To commence the new ‘things you’re too embarrassed to ask about‘ feature on beautyburgerac, let’s talk about tiny mushrooms.
By this I of course mean fungus. YUMMY! Don’t get put off by the word ‘fungus’ – infections are very common in men, women and children (ever heard of nappy rash?).
It’s recommended that if you suspect you have one of these buggars, but you’ve not had one before, go to your doctors to get it properly diagnosed. However, if you have had one before and you recognise the symptoms, perhaps you can try one of the cheaper more natural methods of treatments this post will lay out. 🙂
So, it depends on the type of infection you have. These can occur pretty much anywhere that has a lot of friction and moisture (oo er), such as:
- The nails.
This is a common infection that can be found in any nail, but happens most commonly under the toenails, due to the constant movement and sweat. These infections can easily spread to other nails so it’s important to catch them quickly.
- The ‘downstairs’ area.
Most common in women, the over production of yeast is known as thrush (75% of women will have thrush at some point in their life, but men get it too).
- The feet.
Known as athlete’s foot, this is common in sportspeople and those on their feet a lot. For some more excellent ideas on how to cure foot-based infections, see here.
These are the most common but they can also appear on the skin, in the mouth and ringworm (more yum).
Well as nice as this all is, its always better not to inhabit overzealous mini mushrooms on your body. So how to get rid?
Garlic has been used for centuries to treat fungal infections because of its crazily good antifungal properties (until new medicines were created and sold expensively). For thrush, a slightly unusual but apparently effective remedy is to apply garlic to the affected area (not for the squeamish but this means you pop it up there) for a few nights, bruising or slightly piercing the garlic clove to release the antibacterial goodness. Similar to modern thrush treatments, this is effectively a cheap and natural remedy.
Also, if you want to promote good anti fungal health on the inside, garlic is the best thing to eat. Garlic capsules without the smell are widely available.
If you detest the odour of garlic then a less smelly version is baking soda/bicarbonate of soda. A common baking and cleaning ingredient (it can also be used to whiten teeth), it is also has anti fungal properties. By combining a small amount of baking soda and water to make a paste, the soda can be rubbed under an infected nail and the surrounding area, a few times a day until the infection clears up.
Vinegar is a liquid anti fungal and can be good for mild infections. By soaking the affected area in a vinegar/water solution, you should see an improvement within a few weeks. However, this could be a slightly painstaking method if you don’t have the time to sit with a bowl of vinegar twice a day for months.
Research has shown that tea tree oil has many anti fungal components that can be used to treat infections. For nails, apply several times a day for a few weeks to clear it up (don’t use too much oil as it can irritate healthy skin). Also, it can be used to bring colour back to nails that have been discoloured by varnish, bruising etc. For an overall remedy, add two or three drops of pure tea tree oil to your bath/footbath/face steam and it will keep fungus away (and spots!).
Phew, so that really is a lot of information. But with these remedies you need never be fungal again. I bet you never want to see THAT WORD ever again either. So I will say goodbye, and wish you luck in your fight against those tiny mushrooms.