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Fungal Infection Treatment: Folk Medicine

Last Modified on Jun 28, 2015

Treating Fungal Infections of the Skin and Lungs

You can find fungus everywhere in both indoor and outdoor environments, and half of these fungi can threaten our health. If you find yourself dealing with a fungal infection, many complementary and alternative health options exist for fungal infection treatment. These home remedies can kill off the yeast or bacteria causing the fungal infections while reducing symptoms of the infection in the skin, lungs, sinuses, eyes, and other organs.

Exposure to fungus, mold, and other allergens can cause out of control immune system reactions in your body, the symptoms of which can include pain, headache, fevers, mucus production in the sinuses and/or lungs, and may in some cases may lead to death. More common symptoms include a fungal rash on the skin or some mild respiratory distress. More serious fungal infections include fungal pneumonia, fungal sinusitis, aspergillosis, fungal meningitis, and systemic candida albicans infections.

Fungal Treatment Options in Alternative Medicine

Apple cider vinegar is a common skin fungus treatment and may be used for internal treatment as well. Also consider probiotics in the form of pills or regular yogurt consumption, which can help support your immune system. Pair that with eating a couple raw cloves of garlic each day. The sulfur and other compounds in garlic (including ajoene) have powerful antifungal properties, though these are more effective as a fungal infection treatment via topical application than for systemic use through ingestion.

Ghannoum MA. Studies on the anticandidal mode of action of Allium sativum (garlic). J Gen Microbiol. 1988;134:2917-2924.

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Posted by Carmel (England) on 04/13/2013

Would appreciate any insight please.

I have a lot of problems with sinus - headaches - ears - face aches sometimes - brain fog and memory also energy. I am sure I have fungus in my head. have had to take a lot of steroids and anti biotics over years (refuse to take them now). I am desperate for a cure. I feel as though I have no nostrils, can never breath through my nose an often get stuff going down my throat. Yellowy greeny stuff comes out my nose.

I have been reading about oxygen, colloidal silver, biotics, the candida diet (which is so so difficult to stick to and can be very expensive), and just do not know which way to turn. Has anyone here had the same problem and successfully eradicated it?

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Carmel, read up on breathing H2O2 right here on EC.
Replied by Gino
Phoenix,az, U.s.a.

I have the same symptoms and if you will found solution, please let me know! Thank you.
Replied by Cat
Austin, Tx

If you are not allergic to it, try coconut oil. I take a teaspoon every morning in a 32oz jar of warmed water with 1-2 drops of iodine, 3 times a day. The coconut oil alliviates my brain fog, the idodine helps kill candida, and the jars of water helps flush the candida out of my system. At first, when your body is riddled with candida and the the coconut oil begins rooting it out, my body manifested detox symptoms before I felt better. I also cleaned out with a good paleo/candida diet of no grains, sodas, milk, potatoes (bain of diabetics), and absolutely no sugar. This works for me (unless I backslide, which, being human I occasionally do). Now, when talking about skin rashes, I'm the queen, but, I now clean my face with nothing but a warm, wet cotton round with coconut oil and a dash of cayenne pepper. Occasionally when my rash gets out of control (when I've eaten a candida no-no) I use Balmex (a diaper rash formula) or a yeast/fungus tube on candida's fungus spots on my face. It took soooo many months of experimenting to get what works for me right. When I eat sugars or high carb/grain, milk foods (candida's ambrosias) my problems flare up again, like clockwork. I believe wholeheartedly that if one is serious about getting rid of candida and ALL its symptoms, one must look at the diet that feeds it. I've found, when I flareup, that sticking with veggies and protein the first 2 weeks; then, if I crave something yummy, adding low sugar fruits like frozen, raw blueberries or 1/4 tart apple or 1/4 pear per a day keeps candida in check. Go online and check out the Paleo websites and receipes. A paleo way of eating, along with coconut oil, ACV, and LOTS OF WATER have given me a great boost in my health, particularly with MY candida issues.
Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

1160 Posts
Replied by Anrea C
Cardiff, Wales

I was treated for Eczema. It was a stress fungus that is not catching, but inturned stress. Nizorol shampoo was the only thing that helped........ It's a commercial fungicide. Follow the instructions to a Tee. Also, there is a book called The Mind Body prescription by John sarno, MD. Stress will beat you up, go look at the free page's on Amazon.
Replied by Jim

Hi there, I'm new to all this. I am writing to mainly ask Bill from San Fernando in the Phillipines about his post on this page, and of course I welcome help from all.

Well, I have had a severe problem with my scalp for years. Having had private testing I have become aware that I have candida and also klebsiella. My naturapath put me on various things to kill off both over a long period of time but nothing she tried got rid of the scalp problem. I have a long history of poor digestion, I don't assimilate my food and so am very thin and have chronic diarrhea. I use kefir as a means to slow my digestion and keep intestinal flora up and I use wild oregano oil to keep my bacteria/yeast problems down. The oregano oil doesn't help with my scalp though. One problem I gain from the oregano oil is that is causes me hip pain.

I have read Bill's suggestions and have bought Bicarb of soda (one with no aluminium), borax, lugols iodine and also essential oil of turpentine.

Well, I started on the bicarb as it was the first to arrive. What happened was that it immediately caused me to have diarrhea. This may be fine in a relatively health individual but not in me.

It is obvious to me that I have a very severe case of candida that is probably causing me to have leaky gut syndrome. It requires a hardcore approach. I know that as a child I had an enormous amount of antibiotics as a result of various health issues. I know to keep the probiotics up and I have got the anti-candida diet sorted too. What I want to know is what should I take to kill the candida (and anything else that I didn't kill yet! ) without causing my weakened body more problems?

Bill, you mention Ted's alkalizing remedies but you don't say what they actually are. You mention also Ted's Carbibarb remedy, what is that? I'm scoured the whole of the listing and can't find it. I can't cope with bicarb so how can I alkalize? To me lemon/lime alone is childsplay and alkalizing water doesn't work either.

I'm a bit worried about taking borax and the turp oil but I have to end my problems with candid asap. Having read alot about the biofilm theory of candida I see that I have much work to do. I have tried using the enzyme approach to remove the biofilm but it didn't produce results. When I was on the kill off I took great care of my liver for processing and my digestion was pretty normal, as soon as I stop the problems recur.

I will try with the borax, lugol's and turp oil, and anti-candida diet I shall continue. Please let me know if I'm on the right track.

I appreciate your help in advance.


Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

1160 Posts
Hi Jim...The alkalizing protocols can be found here on EC:

Several versions of the Carbicarb remedy are described here by Ted:

Here is another very powerful alkalizing drink that you could use:

What would also help you is if you had a hair analysis. This will tell you exactly what heavy metals and other poisons(like fluorine and bromine) you have in your body in excess. Similarly, a hair analysis will also tell you what essential minerals and nutrients you are lacking in your diet. Once you have this information -- then you can act on it to regain the health of you immune system.

The at-a-glance activity of the full anti-candida protocol is shown in tabulated format here:

Your reaction to just bicarb was unusual but could have been due to a die-off. Have you been checked for parasites? There are many bacteria as well as parasites that can also be associated with candida infections. If you have parasites, then Turpentine will also get rid of parasites efficiently or, if you prefer, you can use Hulda Clark's Parasite Cleanse(best to Google it).

The MSDS(Material safety Data Sheet), which is the bible for chemical toxicity and handling, in a comparison, shows that borax has about the same toxicity level as common table salt. However, borax is an efficient and renowned fungal killer.

Turpentine has a toxicity(LD50) of about 5000 mgs/kg as explained in this link. Therefore, to kill a man weighing 100 kgs would take about 500 mls -- that's approx 2 glassfuls of turpentine -- to kill him. I'm asking you to take just a one teaspoon dose a day.

For the turpentine, start out with 1/4 tspn dose taken twice a week. Increase the dosage to one teaspoon using drop increments. Then increase the the frequency to once every day if you can. Take this for about one month then stop the turps for about a week. Then restart the turps protocol again. You will have to find the dose and frequency that suits you best.

Also be aware that the most likely reasons for heavy die-off or a healing crisis will come from either the candida-kill remedies(ie Iodine, borax, turpentine, alkalizing) and detox remedies eg sodium thiosulphate, chlorella etc. If this happens then either reduce the dosage or frequency of these particular remedies accordingly.

Unfortunately, in the more serious cases of systemic candida, these Herx or Detox -- healing crisis reactions -- are fairly typical and unavoidable. If nothing happens when you first start taking an anti-candida protocol -- then its probably not working very well.

Replied by Jim
Madrid, Spain

Amazing, Thank you so much Bill!!!
Replied by R H
Alaska, US

I reading with great interest because I have had fungus on my scalp for almost 30 yrs. I first got it during a very difficult pregnancy when I was very very acidic. The doc gave me some kind of cream... don't remember what... I used it.. the fungus went away and came right back. The he told me that it was in the roots of my hair and would keep coming back. He also said that it would go away when my hormones changed when I was 55. That seemed forever but I was looking forward to that day... it came and went.

The fungus is worse than ever. I have tried putting these things on my scalp ..coconut oil (makes it better but it comes back in a couple of days, neem oil... same thing.... neem oil with pau d' arco.. same thing... colloidal silver cream.. this one didn't work at all... glover's sarcoptic mange medicine... the ingredient list would make your blood run cold and they don't sell it any more.. you have to buy it as an antique. It works the best, but only for about 3 days. I've also tried coconut oil with oregano oil... not sure how it's going to work because I haven't tried it long enough.

I've also done 3 full body cleanses from baseline nutritionals which includes a heavy metal cleanse. It may be worse now than ever. I feel part of that was because I had to take an antibiotic for 9 months because I was exposed to TB. I'm really about at my wits end with it. Any help would be very much appreciated!

Replied by Timh

RH: Did those body cleanses include anti-parasite? This is very important.

To treat the fungus, you can take any of these 3 remedies (rotation is best), orally or topically or both ---Borax, ACV, Hydrogen Peroxide. The H2O2 will temporarily remove the color from your hair.

Replied by Meah
Vancouver, Wa

I've been struggling with this for over a decade now, and recently discovered the GAPS diet, which addresses these physical symptoms as a side effect of horrible imbalance of gut bacteria. There's a website and a book by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride that deals with how to heal this systemically, and she's quite thorough, I think. I've only been on the diet for a few weeks now but feeling very good. There are several levels to the diet, but it is essentially a grain-free diet with lots of probiotics as supplements and fermented foods. I would recommend trying it!
Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

1160 Posts
Hi Meah...Using a GAPS diet with probiotics will certainly help to manage your candida problem but will not cure it. By manage I mean only attempting to manage and lessen symptoms.

Personally I would never be satisfied with just managing candida symptoms, I would always go for an outright cure no matter what it takes. Managing symptoms from serious autoimmune or iodiopathic diseases is also the allopathic medical way which pays the drugs companies so well when you have to take their drugs for life. The same applies to GAPS and probiotics. These will help manage and perhaps lessen the candida symptoms but, with a serious systemic candida infection that has been inside you for over a decade, those protocols will never actually cure or eradicate the candida fully from your body.

I know all this because I work with an autistic group where every single child or baby has serious systemic candida and parasite issues. Many parents admit to trying probiotics and many are on the GAPS diet. But they use other more focused protocols to actually kill the candida and parasites throughout the body as well because they want their children to be cured of candida and parasites -- that's the only way to cure autism.

Using probiotics will only ever act to perhaps improve conditions in just the intestines only. Probiotics will not act throughout the body -- throughtout the blood, tissues and organs -- to get rid of the systemic candida there. It only acts within the intestines.

It's also been my experience that just using a diet alone will never fully cure serious systemic candida issues either. Many people in the autistic group use the GAPS diet, but they all use many other protocols as well to kill the candida, remove poisons, remove parasites and remove heavy metals.

What will probably happen when you go on the GAPS diet is that you may well feel better. But the minute you stray off the diet, eat some grains or eat or drink something you shouldn't -- then the candida symptoms come roaring back and that means that you still have systemic candida inside you. So this is really why I regard that sort of approach as solely symptom management and not a cure.

I cured myself of serious systemic candida issues 8 years ago. It took a while but all my symptoms eventually disappeared and I can now eat any form of food that I like in reasonable amounts with no adverse reactions. So I regard that result as a cure and not just due to successful symptom management because I have no symptoms now.

You can find my own anti-candida protocol here on EC.

Replied by Daffodil

For chronic fungal best advice is BUY A BLACK LIGHT and use it to clean yourself and your environment very well. These are extremely cheap online. Fungus will glow green in the black light. Once you have your black light, look carefully at your surroundings- at your bathroom, where you sleep, your clothes, etc. (but keep in mind that it's much easier to see the glowing fungus on a black background than on a white background, so you may not be able to see it on white sheets and towels). Bleach your bathroom, wash your clothes, etc. to kill the fungus. Use a new towel each time, and change your sheets every day (especially your pillowcase if your infection is in/on your head), at least until the infection is gone and preferably a little beyond. Wash sheets in hot water, preferably with bleach. When you shower, soap up your entire body and wash your hair to remove all fungal spores.

For Carmel, if the infection is in your sinuses, use a neti pot to clean your sinuses, and add a little apple cider vinegar. Use 1 cup distilled water with 1/2 tsp sea salt and mix well. Now add a few drops of Apple Cider Vinegar (organic with the mother is preferable). You want to add just enough Apple Cider Vinegar so that it stings a little, but doesn't burn. Keep adding apple cider vinegar, a few drops at a time, until you find the right amount. Your tolerance for the apple cider vinegar should increase over time as the infection clears. Use this nasal rinse, one cup for each nostril, in the morning and at night.

I also want to mention that you may have what is called a "fungal ball". You might want to go to an ENT (ear nose throat) doctor and have them image your sinuses to see if this is the case. If it is, they can do an inpatient treatment where they basically vacuum out the fungal ball. Even if you do this, however, you want to clean the fungus from your home so that it does not reoccur.

For chronic skin fungal infections, use apple cider vinegar and a zinc oxide diaper creme (do online searches to find those with the highest amount of zinc). Swab the infected area with apple cider vinegar (diluted with water if the infection is bad, it will burn-- again you are looking for a ratio that will cause a little sting, not a burn as you do not want to unnecessarily degrade the skin with the Apple Cider Vinegar) and then apply the diaper creme over the area. The apple cider vinegar kills the fungus, and the diaper creme acts as a barrier for the skin that has been damaged by the fungus, to help the skin heal and to prevent re-infection with the fungus. If you can, stay at home and keep a thin layer of the barrier creme on your skin at all times until skin's own barrier regrows.

And I think it goes without not use corticosteroids on your skin!!! Hydrocortisone creme that you buy over the counter is a corticosteroid. These suppress your immune system and can thin the skin and cause permanent changes that degrade the skin's natural barriers.

I hope this can help someone...I suffered with fungal infections on my face, including my eyes, for years before I figured this all out.

Replied by Nm
Houston, Tx

This is in response to Carmel:

I don't know if you have had success, it looks like you got a lot of good advice.

Years ago, I researched for Candida cure. I found information by a chiropractor (saved the info, then lost everything saved in a computer crash, so I don't have his name or site); he stated:

Focus on not trying to kill off the fungus overgrowth in your body at first, but to reduce. The fungus had the ability to "hide" itself once it detected an environment that it could not sustain itself in, and then it would just return later.

He did recommend many of the points above, reduce or eliminate sugar intake, etc. He offered a capsule type product to take internally, but it was very expensive, and I was suspicious if it actually worked. Then he stated if you couldn't purchase his product to look for a product that contained a list of herbs. I wrote the list of herbs, and started looking with no success. I decided to purchase the dried herbs or powder form, and take in a capsule myself, but didn't have much luck finding what I needed.

By chance, I found a product in the health food store, that had many of the herbs he listed. Without listing the actual product brand name, it was called "Candida cleanse". There are lots of products that have the title "Candida Cleanse", but this one had nearly every one of the herbs.

The herbs that I remember:

Black Walnut (green hulls), Indian barberry berberine, pau d' arco inner bark, garlic, ginger, cinnamon bark, genitian root, fennel seed, bladderwack, stinging nettle, marshmallow; the top 3 or 4 are the most important ones that I remember.

He also recommended a quality probiotic, but I don't recall those specifications. The product I found had the herbs and a probiotic in the tablet form. It recommended to take on an empty stomach half hour before meals 2 or 3 times a day.

I can tell you this, the first day, the itching stopped, so I knew I was on to something, but I had tried so many things with no real success, that I was only a little excited.

I added taking molybdenum with the herbal tablets at some point, but don't remember specifically, but I had read where Ted recommended it.

It was a slow process, but very successful. It might have been faster, but I was unable to stick to all of the recommendations like those above; I couldn't remove the grains, sugar, etc., but I did my best to cut those things down. I also dropped down to taking the herbal tablet to only twice a day. Still, I had great success. From day one I felt results, and it continued to improve slowly. I really don't remember specifically how long it took. I think I took the herbal tablets for 5 or 7 months. I stopped at some point during that time, and felt it was returning, so I continued again.

Finding a tablet form was great because then I didn't have to guess at the dosage of those herbs, but if I could only find the herbs, then that is what I would do. I wish I remembered the chiropractor's name or website, I would have thanked him.

I will add, the things that didn't work for me: VCO only made me gain weight, it was terrible. I loved VCO until I tried it for this. There might have been a bit of relief, but not really. And, please people don't tell me all the reasons why this couldn't have happened because 'VCO won't cause weight gain', because that is simply not true.

Borax, although it seemed to give some relief, I just couldn't stay with it systematically, and found it difficult to drink at work.

I know I tried other things, just don't remember now. It's been 7 or 8 years, and it hasn't returned so I'm all for the herbs. Good luck. :-)

Replied by Shennan
Qld, Australia

This is to Daffodil,

You mentioned: "...I suffered with fungal infections on my face, including my eyes, for years before I figured this all out."

Could you please let me know what you did to clear the fungal out of your eyes? I have a fungal in my eye and 18months of eye drops hasn't cleared it. There are now calcium deposits forming on my cornea which has reduced my vision to 30%. All advice deeply appreciated.

Posted by Tahir (Khartoum, Sudan Khartoum ) on 05/17/2012

I have fungals in my head and face. Since I am black it appears white knots. May you please advise me for effective anti fungal to be used. Really I AM SUFFERING SO MUCH MANY PEOPLE CALL ME UGLY.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia

If you have a fungal infection on your face, it stands to reason that it will be internal too. Just fixing the problem externally will not alleviate your internal problems. You need to do a detox. Can I suggest reading books by Dr. Norman Walker on juice therapy or researching body detoxes.

ACV internally will help kill off fungus issues internally. That should clear up the skin as well.

Replied by Doddie
Lawrenceville, Georgia, Usa

Put straight vinegar on you face. It will burn but leave it on a few minutes. Rinse your face and that should do it. I use to get this from couch pillows, the telephone. I also had to rinse my pillow cases twice to make sure I got all the detergent out. I do not use soap on my face. I use a cleanser cream. You can also use Bonner's soap, half soap and half alovera juice on your hair face and body.
Replied by Had
White River Jct, Vermont

ACV w/B soda and water in morning, borax in water to 'clean' face, and EVCO to moisturize (all are anit-fungals)

Apple Cider Vinegar   2  0   

Posted by Always Seeking (Cary, Nc) on 12/03/2012

[YEA]  If you have a fungal problem please try this. Take Apple Cider Vinegar- the one with the Mother intact. You can find it at Whole foods, Vitamin Shoppe, etc around here. Take an empty spray bottle and use the ACV full strength alone or cut it 50/50 with water. When you get in the shower fully saturate your hair beginning at the scalp and leave this on say five minutes while you are doing everything else. What you are encountering I believe is what many of us suffer with, your ph is off. Therefore your body is allowing the fungus to grow. Go ahead and shampoo and condition as usual or believe it or not you can rinse the ACV out completely and it will have cleaned your hair. Do this everyday for the first week and then once every other time until you feel you have it under control. Then never let it get a head of you. Do this as a preventative once this is better. Chances are your diet is producing the imbalance ph wise. Sorry so long but I truly hope this helps you. Best to you!

Posted by Shelby (Evansville, Indiana) on 06/06/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  18 months ago, I contracted what I assumed what was MRSA or an STD from a dionysian splurge. It was on the left labia major and was quite painful. I went to the doctor and pointed it out to her, managing to get it on my hands and then brushing the skin near my right eye. The primary infection eventually went deep under my skin so I was not able to see it, but I could still feel it there. My attention was constantly on the infection near my eye, I was not interested in it spreading and causing blindness. Antibiotic creams and pills were ineffective. Eventually I got it under control with stabilized allicin and a few times I even assumed it was gone completely, although it flared up every now and again.

The primary infection bothered me a great deal as well, and I attempted GSE on it, with limited success. I had the eye area tested for MRSA, but it was negative. It was also negative for being a viral infection and I was at a total loss. The things I used supposingly hit all three, virual, bacterial and fungal, so I assumed I had all bases covered. The doctors continued to insist nothing was there, but I felt it pulling at my eye and down below, constantly aching.

A few weeks ago, my eye was itching a great deal, and I put some vaseline on it. Immediately it spread like crazy, all over my face, down my cheek and began to burn. I began to seriously doubt a bacterial infection is supposed to do that, and a new thought entered my head. Perhaps it was a fungus. It was a long shot, but I researched fungus remedies and took a few baths with ACV and began to regularly apply it and am still doing so. It is a thousand times better now, the ACV seemingly the only thing in 18 months to do anything to this monster. Though the ACV is rough on my skin and I do have to moisturize with olive oil.

As I began to think about the infection being a fungus, it began to make much more sense to me, rather than a bacterial infection. I'm not ruling out a bacterial infection, but a fungus one seems to be more accurate.

Please do not rule out a potential fungus infection when approaching your doctor about possible STD issues or suspicious infections in the nether regions. I believe a dropped condom on a sock or shoe was the cause of mine, and I can finally sense the end of this frustrating journey. It never occured to me, as women do not tend to deal with jock itch or things of that nature.

Replied by Ladybug
San Diego

Hello. I am curious how you applied the ACV to your skin, as I too have a fungal overgrowth. Did you dilute it at all? Or did you pour some in your hand straight from the bottle and rub it on your skin? Any information would be helpful. Thanks!
Replied by Mama to Many

Dear Ladybug,

I am not the original poster of this thread, but we do use apple cider vinegar topically. I use it straight on the skin sometimes (for bug bites.) But if using on sensitive skin areas or young children, I use 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. I knew a lady who cured a fungal infection in a sensitive area and she diluted it by putting 2 T. vinegar into a cup of water and applying with a cottonball.

Let us know if it works for you!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc. Canada

Mama to Many --- please keep us updated about your ear drum. We are concerned. Love, Om
Replied by Mama to Many

Dear Om,

Thank you for thinking of me!

I am not having ear pain any more. I am treating my ear with Colloidal Silver.

A friend of mine who is an RN looked in my ear for me earlier this week. The ear was very red, though it didn't exactly look like an infection. She couldn't see a perforation, but apparently you can't always see them. She suggested treating it as if it were a perforation (sounds much less dramatic than rupture! ) since I could taste what I put in my ear. So, that is what I am doing. She said she would look at it again in a few days and see how it is progressing.

I wil keep you posted...

~Mama to Many~

Posted by John (Los Angeles) on 01/06/2006

[YEA]  I spent 100 of dollars on creams to cure a fungal infection I caught at the gym...nothing worked. I read about apple cider vinegar, and let me tell works. The vinegar cleared away the dead skin and exposed the fungus. Now let me tell you it stings like hell!!, But I rather take the pain than to have this infection.

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Posted by Elizabeth (Balcatta, Perth Western Australia) on 08/09/2011

[YEA]  I want you all to know my story. I have had a horrible existence due to bad skin that all my life, was diagnosed as eczema until I was 32. I went to a natural doctor here who prescribed me pau d' aco tablets after diagnosing me with fungus. He said it would take a year, but this tablet would cure me permanently as this fungus has to be killed very, very slowly.

I can't tell you how much I cried when I was told it was fungus, so instead of taking his recommended dose, I thought I'd increase pau d' aco and kill it sooner. I was on it for eight months and my skin went absolutely haywire. I had big sores, deep scratch marks, and the itch was absolutely unbearable, not to mention the deep scabs that I have to pull from my scalp on a daily basis. I got off the tablet.

These scabs are painful to touch but even more painful if I leave them. I have to dig them out and they leave a huge pit there. I have been picking the same ones for over twenty years. I have lost hair and sometimes broken nails trying to dig them out, but once they are removed, my skin feels better. It's either been scabs or holes for me. Then I discovered this site.

I have just had a shower and used Ted's borax, apple cider vinegar and water shampoo, which I tried all over my body with a buff puff sponge, because I got relief from it in my scalp and my skin feels soft, and my body feels at ease. My hair right now feels so beautiful! I rinsed it out with more apple cider vinegar after and it feels soft and shiny! I purchased the borax from Woolworths. I hope there arent any long term affects as we use that stuff to clean in Australia. I am scared of carcinogenics. ( I have even used selleys rmk, a mould cleaner. I don't recommend that. It's crazy I know as I was so desperate to kill this fungus, as it can't even be tested for.)

I had sores on my shoulders and Teds shampoo recipe which I made up, has brought the itch and the redness down. I will give this time and write back to this website to let you all know how I am doing. Thankyou Ted for giving me a great relief to this horrible disease I had to endure for 39 years. God Bless You for this site. Elizabeth P. XxxxxxXx

Replied by Bobby
Reston, Virginia

What is the recipe for Ted's shampoo?

Balsam of Peru   1  0   

Posted by Aurora (Palo Alto, Ca) on 02/05/2013

[YEA]  Hi, I happened to have infection of eye-lid awhile back, took me a lot of trials to find that any creme that has Balsam of Peru as main ingredient takes care of it almost instantly. B. o Peru is made from a tree, and is a great fungicide for a sensitive area like the eye. They caution not to use it continually, as one can develop allergic reactions over long time, but as a short treatment it is unequalled. I've also used it on other areas of my body with rashes that are wet, infected. Dries it up within an hour or so. No irritation. Great.

Hopes this helps someone.

Chamomile Tea   1  0   

Posted by Mary (Toronto, On, Canada) on 02/05/2013

[YEA]  Use chamomile tea to wash your eyes from time to time, I got an eye infection, and I remember when I was a child, I had eye surgery to corect vision and the doctor recommended at that time to wash my eyes with chamomile tea in between other treatment with medication; in two days the pink eye infection was gone just by using the chamomile tea two- three times a day.

Coconut Oil, Epsom Salt   1  0   

Posted by Healthy (California) on 06/01/2015

[YEA]  REMEDY: 1) Wash and exfoliate (gently scrub) the affected area daily during every shower with a hand full of Epsom Salt. Repeat the scrub as many times as you like with more or less Epsom Salt during the shower.

2) Exfoliate your entire body with Epsom Salt (hair, face, hands, body, etc.)

3) After shower, pat dry. Use a separate towel for affected area. Don't use the same towel from affected area on non-affected areas to prevent spread.

4) Generously slather Extra Virgin Coconut Oil directly on the area (rubbing it in) and on surrounding areas.

5) Generously slather Extra Virgin Coconut Oil all over your body if you like.

6) Change and wash linen, clothing, and towels in bleach or detergent daily to prevent spread / reactivation.

7) Continue this process until the fungus is completely cleared. After it is cleared, continue using Coconut Oil and Epsom Salt regularly as an excellent health source and preventative.

MY EXPERIENCE: I developed a persistent rash on my hands which remained for nearly a year since doctors would not test it, only visually "assessed it (guessed it)" and threw the prescription pad at it. They assumed it was either: cellulitus, eczema, dermatitis, etc.

I tried many natural remedies (Vicks, Essential oils: Lavender, Peppermint, etc.) and prescribed (eConozole, mConozole, antibiotics, cortizone, steroids, etc.).

The prescribed caused heart palpitations, constrictions, skin thinning, and under eye black circles after 1-month of use -- so obviously I ceased them and refused to take anymore steroids, cortizones, conozoles, etc.). But the hand rash was still there advancing from at the webbing of my fingers to covering both hands, and advancing five inches up my right arm.

I prayed to God to help me and to clear it. Since rash is a form of (skin) corruption, I prayed Jesus remove all corruption from me in act, deed, or otherwise (broken promises, unpaid bills, etc.).

Afterwards, I decided to take an Epsom Salt bath / scrub since I hadn't in a while. During the shower I noticed the Epsom lightened and cleared large parts of the rash remaining only where the rash was more pronounced.

Then, while shopping I saw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and decided to buy some knowing it to be an excellent skin conditioner. In both cases, I did not expect either would help the rash since I'd already tried so many other remedies. In fact, I didn't buy them for the rash, but simply because they're great anytime.

During showers I continued exfoliating with Epsom Salt, afterwards, slathering Extra Virgin Coconut Oil all over my hands and arms rubbing and massaging it in.

In the first 1 to 2 days on waking each morning I was AMAZED! Seeing the rash was lightening and clearing. It WORKS!

It's been about a week now and the rash is nearly 100% clear. I can see the true color of my hand after nearly a year of not. A doctor recently (finally) tested the rash and confirmed it is fungal. He precribed another "conozole" something, but I'm in no rush to pick it up since the Epsom scrubs and Coconut Oil have nearly cleared it entirely without one negative side effect -- and only positives (fungus cure, increased magnesium, vitamins, minerals, tone, etc.).

Grapefruit Seed Extract   1  0   

Posted by Zanz (Nelson, New Zealand) on 08/08/2008

[YEA]  i have recently stumbled apon the most fantastic cure all!!!!!! grapefruit seed extract has served as a mirical cure for my double whammy fungal infection which then spawned impetigo! i had been back to the quack 3 times prescribed antibiotics which 1/2 worked but then the sores spread! i was devistated as they were set to take over my whole face! then fate stepped in and handed me a little bottle of GSE whithin 3 days the impetigo was peeling away to reveal beautifull healthy skin underneath and after just 8 days my face was compltetly clear and even the annoying hormonal breakouts i get on the sides of my chin have shown dramatic healing and i mean dramatic! I took GSE internally and i wash my face with it morning and night and put a couple of drops in almond oil as a moisteriser.

Gymnema Slyvestre   0  0   

Posted by John P (Los Angeles, California) on 06/25/2014

Science Daily article:

From Kansas State University

Treat the fungus among us with nontoxic medicinal compound

"Taking the medicine could potentially help patients control the invasive growth of the fungus and also help bring their sugar levels down." – Govindsamy Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology Govindsamy Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology, noticed that diabetic people in developing countries use a medicinal herb called Gymnema slyvestre to help control sugar levels. He decided to study the microbiological use of Gymnema slyvestre -- a tropical vine plant found in India, China and Australia -- to see if it could treat a common human fungal pathogen called Candida albicans.

The investigation was successful on two levels: Vediyappan's research team found the medicinal compound is both nontoxic and blocks the virulence properties of the fungus so that it is more treatable.

The results are important for human health, biomedical applications and potential drug development. "We have shown that this compound is safe to use because it doesn't hurt our body cells, yet it blocks the virulence of this fungus under in vitro conditions, " Vediyappan said. "Taking the medicine could potentially help patients control the invasive growth of the fungus and also help bring their sugar levels down."

Candida albicans is one of the major fungal pathogens in humans because it lives in oral and intestinal areas as a normal flora, Vediyappan said. But the fungus can overgrow and can cause oral, intestinal and genital infections.

The mortality rates for those with candidemia and invasive candidiasis has been reported to be quite high, and it is a concern among cancer patients -- especially patients with neck or oral cancer -- HIV patients, organ transplant patients and other people with compromised immune systems.

The fungus can grow in two forms: a treatable yeast and a difficult-to-treat hyphal form. Once the fungus transforms from a yeast to a hyphal growth it becomes difficult to treat because the hyphal growth has long filament-like structures that can spread into various organs.

Vediyappan's study aimed to block the hyphal growth form. "Once it gets into the tissue, it spreads like roots and is difficult to contain by our immune system, " Vediyappan said. If the fungus remains in yeast form, it is easy to manage and does not invade tissues. Vediyappan's research team purified gymnemic acid compounds that prevented the transition stage from occurring and stopped the fungus spread. The gymnemic acids come from the leaves of Gymnema sylvestre, a traditional medicinal plant. The research appears in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE in an article titled "Gymnemic acids inhibit hyphal growth and virulence in Candida albicans." Gymnema extract is commonly used to treat diabetes and other ailments because it is a cost-effective treatment, Vediyappan said.

Often, people drink the extract to control their sugar levels or to lose weight. Although Vediyappan's research team is not the first to discover gymnemic acid compounds, the team is the first to discover that the compounds block the fungal transition.

The researchers found that the compounds work quickly, too, which was an important characteristic. The treatable fungal yeast can transition to a hyphal growth within 30 minutes of an infection. When the hyphal transition has occurred, it will grow into branched filaments.

The gymnemic acid compounds are nontoxic, which is especially important for cancer patients and other immunocompromised patients. The gymnemic acids can stop the unwanted invasive infection while preserving important healthy cells. The Candida albicans fungus also makes a biofilm, which is a fungal cell collection that can be difficult to treat. The researchers found that the gymnemic acid compounds converted the biofilm back to treatable yeast cells. "This compound prevents the biofilm formation because hyphae are the major builders of biofilms and biofilms are resistant to antifungals, " Vediyappan said. "Yeast cells by themselves cannot make biofilms and are sensitive to antifungal treatments."

Another interesting aspect: The gymnemic acid compounds also stopped the growth of Aspergillus, another fungal pathogen that can affect heart transplant patients and leukemia patients. Vediyappan plans future studies to research mode of action, potential drug development, diabetes applications and other ways to improve treatment for Candida albicans and other fungal pathogens.

Iodine   1  0   

Posted by Kristy (London, Uk) on 07/27/2011

A few months ago I scratched my inside vaginal opening with period pad which I was wearing. Next 2 days I saw orangish red blood spots but I ignored it that it will be healed by itself. But as the time passed I found out that particular area getting bumpy, itchy and inflammed. I went to the GP. Fungal infection was diagnosed & hence I was given Diflucan. Ater the completion I was again tested and slight bacterial infection was diagnosed but the doc said it's alright. A month later I had to take metronidazole and I started getting the same fungal symptoms hence I went to a doctor and bacterial infection was diagnosed. I inserted canesten (broad-spectrum antimycotic with fungal action and trichomonacide) 1 vaginal suppository 2 times for 3 days. When my periods date approached (same day when last period started in the previous month) the pad was stained then no periods again for full day. Next day it happened again. Today is 3rd day. I am having period pain. But the periods are still stuck.

Please help with your good suggestion what is it and what should I do in the longer run as well? Thanks.

Replied by Mark
Portland, Or

[YEA]   Hi, I've had good luck so far with iodine, I would try an iodine/water mix doushe. After the infection is under control I would put yogurt in your vagina to replant with healthy bacteria. You'll have to do some experimentation.

Lavender and Eucalyptus Oil   1  0   

Posted by Shelby (Evansville, Indiana) on 02/04/2013

[YEA]  For the past three years I have been suffering from an unknown infection in the corner of my eye. It took a long time to finally figure out it was (as far as I can tell) a fungal infection. I used ACV on it and IT SPREAD EVERYWHERE. I had to be careful because it is very close to my eyeball, but finally found lavender oil and eucalyptus oil. I dilute and wash my face with one drop eucalyptus, 2 drops lavender oil to 1 teaspoon of water a few times a day. So far so good! I will continue until the bottles are empty, probably a few months or so.

Multiple Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Kate48 (Houlton, Maine Usa) on 08/25/2012

I am new here. Neat stuff!! I have had a serious fungal over growth and been helped with Riff techology but still have some resistant yeast or fungus in sinuses and lungs. I have leg muscle and hip, knee and ankle joint pains. Walking is sometimes very painful. I want to get rid of the rest of this. I started taking baking soda in water after getting some info off of YouTube. I was doing it before meals which I am now corrected on. I got a headache with this and I had hoped was die off but probably not. I will follow Ted's formula with lemon or lime juice with water and bs. I want to add borax. Do I add this to the same mix and take after eating?

Also I am getting some relief from transdermal magnesium but would like to take epsom salts and baking soda baths but I have city water which is chlorinated. I saw on one of Ted's replys were he said he added sodium trisulphate to de-chlorinate his drinking water. Does anyone know how much I might need for a bath and what kind of proceedure to use if I find out, so I can soak for an hour with out chlorinating myself?

Also I have had my gallbladder removed and what to know of any precautions I should take with any of the formulas mentioned which I plan to use.

Thanks to anyone who might be able to help me figure this out.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa

Hi from another Maine girl (I'm from Bangor, but live in the lone star state). Coconut oil is perfect for people who have had their gallbladder out, because it doesn't try to initiate a bile response like other fats. It is great for tons of other reasons, but just wanted to give a heads up for coconut oil.
Replied by Misty

I have been reading messages on/about fungal virus, I need to correct a comment if it's acceptable, it seems like people are consuming borax? I read the instructions and it states: Do not take internally. Does anyone read the most important information on the box? Good luck.
Replied by Om

Misty from Usa: please read It helps doing research as in the times we live in dis-information is rampant for reasons of predation on the populace. Om
Replied by Scared
Mo., Usa

I have been drinking 1/4 tsp. Borax with 1 litre water for the last 6 months. After about 2 weeks I felt really bad for a few days but continued drinking it. Those symtoms went away and I feel better than I have in years. I talked to my Doctor and he said it is fine to drink. Borax is a mineral and healthier than using salt. I have what I assume to be morgellons (no Doctor will diagnose it). Borax was the only thing that took away the bugs. My environment still has them, I have found nothing that got rid of them. I now have bug zappers in my home and am making some progress. Sometimes the government while trying to keep us safe overstates the side effects. In the 1800's people drank borax water for a multitude of health issues. Sometimes there is truth to Old Wive's Tales.

Oregano Oil   1  0   

Posted by Lucy (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) on 12/02/2012

[YEA]  I contracted a fungal skin infection nearly a year ago, which started as a couple of tiny red areas on my stomach. It quickly spread to become big red patches all over my torso, my back and everywhere that "sweated" like under my breasts and in the skin folds you get when you sit. I was quite horrified as I've never had any skin infections, not even so much as eczema. I tried all sorts of homeopathic remedies and had no luck, I was actually getting really worried as it was still spreading "south" and I really didn't want it in my groin area!

I went to my doctor and she dismissively said "Oh that's really common, I can prescribe you a cream for it but they commonly don't have any effect. In most cases the body will eliminate the infection within 18 months. " I'd already been battling it for 8 months and it was made worse EVERY time I exercised no matter how good I was at washing, staying dry and airing out. It had spread to one armpit and the insane itching it caused all day was almost too much to bear, and nothing I applied topically helped for very long.

I was really disheartened, but I did read on here that Oregano oil was worth a try for some people. I had AMAZING success with it ? I applied it undiluted with a cotton pad, and it was great on the torso area where there was no raw skin. It does burn though, boy does it burn. On sensitive areas like the underarm it honestly will take your breath away like an acid burn, for 20 minutes or so, so I found mixing a few drops with jojoba oil works very well as you can apply this more regularly. It also has the added benefit of eliminating underarm odour! I didn't actually need deodorant when I used this treatment. As long as you don't mind smelling like Bolognese sauce! It took only 3 or 4 days of applying this once or twice, whenever I could practically do it, to get rid of my infection and it hasn't returned. It's completely gone. I was gobsmacked. I am so relieved in every sense of the word! Best remedy for fungus ever in my humble opinion.

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