To some people, it is a word to dread. They know that when the doctor uses that word, they have come down with an infection. But there is little to fear about ringworm. If it is treated properly it will go away and you can return to your normal life.
What follows is our article by fogut.com on how to treat ringworm naturally by using many different home remedies. You do not have to spend a lot on prescription drugs that may have some gruesome side effects (side effects that are worse than the disease itself).
If you want to learn how to treat ringworm naturally by using products you may already own, then keep reading. If you already know some good home remedies, keep reading anyway. You may learn a new trick or two.
What is Ringworm?
Despite the name of the infection, ringworm is not from a worm. When the doctor tells you that you have ringworm, remember you did not get it from some wriggly creature crawling under your skin.
Most likely, you got it from your pet or a friend. The technical medical term for ringworm is tinea. You may know it by other more common names like ‘jock itch’, ‘athlete’s foot’ and so on.
What does Ringworm Look Like?
In some cases, ringworm may look like a worm curled up inside your arm or leg. But usually, ringworm will appear as some red patch and may be accompanied by scales or some crusty form. Some symptoms of ringworm are hair loss, itching, scaly scalp, and blister looking patches on the skin.
Is Ringworm Contagious?
The simple answer is- yes, it is. You can get ringworm when your beloved cat or dog contracts the infection. You can also get it from a friend or family member. If you share combs with an infected person, you are likely to contract ringworm as well.
Combs are not the only way to come down with ringworm. Sharing clothes with an infected person can also bring you the infection. Also, you can get some form of ringworm by using public locker rooms and pools.
How to Treat Ringworm?
There are modern medical methods to treating ringworm. You can use an antifungal option which can be taken orally or just apply it to the infected area. But this is an article about using home remedies and taking care of ringworm naturally.
The following section has more than enough home remedies to treat ringworm naturally.
Home Remedies for Ringworm
In this section, you should find enough home remedies to successfully treat ringworm. You may own these items already so using them will not be any added or great expense.
This is what is called a superfood. It handles many of the common illnesses and disease are known to man. One of the good things about garlic is that you do not have to eat it to have it work for you.
You can turn a fresh garlic clove into a paste and apply it directly to the infected area. In making the garlic clove into a paste, you can use olive oil to help mix it. Then apply a thin coat over the infected area. It would be wise to cover the infected area with a small bandage, so the past does not rub off on furniture, clothing, etc..
Be careful that you do not overuse this paste. Garlic does have some side effects if used too much
Apple Cider Vinegar
It is another multi-purpose food item that does more than spice up a dish. Some people prefer the organic or raw apple cider vinegar but just about any version of the product will bring you some relief from ringworm.
The only drawback in using apple cider vinegar is that some skin types may be too sensitive to the acid nature of the vinegar. It would be wise to test a small patch before using it for the whole ringworm infection.
Treatment takes about two weeks, which is the same period for garlic. Only leave the vinegar on for 30minutes and apply only two times a day.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is also one of nature’s miracle drugs. Many shampoo manufacturers use tea tree oil in their shampoos. The added ingredient works wonders on stopping a lot of problems that affect our hair.
Tea tree oil is good for cuts, burns, and infections, which means it should be good for ringworm. Ringworm is an infection. All you need to do with tea tree oil is make an approx. 50-50 mixture with water and apply the mixture twice a day. You will need to do this for about four weeks before you see some results.
You have heard that spices are loaded with natural healing powers. Turmeric is one of those spices. Turmeric contains some antibiotic properties that make it an excellent choice for fighting ringworm.
All you need to do is turn the spice into juice and apply the juice to the infected area. You do this until the infection goes away.
Vinegar and Salt
You may be able to use any variety of vinegar you want, just double check before you stray too far afield in the vinegar category. All you need to do is mix a little salt with some vinegar. Turn the mixture into a paste and then apply it to the infected area.
Let the paste sit on the infection for about 5 minutes then remove it. You should see some results after only seven days.
This is probably the most straightforward home remedy to use. It is already in a liquid state, so there is no need to turn it into one or even into a paste. Just put the liquid on the infected area and let the aloe vera do its job.
Aloe vera works on sunburns and other skin diseases, so you know it will work for ringworm. Just keep applying it till the infection is gone.
Colloidal Silver is another natural powerhouse infection fighter. It will kill thousands of different germs and bacteria that cause skin infections. Colloidal Silver comes in two forms- a gel or a liquid. You can apply this natural ingredient directly to the infected area until twice a day until the infection is gone.
Lavender here is an anti-infection fighter that should leave you smelling good. Lavender oil is nature’s hit man. Its anti-fungal properties are so strong that it not only stops the infection but kills it altogether.
Lavender oil takes no prisoners in its fight against infections. Its victims include athlete’s foot, ringworm and many more infections.
Lemon Grass Tea
This remedy is good if you are a bit squeamish and do not want to touch the infected area. All you need to do is make a pot of Lemon Grass tea (1) and drink it about three times a day.
If you are into the weird when it comes to treating infections, then you may like this option. While you are drinking your tea, put the used tea bag on the infected area to help fight the disease.
The three wise men knew something when they brought myrrh as one of their gifts to Mary. To bring out Myrrh’s great anti-fungal capabilities, all you need to do is turn it into a paste.
To make the paste you need to mix myrrh with goldenseal and water. Use equal amounts of the two ingredients and little water. You do not want it runny. Apply the paste three times a day for best results.
Coconuts have more going for them than taste and milk. These natural foods also pack Lauric Acid. This ingredient is a potent anti-fungal ingredient. All you need to do is apply a little coconut oil to the infection 3-4 times a day for three weeks.
Make these little seeds into a paste, and you will get relief from itching and redness. All you need to do is grind the mustards seeds down, add a little water to make a paste. Then apply it to your infected area.
Do this twice a day for relief from ringworm.
Some Final Words
Contracting ringworm is not the end of the world. You can live a normal life while fighting the infection. If you are not fond of prescription medicines, then these 12 home remedies will be a great alternative.
These home remedies may not work as fast as prescription medicines, but they do work. You may even save a lot of money by using them, especially if you already own the items listed above.
Nature has a way of helping you stay healthy. Sometimes it is wiser to go with the home remedies than it is with modern medicine. For any infection, consider the natural alternatives. It may be the best move to make when you want to be healthy.