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What is Ringworm? It is a very common fungal infection that is not, despite its name, caused by a worm. It is caused by the fungus Tinea, which is highly contagious. Anyone can get ringworm, although some people are more susceptible than others, such as those with compromised immunity and young children.
Symptoms of ringworm include a red, scaly, circular patch on the skin or nails. It usually affects the scalp and arms, but it can appear on any part of the body. Jock itch and athlete’s foot are common forms of ringworm.
While many medications are available to treat this fungal infection, natural treatments can also be effective for ringworm treatment.
Garlic is often used to treat infection. Although there are no studies that examine the effects of garlic on ringworm, it has proven effective for other types of fungi, including Candida, Torulopsis, Trichophyton, and Cryptococcus.
To use garlic as a treatment, make a paste of crushed garlic cloves by blending the garlic with some olive or coconut oil. Apply a thin layer of paste to the ringworm rash and cover with gauze. Leave in place for up to 2 hours before rinsing. Repeat twice daily until symptoms resolve.
2. Soapy Water
To prevent ringworm from spreading or infecting other areas of the body, keep the skin as clean as possible. To do this, rinse the infection with soap and warm water once or twice daily. Be sure to dry the skin fully, as fungus thrives in moist areas.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has demonstrated anti-fungal properties against Candida, another fungal infection. To treat ringworm with apple cider vinegar, soak a cotton wool pad in the undiluted vinegar and wipe it on the affected area. Repeat up to 3 times daily.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera contains six antiseptic agents that, according to research, exhibit anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral activities.
Apply the gel from an aloe vera plant onto the ringworm rash three or four times daily. The gel also has cooling properties, so it may soothe itchy and swollen skin common with ringworm.
5. Coconut Oil
Certain fatty acids found in coconut oil may kill fungal cells by damaging their cell membranes.
Some research suggests that coconut oil may be an effective remedy for people with mild to moderate skin infections. Use it to treat ringworm by applying liquid coconut oil to the skin three times per day.
Also, people can use coconut oil as a moisturizing lotion, which may be an effective way to prevent future ringworm infections.
When To See A Doctor
If symptoms do not clear up within 2 weeks of using home remedies, then it may be necessary to see a doctor. A doctor may recommend using an over-the-counter topical lotion that contains clotrimazole or terbinafine. These products must be applied twice daily. In some cases, the doctor may prescribe stronger anti-fungal medications. Those who are likely to spread ringworm to others through their job or lifestyle — such as teachers and athletes — should see their doctor promptly.
Article by Jayne Leonard