Yeast infections are very common among both men and women. These infections are the result of an over-abundance of candida fungus in the vagina, mouth, or on the skin.
Yeast infections are easy to treat. For vaginal candida infections, over-the-counter creams and suppositories like Monistat are safe and effective. For more stubborn yeast infections like thrush, prescription medications are also very effective. Even skin-based yeast infections like jock itch and athletes’ foot respond very well to anti-fungal sprays found in any drug store.
What about boric acid and yeast infections? Most people are quite familiar with the sprays, creams, pills, suppositories, natural remedies, lozenges, and liquid anti-fungals. But boric acid? Where did that come from?
The Facts About Boric Acid And Yeast Infections
Boric acid is a weak, slightly acidic white crystalline solid. It’s most commonly used as an insecticide, fire retardant, and is used in the manufacturing of heat-resistant glass and making ceramics. It’s not a substance found in nature, but is derived from the chemical element Boron. Boric acid is made by combining borax and sulfuric acid.
So what’s the connection between boric acid and yeast infections? Once you hear it, it seems natural.
Boric acid combined with water is a very mild antiseptic; mild enough to use as an eyewash. It has a very low acid content and has been used for a century to ease the pain of burns, scrapes, and skin irritations of all types.
It cleanses wounds and speeds healing. A natural cleanser and healer, it prevents infection in inflamed tissue.
Boric acid and candida yeast infections have a high compatibility. The boric acid helps restore an alkaline ph-factor within the vagina and on skin surfaces. A normal ph-factor virtually eliminates candida over-growth.
Boric acid, used in the treatment of yeast infections, soothes itching and burning, eases inflammation on the skin and in the vagina, cleanses the affected area, and helps speed healing.
Despite physicians’ reliance on the numerous anti-fungal agents that eliminate the candida over-growth in the vagina and on the skin, many physicians recommend boric acid to treat yeast infections in conjunction with standard anti-fungal drugs like Monistat, Clotrimazole, Miconazole, Terazol 3 and Terazol 7.
Women are most likely acquainted with the over-the-counter cream, Vagisil. It relieves itching, burning and inflammation of the labia due to a candida infection or from irritation caused by too-tight clothing and some bath soaps. One of Vagisil’s active ingredients is boric acid. Using boric acid to treat yeast infections has been around for a long time; we just didn’t know it!