Article provides information on Natural Healing of Athlete's Foot, Abrasions & Cuts, Diaper Rash and Ear Infection.
Despite popular belief, Athlete's Foot does not solely affect athletes. Athlete's Foot, is generally a very uncomfortable condition on the foot area, between the toes, and near then, which is caused by an fungus infection in the skin, which thrives due to the moist condition of feet, because of perspiration. It's usually recognized because of the scaly condition of the area near the toes and between them, and the skin near and between toes becomes soggy, and moist. When the infected skin peels away, the new skin beneath may be red, sore and/or inflamed. The fungus is a contagious condition, you can catch it from someone who has it, or from damp floors in locker rooms and showers, but it can also be communicable through pets, or farm animals. If left untreated, it may spread to the toenails, causing them to become thick, and crumbly, and may make a bad odor. It might even spread to one's fingernails, without proper care.
A tea or tincture made from Black Walnut can stop oozing skin, and blisters. Applying Calendula cream to feet topically can help damaged skin to heal. Goldenseal can either be used topically, in its powdered form, made into a poultice, or it can be taken orally, in a tincture. It has both powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, to stop the spread of the infection, and kill the bacteria causing it. Another strong anti-fungal is extract of Olive Leaf, and helps to heal the microbial infection. Pau D' Arco can be used as a tea, tincture, or infusion, and is a strong antibacterial, usually taken orally. You can apply Tea Tree Oil topically, to stop burning and itch, but it may need to be diluted first, if in a raw form, and you can use Thyme Oil to protect against the spread of the infection, staph infection, and to prevent further affliction.
Abrasions & Cuts
Smaller, and less serious scratches, and cuts can be taken care of at home, generally speaking, but obviously, if it is a large cut that won't close, or requires stitches, or a badly infected sore or wound than seek medical attention immediately. There are many different kind of natural alternative medicine for healing and preventing scars due to cuts, and scrapes, while also preventing infection. However, they should only be used on minor cuts, or abrasions, and the damaged skin must be first cleaned with soap and water.
The gel from an Aloe Vera plant is very useful; it acts as an antibacterial, to fight infection and also relieves pain and swelling. A compress made with Bayberry also prevents the spread of bacteria, and possible infection. To stimulate collage in the skin, for faster healing, Calendula can be used topically, as a cream, or ointment, and also prevents infection. Chamomile, instead of in the classic form of tea, can also be used an herbal poultice, or infusion, and stops abrasions or cuts from oozing. When applied as a paste, made from it's powdered form, Goldenseal fights infection, whereas a cream, or salve made from Comfrey can relieve pain, and accelerate healing of the skin. Oil made from St. John's Wort also relieves pain, while at the same time reducing inflammation, and protects from infections.
Leaving a baby in a wet diaper rash for too long can cause diaper rash, which is redness, and irritation of the skin, but it can also be caused by contact, from a reaction to a disposable diaper, plastic diaper covers, laundry detergents used on disposable diapers, soaps, or lotions as well, among other things. You can use Calendula Cream, to speed healing, as an antibacterial, and to prevent possible infection. For nursing mothers, sipping chamomile tea, can relieve irritation, and inflammation; for bottle fed babies, you can dilute a small amount. Fresh Plantain Leaves, crushed, and placed in a dry diaper, can soothe the irritation, and boost the healing process.
The common cold, or other upper respiratory congestion or infections, tonsils, sinuses, or adenoids, are usually the catalysts for a complication such as the ear infection. Other symptoms may be present with an ear infection, depending on the cause, such as a running nose, coughing, and other cold symptoms. Ear infections occur most often in younger children, and toddlers, because the angle of a tube in the ear, called the "Eustachian tube" allows fluid build up, which is one reason why you are encouraged to clean your children's ears, especially after swimming. The fluid built up there, is a breeding place for harmful bacteria that cause the area to become infected. As children grow, the ear canal matures, and the tube is at a more of a downward angle, which means better drainage of fluid, and decreases the chances of ear infection.
Garlic Oil can be applied to a cotton ball, and placed inside the ear - NOT the ear canal, to help fight the infection, and Mullen Oil can be used in the same way, to relieve the inflamed skin inside the ear canal. Echinacea can be used as a tincture, which helps to speed the healing, and reduce drainage. Goldenseals, in capsule form or tincture, will enhance the immune system, and quicken recovery. Oil made from St. John's Wort is antiviral, and reduces inflammation, as well as Green Tea, and capsules or tinctures of Olive Leaf.
As always, remember to consult a physician before trying any alternative medicines on oneself, and especially if it is a remedy that is taken internally, or put in the most, or any other orifice. Check for potential allergies, and reactions, with your doctor, and discuss whether or not the alternative medicines you plan to use could have negative affects on any medication you might be taking, or if there could be a possibility of a dangerous reaction. And it cannot be stressed enough, that before using any foreign treatment on your child, always, always, always, seek conventional medical attention first. The outcome could be extremely dangerous for any child.