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Yeast infections cause irritating itching and swelling, usually in the vaginal area, though they can also affect the lower stomach, nails, and other regions. Itchiness and a burning sensation while urinating are the most common signs of yeast infection. Many factors, including pregnancy, stress, and certain medications can lead to a yeast infection. Though painful, they are not often serious, and the symptoms may be alleviated with home remedies.

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1. Yogurt

Yogurt is one of the easiest home remedies for yeast infections. Evidence shows that people who eat yogurt on a regular basis have shorter-duration yeast infections than others. There is also some research and anecdotal evidence around applying yogurt to the infection region directly. Yogurt contains probiotics -- good bacteria that fight the fungi responsible for yeast infections and help restore vaginal flora. Only plain yogurt (without sugar or flavors) should be used.

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