Regardless of how the medical establishment defines and classifies “flesh eating bacteria”, I consider all fungi and bacteria that eat away at an open wound and cause bleeding and necrosis of the flesh and skin and bore into the flesh and create gangrene sores as “flesh eating”.
By my definition, “flesh eating” fungi and bacteria would include the skin breaking fungi of the tinea family and the flesh breaking clostridia family as well as all the species of bacteria listed by the medical establishment.
There are several measures and liquids that can both prevent and kill such fungi and bacteria. (1) Washing and scrubbing with heavy soap. Traditional surgeons used to scrub their hands and arms rigorously with heavy soap before and after surgery. Crotch itch due to tinea corporis, ringworm, can be eliminated by scrubbing the crotch area with heavy soap and a very rough dish washing scrubbing pad, etc. (2) Alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, fresh lime juice, garlic paste, aloe vera gel, seem to both prevent and kill bacteria and fungi.
As to tinea pedis or athlete’s foot, the skin between the toes would have already been broken and cracked, and the tinea pedis would already be inside the flesh under the skin. Scrubbing with heavy soap can reduce the itch but scrubbing cannot eliminate the tinea pedis. Only hydrogen peroxide can kill the tinea pedis. Soaking athlete’s food in alcohol or vinegar does not seem to eliminate all of the tinea pedis. The reason is because vinegar cleans by action of acidification whereas hydrogen peroxide cleans and kills by action of hydrogenation, and hydrogenation is the nemesis of all anaerobic bacteria (like clostridia of gangrene) and fungi (like tinea pedis).
Hydrogen peroxide can bleach the sin. Alcohol and vinegar do not seem to penetrate the skin as hydrogen peroxide does. This may be why soaking athlete’s food in alcohol and in vinegar does not seem to be as effective as soaking athlete’s foot in a bath of hydrogen peroxide.
The particular type of “flesh eating” bacteria, aerobic or anaerobic, will also determine whether a particular remedy like hydrogen peroxide or alcohol is effective in killing the bacteria or not.