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10 Homeopathic Medicines for Fungal Infection

Homeopathic Medicine for Fungal Infection

Fungi are surprisingly diverse microorganisms. While we eat them in the form of mushrooms and bake our daily bread with them, certain strains of fungus can cause infections and disease in the human body. An infection caused by a fungus is known as a fungal infection. Fungi are present in soil, air, water and some of them are even found naturally in the human body. The introduction of an infectious type of fungus can cause infections like ringworm, athlete’s foot, or thrush infection. 

Homeopathic Treatment for Fungal Infection

Homeopathic medicines for fungal infection work by restoring the natural healing processes that help fight fungal infections. Homeopathy helps heal rashes and reduce symptoms like itching, burning, discharges, and pain.

Homeopathic Medicines For Fungal Infections

The top remedies to deal with fungal infection are  Sepia, Tellurium, Graphites, Sulphur, Silicea, Thuja, Antimonium Crudum, Bacillinum, Borax and Pulsatilla.

1. Sepia – Top Remedy For Fungal Infection Ringworm

Sepia tops the list of homeopathic medicine when it comes to treating fungal infections esepcially ringworm of skin (tinea corporis). Circular, ring-shaped lesions on the skin in isolated spots is the key feature to use it. This can be attended with itching and burning when scratched, and increased sweating. Ringworm, if appears in spring season specifically, then Sepia is the right choice of medicine.

When and How to use Sepia?

Use of Sepia is applicable in ringworm infection with isolated ring-shaped lesions. This medicine is available in different potencies from low to high which is chosen individually for every case as per case intensity. In the beginning, its 30C potency is safe to start with. Sepia 30C can be used once or twice a day as per severity of the complaint. For switching to high potencies like 200C or 1M, consider prior consultation with homeopathic expert.

2. Tellurium – For Ringworm With Multiple Rings Connected Together

Tellurium is also a major medicine for ringworm infection. It is prescribed for cases where multiple ring-shaped lesions are joined together forming intersecting rings crowded over each other. The lesions are elevated and spread across the whole body. Sometimes mild scaling covers these lesions. In few cases vesicles (tiny fluid- filled bumps) over the rings may appear, attended with a heated sensation on the skin.

When and How to use Tellurium?

This medicine can be given when a case presents with numerous ring-shaped lesions on skin joined together. Initially, it is advised to start with Tellurium 30C once or twice a day. In case no changes occur, Tellurium 200C can be taken once a day.

3. Graphites – For Fungal Infection With Rash Between Skin Folds

Graphites is highly effective for fungal infections that affect skin folds. It can be used when rash occurs in groins (crease formed at junction of abdomen and thigh), bends of limbs (like behind knees, elbow bend), neck fold, behind ears and between toes. The affected area is red, sore and painful. In some cases, a characteristic watery, sticky discharge may ooze out from the affected parts. It is also helpful when cracks develop in skin folds. There is intense itching in the affected area which gets aggravated at night. It is also very useful for cases of Tinea Cruris or Jock’s itch presenting with rash in groin area.

When and How to use Graphites?

Use of this medicine is highly recommended when there is fungal infection causing rash between folds. Additionally, it is the most effective if cracks appear in the folds and watery sticky fluid oozes from the affected skin area. Start with Graphites 3X one tablet once a day in mild cases and one tablet twice a day in case of moderate intensity. 3X is its lowest potency and higher potencies are also available like 30C, 200C, 1M, but avoid using higher potencies without physician’s guidance.

4. Sulphur – For Fungal Infection With Marked Itching, Burning

Sulphur is a highly effective medicine to manage itching and burning on a skin rash. In cases needing it, the affected portion is dry and scaly along with itching which gets worse at night. Washing also makes it worse. Burning sensation is felt on the skin after scratching. The affected portion is painful and sensitive to touch.

When and How to use Sulphur?

This medicine can be used in those cases in which there is marked itching and burning. Though it can be used in different potencies, 30C potency is most frequently recommended. For mild cases, Sulphur 30C should be used once or twice a week. If itching and burning are moderate to severe, one may use Sulphur 30C once a day. Avoid using it more than once a day. It is a strong medicine, so do not self – medicate with its high potencies in any case.

5. Silicea –  For Fungal Infection on Feet: Athlete’s Foot ( Tinea pedis)

Silicea is the best prescription for cases of fungal infection of feet. In cases needing it, there is rawness and soreness in the affected part, along with cracked skin in between toes. Peeling of skin also occurs. There is itching and pain in the affected area. Excessive sweating having fetid odour is felt on the feet, with blisters in severe cases.

When and How to use Silicea?

Anyone who has a fungal infection on feet can go ahead with this medicine. It will heal the skin lesions and provide relief in pain and control further progression of complaint. Silicea 6X – 4 tablets three to four times a day is the optimal dose to start with.

6. Bacillinum – For Ringworm And Tinea Versicolor

Bacillinum is another prominent medicine indicated for treating fungal infections. Firstly, it is very beneficial for cases of ringworm. Apart from treating acute ringworm cases, this medicine also helps to control the tendency for ringworm infection occurring time and time again. Secondly, this medicine is well indicated to treat cases of tinea versicolor in which skin pigmentation is affected resulting in discolored patches on the skin.

When and How to use Bacillinum?

This medicine can be given in cases of ringworm as well as tinea versicolor. Use of this medicine is usually recommended in 30C potency (should never be used below this power). This medicine is used in infrequent doses. Just one dose a week of Bacillinum 30C is suggested in any case. Wait to see the changes for about one week after taking its one dose. Do not rush into repeating the medicine before the recommended one-week time.

7. Thuja – For Fungal Infections in Beard and Moustache Area ( Tinea barbae)

Thuja is a natural medicine sourced from plant Arbor Vitae.  It is highly suitable for fungal infections that appear as ringworms in the beard, moustache and neck area. Persons needing it may have pimples (small red eruptions) or hard nodes in affected areas. Itching and burning may worsen upon cold washing.

When and How to Use Thuja?

This medicine is apt for cases of fungal infection in beard and moustache. Start with Thuja 30C once a day only. In case no changes are evident after 30C potency, then its higher potencies can be considered for which a homeopath’s advice is essential.

8. Antimonium Crudum – For Nail Fungus (Onychomycosis / Tinea Unguium)

Antimonium Crudum is a highly ranked medicine to treat nail fungus. It works well for discolored, brittle nails that break off easily. Nails are distorted and grow out of shape, sometimes there may be pain in nails.

When and How to use Antimonium Crudum?

Antimonium Crudum should be used as the first remedy when it comes to treat nail fungus. It will improve discoloration, help to strengthen the nail and gradually eliminates the infection. From its different potencies, 30C potency is the right choice to start with the treatment that can be taken twice a day.

9. Borax – For Fungal Infections In The Mouth (Oral Thrush)

Borax is a chief medicine to treat fungal / yeast infections that occur in the mouth. Signs and symptoms to look for to its use are whitish patchy growths in the mouth and tongue that are tender and sore, along with redness in the mouth. Besides, bitter taste and dry mouth attends to it.

When and How to use Borax?

Borax is an incomparable medicine when it comes to treat fungal infection in mouth. It can be used when white fungal patches appear in the mouth that are tender. It is used in different potencies varying from case to case. When using it in 30C potency, it can be taken twice a day. While in 200C potency, dose should be limited to just once a day.

10. Pulsatilla – For Vaginal Candidiasis

Pulsatilla is a natural medicine for treating fungal infections in vagina – vaginal candidiasis.  This medicine is used when there occurs thick white, milky or cream like vaginal discharge. The discharge cause burning and irritation in vagina. Itching is also felt in vagina. The discharge gets worse after menses.

When and How to use Pulsatilla? 

This medicine can be given in fungal infection of vagina with white coloured vaginal discharge. Pulsatilla 30C can be taken twice a day,  and when symptoms are intense even thrice a day.

Note  One may use these medicines only in the recommended doses for about 3 to 4 weeks. If in this time span no changes are seen in skin condition, then kindly consult a homeopathic doctor for further action.

Causes Behind Fungal Infections

A fungal infection is caused by microorganisms like Tinea, Dermatophytes, Candida albicans, yeast, etc.

Fungal infections can occur in two ways.

1. Harmful fungi enter the body through direct contact with an infected person or an infected animal or soil contaminated with fungi. It can also spread by using an object infected with fungi, like clothes, combs, towels and bed sheets.

2. It occurs when there is excessive multiplication of the fungi normally present in the body in a small amount. The growth of fungi present naturally in the body is kept under control by the immune system. When excessive multiplication of fungi occurs under certain circumstances due to a weak immune system, it results in an infection.

Signs And Symptoms Of Fungal Infections

The signs and symptoms depend on type of fungal infection but some frequently noted symptoms common in most fungal types are redness in affected area, irritation or itching, burning sensation, cracked or peeled skin. Scaling on skin and blisters (fluid- filled eruptions) may also be noted.

Word Of Caution On Antifungal Creams

Homeopathy creams for fungal infections are popular as topical ointments to ease symptoms like itching, but their effectiveness in treating the problem is not proven. Since homeopathy is the science of internal medicine that works holistically with the body, at DrHomeo we do not advocate the use of topical medicines for treatment. Ointments like natural anti-fungal cream for yeast infection or homeopathic cream for jock itch are widely available, but they do little in terms of treating the root cause of the problem internally.

Which skin areas can be affected by fungal rash?

Although fungal rash may arise anywhere on the skin, the most-affected areas are folds of skin, like behind knees, bend of elbows, groin, under-breast area, etc.

Risk Factors For Fungal Infection

Though anyone can contract a fungal infection but certain factors predispose a person.

1.Warm, damp, humid environment: Dampness, moisture and humidity – these three conditions are enough for fungi to flourish.

2. Weak immune system: A healthy immune system keeps a check on the excessive growth of fungi naturally present in the body. If immunity drops, fungi get an opportunity to overgrow resulting in an infection. Diseases that decrease immunity, medicines that suppress the immune system and stress that weakens immunity increase the risk of fungal infections. People with HIV deal with a weakened immunity that can give rise to opportunistic diseases.

3. Heavy sweating provides a favorable environment for fungal growth

4. Diabetes Mellitus: A hyperglycemic (high in glucose) environment favors immune dysfunction that gives fungi a chance to overgrow.

5. Sharing personal things like clothing, bed sheets, towels, combs, shaving razors, etc. with an infected person.

6. Obesity: In obese people, the skin folds tend to trap excessive moisture, which can promote fungal growth.

7. Use of certain medicines: Corticosteroids or immunosuppressants, and chemotherapy drugs reduce the body’s immunity. Antibiotics prescribed to kill harmful bacteria affect the useful bacteria in the body. These good bacteria help keep fungal growth in check as a result of inter-related factors. When the concentration of good bacteria decreases, the fungi get an opportunity to grow in excess, leading to fungal infections.

Types of Fungal Infections

A. Ringworms (Tinea infection): It is not caused by a worm but is named so as it causes ring-shaped lesions on the skin.

Cause: Fungi of the genera Trichophyton, and epidermophyton.

Spread: Direct skin to skin contact with infected person.

Signs and symptoms: Red, circular ring-shaped patches on the skin along with itching.

Tinea infection can develop on different parts of the body and has different names as per the part affected. These are given below:

1. Tinea Cruris: Ringworm infection on skin in groin area.

Mode of spread: from direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or through use of fungus- infected objects like towels, clothes, etc.
Signs and symptoms: Red rash on the groin area, inner thighs, genitals, and buttocks. Small blisters may appear along the margins of the rash. Itching, pain and burning in the lesions along with flakiness and cracks may also be present.

 2. Tinea Pedis/Athlete’s Foot: It affects feet, especially the area between toes

Mode of Spread: Sharing of shoes/socks of an infected person or taking shower barefoot. Wearing tightly fitted shoes and excessive sweating on the feet increase the risk.

Signs and symptoms: Rawness, cracking, peeling of skin area on feet; blisters; burning, stinging, itching in the lesions can attend.

3. Tinea capitis: This ringworm infection affects the scalp.

Spread: Direct contact with an infected person or from using objects like caps, combs, hair brushes, pillows carrying ringworm infection.
Signs and Symptoms: Red, itchy patches on the scalp; pustules, crusty eruptions on the scalp along with discharge; heavily tangled hair. The scalp also feels painful, and brittle hair or bald patches on the scalp may also be present.

4. Tinea unguium (Onychomycosis): Nail Fungus commonly affecting toenails

Mode of Spread: Mostly contracted through use of communal showers (group of single showers in a sinlge room or common area) and swimming pools, foot tubs, filers and other tools contaminated by fungi.
Signs and symptoms: Thick nails, whitish/grayish, yellowish – brownish discoloration of nails, brittle/ crumbled/ distorted nails, breaking of the nails and pain that gets worse by pressure or wearing shoes.

 5. Tinea Barbae: Ringworm infection of the beard, mustache area of the face and the neck.

Mode of Spread: Sharing personal articles like shaving razors, towel of an infected person, etc.

Signs and Symptoms: Pimples, pustules, swelling, and redness of the infected area. Oozing of fluid, pus or blood, itching and pain in the lesions and crusting of the infected area may be present.

6. Tinea Corporis– Ringworm on the body

Spread: Direct contact with an infected person or pet animal; sharing objects like clothing or bed sheets can also spread the infection.

Signs and symptoms: Ring-shaped or circular shaped lesions on skin—skin in the middle of the rash is clear and healthy-looking. The rash is itchy, and blisters can appear at the edges of the lesion. In some cases, the ring-shaped lesions multiply and merge.

B. Tinea Versicolor also named Pityriasis Versicolor

This type of fungal infection occurs when fungus malassezia grows extensively on the skin. Discolored patches appear on skin that may be light or dark, as compared to the surrounding skin. Mild itching and scaling can occur too. The main affected areas are chest, back, shoulders, neck and upper arms.

 C. Candida Infection

Candida Albicans is a type of fungi present in the human body in a small amount. The fungus only causes a problem when it multiplies and increases in number. The infection caused by this fungi is known as candidiasis.

Some of the most common Candida fungi infections include:

 1. Oral Thrush: An oral thrush is an infection of Candida Albicans inside the mouth or on the tongue. Its commonly seen in infants, older adults and people with low immunity.

Signs and Symptoms: White, creamy or yellow patches on the tongue, inner cheeks, roof of the mouth, tonsils, and gums. There may be redness, burning, soreness, and pain in the mouth, cracks at the corners of the mouth and a bad taste in the mouth. Swallowing can become painful if infection spreads to the throat. Infants can become irritable and have difficulty in feeding, if infected.

2. Vaginal Candidiasis – Vaginal candidiasis is also more commonly known as a vaginal yeast infection. It is caused by the fungi candida, which is normally present in the vagina in a small amount. It causes vaginal candidiasis when it grows to an abnormal amount.
The infection tends to develop as a result of a weak immune system, intake of oral contraceptive pills, uncontrolled diabetes and use of extensive antibiotics.
Symptoms: Itching, burning, irritation, redness, and swelling in the vagina along with a thick white discharge (which looks like cottage cheese). A burning sensation in the vagina during intercourse and urination is also present.

 3. Diaper rash: A red rash that develops on the buttocks of a baby due to overuse of diapers is known as diaper rash. There are many reasons for a diaper rash, but a candida infection is one of the most common reasons. The warm and moist areas between a diaper and a baby’s skin serve as a favourable environment for the growth of fungi.
The symptoms of a diaper rash include a raised rash on the skin of the buttocks. It can also develop on the thighs and genital area. The rash is painful and tender to touch which makes the child irritable, and gets worse on washing. Other skin eruptions like pimples, blisters or pustules can also appear on the rash.

Tips To Manage Fungal Infections On Skin

Avoid sharing other person’s towels, objects like combs, brushes, blankets

Avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms or other public places

Avoid wearing tight and synthetic clothes

Keep the affected area dry and clean

Try losing weight, if overweight

Blood sugar levels should be checked and maintained regularly


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  1. Bharat Nath says:

    Sir I am suffering from fungal infection through whole body since 20 years I will try with different homoeopathy medicine but there is no result please help me it is very severe itching at night and the skin is getting rough


    I am suffering from dry itching in testus at night, at day time there is no problem but at night it creates very problem only in testus,
    I am taking psoremon 30 at 3 days difference and adil 20 15 drop 2 times a day from 1 month but no recovery

    • Arazmi Islam says:

      I have eczema type rash on both of my feet. It tends to itch mostly at night. The rash is on the side, some areas on top and back of my feet arond the ankle area. My doctor gave me a steriod and Flexitol cream to manage it. I feel the condition is spreading on my feet.
      Please can you recommend someting for it. The skin is very dry, red types of blisters and scaly. I wait for your rely.
      Thanking you
      Umm Mohammed

  3. L K kHANNA says:

    I have developed discolouring of nails n fragile foot nails ,with lower abdomen pain and restlessness ,
    What’s app no 9839101130

    • Sanjay Kumar says:

      Hello Doctor,
      My Self Suffering from Eczema & Other Sking Infections from Long time. Is it Possible that may i have an appointment?

  4. Sk Tahmidur says:

    Ma’am i have been suffering from ringworm for last 2 years,haven’t cure properly, even now it’s in a devastating conditions. I took Alopathy for 2 years,now i am taking Homeopathy for last 2 months. There are dark spots and like burning skins,fluid releasing something when i itching, can’t sleep at night,too much itching,shape is extending, it’s in my abdomen, groin, fundament everywhere….. what should i do now?

    I am from Bangladesh Ma’am🇧🇩

  5. Hello, my son got tinea capitis and we are trying to cure it naturally but it is not working for now. Do you have any advice? He is 4 years old

  6. Shafique Khan says:

    Good day Doctor.
    I have been suffering from Fungal infection on the inner thighs and buttocks. A few patches on my chest. Have taken treatment which helped but reappeared after some time.
    Main area at the moment giving most discomfort is the buttocks inner side. Please help.

  7. Marlene Menezes says:

    My pet has I think a fungus infection on her skin (many areas on her body) first it is red and slowly it turns black and the skin thickens in that area. Pl advice

  8. Fungal infection on base of hairline and ears, what remedy
    My constitutional is Cal carb

    • Halide salam says:

      Fungal infection on base of hairline and around the ears, what remedy. My constitutional is Cal carb and vegetables with eggs and cheese

  9. I have fungal acne on my face

  10. Jonathan Shub says:

    Hi, I’ve had athlete’s foot for the past 10 months. My homeopathic practitioner didn’t want to give me anything for it, as she said it would just suppress symptoms and it would heal on its own, though according to everything I read, I didn’t believe it would heal on its own.

    Finally she gave me SCN 200c (I don’t know what that is, she doesn’t tell me what the remedies are, so I won’t be biased by knowing what it’s supposed to do or not do). She gave that to me in order to treat the athlete’s foot in conjunction with all my other issues, including neck/head issues with a tremor and stiffness.

    But the remedy seemed to make it worse, making the athlete’s foot spread to my groin and behind. She said it was “working” and skin issues are manifestations of the body cleansing itself, and that I should continue taking the SCN 200 in order to prevent “suppression”. I replied that I just wanted it all to go away, I don’t care if it’s “suppressed”. But I stopped going to her after that, which was 8 months ago.

    After that, I tried Lamisil, which cleared up the jock itch of the groin and behind. (I hate taking medical drugs, as usually they don’t work and just have negative side effects for me, but I was desperate). But no creams cleared up my feet.

    Finally a tea tree oil body wash cleared up my feet temporarily for a couple months from about March or April until June maybe, but it’s come back on my feet some.

    Now it’s just between my last two toes on my right foot. It just looks like tiny blisters and peeling a bit. It isn’t red, and doesn’t hurt or sting, and there’s no pus. And there’s also what looks like dry skin or maybe a thin blister on the bottom of that foot. I mostly can only see the symptoms right after taking a shower. After that, I really can’t see the blister/dry skin (I don’t know for sure if that’s also athlete’s foot or not – there was a bump under it that was itching for about a week (perhaps it was a bug bite under there), but now the itching has gone away). Between my toes, it itches sometimes a little bit, but not much anymore. I also can’t really see the peeling there except right after taking a shower, except sometimes as I’m putting on cream, I can see/feel some tiny areas that look/feel like blisters.

    Also just this past day I noticed my palm of my left hand was itching some, though I’ve had that in the past on and off too. When I scratch it, it looks a bit like a patch of dry skin there. But otherwise I can’t see anything except right after I scratch a bunch. Also I just noticed there was a small, circular area on my left arm that peeled. It doesn’t itch, and isn’t red. Perhaps I scraped it, but I don’t know if that’s related or not.

    Where the jock itch was before in my groin area and behind (it seems it’s all gone, though I can’t bend over easily to look closely), but it’s left a slightly discolored area in lines along the creases closer to my legs in the groin area. On my behind, when it was also there, it was more red and pimply/bumps. But again, that all seems to be gone now, besides the discoloration in my groin area.

    So the tea tree oil is no longer working, even though I’ve been using that all the time. And I started using Lotrimin Ultra, which also doesn’t seem to be working. It just looks like the skin is peeling a bit, more like a blister. It itches a little bit, but not bad. No redness or burning or puss. It’s between my toes on my right foot, the last 2 toes. Also have a blister on the bottom of that foot (don’t know if that’s also athlete’s foot or not. Also I think I’ve always had some dryness on my heals, and I have no idea if that could be athlete’s foot too or not. Also have a little bit of itching on the left palm of my hand. Sometimes that happens. It looks a bit like dry skin. Don’t know if that’s also a fungus or not.

    My symptoms don’t look like they neatly fit with any one particular remedy listed on this page. Perhaps you have some advice which to take, or to take different remedies sequentially?

    Thank you very much for your help!

  11. Anu Sharma says:

    Hi.i am starting with bacillium once a week.

  12. Ajit Kumar Maiti says:

    Diagnosed as allergic asthma with dry cough on 04/04/2023 after 3 month’s of continue dry cough by Dr AG Ghosal Pulmonologist gave Foracort inhaler two puff twice daily n Duonase nadal spray once daily. I was a chronic cough n cold patient with nasal sneezing burning sensation congestion blockage followed by toncilitis pharyngitis dry cough fever bronchitis in every month for last 54yrs. After doing regular pranayam in every 2/3 months for last 9 yrs. High IGE, cholesterol, BPH, IBS,hypothyroid patient L4L5 disc prolapse, left inguinal hernia patient 74 yrs age, now voice choked, throats congested, no taste, mouth inside appears boiled after using steroid inhaler n nasal spray. Now fungal infection medicine given fluka150 tab and candid mouth paint.

  13. Ashok Kumar says:

    Contact over mobile no – 9835065023

  14. Hello Madam,
    Repeatedly I am facing tonsil infection and white stone also comes out in tonsil but I have seen 3months ago white patches appear in nearer to left tonsil which is also go to downward .Now I’m using BORAX 30, kindly suggest for better better treatment.

  15. Sajid ali says:

    Hi, sir I,ve problem of fungel infection

  16. I am facing problem problem of ring shaped fungal infection all over my body. It can happen anytime, there is no such accurate time or weather for it. After applying Betnovate-N, the itching goes away. At time when it itches badly it oozes water also. Can you please help

  17. Getrude Klmas says:

    I am 91 years old type1Diaetes,pacemaker for complete heart block,I have an itchy rash(left) wet in groin under pendulous abdomen and breasts, read rash on inner thigh(left) wide spread. Over all itchy skin on trunk,tips of ears,scalp.eyelids.right now Dr has ordered nystatin powder which I have to use a lite layer of A&D ointment then apply powder on top. I know it is not effective. This is Saturday I will contact Dr. on Monday. I would Ike your opinion and advise if you please. Thank you for your consideration. T Klemas

  18. Can homeopathy help with small Intestinal bacteria overgrowth due to mold and chemical toxicity? Can it help open up detox pathways that are blocked?
    Thank u

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