The word antifungal refers to therapeutic agents (e.g. natural substances such as herbs, oils, or essences, or conventional pharmaceutical drugs) that kills / destroys fungal infections. Some text describe the action of antifungal agents as "combating or preventing" fungal infections.
The meaning of the term antifungal is easily remembered from its form:
- The anti- part of the word refers to the fact that this agent combats/attacks something, and
- the -fungal part of the word indicates that the something it combats "fungi", or fungal infections.
Note that another term whose meaning is the same as antifungal is fungicidal.
The definitions in this section are of words used to refer to the actions (effects) of both pharmaceutical drugs and natural remedies. For information about specific oils, herbs, and remedies that might have properties including some of the actions mentioned in this section, see other parts of this website. For example, the pages about Aromatherapy Essential Oils, Bach Flower Remedies, Herbalism, Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy and Massage Carrier Oils.