Candida is a type of fungus that causes candidiasis infections in a variety of places on the body. Candidiasis infections are most commonly located orally (thrush), vaginally (yeast infections) and gastrointestinally. Medical professionals typically treat these infections with anti-fungal drugs administered both topically and orally. However, aloe vera has natural anti-fungal properties and can help clear up candidiasis and prevent recurrences. If you're looking for an alternative treatment, follow these steps.
Identify your symptoms. Common symptoms of external Candida infections include itching, burning and sores. Oral candidiasis is usually characterized by white deposits in the oral cavity.
See a doctor to diagnose your condition. Some Candida infections are confused with bacterial infections that require antibiotic treatment.
Apply aloe vera gel to external Candida infections, such as diaper rash or male yeast infections. Aloe vera gel is generally safe when applied topically.
Drink aloe vera juice daily to manage Candida colonies in the body naturally. Overgrowth of candida in the gastrointestinal tract can cause heartburn, diarrhea and constipation. Drinking 1 to 3 oz. of Aloe vera juice can help keep Candida in check.
Rinse your mouth with aloe vera concentrate daily to treat oral thrush. The aloe vera counteracts the infection in the mouth sores. Spit out the rinse to expel the infectious deposits rather than introducing them to the digestive tract.
Drink aloe vera juice when taking oral antibiotics. The use of antibiotics can trigger a vaginal yeast infection because the antibiotics kill good bacteria that fight off yeast growth. Aloe vera juice is a natural preventative measure, but it is not guaranteed. Mix aloe vera juice with fruit juice to make it more palatable if you don't like the taste. You can split up your daily dosage and take it throughout the day with meals.
Asthma sufferers are prone to oral Candida infections because of the corticosteroids in their inhalers. Rinse your mouth out after using an inhaler to help prevent thrush from developing. Read the manufacturer's directions and recommendations when you buy a commercial preparation of aloe. Such preparations may have additional ingredients that have restrictions.