Taking the fungus fight home

This article looks at the other choices away from the usual over-the counter meds. available to people wanting to treat their nail and foot fungal infections. These loosely fall into the field of home-based remedies.

It can be a time-consuming process trying to clear up Fungal infections. It’s fair to say that they can be quite hard to treat these days. This can be due to fungus possessing greater resistance to modern treatments.

Natural antifungal treatments

There’s a host of over-the-counter solutions available to the public and people can easily find antifungal ointments meds. to choose from.

But for those people who require natural remedies and with an eye on cost there are other solutions. For centuries people have been using home treatments to fight off fungus and here are the top 10 popular solutions

1. Fight fungus with Tea Tree Oil

This is an interesting treatment for nail fungus. A lot of fans of this oil see improvements after 2-3 weeks of using the substance. Not only is it antifungal but also an antibacterial potion too. Tea Tree oil is very strong and people could imagine it as a sort of natural bleach. Because it’s so powerful it needs to be diluted when used on the body. A good way to do this is dilute the oil with coconut oil or olive oil. Care should be taken to ensure applications are focused on the affected area of the skin. This is because careless application might encourage the spreading of fungus to other areas of the body.

2. Be on the money apply some antifungal

Raw unpasteurized honey for many years has been known by some for its amazing healing characteristics. It’s thought, honey in this state, effectively eradicates bacteria and fungus. The reason for this is it has the essential property of containing hydrogen peroxide which is a useful antiseptic. People wishing to treat fungal infection are required to apply a tablespoon of honey to the problem area at least once a day. The obvious drawback is honey is infamous for being sticky and messy. So clear consideration should be given to the inconvenience and discomfort of having to apply and protect the treatment area.

3. Antifungal coconut oil

Coconut oil is another treatment used by some for tackling nail fungus. It has been used for centuries in general skin care and for healing wider ailments. The oil has considerable antifungal properties which can destroy fungus. It’s very easy to use and has a pleasing and pleasant aroma. This anti-fungal agent is a safe, natural topical medicine. It can be easily applied all over the body and there are no uncomfortable side effects to deal with. Because it is gentle on the skin, it’s an easy choice for people to use and it also can be employed in treating scalp ringworm as well. For the good results it’s probably best to use it 3 times a day.

4. The turmeric fungal treatment

In many parts of the world Turmeric is commonly used to treat a range of ailments. A lot of people choose the powder to treat fungal skin infection because it’s widely available and natural. For instance, Turmeric is used throughout India as a home remedy for fungal infections and a host of other complaints. This spice has effective antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. For those people who have fungal infections it is frequently mixed with water so it can be applied to problem areas. Turmeric is so flexible it not only can be used in cooking, but also as a tea for medicinal purposes.

5. Garlic the potent anti-fungus

Garlic is a herb that has very potent antifungal and antimicrobial properties. It has also been recognized as an agent in thinning of the blood which is good news for those with heart conditions. It’s also known that people who consume garlic on a regular basis are less susceptible to acquiring fungal infections. To treat areas of fungal infection it’s required to make a paste. This can be done by a crushing about 5 cloves of the herb and then mixing the smashed pieces with olive oil. One then has to take this mix and spread it on the infected area and leave this for about 30 minutes. Garlic can used to treat ringworm, Candida, Trichophyton, Torulopsis, and Cryptococcus. Apply on the infected region for 30 minutes. Although entirely natural and efficacious, garlic has one very pungent drawback. It takes a brave person to put this paste on and not worry about the intense odor associated with the herb.

6. Neem leaves fungus dead

Scientifically known as Azadirachta indica, Neem leaves have been utilized as a traditional medicine of India for centuries. It’s interesting to note that Neem leaves have been used for treating skin troubles and rheumatism. Many people believe that Neem has a powerful anti-fungal infection property. Some researchers even claim it to be the ultimate remedy for fungus. Many people boil a handful of leaves and drink the residue as a sort of tea. Others apply the leaves in a mashed-up paste to infected areas on their bodies. It’s also possible to bath in neem water as general treatment for fungus. Short term use of the leaves is safe however, since no meaningful studies on its use have been done, proceed with caution over longer-term exposure.

7. Apply antiseptic aloe vera

Aloe vera is recognized throughout the globe for its soothing qualities in treating skin ailments and it’s also famous for being an active ingredient in fighting fungal infections. It’s no surprise that this plant is ranked one of the finest natural home remedies on the market. Being antiseptic means that Aloe Vera kills fungus and bacteria. Another surprising benefit it has is it can decelerate the growth of yeast on the body. Apart from being a little sticky Aloe Vera is easy to apply and has a reasonably pleasant odor.

8. Apple cider vinegar is antibacterial

This acidic ingredient is an effective home remedy for fungal infections, it’s rich in nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus and filled with antibacterial and antifungal properties. The acidic properties of apple cider vinegar slow down fungal growth, thus treating infections quickly and effectively. Apple cider vinegar can be used in multiple ways to ward off fungal infections. People mix 2 tablespoons in warm water and drink it or dip a cotton ball in it and dab that over their skin. This is mostly done 3 times a day for beneficial results.

9. Consume yoghurt

Yoghurt and other probiotics are worthy of consideration. They contain a considerable amount, of good bacteria, which help keep fungal infections at bay. They fight the microbes that cause nail infections. People can also find another great source of probiotics in fermented food. Probiotic supplements are also available which have a concentrated dosage of good bacteria.

10. Use lemongrass oil

Lemongrass is another efficacious ingredient full of antimicrobial potential. The idea with this is to combine lemongrass oil with another oil as a carrier agent and then to dab it gently on the affected area with a cotton ball or swab twice a day for best results.

Research References

Arunaloke Chakrabarti, 2008; Overview of opportunistic fungal infections in India
Dr Oliver Starr, March 2018; Fungal Infections
How to cure fungal infection on skin naturally