Without causing any discomforts fungus/yeasts exist on the skin surface, especially in the moist areas. But sometimes due to one or the other reason the yeast cells start to multiply and cause an infection of the skin. Such fungal infections like vaginal yeast infection, ringworm, athlete’s foot etc. spread very easily and nobody is immune against them. There are anti-fungal creams and oral drugs are available in the market. It is important to treat such an infection but it is equally important to take preventive measures and avoid recurrence.
Dealing with fungal infection
- Take two tablespoons of white vinegar, mix it in a litre of water, and douche this mixture twice a day for two days in a row on the vaginal area. This is a mild acidic solution that creates an unfavourable environment for the fungus. But use this solution ONLY when you have a vaginal infection, otherwise you’ll rinse out good bacteria that keep the population of fungus under check.
- Apply yoghurt on the affected area, it will relieve pain and discomfort.
- Over-the-counter creams are also effective against fungus.
- Fill your bathtub with warm water and put a cup of sea salt in it. Stir the water around till the salt is completely dissolved. Soak yourself in such a bath tub for a long time. It will help relieve itching and pain. Rinsing mouth with salt water helps treat oral fungal infections.
Garlic – can be a friend as well as an enemy
Garlic has anti-fungal properties, so try to eat a few cloves of it everyday. Garlic is most effective when consumed raw, so crush some cloves, add them to a salad dressing or stir it into pasta sauce or use it the way you think suits you the best.
Fungus V/s Bacteria
Plain yoghurt is rich in Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria. Eat a cup of such unsweetened yoghurt everyday, as the researches show that it reduces fungal overgrowth to a great extent.
Prevent a fungal infection
- Proper air circulation and dryness are necessary to keep a fungal infection at bay, especially in the private parts because fungus grows in a moist environment. Therefore, make sure you don’t wear tight pants and sleep without an underwear at night and in day (as and when possible). Choose cotton underwear rather than synthetic ones.
- If you swim, change into dry clothes instead of staying in a wet swimming costume once you come out of the pool.
- Don’t use hot water or soap to clean or avoid a vaginal infection. Using such measures may rinse out healthy natural skin barriers that provide protection against fungus.
- Before and after a sexual intercourse, go to the toilet. Semen creates a friendly environment for the fungus to grow, but passing urine will reduce the possibility of an infectious growth.
- Over-the-counter anti-fungal creams are pretty effective against ringworm. Applying them twice a day is generally enough. But to make sure the infection is completely removed, use it twice a day for minimum eight weeks.
- Take 250 ml of apple cider vinegar, mix two tea-spoons tea-tree oil to it, and apply it over the affected area thrice a day.
- If the fungus starts to form a blister, apply moist compressors. This will be a very uncomfortable situation, but DON’T poke the blisters. Go to the doctor at the earliest.
- Do not share clothes and hairbrushes with somebody who has a ringworm.
- Wash clothes, towels, napkins etc. that may have come in contact with the fungus infected area thoroughly.
- Don’t share shoes and used towels with others irrespective of the other person having such a skin infection.
- Anti-fungal powders are available in the market. Sprinkle such a powder in your shoes or your groin area, as fungus easily grow in these areas.
- Ringworm can be transferred to human beings, if an animal with ringworm comes in contact with them. If you spot a hairless patch on your pet’s body, take it to the vet at the earliest.