Yeast infection while traveling: It’s an uncomfortable topic, that’s for sure – and words like itching, burning and inflamed only scratch the surface (heeeey-o).
Although it’s not often discussed, we know firsthand that sometimes as a woman you’re going to face some uncomfortable things on the road–and we’re here to help.
If you’ve never had a yeast infection, you’re one of the lucky ones, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t get one on your next trip. New products, climates and lifestyle changes can throw off the PH balance of your lady parts, causing an infection that can put a serious damper on your adventure.
So what do you do if you’re traveling and get a yeast infection, but you’re nowhere near a pharmacy? Or you don’t know the language to describe your symptoms? Or they simply do not have the medication you’re looking for?
If you know you’re prone to yeast infections, do yourself a favor and pack some Monistat with the rest of your ‘just in case’ medications. But if you find yourself stuck without traditional treatment options (ie, over-the-counter meds), here are some natural remedies and tips to help you feel better, fast:
How to Prevent a Yeast Infection While Traveling
Stay dry and cool
The bacteria that causes yeast infections thrives in moist, warm environments. This means no lounging in a wet bikini. Avoid activities that make you sweat. Take cool showers, and towel off thoroughly.
Avoid clingy clothing
No panty hose, tights or spandex. Wear cotton panties, as it’s the most breathable fabric. Stick to skirts if possible, or any of your other lose bottoms.
Avoid harsh soaps
Also avoid feminine hygiene products, as they will hurt more than help. Avoid anti-bacterial soaps as well, as they will kill the good bacteria that is fighting off your infection.
Now, down to business:
How to Treat A Yeast Infection While Traveling
You may not be near a pharmacy, but chances are you’re near a grocery store. Buy all natural, plain yogurt, and apply it to the affected area (both outside and inside, if it’s present internally). If applying within, lay down to insert. The live cultures in yogurt will help restore your PH balance, plus the cool yogurt will calm the irritation. Apply as needed throughout the day, and liberally before bed.
Grab a Clove of Garlic
This one sounds kind of weird, but worth a try if the yogurt doesn’t do the trick: sew a string through a peeled clove of garlic and insert like a tampon. Garlic kills yeast. This method will be most effective if you catch the yeast infection on the first day of discomfort. Leave the clove in over night and remove in the morning.
If you’re not into the above garlic idea, make sure to eat 1 to 4 cloves of it a day any way you like. It will help boost your immune system and fight off the infection.
Tea Tree Oil
We heard that tea tree oil can also soothe irritation, but should mainly be used externally. Apply as needed.
If all else fails, tap into your greatest and most important asset as a solo female traveler – the local ladies. If symptoms persist, ask for advice or where you can see a doctor.
What other natural tips and tricks would you add to this list?
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I got a yeast infection the day before a planned backpacking trip and tried the garlic clove method and it worked for me. Good advice.
This is an informative article but please note that bacteria does not cause yeast infections. Yeast are a type of fungi which is separate from bacteria.
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Ahh this resonates so much with me!! I’m hugely susceptible to developing thrush while travelling, but recently started popping probiotics like there’s no tomorrow and haven’t had an outbreak in more than six months of travel 🙂 a friend also suggested cranberry supplements which I carry as well and take as soon as I feel any kind of twinge.
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Very nice list. I remembered when battling a yeast infection which was insanely hard for me…for several years! (5 actually). I had to stop exercises because it would make the area sweaty and worsen the condition.
Medicines/Creams did me NO good either (in longterm use)…but I was able to beat my infection using the Yeast Infection No more program. Here is a good review of it: http://www.yeastinfectionbase.com/yinm-candida-cleanse-2?4
It really helped me alot not only get rid of my yeast infection but also give me “new”
healthy body.This was 3 months ago, and I’ve had no sign of the infection reoccurring. I wish the best for those struggling to get rid this pretty annoying disease 🙂