S. Dhingra and C. K. Roseblade, in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, conducted a study on the effects of boric acid on Candida glabrata. Candida glabrata is responsible for approximately 5% of vaginal infections, and it is a diploid yeast (unlike Candida albicans) and is not as easily treated by azole antifungals.
In the study a 45 year old woman, who had vaginitis for around one year after a hysterectomy, was referred to the Wrexham Maelor Hospital. The woman told the staff that she did not have a systemic illness such as diabetes mellitus. Repeated courses of antifungal therapy had already been tried. The woman took a two week course of oral fluconazole; however, this failed to cure her problem. Next, a combination of topical flucytocine and amphotericin was then tried. Despite the dual action of the drugs, the woman's symptoms persisted. A repeat sensitivity showed that the yeast was resistant to fluconazole, itraconazole, and flucytocine. Because the yeast was resistent to multiple drugs, the decision to try boric acid as a treatment was made.
After being debriefed about the consequences of using boric acid, the woman with the vaginitis decided to give boric acid a try. The woman was started on a 600 mg gelatin capsule of boric acid which was taken intravaginally once a day for two weeks. The use of boric acid like this worked and the woman recovered. Additionally, tests done at both four and eight weeks after showed no signs of Candida glabrata. The study also reports that using a 600 mg capsule of boric acid for two weeks has been shown to be effective at removing Candida glabrata in about 70% of all cases. Despite this, 30% of the patients were not helped and continued to have recurrent episodes of yeast infections.
Another study, described in the Journal of Women's Health (Jan/Feb 2004, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p. 124-125), found that boric acid could be a viable treatment options for people who have yeast infections. The purpose of their study was to see if using boric acid would be effective and safe in women who suffered from Candida glabrata vaginitis. The study reviewed the case records of 141 women who all had positive vaginal cultures of Candida glabrata.
The women who were given a boric acid regimen of 600 mg daily for two to three weeks achieved clinical and mycologic success in 64% of symptomatic women at one center and 71% of women at another center. Stretching out the therapy of boric acid from two weeks to three weeks did not seem to give any advantages.
The study concluded that topical boric acid is a useful addition to therapy for women with azole-refractory Candida glabrata vaginitis.
An Article in Time Magazine
Nancy Snyderman wrote an article for Time magazine where she discussed the use of Boric acid. There are clearly many individuals that wish to use more natural cures or simply do not get rid of their yeast infections using conventional methods. Snyderman suggests that boric acid is a good remedy for yeast infections. She cites a study published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine to back up her claims. The study stated that gel capsules inserted into the vagina which contained boric acid successfully treated 98% of chronic yeast infections in patients who had not responded to prescription medications.
Snyderman states that, as with other medications, if you wish boric acid to work you must take it consistently for the entire length of the treatment. As other aforementioned studies indicated, the typically treatment regimen for boric acid is inserting a 600 milligram gel capsule into the vagina each night for two weeks. You can often get boric acid from your pharmacist, but in some states in the United States, you may need a prescription.
Snyderman also recommends making sure you actually have a yeast infection before you try to treat one. There are many sexually transmitted diseases that have symptoms that are similar to those caused by yeast infections.
More on Boric Acid
Candida Hub has a whole section devoted to boric acid and the relevant information regarding this substance. If you have some time, consider checking out our boric acid section and learning what you can before you start using it to treat your infection. A little knowledge could be a great advantage to your health! You can find out more here: Boric Acid for Yeast Infection.
- Journal of Women's Health (15409996). Jan/Feb2004, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p124-125. 2p.
- Good Question. By: Snyderman, Nancy, Health (Time Inc. Health), 1059938X, Mar 2002, Vol. 16, Issue 2
***This article and the material on this website MAY have slight errors. Make sure you check out our disclaimer.