fungal_infections

Fungal Infection

Fungi are one of four major groups of microorganisms (bacteria, parasites, fungi and parasites).

Although fungal diseases can affect anyone, even people who are otherwise healthy, travellers and people who have weakened immune system, such as those who have cancer, diabetes, or HIV are more vulnerable. Prone to fungal infections are also women who take oral contraceptives, people who take antibiotics and there is also a strong tendency to recur an infection in many people after effective clearing with medication.

Fungal diseases are caused by fungi that are common in the environment. Fungi live in soil, on plants and on trees as well as on human skin. Some types are contagious some others are not.

Fungal infections may occur on the surface of the skin, in warm and moist areas, in small or large areas, or they may penetrate into the body such as the lungs (causing flu or tuberculosis), the bloodstream, the colon or others.

The most common fungal diseases are those who affect the surface of the skin and the nails. Those which penetrate into the human organs are more serious, they can cause permanent damage, inflammation and in some cases they may become life-threatening.

Fungal infections may be categorized by the part of the body that they affect, by the organism causing the infection, or by the form that the fungi take.

 

Fungal infections of the skin and nails:

They can cause reddening, itching, stinging, blistering, and scaling of the skin, distortion, discoloration and brittleness of affected nails, and brittle hair. Some of these infections are:

  • Athlete's foot
  • Jock itch
  • Scalp and hair infection, primarily in children.
  • Fingers or toes infection
  • Ringworm of the skin or scalp
  • Barber's itch
  • Herpes infection
  • Thick nails
  • Brittle or crumbly nails

 

Yeast infections

Candidiasis is a common yeast infection due to the overgrowth of Candida albicans and other species of Candida. They are:

  • Oral thrush. It is a mouth infection, causes redness and creamy- white patches on the tongue and the mucous membranes.
  • Infection on the nipples to nursing mothers that cause pain.
  • Infection that causes rash in babies due to diapers.
  • Yeast infection. It causes vaginal discharge and intense itching in women.

 

To conclude this reference we must also say that fungi can spread below the surface of the skin, move to the blood, spread throughout the body into organs, tissues, or bones and cause infections such as:

  • Lung infections like fungal pneumonia or aspergillosis.
  • Fungal meningitis. It is a rare form of meningitis that occurs only in people with weakened immune systems.
  • Fungal septicaemia
  • Fungal osteoclasia

 

 

Recommendations

  • Eat a diet rich in raw foods.
  • Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates.
  • Avoid cola drinks, grains and processed foods.
  • Keep the skin clean and dry.
  • Wear clean cotton clothing and underwear.
  • Eliminate from the diet those foods that tend to promote secretion of mucus, especially meat and dairy products.
  • Try not to allow an infected area of the body to come in contact with healthy skin.

 

 

Beneficial Herbs

 

Herb

Form

Benefits

Pau d’ arco           

Tincture, tea.

Anti-fungal

Barberry

Capsules

Anti-fungal

Black walnut           

Extract

Anti-fungal

Bloodroot

Salve, paste

Against skin fungi, anti-inflammatory

Goldenseal

Extract. (Only external use)                 

Anti-fungal

Horopito

Extract

Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial

Tea tree oil

Oil, tincture. Do a compress      

A strong anti-fungal

Wild oregano               

Oil

Antifungal. Destroys resistant forms of fungi.    

Yellow root

Oil, capsules, tablets

Anti-fungal