Using Undecylenic Acid to Treat Candida Infection

Candida infections are far from pleasant. In fact it’s embarrassing, psychologically damaging and overall just an absolute pain to deal with on various levels. Some infections are persistent, others are mild and some manage to go away almost overnight. They can be a pain to treat and despite the commonality of Candida fungal infections there doesn’t exist many concrete ways to treat them. Most doctors will point you in the direction of over-the-counter treatments such as antifungal creams or oral solutions, but sometimes even the most powerfully, chemically engineered stuff doesn’t do it. In those cases, most people turn to unconventional remedies, specifically – alternative methods that stray away from the a doctor’s prescription.

One popular Candida treatment to consider is undecylenic acid. On first sighting, undecylenic acid sounds like a terrible solution for your infection, it does after all have the word “acid” in it and who in their right minds would equate acid treatments to antifungal remedies?

Before you turn a blind eye to this solution realize that undecylenic acid is just a fancy name for an organic, unsaturated fatty acid that is naturally derived from natural castor oil. Castor oil (for those unfamiliar) is a vegetable oil that is derived from castor beans. In the manufacturing process, the castor oil chemical bonds are broken down to create undecylenic acid. According to drugs.com, it is a recognized natural fungicide that is FDA approved in over-the-counter medications for skin disorders or problems http://www.drugs.com/mtm/undecylenic-acid-topical.html. It can also be found as the active ingredient in medications for skin infections and relives itching, burning and irritation.

Undecylenic acid has proven to be very effective against skin infections. It does so first by disrupting the pH of cell cytoplasm and effective prevents the fungal cells from replicating. On an epidermal level, the castor oil has been recognized to penetrate deep into the skin and inhibit the conversion of yeast to its active infection form. With these two methods combined undecylenic acid not only stops your Candida infection, but it also works to destroy it as well.

So if all else fails and you’d just had about enough with your Candida infection. Consider undecylenic acid the next time you consider treatment.