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.
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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