Fungal infection of skin, also known as mycosis, can be of various kinds and can affect in many ways. They often affect the skin due to its keratin content. Fungus is the main reason behind athlete’s foot, ring worms and yeast infections. It can cause redness, inflammation of the skin with small blisters. It can leave the skin patchy once the infection takes place. Fungus is present in air, plants, soil and water.
Where mild fungal infections can cause rashes in the skin, infections of the lung can be fatal. There are some uncommon fungal infections like fungal meningitis (caused due to a fungus named Cryptococcus neoformans) and that which enters the bloodstream. In both the cases, one should approach the doctor for treatment. Fungal infections of throat, vagina also exist and immediate medical treatment should be taken in both the cases. Fungal infections are that of eye too and can take place after an eye injury. Fungal infections can affect the immune system too and weaken it.
While most of the fungal we discussed here needs medical attention, we will concentrate on the most common type of infections, which are exterior in nature, and look at some home remedies to treat them:
Home remedies for fungal infections
Yogurt is the formation of probiotic bacteria in the milk which is somewhat sweet-sour and gives the body the right kind of bacteria to fight with fungal infections. Studies have revealed that consuming yogurt actually makes the body flush out toxins, hydrates the body and gets rid of fungus. It helps in fighting particularly with the vagina fungal infections, throat infections and more.
- Consume yogurt to flush out the fungus from your body
- Apply yogurt in infected areas to get a relief
Garlic is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-biotic and has healing properties. As a result, the consumption of garlic on a daily basis keeps you away from the infection most of the times. However, if you are infected garlic can be used as an aid to get rid of the fungal infections.
- Mix garlic paste with a few drops of olive oil. This smooth paste is both healing and moisturizing. Apply it on the fungal infected areas and let it dry for about 30 minutes. Wash it off and feel the difference. Repeat the therapy for a few times to get rid of fungal infection.
- For vaginal fungal infections people have tried putting in the garlic cloves inside their vagina for a few minutes and have gotten good results out of it. However, it is only safe when you have the right mechanism to use it.
Green Tea is anti-inflammatory and has the ability to fight with the fungal infection quite well. Consumption of green tea on a daily basis keeps your immunity levels on check and helps alleviate fungal infections too. Collect the used green tea bags and chill them in the refrigerator to use it as the therapy for removing fungal infection. These cold green tea bags can be applied on the affected areas to get immediate relief.
Wash the affected area with turmeric water to ward off the infection. Regular practice with reduce the infection and give better results. Turmeric paste can also be used as a viable option to treat the infection. Apply the paste and keep it overnight for better results.
Put some neem leaves in a bucket full of water and leave it for some hours. Wash the affected area with this water to treat the infection. Neem is the best ingredient to treat any bacterial and fungal infection. Neem leaves can also be made into a paste and applied on the affected area and left overnight. It can be washed off the next day. Regular practice of this method will reduce the infection in a few days. Neem tree oil can also be used as an ingredient to treat the infection.
Peepal tree leaves
Boil some leaves of peepal tree in some water. Let it cool down. Wash the affected area with the water for better results. Paste of peepal tree leaves can be used as an effective way to treat the fungal infection. It can be applied for a few hours and then be washed off.
Aloe vera gel can be applied directly on the affected area. It will have a soothing effect on the skin and reduce the infection.
Mint leaves will have a soothing effect on the infected area. Mint leaves can be put in a bucket full of water and be put to boil. Let the water cool down and use it to wash the affected area. Paste of mint leaves can be made and then applied on the affected area. Let it rest for some hours and it can then be washed off. Mint leaves will not only have a cooling effect but will also treat the fungus.
Take 5 grams of camphor powder with 1 gram of naphthalene powder and kerosene oil. Mix the three ingredients and then apply the paste onto the affected area. Leave it for some time and then wash it off. This paste should be applied twice a day for better and effective results. Camphor has a soothing effect and anti-fungal qualities. Camphor powder can also be used alone to treat fungal infections.
Make paste of black grams and mix it with some honey. Apply the paste onto the affected area for better results.
Take some lemon juice and mix it with the paste of tamarind seeds. Apply the paste onto the affected area and leave it for some time before washing it off.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has qualities that are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It can be applied to any area affected by fungal infection for effective results.
Eucalyptus oil can also be very beneficial to treat fungal infection. It can be applied and be left overnight for better and effective results.
Cloves and clove oil can be used to treat fungal infections. Make paste of cloves and apply it onto the affected area. Leave it for some time and wash it off. It has anti-fungal qualities and can treat the affected area in a few days.