Women in particular are more prone to yeast infections, the vagina is the perfect place for a candida overgrowth to happen, warm and damp. Candida albicans are the most common species of candida that cause yeast infections and in most women there are already some of this fungus living in your body and vagina area. At low numbers however it is not something to be concerned about and while you are healthy and the body is in balance, there are enough good bacteria there as well that stop the candida from growing to larger numbers.
However changes or upsets to this system such as something that kills the good bacteria like antibiotics, gives the candida an opportunity to multiply. An increasing number of candida triggers a response from the body’s immune system because of the toxins the fungus releases. This leads to the symptoms of a yeast infection you may be familiar with such as itching, an unusual discharge, inflammation, irritation, and burning. At this point you are looking for a yeast infection treatment and one of the options you can choose is an candida suppository.
Looking at what a candida suppository is
Yeast infection treatment depends on the form of yeast infection you have, and in the case of vaginal yeast infections there are three forms to choose from, oral, cream and candida suppository. A suppository gets pushed up into the vaginal canal / birth canal where the medication is then slowly released. It can be an anti-fungal drug, or a natural suppository, there are even home made suppositories you can try. A candida suppository is good for treating mild to moderate vaginal yeast infections. Often it is used in conjunction with an external cream for the relief of external symptoms. Usually an oral pill is used for more serious cases.
A candida suppository will look different depending on the brand you prefer. Some come in an applicator already and have to be inserted like applicators pre-filled with a cream suppository, some you can push in with your fingers like a gelatin suppository. They are not as big as a tampon so there is no discomfort around an inch in length and half in inch in width.
Over the counter suppositories
Medicated candida suppositories can be purchased from a pharmacy over the counter and are a popular yeast infection treatment choice. Different brands use different anti-fungal drugs, but common anti-fungals used are tioconazole, clotrimazole and miconazole. It is possible that the first candida suppository you try is not fully effective, that may be because you would respond better to a different active drug, so if you have had a doctor confirm your problem is a vaginal yeast infection try another brand to find one that works for you.
Alternative yeast infection treatment suppositories
There are also natural vaginal suppositories you can use if you prefer. Common ingredients in a natural candida suppository are tea tree oil, boric acid, and garlic. Homeopathic practitioners can also use oils and herbs to make suppositories. Boric acid can be found in several products that sell natural yeast infection treatment. This is not one you should make yourself though as boric acid is a toxic substance and needs to be handled by those that know what they are doing. Pregnant women should not use boric acid suppositories for that reason as it could harm the baby.
Make your own candida suppository
Garlic is a very powerful natural anti-fungal treatment for yeast infection treatment. Making a garlic suppository is very easy just follow these instructions;
- Get a clove of garlic and peel it.
- Wrap it in cheesecloth or gauze.
- Insert it into the vagina making sure you will be able to remove it later on.
- If you need to make it easier to insert dip the wrapped garlic in some herbal oil.
- Leave it in for three to five hours then remove and insert new one.
- Repeat for three to five days until infection has gone.