Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi

maskAs much as one would like the world to be free of micro-organisms, they all play a role in the ecology and without them chaos would actually result. Towards the end of the article this will be discussed briefly. All of these organisms have an effect on the health of humans, plants and animals. Some are more prevalent than others, some easier to cure, others remain stubborn for longer periods of time, but ultimately treatment for all is available

 

BACTERIA
These are often the best known and that cause diseases like tuberculosis, affecting the lungs and body organs, one group named salmonella can cause food poisoning.
Certain bacteria are pus forming an example being a septic throat and the pus when a wound becomes infected.

Those that affect the skin
There are many but the common types cause:
Acne when blackheads become infected and pustular lesions result
Boils which are large pustular lesions
Carbuncles, which can best be described in simple terms as multiple boils in one region
Impetigo, a highly infectious skin disease manifesting as scattered red lesions with yellowish crusts and pus formation. This is common in children.
As pus is common to all of the above, horrible as it is, it's composition requires liquid blood plasma, in which white blood cells are suspended.

VIRUSES
These are best described as smaller types of microbes which can only reproduce inside of living cells.
They cause diseases like the common cold. Chicken pox, measles, mumps and AIDS due to the HIV virus and many other complaints

Those that affect the skin
Herpes [fever blisters] seen surrounding the lip area, another type having blistery lesions on the genitals and a serious condition called Shingles, resulting from the chicken pox virus lying dormant in nerve tissue which becomes active once again, later in life.
Warts – these are seen as horny outgrowths more commonly on the hands, but can affect other areas of the body. Plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet. Due to the bodies pressure they become flattened. A typical sign of these is minute black spots [sometimes called seeds] which are not seen with corns.
Warts are contagious, but are not cancerous.

FUNGI
Those that affect the skin
Many will cringe at the thought of having a fungal [yeast] infection, the medical term being Tinea. The fungus feeds on the protein of the skin [keratin] and the signs are significant.The body part affected are;
The nails – in these areas the fungus spreads from the free edge downwards, leaving thickened whitish, yellow streaks.
The scalp – this is termed tinea capitis. Round red patches appear and the hair breaks off leaving stumps. This can also occur in men's beards.
The body – reddish round patches appear which can itch and an unlikely term is ringworm. However there is no association with a worm.
The vaginal area – this fungal infection is known as candida or thrush, accompanied by an itch and a white discharge. This is mostly caused when the healthy bacterial balance is interrupted.

SOME BENEFITS OF THESE ORGANISMS
Yeasts can develop gas which then causes bread to rise and is used in the brewing of beer
Certain bacteria cause a change in milk resulting in yogurt and cheeses
Others decompose dead plants and animals
Some are essential to body functioning like maintaining a healthy balance in the gut
Anti-biotics came about as a result of bacteria
There are organisms that can devour oil spills
The list is endless

One of the essential natural products used in the health and beauty industry is tea tree oil which fights fungal infections. MATSIMELA's aloe facial tea tree facial soap will do just this.

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