April 19, 2014
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Yeast Infections: Fact vs. Fiction

Can natural supplements help yeast infections?

Can natural supplements help yeast infections?

Be wary about do-it-yourself miracle cures. There are scores of natural products and alternative therapies on the market today that claim to fight yeast infections. Some may help, while others will only help empty your wallet.

While many products proclaim that they will do away with yeast infections, most have not been proven to be effective. Natural supplements and home remedies that have not yet been shown to help yeast infections include:

  • tea tree oil
  • garlic
  • boric acid

Acidophilus, the same friendly bacteria that's in yogurt, are available in pill, powder, or liquid form. However, they can be expensive and may not contain enough active Lactobacillus acidophilus to be effective. Currently, there is not enough evidence to show that acidophilus, taken by mouth or as a vaginal suppository, is effective for treating or preventing yeast infections.

Talk to your doctor or health care professional about what supplements they recommend. And remember, natural supplements can have side effects just like medications, so you should always consult your doctor before taking them.

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