Fungus is a type of germ that exists in the air, on plants, in soil and even on the different parts of our body. Most of the time, these germs are harmless; but sometimes due to compromised immune system, malnutrition, low oxygen level, poor blood circulation, and constant use of soaps while bathing that removes the acid layer that a healthy skin secrets on skin’s surface to form a protective barrier makes the skin susceptible to fungal overgrowth and results in fungal infection.
Fungal infections of the skin are often accompanied by Candida overgrowth in different parts of the body, most often in the intestinal tract. There are different types of fungal infections like thrush, vaginal yeast, brain fog, jock itch and athlete’s foot which affect different parts of the body. They usually develop in warm, dark and covered areas of the body like toes and groin area.
They are categorized according to the type of microorganism and the body part that have been affected. Prolonged use of antibiotics is also considered a common cause for fungal infection as they often kill good bacteria and allow the growth of fungus unchecked.
Various Natural Cures For Fungal Infections
Most fungal infections can be treated with simple natural remedies and they will provide relief from the symptoms. But complete eradication is accomplished by following a proper diet, consumption of supplements that helps immune system function normally, and use of anti-fungal and probiotics.
Applying clove oil or clove powder to the affected area of the skin can help you get rid of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with fungal infections and also aid in speeding up the healing process.
Raw garlic contains antifungal, anti-bacterial and antiviral properties that can kill candida and other fungi. Apply garlic puree or garlic extract to the affected part to get relief from fungal infection. For yeast infection, apply olive oil on the garlic pod and inset into the vagina. The olive oil works as a lubricant and the garlic kills the microorganism effectively and brings relief.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an excellent remedy for treating ringworm, athlete’s foot and yeast infection. But this oil is too strong for your delicate skin. So it should be diluted before using. Add two to three drops of tea tree oil in small amounts of water and apply on the affected part using a cotton ball.
For curing athlete’s foot or nail fungus, soak the affected part in white vinegar. Vinegar being a weak acid works to restore the pH balance of the skin. It is a good remedy for curing fungal infection in the vagina and other parts of the body. Taking Sitz Bath can help to cure fungal infection of the vagina. For curing skin yeast infection, Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy. It can be used as an ointment also.
Rubbing Aloe Vera gel on the infected area can bring relief by killing the germs from the fungal infection as Aloe Vera is an anti-parasitic.
Liquid whey mixture can be used on the infected area after soaking a cotton ball with this mixture. Use this remedy before going to bed so that it can work overnight to fight the fungal infection.
Yogurt contains acidophilic bacteria which are good bacteria that produce hydrogen peroxide useful for neutralizing the pH level and killing the fungi. Due to this, it has been found to be an excellent remedy for yeast infection.
Diet For Fungal Infection
Boosting your immune system will help to fight fungal infection in a far better way. Eat foods high in minerals and vitamins. Certain foods like acidic foods, cheese, caffeinated beverage, chocolate, salt, sugar and junk foods that encourage the growth of fungus should be avoided.
Drink adequate water to flush out toxins from the body. Some foods are considered good for fungal infections like plain yogurt, onion, garlic etc. So they must be added to your diet to get rid of fungal infection. Keep the areas that are infection prone clean and dry as sweat and moisture can trigger fungal infection.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.