• Home Remedies For Fungal Skin Infections (Athlete’s Foot, Jock Itch)

    Posted March 6, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    Skin fungus is a common problem in humid areas and occurs more frequently among obese individuals.  An estimated 10-20% of people will develop a fungal skin infection during their lifetime.  Doctors classify fungal skin infections according to the affected body site, such as tinea capitis (scalp), tinea barbae (beard area), tinea corporis or athlete’s foot (skin other than bearded area, scalp, groin, hands or feet), tinea cruris or jock itch (groin, perineum and perineal areas), tinea pedis (feet), tinea manuum (hands) and tinea unguium (nails).  So if your doctor writes these down on your chart as your diagnosis, you will know what he means.  People with toenail infections are more likely to develop fungal infections elsewhere, like jock itch.

    Incessant itching is usually the first sign and if ignored, it can get out of control.  A big problem is that it can be quelled but is likely to return if personal hygiene measures aren’t increased.  Use of fresh towels, drying off with a hair dryer, elimination of exposure to fungal growth in shower rooms, etc, are all important in preventing relapse.  Failure to heed personal hygiene measures results in some people suffering with chronic infections.

    A visit to the drug store will confront infected individuals with a myriad of product, all with the same diluted ingredient.  Most of these preparations are ineffective for athlete’s foot, jock itch and the like, and one wonders if the FDA has rigged the strength of these products to force patients unnecessarily to the dermatologist’s office.

    All kinds of home remedies may be tried in an attempt to quell these fungal infections, which can be met with some level of success.  Surprisingly, online reports show Listerine is an excellent at-hand remedy.  It works.

    Herbal remedies may be superior to store-bought anti-fungal products. A comparative study ranked the most to the least effective herbal remedies for skin fungus in this order: oregano, thyme (thymol), cinnamon bark > lemongrass > clove, > peppermint, lavender, > tea tree > thyme.

    A combination of olive oil with honey and beeswax applied topically produced complete cures ranging from 60-80%.

    For stubborn cases, you may think your have athlete’s foot or jock itch when you have an entirely different type of skin problem.  When home remedies don’t cure, that’s the time to see the doctor -© 2011 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.   Free to use, not free to post elsewhere or use commercially.


2 Responses to “Home Remedies For Fungal Skin Infections (Athlete’s Foot, Jock Itch)”

  1. rod Says:
    March 21st, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Bill Sardi
    I heard you tell a story about someone who had a heart attack and couldn’t get the necessary surgery for awhile.
    You recommended, I think, seven things to do to improve his chances until he could get the surgery.The only one I can remember is;”Don’t drink the tap water”. Can you tell me the other things. I understand this worked out well.


    not sure I recall those 7, and recognize there are different types of heart operations, ranging from heart valve replacement to grafting arteries and insertion of stents. You might refer to my article describing the work of Lester Morrison MD who cured heart disease in the 1970s with chondroitin sulfate. Resveratrol, fish oil, vitamin D, magnesium, coenzyme Q10, vitamin B1/thiamine, are other heart-friendly supplements. -Bill Sardi

  2. Prevent Skin Infection Says:
    April 26th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Skin problem are getting common among all the people. As you have mentioned that 10-20 %of people will develop a fungal skin infection during their life time. The idea about the prevention of this infection is really very helpful. Thanks for providing such a great information.

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