Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.
A fungal (yeast) infection of the vagina is common in women. Simple home remedies
can be attempted for the treatment or prevention of this problem. I would suggest the following measures:
1) Prevent the growth of yeast. The idea is to let air circulate as much as possible. Try to keep the vaginal area dry and clean, as a damp and moist environment helps Candida grow. Avoid wearing tight clothes and sleep without tight undergarments. Do not dust cosmetic powder in the vaginal area. Most of these powders have a starch base, which is conducive to yeast growth.
2) Sitz baths are a good way of cleaning and curbing the growth of the yeast and it can relieve the itching also.. You can do this with diluted potassium permanganate solution (potassium permanganate crystals should be available at your local chemist) or alternatively you can mix salt or vinegar (half cup) to a shallow bath and sit with knees apart.
3) Avoid having intercourse during a vaginal infection
, as it increases irritation and can also be passed on to your partner (and which can in turn get re-transmitted to you later on).
4) Eating a healthy, nutritious diet and avoiding sugary foods can help.
In case, these simple remedies don't clear the infection, then you need to see a gynaecologist for more specific treatment.
Wish you all the best.
Dr. Sheeba Stephen