A fungal infection is a frustrating condition. Fungal infections can cause much discomfort and even embarrassment(stinky feet). But they do not seriously threaten your health.
There are numerous kinds of fungal infection but the most common types are fungal infection of fingernail or toenail, athlete’s foot, jock itch, oral thrush, meningitis, ringworm, and Candida or yeast infection.
Anti-fungal medication such as antifungal cream is typically used to treat and cure fungal infections called mycosis. It is a common practice to gain drugs through doctor’s prescription or over the counter for antifungal infection cure. But there are some natural remedies for curing fungal infections.
Through medical studies, it has been found that fungi of the genus Aspergillus are commonly found on the earth. There are 185 species of these fungi, but only 20 have been reported to cause harmful infections in humans and other animals.
- Flavus and A.Fumigatus are the leading causes of human fungal infections. They become serious conditions in those persons who have immunity issues. But despite introducing new drugs, anti-fungal agents are subject to drug resistance.
The most common content of anti-fungal cream is a chemical compound referred to as Azole. But some studies have found allergic reactions to Azoles. Azoles can also harm pregnant women by inhibiting the enzyme Aromatase which synthesizes estrogen. Azoles have also failed to treat Candida fungal infections.
As such natural remedies are preferred in comparison to synthetic drugs. The antimicrobial properties of some plant-based products have been recognized. Among such plant products, essential oils are particularly recommended.
Top Natural Antifungal Remedies
- Yogurt and Probiotics
Many beneficial microbes are present in the vagina which keeps in check disease-causing microbes like Candida. Such yeasts grow out of control when impacted by hormone imbalance or antibiotics. Probiotics and yogurt are used as a natural remedy for vaginal yeast infections by restoring the population of beneficial bacteria.
Garlic has strong anti-fungal properties. Vaginal suppositories of garlic have been used but their benefits have yet to be proven. But garlic has proven impact in treating athlete’s foot condition, much better than the medication Lamisil.
- Oregano essential oil
This is a powerful plant-based antibiotic. The oil contains 71% of anti-septic compounds called phenols. But it must be used diluted as it is very strong.
- Tea tree oils
They have proved to be effective against various Candida in several studies.
- Coconut oil
It is reputed for its immunity enhancing and health-supporting properties. This oil has many benefits as an anti-fungal agent. Stress, excessive intake of sugar and generally weak immune system can cause fungal growth and infection. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids, which can kill fungi. The affected person can benefit from topical applications as well as oral consumption.
- Dill oil
It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times. It is proven to have anti-bacterial properties making it a potential source of an eco-friendly anti-fungal drug.
- Avoid sugar and moldy foods
By reducing sugar and refined carbohydrates, one can curtail fungal infection. The reason is that yeasts feed on sugar, fermenting it to produce toxins like Acetaldehyde. It is good to avoid processed foods and sugars of all kinds. Focus diet more on raw or steamed vegetables and lean meats.
- Caprylic acid
It contains anti-fungal, ant-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It can boost the immune system and is commonly used in topical fungicides. This acid reduces the growth of yeast.
- Boric acid
It has anti-microbial properties making it an effective and affordable home remedy for fungal infection. As per research, suppository capsules of Boric acid are very effective against yeast infections, especially those caused by Candida.
How Do Antifungals Work
Fungal infections are quite straightforward to treat. Length and type of treatment depend on kind of fungal infection, its severity and other health problems (like weak immunity). Some courses of treatment can be as short as a few days (vaginal or oral thrush) and as long as 8 weeks (ringworm of the scalp).
There are several antifungal medications like solutions, creams, sprays, tablets, and shampoos. They all work by damaging cell walls of fungi and causing their death.
Topical antifungals include sprays, liquids, and creams. This helps treats fungal infections of the scalp, nails, and skin. These include econazole, clotrimazole, miconazole, terbinafine, amorolfine, tioconazole, and ketoconazole. These are found under different brand names.
Sometimes an antifungal cream is combined with other creams when two actions are needed. For instance, an antifungal cream is combined with a mild steroid cream like hydrocortisone to treat some rashes. The antifungal cream clears the infection and the mild steroid cream reduces inflammation caused by the infection.
Fungal infection cure cream is easy to use and has minimal side effects. In some cases, there might be a bit of itching, redness, and burning. Stop using the product when symptoms are severe. For fungal infections like ringworm or athlete’s foot, the cream is used for a minimum of 2 weeks. Sometimes, it takes 6 weeks of treatment.
Ketoconazole is considered as one of the most effective treatments for fungal infection. It comes popularly under the brand name Ketomac in India.
Ketomac is available in the form of shampoo, cream, and tablets. Ketomac cream is useful in treating fungal infections like dandruff of the scalp, athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch, and Seborrheic Dermatitis.
Ketomac contains Ketoconazole which is a broad spectrum anti-fungal agent. It works by interfering in the production of Ergosterol, a key component of fungal cell walls. This makes holes appear in the cell walls which leads to leaking out of cell content and ultimately in the death of fungal cells.
Ketomac must be stored in a cool, dark and dry place, away from direct sunlight. The cream is supplied in a 30gm tube and is only for external use. Avoid covering treated areas with synthetic, tight-fitting clothing which prevents the free flow of air. Do not use other medicated products without consulting a doctor.