Ringworm is a skin condition caused by a type of fungus called tinea. It causes red, itchy patches on your skin. You can get ringworm on your skin and nails; especially on your arms, scalp and sometimes face too. It takes the shape of single/multiple ring-like circles over time, thus the name ringworm. Ringworm, however, responds well to treatment at home.
Here are some quick and easy ways to get rid of ringworm.
It is important to keep the area of ringworm as clean as possible and for that it is advised to use antibacterial soaps and water while taking a bath and also washing the area just before using any treatment for it. Dry the area out completely after washing it as moisture helps in the spreading of fungus.
Turmeric is known to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. You can use turmeric both internally and externally to treat ringworm. For internal uses, you can drink turmeric with water, tea or milk to enable your body to develop immunity and be able to fight the infection. Externally, turmeric is always advised to be applied after grinding it with water and applying the paste to the infected areas.
Coconut oil is an extremely effective topical treatment for ringworm as it possesses properties which make it anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Coconut oil is to be applied four times a day (after warming it) on the affected area/s. Tea tree oil can also be mixed with coconut oil and applied to your skin, since it too is known to have anti-fungal properties. Mixing coconut oil with tea tree oil reduces the risk of skin irritation tea tree oil can cause to people with sensitive skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Soak a cotton ball in undiluted apple cider vinegar and apply it on the infected skin at least three times a day to get the benefits of the antifungal properties of apple cider vinegar. It provides an acidic environment which in turn does not let fungi thrive.
Apply Garlic, Honey and Olive oil mixture
Garlic and honey both contain anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, whereas olive oil soothes the skin. Crush 2-3 pods of garlic, mix it with 2 tablespoons of honey and 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and spread the paste over infected region carefully (after cleaning and drying the region), cover the area with a bandage and leave it for about an hour. Remove the bandage and wash the area with warm water again and pat dry. Repeat this 2-3 times daily for at least 2 weeks to treat ringworm.
Mustard seeds help in reducing itchiness, irritation and redness caused by ringworm. To apply mustard seed – grind a tablespoon of mustard seeds with warm water and apply it onto the infected area for an hour. After an hour wash it off with warm water, repeat this 1-2 times in a day throughout the ringworm infection in order to relieve symptoms.
Raw papaya helps in breaking down dead/old skin which inhibits the growth of ringworm infection. Raw papaya contains two enzymes called chymopapain and papain, together they help relieve inflammation and itching as well. It is suitable to be used for children and pets too as it is gentle on the skin. Grind raw papaya into a paste and apply it directly onto the ringworm affected areas and leave for 15-20 minutes and wash off with plain water.
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