Often, the symptoms of blastomycosis closely resemble those of the common flu and are therefore easy to confuse. However, a widespread, untreated fungal infection can, unlike a common flu, cause much more severe respiratory symptoms that are already beginning to resemble pneumonia.
Whether the symptoms referred to pneumonia or blastomycosis, you should consult your doctor immediately to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. We will now explain in more detail the origin and symptoms of a fungal infection caused by blastomycosis, which will help you learn how to differentiate a common flu from blastomycosis and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
We also remind you that blastomycosis, like any other fungal infection, almost always requires a doctor’s diagnosis, but relief of symptoms can be safely started at home with these 5 natural treatments.
What is blastomycosis?
Blastomycosis is a fungal infection caused by a fungus called Blastomyces dermatitides , which mainly affects the lungs, skin and bones. Blastomycosis is also known as vesicular fungal disease (when present on the skin), North American blastomycosis (because of its prevalence), and Gilchrist disease.
Most fungal infections caused by blastomycosis occur in the respiratory system and the same fungus Blastomyces dermatitides is also one of the causes of pneumonia. A fungal infection spreads to the lungs by inhaling the fungal spores that cause the infection.
Depending on the resistance of the carrier, the fungal infection can also spread through the bloodstream to other tissues in the body such as the skin and bones. In healthy people, blastomycosis is not usually life-threatening.
Blastomyces dermatitides thrives especially on moist surfaces and among naturally decomposing branches, leaves and mosses. Unlike many other fungal infections, blastomycosis is rarely transmitted by skin contact and does not spread easily to other parts of the body. Symptomatic blastomycosis of the skin usually heals on its own.
Symptoms of a fungal infection
A fungal infection caused by blastomycosis in the lungs usually only starts to show symptoms when the infection has spread to other parts of the body. In this case, the symptoms of a fungal infection also resemble the following symptoms caused by an acute flu or pneumonia:
- General malaise
- Muscle pain and fatigue
- Joint pain
- Feeling of pain in the chest area
- Cough (cough can also be mucous or even bloody)
- Shortness of breath
A fungal infection that spreads to the skin usually occurs in the armpits, neck, and face. Symptoms of a fungal infection of the skin caused by blastomycosis may include:
- Pustules that bleed and open easily (blisters may be grayish or bluish red in color).
- Blastomycosis of the skin is almost always painless.
- Skin symptoms are most common in the nasal and oral areas.
Natural treatments for fungal infections caused by blastomycosis
Symptoms resembling flu and pneumonia can often make it difficult to diagnose blastomycosis and make appropriate treatment. In this sense, these health-safe natural therapies can be an excellent help in relieving the symptoms caused by a fungal infection, especially when the disease picture has not yet been properly elucidated.
The following herbal remedies are excellent for the treatment of blastomycosis as well as any other symptoms caused by a fungal infection:
1. Coconut oil
Among its diverse health effects, coconut oil contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. This is why coconut oil is an excellent way to treat both respiratory and skin fungal infections.
- Coconut oil (quantity required)
- Enjoy a teaspoon of coconut oil daily.
- To treat a fungal infection on the skin, you can add coconut oil directly to the inflamed areas, preferably immediately after the shower.
Garlic is definitely one of nature’s most effective cure for fungal infections. Garlic is also rich in allicin (an antibiotic compound) that improves the body’s natural resistance.
- 2 cloves of garlic (if you do not like the taste of raw garlic, you can alternatively use garlic capsules in the instructions: 2 cloves of garlic correspond to one clove of garlic)
- Enjoy 2 cloves of garlic once a day or alternatively 1 capsule of garlic three times a day.
3. Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is already a familiar ally to many, especially in the fight against the flu. Vitamin C also strengthens the body’s innate resistance, making it an excellent remedy for relieving the symptoms of fungal infections.
- Citrus fruits to taste (for example, mandarin, lemon or orange)
- Vitamin C capsules
- Enjoy at least one citrus fruit a day.
- Alternatively, you can also take one vitamin C capsule a day without exceeding the maximum dose in the pack.
4. Vapor respiration by eucalyptus
Eucalyptus has become known especially as an antibacterial and antiseptic medicinal plant that has long been used to treat various respiratory infections.
- 10 drops of eucalyptus oil
- A liter of water
- 1 towel
- Add the eucalyptus drops and water to the pot and heat the pot to boiling point.
- When the water has reached its boiling point, remove the kettle from the stove.
- Cover your head with a towel and carefully place your face on top of the pot.
- If possible, also cover the boiler with a towel to prevent steam from escaping.
- Take a deep breath to allow the steam to work properly. Repeat the breath until the water has cooled down properly.
5. Charm root
Furry root is widely used specifically as a medicinal plant because of its versatile (such as treating fungal infections) properties. The effectiveness of charm root is further increased if it is combined with other treatments with similar properties.
- 10 drops of charm root extract (alternatively you can enjoy charm root in the form of a capsule if you don’t like the taste of the extract)
- 250 ml of water
- Add the drops of charm root to the water and mix the drink well.
- Enjoy a drink three times a day. Alternatively, you can take one capsule root three times a day.
The above-mentioned natural therapies are excellent aids in the treatment of blastomycosis as well as almost any other fungal infection. These natural treatments are by no means intended to replace the treatment prescribed by your doctor, and should your symptoms worsen, you should always consult an expert.
By getting better acquainted with the disease picture of a fungal infection caused by blastomycosis, you will be able to distinguish it from the common and harmless flu, so that you can see a doctor and start appropriate treatment in good time.