It is actually normal for yeast, a kind of fungus, to live in the vagina in small numbers. However, if it grows into an abnormal quantity, it can cause yeast infection. Although this infection is quite common, it can bother and prevent you to do the activities normally and comfortably. Fortunately, the treatment is quite simple. You can do home remedies to cure it, one of them is by using coconut oil. So, is coconut oil good for yeast infection? The answer to this question will be given after we know what actually causes yeast infection
What Causes Yeast Infection?
A type of yeast, which mostly causes yeast infection is Candida Albicans. Actually, a healthy vagina has good bacteria (one of them is Lactobacillus Acidophilus) more than yeast cells. The bacteria are useful to control the growth of yeast cells. When a certain factor, taking antibiotics for instance, causes this balance to change, the yeast will overgrow and cause some symptoms to occur. Other than the antibiotic consumption, pregnancy, hormone therapy, diabetes and HIV infection can also increase the severity of yeast infection
Common treatments are usually given to fight against the Candida Ablicans. However, it is sometimes possible for the other types of Candida fungus to affect the vagina. Yeast infection caused by the fungus other than Candida Applicant is usually harder to treat and need more intensive therapy.
Although yeast infection can possibly occur after sexual intercourse, particularly the oral-genital contact, it is not classified as a specially transmitted infection. The infection can also happen to those who are not sexually active.
Is Coconut Oil Good for yeast Infections?
Coconut oil is well known for its antifungal characteristic. Although there is only limited research exploring the use of coconut oil for yeast infection, there is still some evidence to prove the benefits of using the coconut oil to cure the infection. First, it is found that coconut oil can effectively help to remove some yeast infections, since Candida albicans is quite susceptible to concentrate coconut oil. Therefore, the study reports that the yeast can be killed only by using a small amount of coconut oil. The coconut oil used is even less than flucanazole, an antifungal medication to cure yeast infection. The 2014 study also reached the similar conclusion. The coconut oil, which is topically applied for a single month can result in a positive clinic in outcome.
How to use coconut oil for a yeast infection?
The coconut oil that can be effectively used to cure the yeast infection symptoms is the most pure, an organic oil. The pure one usually is not too smelly, or, in other words, does not have a strong smell. The oil can be applied for and all around the infected area by gently rubbing it. To treat the infection, which occurs in your mouth, you just need to put one or two tablespoons of the oil in a microwave to melt it. After making sure that the temperature is right and not harmful, you can swish it in your mouth. After ten seconds swishing it, you should spit it out. Make sure you do not swallow it. You should avoid eating and drinking for thirty minutes after the treatment.