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How to Treat a Fungal or Bacterial Skin Infection Naturally


So I have a “friend.” She is dealing with some skin issues that are embarrassing to talk about. Oh you have a friend who is too? Thanks for being so bold and asking about how to treat it on their behalf. Let’s figure this out so we can help them, okay? :) We’re such good people, the way we help out our friends like this…

Here are the basics: Things like fungi and staph bacteria are everywhere. A healthy immune system should be able to fight these off without much effort resulting in pretty clear skin and no localized infections on your body.

Conventionally, doctors prescribe things like anti-fungal cream, topical antibiotics and hydrocortisone cream. At least, that’s what my friend told me. :) Apparently she tried all of these herself? And actually only saw things get worse? So that’s why I’m writing this for her.

There are probably two levels on which you, er i mean your friend, needs to engage:

1)Topical/Symptomatic Treatment and 2)Wholistic Treatment. Those are just my names for it. By them I mean, you should definitely 1)treat the problem site and take care of it. That first level could be enough. An example would be if you caught a small case of Athlete’s Foot in the locker room, treated it and it went away. If, however, you are having multiple problems like me, or I mean my friend, (she has staph infection, eczema and fungal infections – one scalp, one on upper chest and one what you might call jock itch?!?! akkk this must be so embarrassing for her!) or you have tried treating it and it keeps coming back that probably means 2)there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. So here is what my treatment plan (for her) looks like:

Topical Treatment:

  • Apple cider vinegar. It can be used to kill the fungus and bacteria. Try to get one that is organic, unpasteurized, with the mother, like Braggs– I got some for three dollars at the grocery store. Put some on a cotton ball and apply, diluted if it’s too strong at first, several times a day and let dry.
  • Coconut oil. I follow up the ACV by applying some coconut oil. It is soothing and makes things less itchy. Coconut oil is naturally anti-viral, fungal and microbial.
  • Lavender oil. It also reportedly has high anti-fungal properties. I got a small bottle for free and am able to mix some drops into the coconut oil. I’ve read you shouldn’t use it full strength, but should dilute it into another oil before applying.

Try this for a while and see if your problems go away!

If they don’t, you might want to consider these Wholistic Options:

  • Cut out sugar. And you might want to get rid of dairy, caffeine, and wheat for a while as well. These all feed the yeast that is ultimately causing the fungal infection. PS: I know this is sad. My mom makes the best bread I’ve ever had in my life. Why would you ever want to live without it?
  • Consume apple cider vinegar. For the same reason listed above. Dilute a couple teaspoons in a glass of water and drink three times a day.
  • Take grapefruit seed extract.
  • And probiotics.
  • Consume lots of coconut oil and other healthy animal fats (but not vegetable oil!). These, along with the probiotics, actually help heal your gut. I like this idea versus just cleansing your system from the offenders. Also, on that note: broth, healthy meats, vegetables, etc..
  • And finally, figure out if you have gluten or other food-related intolerances. Apparently things like major skin issues can be a way your body is telling you that it can’t handle some of the things you are putting in it.

I am certainly not a doctor- this is just what I’m doing. I was hoping to encourage others out there that there are natural, affordable treatments that address the root problem and not just the symptom. I hope it works for all of us and our friends!

On another note, I also get how big of a deal all of this is; it’s not easy and I’m not doing this perfectly or exactly. In fact I would’ve thought all of this was quite extreme if I hadn’t reached such a low with my own skin problems. Perhaps I have tiny issues with judgement. Ha! So hopefully we can all help each other, share our strength and what has helped us, refrain from judgement, etc…


3 thoughts on “How to Treat a Fungal or Bacterial Skin Infection Naturally

  1. Pingback: The world did not end by going gluten-free! « healingjournies

  2. I couldn’t resist commenting. Very well written!

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