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There does not seem to be any hard research delineating cases of vaginal or penile yeast infections that went away on their own. Yet, the general consensus seems to be that very mild yeast infections of any kind can occasionally go away without treatment--due to the action of the immune system. If you do happen to have an impaired immune system, a yeast infection is much less likely to heal on its own--and almost certainly will not. And, a mild, light yeast infection can quickly escalate into a vigorous infection. Taking a chance that your Candida problem will resolve itself is not wise--as the odds may not be in your favor. The right thing to do when you see the signs of a yeast infection is to start treating it right away. If it is a mild infection, it should be all that more easy to clear up using an efficacious antifungal.
Yeast infections are contagious to some extent. Many mothers who have thrush on their nipples will pass the Candida to their child’s mouth while breastfeeding. And, it can also happen the other way around--a mother frequently will develop breast yeast infections if she breastfeeds a child with oral thrush. Any form of direct contact with a Candida colonized area can transfer the yeast to another area; and, if it can, Candida will try to grow on that area as well. So, another excellent reason to quickly kill off a yeast infection is to prevent it from spreading to people who might come in contact with the infected area.
Research on Yeast Infections Healing Without Treatment
One study, published in Sabouraudia [7.2 (1969): 98-109], showed that some individuals with Candiduria (yeast infection of the urinary tract) spontaneously recovered from their Candiduria without the use of antifungal drugs. Of the Candiduria patients who spontaneously recovered, 4 of them seemed to recover after the removal of their Foley catheter (a catheter used to drain urine). So this research does show it is entirely possible for a yeast infection to go away on its own. A Clinical Microbiology Reviews [12.1 (1999): 80-96] study also stated that asymptomatic Candiduria can frequently resolve by itself without the need for antifungal therapy. This recovery often happens when a urinary catheter is changed or removed.
Another study, published in the journal American Review of Respiratory Disease [109.3 (1974): 373-378], discussed the case of a 60 year old man who had Candida albicans induced pneumonia. The man went on to subsequently fully recover from his lung yeast infection without the aid of an antifungal drug or other therapy. Thus, again, we see that the body can occasionally get rid of a yeast infection by itself.
More research on spontaneous recovery from Candidiasis was published in the journal Medicine [94.45 (2015): e1969]. The study looked at people with esophageal yeast infections that, and this is key, did not have any symptoms but were still positive for a Candida infection in that area. The study found that healthy, immunocompetent individuals would often recover without the use of antifungal drugs. The study found that cardiovascular disease, and a history of pulmonary tuberculosis, reduced the chances of an individual’s yeast infection going away automatically. Thus, we can infer that other health complications that can weaken the body can reduce your chances of recovering from Candida on your own. Also, inflammation of the skin or mucous membranes is one malady Candida likes to exploit to start an infection. So, it may be that inflammation of an area attacked by Candida may also indicate you have a lower chance of recovering from such an infection without antifungal therapy.
So, what we can conclude from the following research is that the human body’s immune system, when operating well, does have the power to clear up mild, especially asymptomatic Candida problems. Thus, if you have a penile or vaginal yeast infection; and, it seems mild and you do not have any symptoms (or at least very slight symptoms), it is possible that your yeast infection will go away on its own. However, it is perhaps not likely that even a mild yeast infection will spontaneously heal. What is perhaps more likely, as mentioned already, is that the problem will continue to escalate. It is common for there to be some underlying problem--such as an improper pH balance, dysbiosis, or hormonal issue--that caused your Candida outbreak in the first place. Consequently, the underlying physiological issues are likely to continue to inflame what may be, at this moment, a mild yeast infection.
As the section relating to yeast infection and periods explains quite in depth, elevated estrogen levels can instigate a yeast infection. If you are taking estrogen birth control this could be a key reason why you are now struggling with Candida. The solution is to stop taking estrogen based birth control pills or hormone replacement medication. This will allow your vagina to normalize its pH, reduce cellular sugar content in the vagina, and thus become less conducive to a yeast infections. If you have been noticing a correlation between episodes of Candidiasis and your menstrual cycle, you may want to check out the aforementioned section of Candida Hub that discusses these correlations.
If you recently took antibiotics, it may be even less likely that your yeast infection will go away on its own. You may have mild to severe dysbiosis in your gut, and a growing colony of Candida thriving in your digestive system due to the antibiotics killing off friendly bacteria. One important step for any Candida therapy is reintroducing probiotic bacteria to the digestive system and vagina. So, choose a good probiotic supplement and take it orally and insert these pills into the vagina daily. This should help restock your body’s supply of probiotic microbiota and help put the brakes on Candida overgrowth. For more information about a key probiotic to add to your diet, check out acidophilus and yeast infection.
There can be some nasty side effects to prescription antifungal drugs; and, Candida can quickly develop resistance to such drugs. Candida biofilm also can drastically reduce the effectiveness of prescription antifungals--making them all but useless to treat a yeast infection. A study that demonstrates just how effective Candida biofilm is at stopping antifungal drugs was published in the Journal of Bacteriology [183.18 (2001): 5385-5394]. The study showed how four prescription antifungals rapidly lost their ability to control Candida as it developed biofilm. A chart from the study is a great visual demonstrator of how biofilm protects Candida. Fortunately, natural essential oils have been shown to powerfully break up biofilm and kill sessile Candida cells (cells covered by biofilm). And, it is not uncommon for essential oils to have a synergistic impact when used concomitantly with a prescription drug or with other essential oils. So, if you haven’t seemed to get better despite using high doses of strong antifungal drugs, essential oils could be the answer you’ve been looking for. For more information on this topic, you can check out essential oils for yeast infections.
Herbs are also a great alternative. Essential oils get their power to heal from the phytochemicals in the plant they were derived from. Thus, many simple herbs, which also contain medicinal phytochemicals, are a proven remedy for yeast infections. What you can do to make your herbs even more effective is add them to other medicinal carrier substances like honey, apple cider vinegar, or coconut oil. You can create a topical infused oil or herbal douche. For a vaginal yeast infection, try making a infused coconut oil, soaking a tampon in it, and then letting it sit in the vagina overnight. With regular use, your Candida should clear up fast; and, without the need for harsh prescription drugs.
Avoid “One Day” Products
Many over the counter yeast infection products tout names that include the phrase “One Day.” The truth is that these products do not get rid of most yeast infections in just one day; even their product’s fine print makes this abundantly clear. They will state in their ultra tiny font that their product can take up to seven days to get rid of a yeast infection. For more information about fraudulent “one day” products, and links to the seller’s websites with these disclaimers, check out this article: one day yeast infection pill.
12 Hour Natural Cure for Yeast Infections
One woman who struggled routinely with Candida is Sarah Summer. Sarah, like many women, suffered from routine, brutal yeast infections that would not go away on their own. Sarah tried a host of treatments; but, each time she cleared an infection up, it was only a matter of time before she found herself inflicted with yet another outbreak. This cycle of treatment and recurrence went on for some time in Sarah’s life. Many women find themselves trapped in a similar situation, and the companies who make treatments take advantage of this.
Sarah’s life changed when she found herself suffering from a very severe episode of vaginal Candidiasis. Sarah, with all her previous infections, knew that this time she needed help. Sarah quickly made an appointment with her physician to get herself checked out; and, hopefully get a solution for her latest problem.
After Sarah was examined, her doctor told her some difficult news. The doctor said that the yeast in her vagina had turned into a mold and had developed long tendrils into her body. According to Sarah’s doctor, this infection was not only difficult to treat, it was not able to be totally cured. Faced with having to live with this problem indefinitely, Sarah set out to find any answers she could to get her life back.
Sarah’s husband Robert also started to help her; and, together the two of them began to devour medical information relating to Candida. Sarah relates that during this time she practically “lived” in a medical library. Sarah knew she had to do more than address the surface level symptoms of her condition--she’d done plenty of that already. Sarah began to focus on understanding the underlying physiological issues that predisposed her to Candida overgrowth. After learning a great deal about natural medicine and what predisposed people to Candida problems, Sarah worked out a treatment plan. Eventually, Sarah developed a new approach; and, when she put it into practice, she found she was quickly recovering. Soon, Sarah was totally cured of her vaginal yeast infection. And, Sarah found that the Candida did not return. Finally, Sarah and Robert had made a breakthrough and ended the arduous cycle of recurrent Candidiasis.
Sarah soon shared her treatment with others who struggled with Candida; and, those who tried her system would report their yeast problems would be gone in about half a day. To help others who were battling Candida, Sarah wrote an extensive book detailing exactly how to implement her program and get free of Candida for good. Since the book was published, many people from all over the world have successfully used Sarah’s methods to permanently solve their Candida problems.
Sarah’s book is published by a very large, established publishing company--a subsidiary of the U.S. based firm Keynetics Incorporated. Sarah also wants to assure others who have not seen results from products they have tried in the past; and, so offers an 8 week, 100% money back guarantee. If you find that Sarah’s book was not satisfactory in any way, you can quickly get all the money you spent on it back with a quick request to her publisher. Sarah’s book is available as a digital downloadable PDF; so, you can have it instantly and try out the natural therapy Sarah advises.
For more information about the extra books Sarah provides with her book, testimonials and reactions from others who have used Sarah’s book, or to learn more about Sarah, you can get this information at Sarah Summer’s website.
- http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000001969 -- Min, Yang Won, et al. "Antifungal Treatment is Not Required for Immunocompetent Individuals With Asymptomatic Esophageal Candidiasis." Medicine 94.45 (2015): e1969. Full Text Available Here, PubMed
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4592453 -- Rosenbaum, Richard B., Joan V. Barber, and David A. Stevens. "Candida albicans Pneumonia: Diagnosis by Pulmonary Aspiration, Recovery Without Treatment 1, 2." American Review of Respiratory Disease 109.3 (1974): 373-378.
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/5346192 -- Kozinn, Philip J., et al. "Diagnosis and therapy of systemic candidiasis." Sabouraudia 7.2 (1969): 98-109.
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC88907/ -- Fidel, Paul L., Jose A. Vazquez, and Jack D. Sobel. "Candida glabrata: review of epidemiology, pathogenesis, and clinical disease with comparison to C. albicans." Clinical microbiology reviews 12.1 (1999): 80-96.
- http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/JB.183.18.5385-5394.2001 -- Chandra, Jyotsna, et al. "Biofilm formation by the fungal pathogen Candida albicans: development, architecture, and drug resistance." Journal of bacteriology 183.18 (2001): 5385-5394.
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