Last Modified on Aug 29, 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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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?
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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.
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[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!
[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.
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[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 you..it 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.
[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
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[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.
[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.
[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.).
[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.
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." â€“ 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.
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.
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[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.
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.
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[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.