Ringworm 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.
You can get ringworm on your skin and nails. It’s most common on the arms and the scalp, but you can get it anywhere on your skin, including your face.
If ringworm develops in different areas, it may be called by a different name. For example, when it affects the groin area, it’s referred to as jock itch. When it affects the area between your toes, it’s called athlete’s foot.
Fortunately, ringworm can respond well to home treatments.
SOME HOME REMEDIES FOR RINGWORM ARE:
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 affected skin and cover with gauze. Leave in place for up to 2 hours before rinsing. Repeat twice daily until symptoms resolve.
If the garlic paste causes stinging, swelling, or redness, rinse off immediately and do not reapply.
2. Soap and Water
When you have ringworm, you need to keep the area as clean as possible. This helps prevent the further spread of the rash and helps keep the affected area under control.
Wash the affected area with water and antibacterial soap daily before applying other home remedies on top of it. Dry the area thoroughly after showering, as moisture makes it easier for the fungus to spread.
Pine and coal-tar soap are older home remedies that might be an option, but they can be irritating to sensitive skin.
3. 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 patch three or four times daily. The gel also has cooling properties, so it may soothe itchy and swollen skin.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Native Australians conventionally used tea tree oil as an anti-fungal and antibacterial, and it’s used today for the same purposes. It can be extremely effective in treating fungal skin infections.
Apply tea tree oil directly to the affected area two or three times per day with a cotton ball or swab.
If you have sensitive skin, it may be helpful to dilute the tea tree oil in a carrier oil like coconut oil, which has its own anti-fungal benefits.
Turmeric is a popular spice with anti-inflammatory properties. A part of turmeric known as curcumin is believed to be responsible for the spice’s health benefits. Numerous studies detail its extensive antimicrobial abilities.
Consume turmeric as a tea or add it to meals to reap its benefits. For topical applications, mix it with a small amount of water or coconut oil until it forms a paste and apply this to the skin. Leave it to dry before wiping off.
Be aware that turmeric may stain lighter skin a yellow color, but this will fade within a few days.
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has both microbial and anti-fungal properties that can help treat ringworm infections. It’s an extremely effective topical home remedy for ringworm and infections with other fungi, like candida.
Because it’s easy to apply to the scalp and an effective hair conditioner, coconut oil could be an ideal treatment for scalp ringworm.
To use it, warm the coconut oil either in the microwave or in your hand until it becomes liquid, then apply it directly to the affected area.
It will absorb into the skin quickly. Apply it at least three times daily.
7. Powdered licorice
A frequently used herb in traditional Chinese medicine, licorice demonstrates antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
It is also used as a home remedy for ringworm and other fungal infections. For best results, mix 3 tablespoons of powdered licorice root into a cup of water.
Bring this mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Once the liquid has cooled, it should form a paste.
Apply this to the ringworm patch twice a day, allowing it to sit for at least 10 minutes each time before wiping or rinsing off.
8. Oregano Oil
Oregano essential oil may be a more powerful anti-fungal than other commercial products that are available, and can inhibit and treat fungal skin infections, including athlete’s foot and ringworm.
Oregano oil is an extract that you can purchase online or at stores like GNC.
Mix a few drops with a carrier oil like olive or coconut oil, and apply it to the affected area three times per day.
9. Lemongrass Oil Or Tea
Lemongrass oil extract, and to a slightly lesser extent lemongrass tea, both have anti-fungal properties that can be helpful in treating fungal skin infections like ringworm.
To use lemongrass oil, mix a few drops of lemongrass oil with a carrier oil. Apply it directly to the skin twice per day. You can also apply a brewed tea bag directly to the ringworm.
Outlook and Prevention
Ringworm is highly contagious. While it’s most commonly spread from skin-to-skin contact, you can also catch it from touching something that someone with ringworm touched.
To prevent ringworm, you should keep your skin clean and dry. Immediately after the gym or shower, put on clean, dry clothes.
Avoid physical contact with someone who has ringworm. You should always wear shoes, like flip-flops, in public showers.
Most cases of ringworm clear up within two weeks.