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.
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.
One of the best natural anti fungal agents for treating fungus infections of the skin, tea tree oil may take time to eliminate the fungus; but eliminate it will, and forever. Being very strong and acidic in nature, it is essential to dilute it before usage. Take two parts of tea tree oil and five parts olive oil and mix thoroughly. Apply on the affected skin and massage it so that the oil penetrates the skin and exerts its influence on the fungus. Repeat every day until the fungus recedes completely.
Apple cider vinegar has many medicinal properties and is excellent for skin regeneration and repair and also for treating many bacterial and fungal infections. Apple cider vinegar penetrates deep into the skin and exerts its pressure on the infected skin.
Apple cider vinegar is very strong and hence you need to dilute it with adequate water in order to protect your skin from burning. Apply diluted apple cider vinegar everyday on the skin fungus 3-4 times a day until the fungus is removed completely.
Yoghurt is a wonderful remedy for treating skin infections caused by both bacteria and fungus. Yoghurt with live culture can be applied on the skin and left on for a few hours every day. Take two cups of yoghurt with live cultures as well for internal healing. Continue the application every day until the fungus is completely removed. The live cultures in yoghurt help in increasing the good bacteria and fighting off the infection effectively.
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.
Vinegar is mildly acidic and works well when the infection is at the beginning stage. It has to be diluted with water for making a soak for your infected skin. Take half a cup of vinegar and dilutee it with a bucket of water. Soak or apply the water on the fungus-affected skin and allow 15 to 20 minutes before you rinse off the solution. Vinegar has a strong reaction on the fungus and within a couple of weeks, you will see encouraging results. Apply every day several times until the skin fungus is completely cured.
Using a bleach is one of the best home remedies for skin fungus as bleach is antifungal in nature. However, many people could have skin irritations due to the chemicals in the bleach and the smell could also be unbearable for some.
If you have had problems with bleach before, it is best not to try it on your skin. Otherwise, you can use this remedy, known popularly as ‘Ted’s Remedy’ by adding one cap of bleach solution to a cup of water and soaking a cotton ball for application on the fungus. Leave it on for a few minutes and wash off thoroughly with a soap to prevent skin irritation. Apply every day for a few minutes to cure the fungus infection.
A simple yet very potent remedy for fungus and bacterial infections on the skin is to use garlic every day and destroy the fungal and bacterial growth, thereby preventing the spread of the diseases and also arresting further growth. Garlic has many antifungal and antibacterial properties and also treats many common illnesses of the body and skin. Take 4-5 cloves of garlic every day. You can also rub garlic paste on the affected skin and leave it on for an hour before washing off. Leave a gap of 3-4 days after application of garlic for 2-3 days and start again. This will prevent skin burning.
Lavender essential oil is another strong essential oil that has antifungal 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.
Application of freshly ground turmeric oil too is very beneficial for treating skin fungus. Apply turmeric on the affected skin and leave it overnight and morning as well. Continue application for at least a month for the skin fungus to subside. Turmeric will not only treat the infection, but will also make your skin devoid of marks and pigmentation, thereby making your skin wonderfully smooth and blemish free.
The mild antiseptic properties of Epsom salt will help in destroying the fungus growth on the skin. Mixing Epsom salt with baking soda can help in increasing the efficiency of the treatment. Take half a cup of baking soda and another half cup of Epsom salt and mix it with your bath water.
Soak for fifteen minutes every day for removing the skin fungus. After patting dry, you may apply virgin coconut oil on the affected area and dust some baking soda powder every few hours. Soon the fungus will start receding and finally you will be completely relieved from the skin infection.