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What Treatments Work Best for Fungal Infections?

What Treatments Work Best for Fungal Infections?

As you may already know, there are many types of fungi that live all around us, in the soil, on food, on our skin and in other places in the environment. However, we’re all most concerned about the fungi that cause infection of course.  But rest assured, where there is fungal infection, there is treatment!

Fungal treatments are available to treat different types of fungal infections. They can be in the form of shampoos, creams, pessaries, oral medication and injections. The duration of any fungal treatment depends on the type and severity of the fungal infection. Another factor that can affect the duration of the treatment is the presence of other health problems, e.g. a problem with the immune system. Some treatments can be as short as a few days, for example for vaginal thrush, while others can be as long as ten weeks, for example for ringworm infection of the scalp.

Most fungal infection treatments work by damaging the cell wall of the fungus, which causes the fungal cell to die. It is good to know the different types fungal medicines that can be used. They are listed briefly below:

Antifungal creams pessaries, or sprays (topical antifungals) –

These are also known as topical antifungals and are used to treat fungal infections of the skin and vagina.

Sometimes an antifungal cream is combined with other creams when two actions are required. For example, an antifungal cream is often combined with a mild steroid cream where the antifungal cream clears the infection, and the mild steroid cream reduces the inflammation caused by the infection.

Antifungal shampoo

A shampoo, which contains ketoconazole, is sometimes used to treat scalp fungal infections.

Antifungal injections

These may be used if you have a serious fungal infection within the body.

It is very important to note that antifungal medicines are different from antibiotics (antibacterial medicines). Antibiotics do not kill fungi – they kill bacteria (a different type of germ). In fact, you are more prone to getting a fungal infection if you take antibiotics. For example, many women develop thrush after taking a course of antibiotics. This is because the antibiotic may kill the normal harmless bacteria that live on your skin or vagina and make it easier for fungi to flourish.

Home Remedies for Fungal Infections –

There are many tried and tested home remedies that are proven to be an effective cure for fungal infection. Below are 3 common remedies that can be tried at home. They need to be applied to the affected area.

Yogurt

Yogurt is made up of acidophilic bacteria that are helpful bacteria. These bacteria produce hydrogen peroxide which neutralizes the pH level in the vagina and kills the Candida Albican fungi (a causal agent of opportunistic oral and genital infections in humans) which is actually the main culprit in this fungal infection.

Vinegar

Vinegar is a weak acid and helps to restore pH balance. It is an excellent treatment for fungal infection because vinegar is an acid which kills the fungus which is responsible for the fungal infection.

Garlic

Garlic is also known to help cure fungal infections. It is a very dominant and powerful antiviral and antibacterial agent that can kill the candida fungi and you will notice that the fungal infection symptoms just disappear.

A Healthy diet

Lots of fresh green fruits and vegetables and lots of yogurt will help you get over your fungal infection pretty fast.

If you suffer from any fungal infection, there is no need to panic as the fungal infection has a cure and can be treated with suitable remedies.  It would be highly recommended however to seek professional advice.

Any experiences of remedies that you have tried you would like to share? Please do so in the comments below!

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