Virgin coconut oil eliminates a stubborn fungal infection
No steroid. No anti-histamine. No antibiotic. Just plain virgin coconut oil with a pinch of certain natural components and loads of consistency and persistence.
Contributed by YSH.  March 2011

This was the condition during January 2011, one month after starting the protocol: The fungal infection was tamed by the coconut oil added with a pinch of clove oil. The affected regions can be seen from the darker hue on the skin.

This was the condition during March 2011: The fungal infection was almost about 90% conquered.
Now I believe that coconut oil is far more superior than man-made steroidal and anti-fungal drugs for this purpose.

It is not uncommon to find some people having some form of fungal infection on the digits of the hands and feet, usually on the epithelial tissues.
Fungal infections may happen due to an oversight and not paying attention to a small wound or scratch; usually the cause of which is long forgotten.

I have bouts of eczema (or something like that) since when I was in my pre-teens. Perhaps, whatever is causing the skin problems loves my skin so much.  Recently, a stubborn infection on my fingers started, I recalled, after a slight wound sustained during a routine gardening one morning.  Initially I thought little of the wound as I had so many small wounds before which healed by themselves over time with little care. The wound became swollen and was unsightly and it spreaded to the other fingers over a period of 2-3 weeks.

The symptoms were itchiness, weeping sores, redness and sensitivity to cleansiing soaps and detergents, even bath soaps. It posed a real problem when I had to wash kitchen utensils and crockery; I find wearing protective gloves a hassle. Some foods would also cause the eczema to flare up and it causes an allergic reaction.  It was actually quite a nuisance.  But I was determined to wipe out this problem.  The standard treatment is steroidal cream, anti-fungal creams, soap-free cleansers, etc; but I decided I had nothing to do with such treatments.

I once tried a certain herbal oil which claims to be made from phyto-greens as ingredients.  It was better than the steroidal creams but it couldn't beat down the stubborn rashes, because when the rash would developed a certain 'encrustation' like a scar tissue, the effectiveness of the oil seem to stop there.  I knew the fungus was hiding underneath that layer of scar tissue.

It is only when I learnt that virgin coconut oil is a strong anti-fungal that my journey to outwit the eczema came to a grand finale -- total success.  I tried the following protocol over a 4-month period:

Dec 2010:  Added 10 drops of clove oil into 50 cm3 of virgin coconut oil. Applied the oil thrice a day without fail for a month.  The skin condition improved.  Whenever scar tissue appeared, I would remove them carefully using tweezers to enable the oil to seep into the skin.  I observed that the fungus burrowed deeper into the epithelial tissue as I could see the redness below the skin of my fingers.

Jan 2011: This is the period when the real fight began. The fungal infection seemed to fight back with a vengeance.  It spreaded to two other fingers and if not for my knowledge that coconut oil is an anti-fungal I would have given up by this time.  But, I wouldn't give up: I kept on applying the coconut oil without fail.  I made sure I was persistent in applying the oil after every washing, bath, and before I went to bed.

Feb 2011:  I knew it would be a long-drawn battle with the fungus if I didn't change tactics for I learnt that fungi are extremely versatile and adaptive microbes.  I added 10cm3 of castor oil to 50cm3 of virgin coconut oil.  The new combination showed more success.  The rashes did not show any strength of returning each time they healed. I think the fungus burrowed deeper as there is a certain darker hue at those spots which the fungus used to colonise.

Mar 2011:  There just remains a recalcitrant spot which I believe given another 1 month, it would be totally wiped out.  Just that I have to persist with the coconut oil + castor oil mixture.

Too bad I did not take the photographs of the fungal infection BEFORE the protocol.  However from the hint of darker hues on the healed areas of the skin, you can guess how bad it was.

This was the condition on March 20, 2011: The fungal infection affected three fingers. The darker hue regions showed where the infection was heaviest.  Currently, no more sensitivity to soaps and no more weeping rashes. I am happy I was able to nail the fungus.

Relevant links to further reading:

Coconut Oil
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Coconut Oil a cure not a curse
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Coconut natural anti-bad-microbes
The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc. More