Whenever it comes to vaginal health, many women suffer from fungal infections. The most common infection is yeast infection and its symptoms include vaginal itching, burning sensation, irritation, white discharge, and sometimes inflammation.
Though yeast infection can happen to anyone at any time, there are a variety of reasons that can make a person more susceptible than others to catch this infection. These factors include lack of sleep, weak immune system, diabetes, hormonal imbalance and unhealthy eating habits.
Vagina contains a healthy balance of bacteria and yeast. The hormone estrogen helps bacteria called lactobacilli to grow and these bacteria kill harmful microorganisms, keeping it healthy. However, in case this balance is disturbed, a fungus called ‘Candida’ may grow out of control, causing a yeast infection.
Sometimes, people get confused between yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis (BV). The most common difference between them is that discharge from BV is thin, milky, grey, and has a fish-like odor. While in case of yeast infection, there is an odorless discharge, similar to cottage cheese.
Fortunately, you can treat the condition with a popular home remedy based on baking soda!
Baking soda is known as sodium bicarbonate, this means that when people dissolve baking soda in water, it forms an alkaline solution that creates a non-conducive environment for the fungus to multiply. The benefits of baking soda include:
1. Baking soda bath
The National Eczema Foundation recommends adding ¼ cup of baking soda to your bath and allowing it to dissolve. Soak yourself in the water for around 15-20 minutes. After doing so, wipe yourself dry with a clean towel. This will help you remove bacteria, and will keep your skin healthy. Repeat the process twice a day, everyday until your condition disappears.
2. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar
Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with warm water. Let it sit for five minutes and then add baking soda. Before applying the paste to the infected areas, clean and dry your vagina completely. Apply the paste to your vagina and use this treatment once a day for 1-2 weeks.
Ladies, be in charge of your vaginal health and try these home remedies to get rid of that irritating yeast infection.
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