Guide to Ringworm Home Remedies
Ringworm home remedies describes ringworm, its causes, the symptoms, and ringworm treatment and easy home remedies.
Ringworm on Man's Arm Caused by the Fungus Tinea Corporis
Photo Credit: CDC/Dr. Lucille K. Georg
What is Ringworm?
Ringworm is a contagious skin disease caused by certain parasitic fungi that can come in various forms (eg jock itch, athlete's foot, scabies, etc.) It is usually characterized by circular or ring-shaped pactches on the skin - typically red and elevated. It can also just look like a red, itchy rash. Despite its name, the disease has nothing to do with worms. It is also called tinea.
The fungi that causes ringworm tend to live and spread on the top layer of skin and hair. They grow best in warm, moist areas like under the folds of skin. Ringworm is contagious and can spread through skin contact with another person or animal who has it. You can even get it from sharing towels, clothing, etc. with an infected person.
Ringworm on the scalp is common among children because they lack a protective layer of fatty acids in their scalp. It can spread on the skin along the hair line and then deeper into the hair roots causing the hair to become dull and then breaking off. This may lead to bald spots on the scalp.
Ringworm is characterized by a very itchy rash. It usually looks like the shape of a ring but can also appear as just a rash in various places on the body.
Jock itch is one form of ringworm. Visit the jock itch page to learn more and see a video.
Treatment and Home Remedies
Most ringworm treatment can be done at home with OTC (over the counter) creams. Always closely follow the treatment instructions and see a doctor if the ringworm/rash persists and does not improve after a few days. If you do not treat the ringworm, your skin may crack and develop blisters which will itch even more!
Below are some ringworm home remedies to try.
- Raw vegetables juices. Try mixing 300 ml carrot with 200 ml spinach juice and applying it directly to the affected area several times a day.
- Raw papaya. Take a few slices of unripe papaya and rub it on the affected area at least twice a day.
- Castor oil. This is especially helpful for scalp ringworm. Rub the castor oil into the affected areas.
- Coconut oil. Rub coconut oil onto the affected area several times a day. This will help keep the skin soft and prevent itching.
- Garlic clove. Cut a garlic clove into two pieces and rub it directly over the infected area. Garlic has anti-fungal qualities and including it in your diet can help the infection and your overall immune system health.
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