Candidiasis, commonly known as a yeast infection, is caused by an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus called candida albicans. Yeast infections can occur in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, skin and vagina. Treatment is usually a round of antifungal medication, often with corticosteroid cream, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. However, natural solutions such as apple cider vinegar can also be used to treat and prevent candidiasis, says MedlinePlus.
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A yeast infection that occurs in or around the mouth is known as oral thrush. Oral thrush causes white, creamy-looking lesions or sores in your mouth, usually on the inner cheeks or on the top and bottom of your tongue. Without treatment, this infection can spread and find its way to the gums, tonsils, or the roof of your mouth. Oral thrush can be very painful, cause bleeding and problems swallowing, chewing and eating, the Mayo Clinic says. Using apple cider vinegar as a mouthwash may be an effective way to heal the symptoms oral thrush causes. Dilute 2 tsp. raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 oz. pure water and swish it in the mouth or even swallow it up to three times a day. The vinegar's antiseptic properties can kill off the infection -- but be prepared for it to burn because of its fermentation.
A yeast infection can also infect the skin and is most commonly found in the groin area, under the breasts, beneath other skin folds, between the fingers and toes and under the nail beds. Skin yeast infections appear as a simple rash, a patch of blisters that ooze fluid, or dry, red, raised itchy bumps. Applying apple cider vinegar to the skin can relieve the discomfort and pain. You can use apple cider vinegar as a bath. Use 2 cups vinegar diluted in a warm bath with enough water to completely immerse yourself in. Stay in the water for about a half hour and repeat this treatment daily until the rash the yeast infection caused disappears or dries up, MedlinePlus says.
It's normal to have some yeast in your intestinal tract, but when this yeast starts to grow or multiply too quickly, it can cause toxic effects. Some of the most common triggers for an intestinal yeast infection are the overuse of antibiotics, a poor diet and unruly stress. Having an intestinal tract yeast infection can cause muscle and joint pain, headaches, irritability, depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, skin rashes, diarrhea, intestinal cramping, bloating, severe gas, belching, heartburn and oral thrush. Apple cider vinegar can help treat this yeast by re-balancing the friendly gut flora in your intestines while killing off the toxic yeast. Try drinking 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar diluted in 8 oz. water two or three times per day to treat this type of yeast infection. The vinegar can also be used as an enema if you feel as though the yeast infection is also invading your lower intestines.
Vaginal yeast infections are the most common form of vaginitis. These infections affect at least 75 percent of women at some point. Women who suffer from a vaginal yeast infection usually experience itching, burning and redness of the exterior region of the vagina, a yellow or white cottage cheese-like discharge, and general discomfort in the pelvic region. Apple cider vinegar can also help cure this type of yeast infection. The best method is to use apple cider vinegar diluted with fresh water as a douche. The douche can be used at least twice a day. In addition to the douche, apple cider vinegar can be applied directly to the vagina with a cotton ball to reduce inflammation and relieve itching. It can be used internally to work from the inside out.