Getting a yeast infection is not something to celebrate but it is not something to wail about either. There are several treatment options available to sufferers, either medicated such as over the counter kits or prescribed from a doctor, or natural remedies. Natural remedies are becoming increasingly popular as some medicated treatments become ineffective due to the fungus developing a resistance to treatment. Natural remedies have been around for many years but as with any treatment what works for some may not work for others so some trial and error is required. This article looks at using Boric Acid for yeast infections.
First of all it is important that people considering Boric Acid for yeast infections should understand that this natural remedy should be treated carefully and you must do your research before using it. Boric Acid can come in several forms and the guidelines that come with it must be followed precisely. Boric Acid itself is a toxic substance and can therefore cause harm and comes with potential side effects. It should never be taken orally and nor should it be used over long periods of time. Nor should it be used on open cuts or wounds. Side effects include vaginal burning and irritation. Children, babies and pregnant women should definitely not use Boric Acid for yeast infections.
What is Boric Acid?
Boric acid is a mild anti-fungal and antiseptic chemical substance. It is not just used for healing but is also used in insecticides, as a preservative and a flame retardant to name but a few! Boric acid has been around for about 350 years and before that in a different form as far back as the ancient Greeks.
Boric acid was compared with an anti-fungal drug itraconazole by a small Italian study who tested 22 women with a recurring yeast infection problem. In this study the Boric acid for yeast infections was just as effective as the anti-fungal drug.
Another study larger this time compared Boric acid for yeast infections with the anti-fungal drug fluconazole. 112 diabetic patients that had a recurring vaginal yeast infection problem were used in the study, comparing a single 150mg dose of fluconazole with 14 days of Boric acid vaginal suppositories. It was found the Boric acid suppositories gave a cure of 63.6% whereas the fluconazole only 28.8%.
Finally in charts at a vaginitis clinic that were reviewed over a 5 year period, it was found that out of 26 cases of yeast infection caused by candida glabrata, 81% improved and 77% cured using Boric acid suppositories against less than 50% for those that used oral anti-fungal medication.
Using Boric acid for yeast infections
The usual form Boric acid comes in for a yeast infection is as a vaginal suppository. There are companies such as Yeast Arrest that make them and treatment is usually for two weeks taking daily suppositories of 600mg of Boric acid. The antiseptic and anti-fungal properties attack the fungus that causes the yeast infection, killing it and preventing any further overgrowth. The pH of the vagina or treatment area is also restored to more alkaline levels, making it less hospitable for the fungus. Itching, burning, inflammation are soothed and the area is cleansed as it promotes healing.
As long as it is used wisely and carefully some doctors recommend it alongside the anti-fungal medications and it can even be found in one of the most common brands of yeast infection treatment, Vagisil. For men Boric acid for yeast infections can be found in the form of a powder that he can apply over the pubic region for up to a week, and this powder is also effective for skin infections and athletes foot.