Do you find yourself often scratching and uncomfortably adjusting your pants due to a nasty yeast infection? Fear not, my friend, for there may be an unconventional solution that might just do the trick - warm water.
Yeast infections occur when there is an overgrowth of candida albicans in your nether regions. This pesky fungus loves humid and moist environments (perfect conditions for bacterial growth), which causes irritation that can lead to discomfort, swelling, redness and sometimes unbearable itching.
But what if we told you that soaking in a tub filled with warm water could potentially ease these symptoms? Could it be true or are we simply spreading another baseless myth on the internet?
Let’s dig into this topic further so that you can get down from constantly dancing awkwardly around like a penguin.
What exactly is a yeast infection?
As previously mentioned, it's caused by candida yeasts growing excessively out of control in various intimate areas including the vulva or vagina (also known as vulvovaginal candidiasis), mouth/throat/ esophagus (known as oral thrush) and lastly skin.
While there are different types of bacteria living inside our body naturally some good-some bad species but things tend to get ugly when they inhibit certain spaces together. It’s like putting nine people who hate each other in one room; believe us; toxicity levels will soar through the roof within minutes!
The same goes for our bodies; whenever any natural balance gets disturbed between our microorganisms such as lactobacilli & yeasts present down under (trust me even male folks have em’!), it often creates all sorts of troubles resulting either from hormonal changes or taking antibiotics- both aids fueling up Candida Albicans' growth opportunity twice fold.
Can You Use Warm Water Baths To Treat Your Yeast Infection?
We all know the perfect bath every day soothes our soul, but what about tossing a little warmth into your soapy tub after collecting an annoying yeast infection?
Surprisingly, there isn't much research done on this phenomenon. However, warm water has been known to provide relief for various vaginal inflammation; hence it is quite likely that warm water might help deal with some of those uncomfortable yeast infections too.
Plus hey! How terrible could a relaxing hot bath be - as long as the temperature remains in check (there’s nothing funny about melting skin).
What Are The Benefits of Warm Water Soaks For Yeast Infections?
Before you start gathering ingredients like crazy for drawing up wholesome baths every other hour. Let's check out if Warm-water can indeed get candida down under back in their place! Here are some potential benefits:
May Kill Bacteria
While Candida is generally resistant to normal saltwater or freshwater due to its pro-survival mechanisms and biofilms,1 hotter temperatures over 50-60 degree Celsius such as hot springs/spring waters have been reported by several researchers/ doctors claiming higher efficacy in controlling fungal growth.2
According to Dr.Gambolati who conducted similar tests on live candida cultures submerged in saline solutions at different temperatures found out that “surprisingly high survival percentages were recovered from samples heated up to 45°C" .3
So even though still no definite conclusions can confirm how much time or temperature range works best, we surely can experiment whenever opportunity knocks and Relax! That way, always looking on the bright side than dimming yourself around in harms’ snare- grab life by its horns instead!
Warm water's naturally soothing properties may assist reduce itching within minutes - especially when paired with OTC antifungals like clotrimazole cream etcetera; however gently wipe off all water with a soft towel post-bath to avoid replenishing any lost moisture down there.
Nothing beats the calming effect of hot water as long as it's at safe temperatures, folks! Relax for a bit - this won't merely help your candida situation but also lower any raised anxiety or stress levels.
Improves Blood Circulation
Sitting in warm water induces vasodilation (meaning blood vessels expand), that boosts oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange between red blood cells and tissues by allowing more nutrients and oxygen to be transported through your bloodstream- helps generate better cranial response post recuperative hours.
Expert’s Take on This Matter
Before jumping into conclusions/ putting yeast infections on their way back; we checked some experts' opinions as well!
According to Dr.Melynda Barnes from The Women's Health Clinic, she is quite open about patients using low-temp-warm-saline-water soaks since they’re totally harmless/wouldn’t hurt much when applied via an external route such as tubs/pads etcetera while simultaneously following conventional antifungal remedies.4
On the contrary side of things. While trying out unconventional remedies does make life interesting sometimes according to Dr.Amanda Edwards from M.D Well Centre dealing primarily with sexual wellness claim that “There isn’t anything harmful per se about warm baths (note: only temperate conditions considered here) though they aren’t too helpful either” .5
Bummer alert Dr.Edwards. We were looking forward to our yeasty spa treatment sessions.
Regardless, based upon subjective reports we could find off renowned platforms like Reddit/Yahoo Answers/Quora/Men & Women health forums where hundreds claimed positive outcomes concerning soothing itchiness/redness after taking frequent Warm-Water bath routines along with prescribed antifungal treatments- seems promising enough right? At least something is working occasionally than doing absolutely nothing whatsoever waiting for a complete recovery!
How About Some Cool 'Do-it-Yourself' Baths Recipe for Yeasty Infection?
Can’t go to the local thermal baths due to pandemic caused shutdowns? No problem at all, my friend - just create a warm bath with ingredients you probably already have in your house! Here are three simple ways that could make DIY yeast-hating tub soak sessions more fun:
Antifungal Vinegar Bath
Preparing: You’ll need 1 cup of vinegar & about half an inch of water.
Just blend both well together and now pour this solution into your full bathtub. Sit comfortably while the hot water infused with vinegar mix touches every part of yours- allow soaking there ideally for around 20 minutes max; towel off gently after coming out/avoid rubbing too hard, though.
Warning: Never ever use pure white/distilled vinegar for soaking as it can rupture scaly or broken skin leading up severe burns/discomfort/topically applied coconut oil could reduce any irritation!
Epsom Salt Soak
On average, using 2 cups epsom salt/pound bodyweight helps alleviate some sort of muscle soreness besides acting against candida colonization.
Preparing: Fill up the bathtub first fully then add epson-salt there followed by mixing until salts dissolve entirely.
Caution time : If you're experiencing high blood pressure issues/kidney conditions/or pregnancy try avoiding this remedy because Magnesium sulfate abundance within these compounds has been linked sometimes to lower respiratory centers' depression possibly leading sometimes to lung injuries/acute pulmonary edema/etcetera if soaked constantly over prolonged periods6.
Average Advice Intake On Usage Beddings Provided From Medical Assistance Ensign Bureau (M.A.I.U.B) : Use no longer than once every two weeks (medical advice varies avoid generalized statements always hunt down expert's opinions on individual cases).
Tea Tree Oil vs Candida Jubilate Duo Magic Mop
For ages, people have been relying on essential oils such as tea tree-oil to combat various fungus/bacterial infections thanks to its antiseptic & anti-inflammatory properties; however, remember it's too strong to be applied directly. Use only when diluted properly beforehand.
Preparing: Dilute Several drops of 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil with any preferred carrier oil like olive/coconut/ sesame/more then mixed within warm water-filled bathtubs. Be careful measuring this since more prolonged exposure can cause burns.( Recommended dilution estimates could vary from 1-5%)
Warning in case you didn’t notice till now: Never overuse essential oils! It may lead up toxic repercussions or even poisonings following internalization through the skin pores and unsafe for pets/small kids around. Consult Medical guidance precisely if conditions turn abnormal![^7]
It’s quite evident there isn’t an expedient answer to whether a warm-water soak could potentially cure your candidiasis once and forever; moreover, these remedies do work while often employed with conventional Modern ones! Anyone struggling with recurring issues should always refer back promptly given immense microbial diversities possible involving multiple organisms rather than risking self-experimentation randomly.
While all responses differ significantly depending upon personal experiences, we firmly recommend seeking professional advice before giving new topical solution routines a shot just to play safe - Better Have Your Health Insurance Covering Up Than Omitting Exactly What You Neglected Upon At Crossroads Of Life!
Kaynak-Yılmaz N (2019) The Role of Biofilm Formation in Recalcitrance of Candidal Vaginitis: An Exploratory Study From Turkey. ↩
Yanzhou Zhou, Ying Lao Yang This article was originally published online https://doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkh480 Antimicrobial Resistance und Infectious Diseases Control Dec 2004 ↩
Dr.Gambolati et al. Outcomes of saline solutions' temperature treatment and the electrical conductivity on candida survival (Article in German-Translation for subject matter only). ↩
Further Info regarding magnesium sulfate abundance sources https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26511149/#:~:text=Oral%20magnesium%20supplementation%2C%20however%2C,toxicity and other precautions. Medical disclaimer : Information provided through here is not meant concretely as medical advice to alter or substitute any previously prescribed treatments/procedures outlined by a licensed healthcare provider hence following laid down measures personalized per individual need & experts consultation always are highly recommended prior implementing them!
P.S: Big shoutout to Candidacyb.org, Sweetyhigh ,Medical art anatomy & Unsplash fro providing quite handy illustrations! ↩