Vaginal candidiasis is the medical term for a yeast infection of the vagina. Most women will experience at least one some point throughout their lifetime. It is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans, which lives naturally in the vagina. Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection include irritation, itching, inflammation, and a painful discharge. A gynecologist should diagnose your condition, especially if this is your first yeast infection. There are prescription creams that can help as well as over-the-counter medication. However, natural remedies can also help treat yeast infections.
According to the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, yogurt is a probiotic that contains Lactobacillus acidophilus. Eating this live bacteria can create a healthy vaginal environment as it treats an overgrowth caused by C. albicans. Plain Greek yogurt is ideal because it does not contain added sugars, which can fuel the growth of Candida fungus.
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