Skin fungus can be a worrying problem and could create issues during treatment as well. Being highly contagious, it can spread fast from person-to-person and through personal belongings. Therefore, the best way is to prevent a fungal skin infection from setting in.
Fungal infections are usually categorized by the type of fungi causing the problem, the affected body part and the severity of the infection. These infections can occur on the surface of your skin, within a skin fold or on any other area that is warm and humid and cause intense itching.
It is very important to treat the infected area as it may spread to the entire body and cause other complications. The general symptoms of these skin infections include itching, rashes, redness, skin shedding and sometimes bleeding. Sometimes fungus is easily visible but most of the times, the fungus is present in the first layer of the skin due to sweat, germs and bacteria are accumulated on the skin. Several home remedies are known to be highly effective in treating fungal skin infections, these treatments may take time to take effect even though they are very effective in the long run for controlling as well as treating all kinds of fungal infections of the body.
Garlic: Is a useful anti fungal agent and hence very effective for any type of fungal infection, it also has antibacterial and antibiotic properties that play a key role in the recovery process. Crush two garlic cloves and add a few drops of olive oil to make a paste. Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave it on for 30 minutes. Then wash the area with lukewarm water and pat dry the skin thoroughly. Follow this treatment twice daily until you get rid of the infection. To treat a fungal infection in the va gina, wrap one garlic clove in gauze and put it in the va gina for not more than 30 minutes. Use this treatment once daily for several days. You can also add a few garlic cloves to your food to speed up the healing process of any fungal infection. You can even take garlic supplements, but only after consulting your doctor.
Coconut oil: Works as an effective remedy for any type of fungal infection due to the presence of medium-chain fatty acids, these fatty acids work as natural fungicides to kill the fungi responsible for the infection.Gently rub extra-virgin coconut oil on the affected area and allow it to dry on its own, repeat two or three times daily until the infection clears up. Mix equal amounts of coconut oil and cinnamon oil and apply it on the affected area, follow this remedy twice daily to control the growth of the infection. For a va ginal infection, soak a tampon in organic coconut oil and insert it in the va gina. Leave it in for two hours. After removing the tampon, rinse the area thoroughly with lukewarm water. Repeat the process once daily until the infection is gone.
Hydrogen peroxide: Soaking the affected skin in hydrogen peroxide is one way that you can use for treating skin fungus. Hydrogen peroxide may sometimes cause skin irritation at first. Therefore, you must dilute it before soaking your body. Take one cup of hydrogen peroxide and add to one gallon of water. This can be used for soaking the skin for twenty minutes a day. Continue treatment until the skin fungus is completely gone.
Plain yogurt: For treating a fungal infection, you can use plain, unsweetened yogurt with live, active cultures. The probiotics present in plain yogurt can keep the growth of fungi in check by producing lactic acid. Soak cotton in plain yogurt and apply it on the infected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water and pat dry. Follow this remedy two times a day until the infection clears. In case of va ginal infection, dip a tampon in yogurt and insert it in the va gina for two hours. Do this twice a day. Also, make plain yogurt a part of your daily diet, eat two to three cups of plain yogurt daily until the infection is gone completely.
Lavender essential oil: This is another strong essential oil that has anti fungal properties. Apply on the area of fungus every day two times and leave it on for twenty minutes. Lavender oil is wonderfully scented and hence can be applied on the affected skin even while you are out. Care must be taken to ensure that the lavender oil that you use is not just a scented oil but one with pure medicinal properties.
Tea: The tannins in tea can help kill the fungi responsible for fungal infections, tea has antibiotic and astringent properties that help get rid of the symptoms of a fungal infection like the burning sensation, swelling and skin irritation. Soak a few tea bags in warm water for 10 minutes. Remove them from the water, and put them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Apply the cold tea bags on the affected area, repeat this remedy three times daily until the infection clears up completely. For toenail fungus or athlete’s foot, steep five black tea bags in four cups of boiling water for five minutes. Allow the water to cool and then soak the affected foot in it for 30 minutes, repeat twice daily for five to six weeks.
Apple cider vinegar: This is a common treatment for any kind of fungal infection, due to the presence of antimicrobial properties, apple cider vinegar helps kill the fungus causing the infection. Its mild acidic nature helps prevent the infection from spreading and promotes speedy recovery. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in one cup of warm water and drink it twice daily. Another option is to dilute apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water, and then apply it externally on the affected skin. Leave it on for 30 minutes. You can even soak the infected skin area in this solution for 30 minutes, when done, pat dry the area thoroughly with a towel or dryer. You can use any of these remedies until you get rid of the infection.
Olive leaf: Contains anti fungal as well as antimicrobial properties that help kill fungi. Plus, it makes the immune system strong, which helps in faster recovery. Grind a few olive leaves to make a paste, apply it directly on the affected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes, rinse it off with warm water and pat dry the skin thoroughly. Follow this remedy once or twice daily until the infection is gone. You can also drink two to three cups of olive leaf tea daily for faster recovery. To make the tea, steep one or two teaspoons of crushed and dried olive leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy your tea.
Cranberries: Cranberries contain antifungal properties that effectively combat fungi, drink a glass of unsweetened fresh cranberry juice several times a day for a month. This will ensure speedy recovery, you can also take cranberry tablets two or three times a day.
Along with these remedies, practice good hygiene to treat as well as to avoid fungal infections. If your infection is severe, consult a doctor.