Garlic for yeast infection is a widespread remedy among women.
Many swear by the effectiveness of this natural solution.
Let's first see the causes of yeast overgrowth.
Overgrowth of yeast can result from:
Weakened immune system
Increased estrogen levels (taking hormonal therapy with estrogen or pregnancy which results in higher estrogen levels)
How Are Yeast Infections Treated?
Typically an internal exam is not necessary with a speculum. Your provider may perform a culture which is done by gently touching the genitalia and vagina with a very small swab which is sent to the lab. The lab will evaluate the type of fungus/yeast that is causing the symptoms.
A yeast infection can be treated by oral pills or a short course of vaginal therapy (creams, ointments, suppositories). Some of these medications are sold over the counter or by prescription. If symptoms remain after treatment it is important to notify the provider.
Girls can reduce the risk of getting a yeast infection by:
Wearing white cotton underwear
Wearing loose clothing and avoiding clothes that cause extra rubbing
Avoiding long exposure to wet clothes, such as exercise attire or bathing suits
Unnecessary antibiotic use
Using mild unscented soap and avoiding bubble baths
Avoiding all irritants like soaps, lotions, detergents or fabric softeners with colors and fragrance
Avoiding douching, which removes some of the good bacteria that protects the vagina