Experts have recognized over 200,000 fungi, and over one hundred of these can affect people. Fungal infections are classified in accordance with the organ they affect.
For instance, if they affect skin and nails, we call them superficial mycoses. Fungi in blood and organs are called deep or systemic mycoses.
This is a rather serious condition, especially if it affects immuno-compromised individuals with poor defense system.
First, let’s go through the types of fungi that cause infections in people. You should always know enough for your “enemy.”
Candida fungi involve over 200 species. 20 of these are pathogenic, and affect both skin and mucous membranes.
These infections are triggered by imbalances in skin environment, including microbial environment, acidity, nutrient concentration, etc. Candidiasis is common in groin area, armpits, and other areas where sin folds. It can also affect the oral cavity, vaginal mucosa and esophagus.
Ringworm is caused by dermatophytes, and it includes three species: trichophyton, microsporum, and epidermophyton. These are easily transmitted through skin contact with people and animals.
The fungi needs keratin found in your skin, nails and hair. Ringworm is the infection in your scalp, and athlete’s foot is the fungus that affects the skin between your toes.
If it affects your nails, then you’re probably having onychomycosis.
Malassezia furfur or orbiculare Pitysporum is a common fungus. Affected patients develop brown spots on their chest, shoulders, neck and back. It’s more common in summer
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar or cider vinegar is often added to salad dressings. It offers an array of health benefits, including its ability to balance your body in cases of candida overgrowth. Apple cider vinegar stops fungal growth in patients with candidiasis, dermatitis, dandruff and poor immune system.
Add it to your salad dressings, pickles, cold tomato soup, gazpacho, and veggie snacks. Regular consumption will help you ward off fungal infections.
Take 2 tablespoons of vinegar every day to clean your body. Dissolve it in water.
If you’re using it topically, combine equal parts of apple cider vinegar and 70% alcohol, and apply it on the affected area.
You can also apply pure apple cider vinegar using a dropper.