3 reasons why you shouldn’t use gentian violet for yeast infection
Is it safe to use gentian violet for yeast infection?
Gentian violet is known for its potent antibacterial and antifungal qualities. It’s sometimes used as an antiseptic, or to treat athlete’s foot and ringworm. Sometimes it’s still used to treat burn wounds and oral candidiasis, especially in babies. It`s often recommended as a vaginal yeast infection remedy.
I’ve tried it myself and I can tell you that apart from being messy, it’s very effective indeed, it’ll help you get rid of itchiness and other nasty symptoms within minutes, but I was always curious why pharmacies in the UK had stopped selling it and I always had to order gentian violet online.
I looked deeper into how gentian violet can affect our health, and I regretted ever using it! I even removed it from my home remedies section. Here`s why you shouldn’t use gentian violet for yeast infection:
- Apart from causing allergic dermatitis, gentian violet can also lead to necrosis in the skin folds.
- In large quantities, gentian violet can cause ulcers, lesions and blisters of mucous membranes and is linked with mouth cancer.
- A study from 1985 found that gentian violet has a carcinogenic effect on animals with long-term exposure. A group of mice where regularly given high doses of gentian violet. Around 64% of females and 23% of males died within two years. Researchers found cancerous growths in their liver, bladder, uterus, vagina. Females appeared to be more susceptible than males.
What can I use instead of gentian violet?
One of the most important things when it comes to fighting vaginal yeast infections is restoring your bacterial balance to boost your defenses and maintain the right pH levels in your vagina. You can try taking one of my favourite probiotic supplements, Garden of Life Women’s probiotics, once a day for a few months or probiotic suppositories, such as Medigyne, once a week as a preventive measure.
If you are currently suffering from a yeast infection and looking for 100% natural treatment, you can use Boric Acid suppositories. If you prefer to get rid of a yeast infection with home remedies, use aloe vera gel to make homemade suppositories. As you can see, there are many options available to help you get rid of a yeast infection, if you want to explore more possibilities read my posts about natural cures or antifungal medications.
Although the carcinogenic properties of gentian violet haven’t been studied in humans, the fact that it can cause such havoc in animals makes me believe that you should use it with a lot of caution or not use it at all. Apart from cancer, it can cause very unpleasant and painful skin conditions, so it’s best to keep it away from your mucous membranes, including your vagina.
If you’ve got any questions or comments, or want to share your experiences with gentian violet, please use the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you!