Skin is the largest organ in our body. One important role of the skin is to shield the entry of the many microorganisms waiting to infiltrate our body. When these microorganisms are exposed to a favorable environment, they grow on the human body and infect the top layer of the skin as well as the nails and hair. Skin infections caused by bacteria, fungus or virus has become a common occurrence. Fungal and bacterial skin infections are the most common and affect many people.
Fungal and bacterial skin infection
Fungal infection usually occurs in damp places on the human body. Some typical fungal infections are athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Symptoms include persistent itching sensations, flaking of the skin and eruptions on the skin.
When skin is subjected to constant pollution, sun damage and poor hygiene, it can become a breeding ground for many bacteria. People suffering from certain medical conditions, including diabetes and AIDS, are at greater risk of bacterial infection. Impetigo, cellulitis, folliculitis, etc. are some common bacterial infections that affect many people. Symptoms include redness, large boils that ooze pus, swelling, sores around mouth and nose, etc.
Treatments for skin infection
Treatment of skin infections depend on their severity. Fungal infections are treated by applying medicated creams. If it does not work out, oral medicines are also given. In the case of bacterial infections, small infections can be treated by applying medicated creams. However, for contagious infections, a course of antibiotics may be necessary.
Ayurveda and skin infections
According to Ayurveda, the skin has seven layers. Skin diseases are caused by unhealthy lifestyles and food which is responsible for accumulation of ama (toxins) in the body. It is also caused by the aggravation of pitta and kapha doshas. Ayurvedic practitioners determine the dominant dosha by the symptoms and make specific recommendations.
Ayurvedic treatments for skin infections start by identifying the cause, pacifying the dominant dosha and modifying the lifestyle of the individual accordingly. Herbs such as garlic, guduchi, aloe vera, neem, turmeric, etc. are used to treat the various skin infections.
Psora ointment – a treatment for skin infections
Psora ointment made by Ayulabs is an effective formulation to treat bacterial and fungal infections of the skin. It is a non-steroidal and non-allergic ointment that also has anti-inflammatory properties. It aids in tissue regeneration and supports faster healing. On application, it softens the skin and overlying crusts and scales. Psora ointment contains anti-bacterial as well as anti-fungal properties and is the ideal product for skin infections whichhave not responded to corticosteroid treatments. It destroys dermatophytes, a fungus responsible for fungal infections of the skin. It promotes tissue repair.
Ingredients found in Psora ointment
Psora ointment is an herbal formulation whose ingredients are effective in combating fungal and bacterial infections of the skin. Some of the primary ingredients and their respective uses are listed in the table below:
|Sat Loban||has antiseptic and antibacterial properties|
|Vetsamla||helps in getting relief from itching, promotes tissue health|
|Chaulmoogra- Hydnocarpus laurifolia (Tuvaraka)||promotes topical circulation.|
|Brihatmarichyadi oil||helps in regeneration of tissues, promotes blood circulation and specially indicated for skin infections.|
|Erand oil- Ricinus communis||relieves pain, reduces inflammation|
|Neem oil- Azhadiracta indica||hastens healing process, has antibacterial properties|
|Karanja oil- Pongamia glabra||acts as an antibacterial agent and improves blood circulation|
Simple tips on fighting skin infections
Skin infections can cause disruptions in your lives. It is a major source of pain and discomfort. By taking care of your body and maintaining proper hygiene, you can prevent skin infections from affecting you. Below are some home remedies and preventions that you can use to combat skin infections.
- Fungus grows at places that are damp and moist. Therefore ensure that you dry your skin thoroughly after bathing.
- Many infections are contracted at damp communal areas such as showers, saunas and swimming pools. Wearing flip-flops or plastic shoes can help prevent this.
- After bathing, rinsing the affected area well with a solution made of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or the juice of 1/2 lemon to 2 cups of warm water can help get relief.
- Baking soda mixed with water to form a paste consistency when applied directly on the affected areas can help in faster healing of the affected area.
- Applying turmeric and holy basil leaves on the infected area twice a day helps in combating fungal infection.
- Water in which neem leaves are boiled can be used to rinse the infected area to reduce inflammation.
- Doing yoga will increase blood flow throughout your body which improves skin health.
Having healthy foods and modifying your lifestyle along with the application of Psora ointment can help you to overcome the skin infections and have a healthy glowing skin.