon juice and honey. Cook over low heat just until the honey has melted. Remove from the heat, add the tea bags, and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags. In a blender, combine the tea mixture, blueberries, and raspberries. With the machine running, gradually add the water to make a smooth mixture. Chill thoroughly and serve over ice, or refrigerate for up to 1 week.
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