Mention boric acid to people and for sure most of them will have pesticide and industrial chemicals popping in on their minds. But did you know that boric acid is also an effective treatment for yeast infection? In fact, many women, especially those bugged by chronic yeast infection, respond very well to boric acid than any other over-the-counter medications.
Summing Up Boric Acid
While it’s true that boric acid is commonly used as insecticide, fire retardant and for manufacturing ceramics and heat-resistant glass, the substance is also used for medicinal purposes for many years now. In a mild and diluted form, boric acid is an effective antiseptic for minor wounds and cuts, treatment of acne, and for dealing with certain infections. It’s also used for prevention of athlete’s foot and for eye washing. And, yes, it has antifungal properties, which makes it an effective yeast infection treatment.
Boric acid can be your best friend, provided that it is used in small and safe dosages. The substance is a combination of borax and sulfuric acid, and can be very toxic when used in the wrong fashion.
How It Treats Yeast Infection
Although used for all sorts of candidiasis, boric acid is more commonly used for treating vaginal yeast infection. It’s a chemical substance all right, but is still considered as a natural solution for those suffering from yeast infection. The substance is not to be ingested like a pill; instead it is used as a form of vaginal suppository or a topical medication.
Boric acid gets rid of yeast infection in two ways. First, it has an effective antifungal property. Remember that yeast infection is a form of fungal infection. So to get rid of the problem, getting rid of the source seems like the only idea that makes sense: eliminate fungi. Second, it helps bring back an alkaline pH level within the vagina. With an alkaline pH level, overgrowth of Candida albicans is prevented.
Aside from getting rid of the source, boric acid also helps relieve some symptoms associated with yeast infection. These symptoms include swelling, itching and burning sensation. Many physicians recommend women with yeast infection to use boric acid in combination with the usual antifungal remedy for the infection, such as Clotrimazole and Monistat.
Mode of Use
Boric acid vaginal suppositories may be sold over the counter all right, but still it’s best to ask your doctor about it, especially if you are pregnant! However, many women who frequently suffer from the dreaded infection swear by the effectiveness of boric acid vaginal suppositories.
One suppository is to be inserted into the vagina at night, just before bedtime, although some may need one in the morning and another in the evening. Some women use olive oil or coconut oil as lubricant when inserting the vaginal suppository. These oils help in reducing the chances of the vaginal wall from getting irritated, as well as they are also effective against yeast infection to a certain degree. Usually, 3-7 days is all it takes for the boric acid vaginal suppository to get rid of yeast infection.