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Fungal Skin Infections: How to Prevent and What are the Home Remedies?

There are millions of fungus species but only a few affect human skin

Fungal skin infections are common to places that do not get much air

Sweating, humidity and poor hygiene are causes of fungal infections

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Dr. Vikas Hawai
July 26th, 2021
8 mins read

Fungi are present everywhere in the environment. They can live in the air, soil, or even on your skin. There are millions of fungus species, but only a few of them cause infections. [1Fungal skin infections happen when these microorganisms grow abnormally on your skin or penetrate your skin through cuts or wounds. Some fungal infections can spread if you come in direct contact. Fungal skin infections mostly affect the areas of your skin that don’t get enough airflow.

You may feel irritation, redness, itching, or swelling on your skin if you come in contact with these infectious agents. Some common fungal skin infections include athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworms, and yeast infections. Modern medicine has come a long way, but many strains of infection have now become resistant to medication. As such, it helps to be aware of the causes, effective prevention tips, and ways to deal with an infection at home.

Take a look at the causes of fungal skin infections and a few natural fungus treatment solutions.

Causes of fungal skin infections 

The causes range from environmental factors to unhealthy habits and improper body function. Here is a list to shed light on a few.

  • Wet environment, humidity, or hot climate 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Weak immunity because of HIV, cancer, diabetes, or stress 
  • Lack of personal hygiene, not keeping skin dry and clean
  • Wearing overly tight clothing
  • Wearing dirty clothes or sharing towels, bedding, or shoes
  • Skin-to-skin contact with infected animals
  • Hormonal changes in the body

Additional Read: Ultimate Skincare Guide For Men With Oily Skin: Important Dos And Don’ts 

types of fungal infections

Home remedies that double up as natural antifungal for skin 

  • Tea tree oil 

Tea tree oil is rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it a potent natural antifungal for the skin. Mix it with coconut or olive oil and apply it to the infected skin area 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Turmeric 

Turmeric, mainly used in food, can also be used to treat fungal skin infections. This is because it has powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix it with water or carrier oils and then apply over the infected area.

  • Garlic 

Garlic is an antifungal and antimicrobial herb that has many health benefits. [2] To treat a fungal infection, crush a few garlic cloves and paste them with olive oil. Then, apply to the infected area and leave for about 30 minutes. Eating garlic daily can also negate the need for constant skin fungal infection treatment, reducing the occurrence.

  • Ginger 

Studies have found that ginger’s antifungal properties are effective against fungal infections like candida. [3] Add ginger to your diet or drink ginger tea to prevent or treat fungal infections.

  • Neem 

Neem leaves are another natural antifungal for the skin. Boil neem leaves in water for a couple of minutes and uses the water to wash the fungal-infected area. You can also take a hot water bath with neem leaves boiled in it. Neem has been extensively used in Ayurveda, Unani, and Homoeopathy due to its medicinal properties. [4]

  • Baking soda 

Baking soda is a prevalent ingredient, and it has antifungal properties too. It is known to help with the Athlete’s foot. All you have to do is put some baking soda on your feet to keep the infection from spreading through sweat and moisture.

  • Yogurt 

Probiotics like yogurt have an abundance of good bacteria that keep fungal infections at bay. Fermented foods also work to the same effect and can help. If neither of the options works for you, see a doctor about this treatment route.

  • Aloe vera 

Aloe vera is used in skin care products because of its skin health benefits. It is a natural antifungal for skin that you can apply to the area of infection. It soothes and repairs damage along with curing the skin infection.

  • Apple cider vinegar 

Apple cider vinegar is also known to have antifungal properties. Use a cotton ball to dip in it and dab over the infected area. Doing this three times a day should give you the results. Alternatively, you can add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to warm water and drink it.

  • Coconut oil 

Coconut oil, when unheated, can be applied to skin infections. It is safe for your skin and has potent antifungal properties. You can also apply it to treat ringworms on the scalp. Use coconut oil three times a day to reduce such infections.

Additional Read: 6 Helpful Baby Skincare Tips Every Mother Should Follow During Monsoon

Try any natural fungus treatment to deal with a skin infection quickly and effectively. However, if fungal skin infections persist, consult your doctor. Infections like black fungus on the skin and a few others can prove troublesome without proper medical care. To find the best doctor in your area, book an appointment online, get care on time, use Bajaj Finserv Health.

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.

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