Don't Use Boric Acid Until You Read This

If you're curious about giving boric acid a shot, it's safe to say you're not alone – the antiviral and antifungal treatment has been used for centuries, making it suitable for a wide variety of uses (via Healthline). Although boric acid is most commonly used for chronic yeast infections, according to Dr. Axe, it can also be used to treat athlete's foot and acne. If you're ready to give it a try, there are just a few things you should know first.

Boric acid is derived from boron, which occurs in certain minerals, volcanic waters, or hot springs (via Dr. Axe). It is a wide-ranging natural antifungal that can be used to treat infections, as well as natural pest control against insects (now that's range!). Its antibiotic properties make it helpful against fungal and bacterial infections. Boric acid can also be found in antiseptics, astringents, skin lotions, and some eyewash products. 

If you're planning on using boric acid for a chronic or recurrent yeast infection, you should know it has been used as a treatment for over 100 years (via Healthline) and some experts now recommend vaginal boric acid suppositories for infections that resist traditional medicines (via WebMD). It can treat both the Candida albicans and Candida glabrata yeast strains by inserting capsules directly into the vagina. This treatment is much less expensive than other over-the-counter medications.

Everything you need to know about boric acid treatments

For a yeast infection, you can shop for premade boric acid suppositories at drug stores or online, or make your own with boric acid powder and gelatin capsules (via Healthline). Possible side effects for its use in yeast infections include burning, discharge, or redness. However, you should steer away from this product if you are pregnant or have an open wound. For best results, it's advised to insert a new capsule every day for one to two weeks until symptoms have cleared.

Boric acid can be used for other purposes apart from yeast infections, most notably for athlete's foot, ear infections, or minor wounds according to MedicineNet. To use BA for athlete's foot, sprinkle some boric acid powder in your socks or stockings as it can help clear mild infections, ease itchiness, and neutralize odors, too. As Dr. Axe explains, the acid modifies the pH of the skin, which can help remove dead skin that feeds the fungus.

MedicineNet recommends also diluting boric acid as a treatment for diaper rash, insect bites, and more, while also touting its benefits in treating foot odor. Moreover, the website describes boric acid's usefulness in treating ear infections but maintains it should not be used in children. Use boric acid mixed with distilled water for minor cuts or burns, but utilize it sparingly. Boric acid is a powerful multi-purpose solution, but should still be used with proper research and advice from a medical professional.