Why Home Remedies for Chlamydia Are a Bad Idea?
Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs in the United States. According to CDC, it affects over 1 million Americans each year. A person infected with chlamydia will have no symptoms, but they may experience pelvic pain or burning when urinating. They may even develop severe abdominal cramps and possibly bleed from their urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body). If left untreated, chlamydia can cause infertility and even death.
The good news is there are many natural remedies for curing STD infections. These treatments work very well without any side effects. However, these remedies do not prevent infection; they only treat the symptoms of the disease.
Therefore, if you contract another STD during treatment with these home remedies, you will still become infected again because your immune system does not recognize them as being “real” diseases.
In addition, some of these home remedies can be dangerous to use incorrectly. For example, using alcohol instead of water in a remedy for herpes can result in burns and other complications. Some herbal remedies contain toxic ingredients such as mercury or lead which can harm the liver and kidneys.
Many of these home remedies are made up entirely of plants that are poisonous to humans, so you cannot overdose yourself by taking too much of them.
Always use caution when trying any home remedy you find online. Look for sources from well-known organizations and experts in the medical field. Try your best to stay away from websites that sell products as they have a tendency to exaggerate how good their products are.
Home remedy for chlamydia #1: hydrogen peroxide
The use of hydrogen peroxide to cure STDs has been around since the late 1800s. The theory is that it kills all bacteria (including the kind that causes STDs). A mixture of half water and half 3% hydrogen peroxide is recommended for bathing or showering.
You can also drink this mixture.
Treating the sores with hydrogen peroxide can burn them and cause an even more unpleasant odor. However, it can help prevent the spread of chlamydia to other parts of the body. Using this remedy for too long can damage the skin and internal organs.
You need to see a doctor and get a prescription if the disease is left untreated.
Home remedy for chlamydia #2: cranberry juice
Cranberry juice is a popular home remedy recommended for curing many different diseases and disorders of the digestive system. It is believed to contain antioxidants and other healing components. There are no scientific studies that support this use, but many people still report success with drinking cranberry juice.
Cranberry juice can help prevent the spread of chlamydia to other parts of the body and expedite the flushing out of the disease. It can also help to calm the burning sensation that people experience when they have chlamydia in their urethra.
If you decide to try drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry supplements, stay away from sugary varieties as these can worsen the symptoms of chlamydia.
Home remedy for chlamydia #3: apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been used to treat many different health conditions throughout history. The theory behind it is that it can restore the body’s pH balance.
Some people suffering from chlamydia experience burning and itching in the urethra. Applying a small amount of apple cider vinegar to this area can provide relief from the burning sensation. It can also help to reduce the appearance of discharge.
You should dilute the apple cider vinegar before applying it to the urethra. A 50/50 mixture of water and apple cider vinegar is recommended.
Home remedy for chlamydia #4: yogurt and garlic
Many cultures around the world have used yogurt as a health supplement and cooking ingredient for centuries. It contains live active cultures that are good for the digestive system.
Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used as a medicine to treat many different conditions since ancient times. The active ingredient can activate certain enzymes and improve blood circulation in the body.
People have reported success in curing chlamydia with a mixture of garlic and yogurt applied topically to the infected area. You can also drink this mixture for internal treatment.
You should use plain yogurt (with live cultures) and fresh garlic. Crush a few cloves of garlic and boil them in some water for 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and then strain it before adding the yogurt.
Drink this mixture on a daily basis until your symptoms disappear.
Remember to use organic garlic and yogurt without any additives, flavorings or sugars.
You can also crush garlic cloves and apply this directly to the urethra for immediate relief from burning and discharge.
Home remedy for chlamydia #5: tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant. Also known as ti tree oil, it has a distinctive smell and is popular in homeopathic and natural remedies for its healing benefits.
Tea tree oil is an effective antifungal which can help people suffering from yeast infections or candida. It can also treat bacterial vaginosis and urinary tract infections caused by E. coli.
People have reported success in curing chlamydia with a mixture of tea tree oil and coconut oil. You can either drink this mixture or apply it directly to the urethra.
You should dilute the tea tree oil before using it. Some people find the smell too strong when using the oil undiluted.
Where can I find these home remedies?
These home remedies are readily available at any grocery store or pharmacy. You should make sure that you’re buying quality homeopathic treatments that contain only active ingredients and no additives or sugars.
Tea tree oil is widely available at many different stores and online. Again, make sure you’re purchasing a high-quality product that contains only the essential oil.
The other ingredients are readily available and affordable so you shouldn’t have any problems getting hold of them.
What if I experience severe symptoms?
If your chlamydia symptoms are particularly bad you should seek treatment immediately. Your doctor can prescribe antibiotics and antiviral medication to help boost your immune system. They can also prescribe creams and ointments to relieve the burning sensation.
It is very important that you follow your doctor’s advice so that you can effectively treat this condition and prevent any further complications developing.
Is it safe?
The good thing about these home remedies is that they are natural and don’t contain any harsh chemicals or medications. They are inexpensive, easily accessible and easy to prepare. You can use them safely at home without the assistance of a medical professional.
However, as with any self-medication it’s essential that you consult a doctor before treating yourself. They’ll be able to give you advice on the condition and how best to proceed. They’ll also be able to spot any potential complications or warning signs that you may have missed.
How do I know if I have chlamydia?
The most common symptom of chlamydia in men is a burning sensation when you urinate. You may also notice a milky discharge from your urethra when you urinate. If you experience any of these symptoms seek medical attention immediately as it is essential that you are diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
In women, the most common symptom of chlamydia is abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge. Some women may experience pain or a burning sensation during urination. If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Did you know?
Chlamydia can affect both men and women, whether you’re gay or straight. Gay or bisexual men are seven times more likely to be infected with chlamydia than their heterosexual counterparts. Get yourself tested every year and always wear a latex barrier such as condoms to prevent the spread of STDs.
What is chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a common STD that is easily curable in most cases if it’s detected early enough. It is caused by the bacterium ‘chlamydia trachomatis’. There are several different types of chlamydia, some affecting the genital region and others affecting the eyes. It can infect either men or women, whether you’re straight or gay.
How is it transmitted?
Chlamydia is most commonly transmitted through unprotected vaginal, gay or straight, or penile, gay or straight, penetration. It can be transmitted when the mucous membranes come into contact with infected bodily fluids. This includes saliva, urine, and faeces as well as ejaculate and vaginal discharge in the case of chlamydia in women.
Who is at risk?
Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of developing chlamydia, whether you are in a monogamous relationship or have multiple partners. The majority of those who are infected experience no symptoms at all, making it essential to get tested regularly by your doctor if you are sexually active.
How can I protect myself from getting chlamydia?
The best way to avoid getting chlamydia is to practice safe sexual conduct with latex condoms and safer sexual practices. If you are in a monogamous relationship, you should also consider being tested on a regular basis.
What are the different types of chlamydia?
In men, chlamydia can infect the urethra, testicles or prostate gland, rectum and even the epididymis, which is the coiled tube on top and closest to the testicles that stores and transports mature eggs. In women, it can infect the urethra, cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes.
What are the symptoms of chlamydia?
Most people who have Chlamydia experience no symptoms at all. The most common signs and symptoms of chlamydia in men are:
– watery yellow or white discharge from the tip of the man’s genitals;
– burning sensation when passing urine;
– difficulty in achieving an erection; and pain in the testicles.
In women, the most common symptoms are:
– increased vaginal discharge;
– burning sensation when passing urine; and
– pain in the abdomen.
Other symptoms in both males and females can include:
– bleeding between periods;
– lower back pain;
– nausea or pain in the stomach area; and
– general symptoms such as a fever or headache.
These are all just symptoms of chlamydia and don’t necessarily mean you have it.
How is chlamydia diagnosed?
Your doctor can make a chlamydia diagnosis by taking a swab of the discharge from your genitals, or if your testicles are swollen, by doing an ultrasound. This is to check for the presence of the disease.
The usual treatment for chlamydia is antibiotics and often, several visits to your physician are needed to ensure the full course of antibiotics is completed to avoid relapse.
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