Fungi live on all surfaces of our bodies. Under certain conditions, they cause infections, particularly in warm and moist areas. The symptoms and appearances of a fungal skin infection depend on the type of fungus causing it and the part of the body affected. Fungal infections can affect not only the skin, but the fingernails and scalp.
Garlic herb is considered to be a very potent antimicrobial agent. It was used by Albert Schweitzer to treat amebic dysentery, and also by Louis Pasteur as an antibacterial agent. Garlic is one of the richest sources of the element germanium, which is a potent inducer of interferon and effective against certain cancers by modulating the immune response.
Candida yeast infection is similar to a fungus. It generally affects the skin around the nails or the soft, moist areas around body openings. Diaper rash in babies can be from one type of candidal infection. Older girls and women may develop another form of candidal infection in and around the vagina, and these are called yeast infections.
Golden Seal herb is considered effective in treating most digestive problems ranging from peptic ulcers to colitis due to its tonic effects on the mucous membranes. It is a powerful antimicrobial improving all mucous conditions, especially those of the sinuses.
Tea tree oil preparations were tested in four randomized clinical trials and some constructive outcomes were attributed to the interference in all trials. It is a cure for many mucosal fungal infections. Tea tree oil and Grapefruit seed distill may be used for the foreign handling of candida-related rind conditions by putting 2-3 drops of each in a lotion or balm and spreading it over the stricken region. Solanum species (two trials) and oil of acrimonious orange preparations (one test) were compared with traditional treatments. In all cases encouraging results were reported. There are few controlled clinical trials of herbal antifungal medicines.
The most popular herbal remedy for the care of parrots seems to be aloe. One popular use of aloe is a topical spray to sooth the irritated skin of birds that engage in feather plucking. Dramatic results can be obtained with this protocol when used on parrots who are destroying their feathers due to an itchy condition of the skin. Even in cases of psychological plucking, the aloe spray has been known to slow down feather destruction, due to the fact that damp feathers seem to dampen the urge to pluck. The easiest way to obtain a quality aloe spray for parrots is to buy it from a health food store.
Fungal infections are usually not serious in otherwise healthy individuals. However, a systemic fungal infection may be severe and life-threatening for those with compromised immune systems. Good personal hygiene should be maintained. In the case of superficial infections, the skin should be kept clean and dry, and care should be taken to avoid contact with other parts of the body. If someone in the household has a superficial fungal infection, bed sheets, towels, floors, shower stalls, and other contact surfaces should be washed with hot water and disinfected after use.
Oregano extract from this herb is considered more potent and less harmful than nystatin to eradicate fungi. It is also considered to be more powerful and less-toxic in eradicating staph infections.