Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a capable antimicrobial substance. Many know it for its efficacy as an antibacterial; yet, this chemical can also be used to stop the growth of Candida. Using a tampon soaked in hydrogen peroxide is a great way to deal with vaginal Candidiasis.
Candida is the genus of yeast that causes yeast infections. Candida albicans (C. albicans) is the species of this genus that accounts for about 90% of all vaginal yeast infections (Marchaim, Dror, et al.; 2012). The remainder of vaginal Candidiasis cases are the result of other Candida species—most notably C. glabrata (find out more about this species here: Candida glabrata Treatment Guidelines).
Different species of Candida appear to be inhibited by different concentrations of hydrogen peroxide; this may be due to the presence of catalase in the cells. Yet, it doesn’t take much hydrogen peroxide to inhibit Candida. As research indicates, just a fraction of a gram per liter is a strong enough concentration to arrest the growth of Candida. A liter of a 3% concentration of hydrogen peroxide will contain a 30 gram / liter concentration of this chemical. This should be more than enough to actively fight Candida. And, a 3% concentration of hydrogen peroxide may even cause the death of existing Candida cells; due to its strength.
Concerning the enzyme catalase, it is a highly prevalent enzyme in human tissue. According to a study published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications [470.1 (2016): 192-196], "Catalase is an ubiquitous antioxidant enzyme that is present in almost all the body tissues although varying in its content and functional capacity in different tissues."
Catalase is incredibly capable of breaking down hydrogen peroxide; it is highly efficient at this. And, catalase helps to protect the body from damage caused by reactive oxygen species. As a result of the presence of catalase nearly everywhere in the human body, it will break down hydrogen peroxide to some extent in the vagina.
This may be important to remember when you use a tampon soaked with 3% hydrogen peroxide. The vaginal tissue is going to break down some hydrogen peroxide; and, if you leave a tampon in for hours at a time, some of the hydrogen peroxide is going to be broken down by catalase. It may not matter too much; yet, replacing a hydrogen peroxide tampon with a new one might be a great idea to better keep the vaginal yeast in check.
In all, a hydrogen peroxide tampon is a great natural yeast infection treatment. Just be sure to never use more than a 3% concentration. Hydrogen peroxide, in stronger dilutions, can cause tissue to become damaged. Never use 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide in the vagina; this could result in chemical burns in this area. We will also discuss how to make a hydrogen peroxide tampon later on in this delineation.
Research Regarding Candida & H2O2
The first study we will examine was published in the Journal of Endodontics [28.2 (2002): 68-71]. The research tested various agents, one of which was hydrogen peroxide, on C. albicans. The strain of C. albicans utilized by the research was originally taken from a person’s oral cavity. The hydrogen peroxide was diluted from a 30% solution to concentrations ranging from 0.03 g / mL to 59 micrograms / mL. These dilutions correspond to 1 to 10 and 1 to 5120 dilutions. It is important to note that a milliliter of water weighs one gram; thus, in percent, these dilutions ranged from 3% to just 0.000059%. For ease of use, the percent values will be used in this discussion. The study incubated the C. albicans cells in hydrogen peroxide for 48 hours at 37°C (98.6°F).
The study found that the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC; the lowest amount needed to stop the growth) of hydrogen peroxide, for C. albcians, was 0.000234%. This value is extremely small, and shows just how powerful an inhibitor hydrogen peroxide is against C. albicans. Yet, it should be noted again, that the tests allowed for the hydrogen peroxide to incubate with the C. albicans cells for 48 hours. Normal contact with human tissue for this amount of time may significantly destroy the hydrogen peroxide due to the action of the enzyme catalase.
The next study helps to illustrate the longer term effects of hydrogen peroxide on C. albicans. This research was published in Eukaryotic Cell [7.11 (2008)]. The study examined C. albicans by adding hydrogen peroxide to this yeast for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, the hydrogen peroxide was removed and the yeast was allowed to develop for 2 days at 30°C (86°F). The study found that 10 millimoles (which is 0.34 g) was able to induce severely swollen C. albicans cells due to the cytotoxic (toxic to living cells) effects of hydrogen peroxide. The survival rate of the C. albicans cells, challenged with the hydrogen peroxide, was 35%. Again, this shows that a short duration of time in contact with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide can eventually bring about the death of C. albicans cells.
Another study discussed the MIC of hydrogen peroxide for several different species of Candida. The study was published in The Open Dentistry Journal [4.1 (2010)]. The amount of hydrogen peroxide required to inhibit the Candida species was very small; and is presented in milligrams per liter. The following MIC values were determined for the various species of Candida:
- C. albicans H2O2 MIC ≈ 400 mg / L
- C. glabrata H2O2 MIC is over 799 mg / L
- C. krusei H2O2 MIC ≈ 200 mg / L
- C. parapsilosis H2O2 MIC is over 799 mg / L
- C. tropicalis H2O2 MIC ≈ 300 mg / L
Literature about Hydrogen Peroxide and Candida
Mary Bryant, in her book Candida Total Diet Cure, discusses hydrogen peroxide’s use as a yeast infection treatment. Bryant states that the vagina itself produces some hydrogen peroxide; which can help the vaginal microbiota (the microbial life in an area) to stay in a healthy condition by deterring bad bacteria. Byrant also says that this chemical is one of the best natural home remedies for Candidiasis.
To use hydrogen peroxide (probably 3%), she suggests mixing it with a cup of water and then stirring it. Bryant suggests using this diluted hydrogen peroxide on the infected area once a day; and, to continue doing this until your symptoms resolve.
Concerning when to use this hydrogen peroxide mixture, she suggests using it when you see the following symptoms:
- Itching around the anus
- Swelling, inflammation, or fissuring of the vulva
- Having cottage cheese like vaginal discharge
- Having unusual vaginal itching and soreness
Reena Lyons, author of the book Yeast Infection Treatment, also recommends using hydrogen peroxide to remedy a yeast infection. Lyons states that hydrogen peroxide is normally produced by bacteria that live in the vagina. This is very true, as a healthy woman’s vagina will be dominated by Lactobacilli bacteria; some or all of which produce hydrogen peroxide. Lyons writes that when you have a yeast infection, you can be sure that the bacteria in the vagina are not working correctly; and therefore the production of hydrogen peroxide is diminished.
To help remedy this situation, Lyons suggests using a simple douche with hydrogen peroxide. To make the douche, Lyons instructs women to use one teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide in one cup of water. Then, use the douche on a daily basis until your infection resolves. Lyons also cautions women to not discontinue using the douche once the infection is cleared up; rather, she suggests using it for a minimum of one to two days after the infection is gone.
Emily Thacker, in her book The Magic of Hydrogen Peroxide, also recommends using a hydrogen peroxide douche to remedy a yeast infection. Thacker suggests using hydrogen peroxide in a 1 to 3 ratio with warm water (i.e., one-third cup of hydrogen peroxide—probably 3%—mixed with one cup of warm water).
Thacker also states that douching is a somewhat controversial topic; as some believe it should never be necessary. Thacker is certainly right on this issue; however, the controversy possibly arises from studies and individuals that use douches with antimicrobial chemicals in them.
Many over-the-counter douches can contain chemicals that kill bacteria in the vagina. And, when the helpful probiotic bacteria are killed off; Candida and other unwanted bacteria can dominate the vaginal microbiota. Douching in itself may be a great practice to employ; and, the negative consequences are spuriously associated with douching. It may be that bacteria killing chemicals in douche products are the real reason why douches analyzed may appear undesirable (as douches tested in studies may primarily be products you can find in the store).
Making a Hydrogen Peroxide Tampon
To make a hydrogen peroxide tampon, you simply require just one bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide. As the research indicated, a 3% concentration should be more than enough to inhibit the Candida cells; and possibly cause them to die. All you need to do is simply soak a cotton tampon in hydrogen peroxide and insert it into the vagina. You should try and leave the tampon in for at least 4 hours. If you notice discomfort, discontinue using the tampon. You can always attempt using a weaker concentration of hydrogen peroxide (by diluting the 3% solution in water); this may ameliorate any discomfort you experience.
When catalase, which is present in the human body, breaks down the hydrogen peroxide, the therapeutic effect may be diminished. Due to the activity of the enzyme catalase, you may want to use a few tampons like this every day. Additionally, because hydrogen peroxide use with a tampon may stress the vaginal tissue, you also may want to start off using one of these tampons just once a day. If you do not notice any adverse reaction, you can increase the frequency. It also may be prudent to forgo using a hydrogen peroxide tampon at night; to give your body some time to recover from any stress the chemical placed on the vaginal tissue.
Another suggestion you may wish to employ is to dilute the hydrogen peroxide in a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar. Diluted apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy for yeast infections in and of itself. Research has indicated that about a 1% concentration of apple cider vinegar is enough to kill Candida. Make sure you do not use stronger concentrations of this, or any, vinegar on the skin. Strong concentrations of vinegar can cause skin irritation or chemical burns. By mixing diluted apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together, this could create more of a healing synergy than simply using water alone to dilute the hydrogen peroxide. For more information about using apple cider vinegar for Candida you can view the article on this topic: Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infections.
Safety Considerations / Side Effects
It goes without saying that you should never drink hydrogen peroxide. The enzyme catalase will rapidly break down this chemical when it is ingested. The result will be a large amount of free oxygen in the body. This free oxygen can damage the brain and other areas of the body. Make sure you never drink hydrogen peroxide; it will just be broken down into free oxygen anyway!
Additionally, as mentioned, never use more than a 3% concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Food grade hydrogen peroxide may severely burn the skin; and it is not wise to ever use it with a tampon. You will not require more than a 3% concentration of this chemical for topical yeast infection treatments.
Candida Hub has an entire article dedicated to using hydrogen peroxide for yeast infections. You can view additional research that verifies this chemical’s ability to inhibit Candida in this article. If you have some time, you may wish to peruse this article before you try using hydrogen peroxide with a tampon: Using Hydrogen Peroxide for Yeast Infections.
A Safe, and Natural, 12 Hour Yeast Infection Treatment
As you may know, Candida attacks many people; both men and women. Having one yeast infection can be painful enough; however, many women experience recurrent vaginal Candidiasis. This condition, as defined by four or more episodes in a year’s time, affects about 5% to 8% of women during their childbearing years (Marchaim, Dror, et al.; 2012). And, many people, both men and women, around the world suffer from systemic Candidiasis in their body (where yeast has overgrown in the body and dramatically interferes with their health).
One woman who suffered for about 12 years with recurrent yeast infections, caused by systemic Candidiasis, was Linda Allen. Linda’s problems with Candida probably began around the time when she developed a yeast infection. Like many people would do, she went to the doctor to get the issue resolved. And, the medication that she was prescribed by her doctor did just that. Her yeast infection went away. Yet, after some time had passed, Linda found that she had developed another yeast infection.
As time went on, Linda found that her health was seriously declining. She had terrible symptoms that she could not explain. Linda began spending a lot of time and money on doctor’s appointments and drugs. She was even put on allergy medication in an attempt to solve her mysterious health problems.
Those that knew Linda wondered if she was sicker than she was admitting; or, possibly a hypochondriac. Additionally, at a time when she could have afforded a better living situation; Linda found herself in a small apartment. The medical bills simply drained her finances. All this was happening at a time when she simply felt terrible due to her ill health.
Linda’s life finally changed for the better when she spoke to a naturopath about her health. The naturopath knew exactly what was causing Linda’s seemingly incurable problems: systemic Candidiasis. Although the naturopath did not provide her with a permanent cure for her problems, they did set her on the right path.
Afterwards, Linda began to devour books on natural medicine and Candida. She would even get advice and help from medical professionals that were kind enough to give her some of their time. It took a considerable amount of work, and Linda tried many purported remedies along the way; but, eventually she developed a plan. Linda would go on to spend about a year refining her new natural approach to solve her health problems. And, after the refining process was complete, Linda tried her new system on herself.
Linda found by using her new approach, she was no longer getting yeast infections. And, as time went on, her health began to improve. After enough time had passed, Linda began to feel like her old self again; totally free of the many symptoms of systemic Candidiasis. Linda had solved her own problem with a lot of diligent work and persistence.
Linda then showed her new system to her general practitioner; the doctor told her "I think you might have something here." Linda’s general practitioner suggested showing her treatment plan to others; and, Linda did just that.
As Linda began giving her new system to others, she found that they too were repeating her success. Linda would then go on to have a book published detailing her new, natural system to cure systemic Candidiasis. Linda also has a section in her book where she details how to clear up a yeast infection in just 12 hours time—naturally.
Linda’s book is published by a large digital publisher; which is a subsidiary of the U.S. based firm Keynetics Incorporated. Linda’s publisher distributes digital books around the world; and provides her with a safe, easy way to distribute her book. Also, Linda’s publisher protects her book with a 60 day, 100% money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with Linda’s book, you can get a prompt, full refund within 60 days of your purchase. The refund guarantee makes it easy to try out Linda’s natural, safe system without risk.
To learn more about Linda Allen, see reviews from those who tried her book, or to find out more about her book, you can get more information at Linda Allen’s website.
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