Thrush is a yeast infection, also called Candida or Candidiasis. But although thrush should actually only pertain to oral yeast infection, it is used a lot nowadays to describe a vaginal yeast infection too. So I’ve used it in that context here. And, although oral thrush can also appear in young babies, I’ve limited myself to thrush in adults only.
Let’s quickly go over the cause of thrush (yeast infection) in adults. It’s mostly caused, or at least the symptoms are caused, by a yeast-like fungi called Candida Albicans which you can find in all of our bodies quite naturally. Thrush appears when the fungi overgrow and spread.
The underlying conditions that allow this overgrowth are things such as; a lowered immune system, poor diet, too many antibiotics, stress, hormonal imbalance, and some drug usage. When one or more of these conditions are in existence then the fungi can overgrow, causing thrush symptoms.
Your normal treatment is through prescription or over-the-counter medications such as creams, lotions, foams, sprays, oral suspensions, etc., depending on the location of the thrush infection. These can take some time to work, but they can eliminate the symptoms.
But, many adults cannot use them because of some nasty side effects. And, they tend just to address the local thrush symptoms not the root cause(s) as described above. The outcome can be nasty recurring thrush infections.
So more and more adults with thrush are discovering the benefits of using natural home remedies. Here are 3 home remedies for thrush in adults that you can try:
(a) Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
This must be un-distilled, raw apple cider vinegar, with no additives and has the sediment still in the bottom. This type works by adjusting body pH which can help to prevent further fungal growth.
Add 3 teaspoons to a large glass of water and stir well. Drink a glass 3 times a day. You can douche by mixing 2 tablespoons in 2 quarts of warm water. Alternatively you can add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar into a low, warm bath and bathe for about 20 minutes or so.
(b) Fresh Garlic
Fresh garlic has fantastic antifungal benefits. Eat garlic every day. Good garlic capsules if you don’t like the odour on your breath. Pulp it into a smooth paste and coat the affected area. For inside the vagina wrap muslin around a peeled clove and leave in overnight.
(c) Natural Yogurt
Natural yogurt with no added sugar, no fruit and no other additives contains Lactobacillus acidophilus which are live beneficial bacteria that can attack the Candida fungi. So eat every day. You can also coat it over the localized area. And for inside the vagina, just coat a regular tampon and leave in overnight.
Now, whilst these 3 natural remedies for thrush in adults can be effective, they probably aren’t enough to actually cure your thrush on their own. Remember the underlying conditions above? These have to be addressed if you are to be confident that it’s not just the symptoms of thrush that have gone, but that the root cause has also been taken care of as well.
In this way you can be better assured that your thrush won’t keep returning (recurring thrush) and causing you serious health problems down the road.