Home Remedies for Yeast Infections Under the Breasts

Yeast exist by the millions all over and within our bodies. Usually these yeast are harmless, but sometimes they get comfortable and multiply. When this happens, you will usually know it by the rash, irritation and discharge that consequently develops. The area under your breasts is a common site for yeast infections. When you sweat, the warm, moist environment makes an ideal habitat for yeast. Severe breast yeast infections likely need prescription treatment but mild infections can be treated at home with simple remedies.

Garlic

According to the Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook, garlic's anti-fungal properties rival some prescription medicines. There are three ways to use garlic on a breast yeast infection. The first is to rub a raw garlic glove over your infection. The second is to puree garlic in a blender and apply it with a cotton ball. Direct application of garlic in this way may burn or sting. If this is the case, use the third method of application. Soak several cloves of garlic in a half cup of olive oil overnight and dab the oil onto the infected area. Use your preferred method three times per day until the infection clears.

Tea Tree Oil

According to the Mayo Clinic, tea tree oil has demonstrated anti-fungal properties that effectively kill yeast. Tea tree oil is very strong and concentrated, so it should be first diluted with a carrier oil before applied. Dab the oil onto your infection several times per day. Some people may find they have skin sensitivities to the oil, so it's best to test the oil on a small section of skin for a possible reaction before applying it to breast tissues.

Medicated Powder

According to Kid's Health.org, over-the-counter medicated powders help keep warm, moist areas cool and dry, taking away the yeast's preferred habitat and discouraging more yeast to grow. Apply medicated powder to your infected areas according to the package directions.

Lifestyle changes

According to Kid's Health, there are a few lifestyle changes you can make that will decrease symptoms and prevent future infections. Wear clean, dry, breathable cotton clothes, including bras and undershirts, which allows perspiration to evaporate. Change soiled, sweaty or wet clothes as soon as possible. Keep the area under your breasts as clean and dry as possible. Keep your blood sugar under control if you're a diabetic.

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