Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Home Remedies for Ringworm

Ringworm is a highly contagious skin disease which appears on the surface of the skin. It is caused by the Dermatophyte fungus and the medical term for the disease is ‘Tinea.’ 

A person can get ringworm the following ways:
  • Direct skin contact with an infected person
  • Sharing towels, hairbrushes and bedding with an infected person
  • From infected pets such as dogs or cats
Humans are also at risk of getting ringworm from sweating since the fungus thrives in warm moist areas.

Ringworm can be classified according to the regions of the body it attacks.
  • Skin or body ringworm (tinea corporis)
  • Scalp ringworm (tinea capitis)
  • Feet ringworm (tinea Pedis) also known as Athletes Foot.
  • Groin ringworm (tinea cruris) also known as jock itch.
Symptoms of ringworm on the skin or body are:
  • Itchy red scaly patches on skin
  • Red rash will appear on skin and have a ring-like appearance
  • Skin may get blisters and pus-filled sores
 Symptoms of ringworm on scalp and beard:
  • Round bald patches
  • Loss of hair
  • Swelling of lymph nodes around the neck
  • Scalp will be itchy, red and scaly
  • Mild to moderate dandruff
  • High Fever
Symptoms of ringworm on feet:
  • Skin will be itchy
  • Skin will have a burning sensation.
  • Skin may crack or peel
  • Skin may get blisters and pus-filled sores
Symptoms of ringworm on the groin:
  • Itchiness around the groin area
  • Red rash and burning sensation around the groin
  • Skin on the areas of the inner thigh may become scaly and flaky. 
Ringworm can also form on nails making it weak and brittle, discolored and sore. In severe cases the nail can fall off.

Sea salt, apple cider and tea tree oil are popular home remedies used to treat ringworm.

Sea Salt to Treat Ringworm

Wash your body with mild baby soap. Rinse the body making sure to wash off all the soap. Using a clean towel wipe the body.

Fill the tub with hot water. Add 4 tablespoons sea salt into it. Soak for 20 minutes. Repeat this treatment every 2 days for a month.

You can also make a compress using sea salt and apply to the affected area.

Mix 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt with a glass of hot water. Take a cotton pad or wash cloth and dip into the salt mixture and apply on the affected area. Leave for 5 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do this treatment twice a day for a week.

Apple Cider to Treat Ringworm

Dip a cotton ball in some apple cider and apply on the affected areas. Repeat this treatment twice a day for a week.

Tea Tree Oil to Treat Ringworm

Mix 3 tablespoons tea tree oil with 8 drops olive oil or coconut oil and apply on the affected area. Repeat this treatment twice a day for a week.

© Suranee Perera 2012

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