Do Natural Anti-Fungal Remedies Work Better than Medicine?
I recently had an episode of something called angular chelitis. It is caused primarily by a fungal infection around one of the corners of the mouth, and it closely resembles a cold sore. While bacteria can also contribute to this type of infection, the vast majority of cases are caused by fungi. It causes the skin to crack, burn, tear and leave small pot marks, and it can take months for it to resolve on its own. It was painful and I was looking for a remedy. I tried different herbal/natural options before resorting to some anti-fungal cream that resolved the issue in a couple of days.
The reason I bring this up is that sometimes we need real medicine to tackle persistent problems that herbal alternatives simply can not address in a timely manner. However, that’s not to say that herbal or natural remedies don’t work. They just don’t work all of the time. There are a number of different fungal infections that most of us will encounter at least once in our lives, whether they be yeast infections, athlete’s foot or angular chelitis. In fact, there are hundreds of different fungi that can thrive on our skin, particularly in moist areas of the body.
Consequently, it is a good idea to know about some remedies that have been known to help people with outbreaks. However, it’s also prudent to have some anti-fungal cream in your survival first aid kit as well. For the sake of reference, let’s take a look at some common home remedies that may help to keep outbreaks under control.
Garlic has been proven to be more effective against athlete’s foot than yeast infections. Smash open a clove and let it air out for about 10 minutes before applying a liberal amount of the oils to the affected area. Let it air dry, and repeat the application with a new clove a few times per day until the outbreak shows signs of clearing up.
Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano contains phenols, which are compounds that have strong antibiotic properties. Apply a small amount of the oil to fungal outbreaks that are precipitated by bacterial infections. Many outbreaks are caused by a combination of fungi as well as bacteria, and sometimes anti-fungal medication is not enough. The only problem with oregano essential oil is that it is very harsh and can burn the skin. Try diluting it in some olive oil before applying it to the affected area.
Coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties within their amino acids, it also supports the immune system. Coconut oil has been useful in combating toenail fungus and athlete’s foot, and you can apply it topically or internally. It is also known to suppress fungal outbreaks along mucous membranes in the mouth, throat and digestive system as well.
Boric acid has a very strong success rate when it comes to treating candida, which is a common cause of fungal outbreaks, particularly yeast infections. You can apply a paste mixed with water directly to the affected area both internally and externally. While the cure rate is very high, it takes time to work. Expect to wait up to a week before symptoms start to diminish. However, this is a fantastic alternative for outbreaks that are resistant to common ingredients in anti-fungal creams.
Change Your Diet
Fungi thrive in sugar-rich environments, and outbreaks can be exacerbated by eating too much sugary foods. Keep in mind that yeast and other fungi feed off of sugar. Consequently, eliminating their food source can go a long way to prevent outbreaks from occurring. However, this is also a slow process that will produce benefits over the course of time, and diet is a great preventive step to take as opposed to a quick cure.
There are many other remedies out there that have been successful in many cases. Tea tree oil, dill oil and caprylic acid are just a few more examples to research. Just remember that different spores or strains of bacteria cause outbreaks, and they may require different compounds to get rid of them. Consequently, it’s a good idea to keep some anti-fungal cream handy in addition to knowing which remedies work best for specific outbreaks.
At the end of the day, the last thing that you want to deal with during a survival situation is a fungal outbreak. Make sure that you add some remedies and treatment options to your survival medical kits in order to keep them in check, because chances are that they will crop at the worst possible time.