How to get rid of skin fungus?

topic posted Sun, June 4, 2006 - 6:45 PM by  Lil H
I have a skin fungus that I got in Fiji over 5 years ago. When I get tan, it looks white and blotchy. When I am not tan, it is dark and blotchy! It comes and goes and it moves to different places on my body all the time! The doc told me to use Selson Blue. That shit stinks and makes me feel like I'm allergic to it. I've heard that tea tree oil works for fungus, and I use it a lot and it works to an extent, but this fungus is resilliant and tough!
Anyone have any suggestions for skin fungus? I've already been down the road of "maybe it's candida," and I don't really want to be thinking about that right now. So the suggestions I'm seeking are for skin only fungus removal, not internal cleanses. Thanks!
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Lil H
Los Angeles
  • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

    Sun, June 4, 2006 - 7:55 PM
    It sounds like tinea versicolor. I have not heard of a natural remedy. Dandruff shampoos & athlete's foot cream are the standard treatment. I've heard you have to treat it daily for a couple of weeks until it's gone, then treat weekly for up to 2 years to prevent recurrence. There must be something's just a fungus. What about ACV baths?
    • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

      Sun, June 4, 2006 - 8:22 PM
      I've done some looking around - vinegar seems to be definite for this. Either take a vinegar bath daily, or apply packs soaked in vinegar/water for 15 minutes or so.

      Your clothing can harbor the fungus, so wash in hot water after every wearing, and wash sheets as often as you can, also in hot water. If you can't wash your sheets every day, then wear night clothes that cover the affected area and wash them after each wearing. Otherwise you'll just keep re-infecting.

      You can also try geranium essential oil in an olive oil base - apply to affected skin daily.

      Black walnut tincture is also said to help. Apply with cotton daily.
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        Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

        Mon, June 5, 2006 - 11:06 AM
        someone in my family picked this up at a pool and it's been coming back off/on. she's into quick fixes rather then holistic healing so altho i'm anti western meds, the one that does work is a yeast infection medication cream that you can get at your local drug store. monostat or makes it go away fairly fast if you apply daily...but it's something that comes back over time if your diet is high in carbs and sugars. i'd say any yeast is candida related and would recommend doing a yeast cleanse,yeast free diet.
    • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

      Fri, November 14, 2008 - 1:59 AM
      I had that off & on for years too - very common.

      The Selsun really does work - get the prescription strength (tan, not blue).

      Just put it on before oyu go to bed, and wear Tshirt. Then shower it off in the am.

      What the Selsun does is exfoliate, plus create a hostile environment for the fungus.

      You can also try adding oregano spirits to your skin oil, I heard that's antifungal; but not sure how well it works.
    • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

      Thu, December 1, 2011 - 2:26 PM
      Lil H it sounds like Annie is right and you have Tinea Versicolor. But I have never heard that you can catch it. I was told for me at least it was hereditary and that certain things can cause flares such as stress and hormonal changes. I have had this since, well I hit puberty. It often flares up when you tend to sweat a lot as well. I first got this when i was 13 treated and didn't have flare up until my I moved to sunny Florida (where it is to hot most of the time) The Selsun is equivalent to the prescribe medication. What I was told to do when I was first diagnosed, was to apply to infected area 3-5 mins before you shower daily....and if you have signs of resistance then apply at bed time then wash in the morning. This usually works for me
      • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

        Thu, December 1, 2011 - 8:13 PM
        Im so glad to see your post. I,ve been chasing this since since i was pregnant in 1995. My son(16) came to me tonight because he found a "spot" on his ankle. He said mom, it looks like the things you used to put ointment on. Mine flares most during winter months. The Dr,s script, over the counter anti fungals havent helped me at all. This last month it has taken over me from the waist down. Im using OTC anti fungals and this is the worst I;ve ever had it. It MUST be hereditary if now my son has it. We dont have pets. If its diet we have alot of changes in store...What do you know about this fungus and diet ??
  • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

    Sun, June 4, 2006 - 7:56 PM
    I have read that coconut oil is anti fungal. I would look into it.
    • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

      Sun, June 4, 2006 - 9:59 PM
      Skin is the body's last filter. A recurrent fungus means the cause is coming from within. Don't ignore your diet and other environmental causes.
      I was recently diagnosed with food allergies that aggravated sensitive skin prone to folliculitis I never could have cured topically. Vinegar was one of the itch remedies, but without removing the food culprit, it was barely a band-aid.
  • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

    Mon, June 5, 2006 - 1:39 AM
    The other suggestions here are all great and things I was going to offer too had they not already been said. The other thing I have to add on top of the laundry and diet advice have to do with getting rid of ringworm, or any other virulent skin fungus, yours included, and are a bit long winded but combined with the other advice it really will get rid of skin fungus' for good. And I know you didn't want diet advice but when it comes to getting rid of a fungus on your skin what you eat really can make a difference--but at least it's not a cleanse!

    Treatment needs to be done for at least 4 weeks daily for it to work completely.

    1. Make a mix of 1/2 witch hazel, 1/4 distilled water, and 1/4 apple cider vinegar. Use this on and around any areas of skin having issues. Apply with fresh cotton swab or cotton balls. DO NOT DOUBLE DIP!!! Meaning if the cotton swab/ball has touched your skin, you do not dip it into this mixture because it will contaminate it with the fungus. Use morning and night after washing face and allow to dry completely before using any other products.

    2. Make a sea salt scrub by filling a small glass jar that has a tight closing lid about 1/2 way with sea salt. Pour olive oil on top and let it penetrate (stir a little if you need to), till all the salt is moistened, but not swimming in oil. Use once or twice a week before bed by taking out a bit with your fingertips and rubbing it onto affected areas. Scrub-a-dub-dub, rinse thoroughly with warm water and apply witch hazel/acv astringent. Once again, don't double dip. If you need more wash and dry your hands thoroughly before getting more from the jar.

    Keep in mind that:
    - using products like makeup can reinfect you repeatedly so you might want to lay off makeup during treatment (if you use any) and replace it afterwards
    - lotion can spread it around so probably a good idea to not do that during treatment either (if you can I would try Rose's suggestion of coconut oil as a moisturizer during treatment if you need it, extra virgin)
    - Also throw away any loofahs or scrubbies (sorry :-(), or anything else you use on your body regularly.
    - For the 4 weeks you undergo treatment you need to use a new, freshly laundered wash cloth.
    - Also, add acv or white vinegar to everything you launder in hot water, about a cup per load.

    And your doc thought there was nothing more than Selsun Blue? ;-)

    Good luck!
  • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

    Tue, June 6, 2006 - 12:15 PM
    Persistent skin fungus is for a doctor and pharmacist to address. Once the doctor has diagnoised, if you don't get the results you need from his pharmacutical suggestion, call up your pharmacist. I would suggest not trying to treat this yourself. My husband has seen fungus-infections-gone-bad at the pharmacy, which could have been easily prevented with medications (I believe one was trying to treat it with tea tree oil. It does have some anti-fungal properties, but not as much as, say, an athletes foot cream).
  • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

    Tue, June 6, 2006 - 12:28 PM
    Ginger and Fiber are huge enemies of candida in the intestines. You can check out a thread called 'Green Smoothie Revolution' on the Raw and Living Foods Support tribe for more info on how to get more. Since, I've been doing the blended whole food thing with lots of ginger I have had several fungal and candida symptoms heal. Now a mole that was definitely precancerous ( it was growing and changing...) is falling off.

    Also, tea tree oil is anti fungal. So is neem.

    You may also be interested in some of the testimonials of using Effective Microorganism solutions. Check out the threads on this on the Effective Microorganism tribe.
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    Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

    Tue, June 6, 2006 - 10:21 PM
    washing everyday with extra strength neem soap and an exfoliant got rid of mine.

    script, OTC meds, shampoos, tea tree didnt work.

    crush some bayer to scrub with. the sal. acid of the asp kills the fungus too.

    wash all your clothing in hot water and dont wear stuff twice,
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      Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

      Wed, June 7, 2006 - 10:20 AM
      Hi there -
      I have acquired a couple of funguses in tropical places myself.
      The most effective combination for me was Pau D'Arco tincture internally and Coptis power mixed with the tincture externally!
      Hope it gets out of your system!
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        Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

        Wed, June 7, 2006 - 10:28 AM
        i second the pau d'arco. i had it in a herbal parasite cleanse that made a difference in my skin. so i do believe it did help. it couldnt hurt if you tried it out.
        • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

          Fri, November 14, 2008 - 2:02 AM
          Pau d'arco is actually fairly toxic; even though tribes have been taking it for years, it really should not be taken internally, esp for any length of time. perhaps externally, but that's as far as I'd go - look it up on the Canadian health centers....

          Better to ingest oregano, if you are in the mood to try to fight fungi internally.
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    Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

    Thu, November 13, 2008 - 2:00 PM
    I know this is old but I was looking up something and found this post. Seriously, if you want to get rid of a skin fungus use Selsun Blue. It will get rid of it in no time.
  • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

    Thu, December 1, 2011 - 2:36 PM
    Tinea versicolor
    Also called pityriasis versicolor
    tinea versicolor Tinea versicolor. It is not harmful, but many people dislike the way it discolors their skin.

    We all have yeast living on our skin. When the yeast grow out of control, a person can get a skin disease called tinea versicolor.
    Your dermatologist may tell you that you have a fungal infection on your skin. Yeast is a type of fungus.

    Tinea versicolor is not contagious. You cannot get tinea versicolor from someone else. You cannot give it to someone.

    Many people get tinea versicolor. It is one of the most common skin diseases in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. People who live in tropical areas may have tinea versicolor year-round.

    for more information go to, this website has pictures of it so maybe you can verify that what you have is similar and then get a proper diagnosis
    • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

      Mon, December 5, 2011 - 3:30 PM
      yes, looking back on this rash was misdiagnosed for over a year. Finally, a doctor decided I wasn't crazy or a hysterical hypochondriac, and tests revealed I had Hodgkins lymphoma. A skin condition is a rare symptom, look up paraneoplastic syndrome, and get to a doctor for real testing.
  • Re: How to get rid of skin fungus?

    Wed, January 25, 2012 - 2:16 PM
    I have tried so many things. Recently I am doing a cleanse called GX Assist from doTERRA and it is helping more than anything I have ever tried. I have had to change my diet and am also doing a liver cleanse from doTERRA called Zendocrine as well as taking their Long Life Vitality pack which is vitamins to make sure I am getting enough nutrients. I drink water with a few essential oils and it has been amazing. I was having a herxheimer reaction where my lips were swelling up, (which I found out from reading several blogs: some people have on a normal basis and just accept it, called chelitis angularis). I was getting nervous about the swelling cause my iips were getting really big. Then I remembered I had forgot to drink the water with essential oils and the swelling went down immediately. It was amazing! ... and made me realize how much the essential oils were working. My rashes are all disappearing, my head feels totally clear and I have lots of energy. It's nice cause there's no fasting involved ... just taking pills & drinking water with essential oils. doTERRA uses only the purest oils from herbs that are grown organically in a clean environment in the country of their origin. The website is:

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