Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Baking soda for a yeast infection

When you have a yeast infection or someone you know has a yeast infection, it's important to treat it or it can get worse.  One way you can help it is to take a bath.  Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of baking soda in your lukewarm bath water and fill water to no more than hip level. One can even take a little bit of the baking soda and make a paste of it and apply it to the affected area while soaking in the water because yeast infections can get on your skin and not just internally. Soak in the bath water for 15-20 minutes twice a day every day until your symptoms are gone.  Make sure to dry the area compeletely with a clean, dry bath towel.   I know doctors who even recommend doing this.  Please consult with your physician and have it confirmed that you do have a yeast infection before doing this.  Baking soda is alkaline and changes the vagina’s acidity temporarily to a higher alkaline environment in which candida cannot survive.  You can also use this route for babies and young children, but please research this information for your children and consult your physician. 

New Information added 12/18/2012:  Making a paste with baking soda and water also helps in treatments of minor burns.  Wrap the area with a moist towel and then wrap a plastic bag around that area, so the towel will stay in place. Leave on for 10 minutes or until pain & redness has subsided, reapply if necessary as the baking soda mixture dries, then wash off with warm water.  

Here are a couple of websites with more remedies for vaginal yeast infections: