How does boric acid help with yeast infections?


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Antiviral and antifungal characteristics in boric acid help treat vaginal yeast infections, although doctors need more research to show its effectiveness level, according to WebMD. As of 2014, studies show that about 70 percent of women who use boric acid for yeast infections obtain successful results. Use boric acid capsules to treat yeast infections by inserting one capsule into the vagina before bedtime nightly for two weeks, or as your health care professional recommends, according to University of Washington Medicine.

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Vaginal capsules of boric acid treat recurring yeast infections that imidazole drugs cannot treat effectively, such as C. tropicalis and C. glabrata, according to University of Washington Medicine. To make the capsules, use boric acid powder, not crystals, and fill size 0 gelatin capsules to their capacity. Boric acid is not toxic to the vagina but is extremely toxic if you take it by mouth, so do not consume it orally. Keep boric acid out of children's reach.

After treating your yeast infections, continue using boric acid capsules in the vagina twice weekly for six months to one year or as your health care professional advises, according to WebMD. Women who use boric acid in vaginal capsule form experience irritated skin sometimes. If you are pregnant, do not use boric acid.

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