How Vitamins Can Help Protect You From Skin Fungus

As the weather heats up and bare feet come out, skin fungus becomes more easily contracted and common. Improper diet and vitamin deficiency are partially to blame for the growth of skin fungus, as is a weakened immune system. A proper diet and vitamin supplements might help improve your condition.

Clear up fungal infections with vitamins. (Image: Idiaphoto/iStock/Getty Images)

While there are plenty of topical treatments on the market, vitamin supplements may be helpful in eliminating skin fungus. Specifically, vitamins B2, B5 and B9 are suitable for anti-fungal use, according to a 2018 study published in the Journal of Fungi. If you don't want to go the supplement route, foods like beans, chicken, pork, avocado and eggs are all right in B vitamins, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Contrary to popular belief, vitamins A, C, D and E are not helpful in treating fungal infections, the researchers found. While these vitamins are crucial for maintaining good health and come with plenty other benefits, they won't help solve a fungal infection.

Before you decide to treat a fungal infection with vitamin supplements or dietary choices, consult a doctor to be sure this treatment method is safe for you.

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