Does garlic work for a yeast infection?


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A randomized controlled trial published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology reported that taking garlic orally did not affect vaginal yeast. The lead author of the study, Dr. Cathy J. Watson, told the New York Times that topical garlic is not effective for vaginal yeast infections either.

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Does garlic work for a yeast infection?
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Dr. Watson did say that in the laboratory, garlic has been shown to have anti-fungal properties.

WebMD says that gels containing garlic extract may be effective in treating fungal infections of the skin, such as ringworm, jock itch and athlete's foot; however, WebMD goes on to say that using garlic on the skin is possibly unsafe. Garlic applied to the skin can cause damage that resembles a burn.

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