What is ringworm and where it appears
Regardless of its name, ringworm actually do not cause worms or other sorts of living parasites. Virtually, it is a state of skin that type of fungus provokes, called tinea. The most common place it inhabits is the dead tissue of the skin, as well as hair and nails.
At first, it begins with a red and itchy patch on the skin, and after a while, it transforms into circles or rings, and that’s where it got its name from.
As we already said, it is possible to get ringworm on the skin and nails, but the most common places are arms and scalp. Although, it is not impossible to get it anywhere on your skin including your face. If ringworm appears in various zones, it has distinct names. If it happens to appear on the groin zone, it is called as jock itch, and when it encompasses the area between the toes, it is called athlete’s foot. But, no need to worry too much. You already might have some natural remedies inside your home used for other purposes.
Before opting for using essential oils
Some of the natural remedies that help in the treatment of ringworms are essential oils as well. But, the first step has to be the test to prove you are not allergic to them. Modify the essential oil by adding three to four drops of carrier oil, for instance, mineral or olive oil. Then, apply it on your skin on the desired area and wait to see if your skin reacts to it in 12 to 24 hours. If not, it is a clear sign you can feel free to use it.
Now, let’s list those natural remedies that help with ringworms.
1.Soap and water
When having ringworm, it is essential to keep it always clean for this will reduce the further expansion of the rash on the skin and maintain the irritated area under control.
Before you opt for other kinds of natural or home remedies, it is essential to clean your skin first and also, after having a bath, thoroughly dry your skin because moisture encourages the fungus to expand.
Pine and coal-tar soap is one choice for this type of problem, only if you don’t have a sensitive kind of skin because it can cause certain irritations.
2.Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has powerful antifungal features, and it helps instantly if you apply it on your skin as soon as the ringworm appears. To use it, just dip the cotton ball in undiluted apple cider vinegar and daub it over the irritated area. It is recommended that you do it three times a day.
3.Tea tree oil
Used by native Australians as antifungal and antibacterial, it also kept its primary purpose today. It has an enormous effect in the treatment of fungal skin infections.
It is necessary to apply it on the infected area two or three times a day using a cotton ball or sponge. Pay attention if you have sensitive skin, for you need to dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil ( just a few drops), such as coconut oil, which also has antifungal benefits.
Coconut oil is highly effective with ringworm issues and similar fungi, such as candida, for it has microbial and antifungal features. This oil is a perfect treatment of the scalp area that is infected by ringworm, also being undemanding to apply it on the skin and it is an excellent hair conditioner.
Besides all the benefits that have on our health, involving those of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, it also has a significant effect on antifungal that inhibits its expansion and growth.
Blend the fresh turmeric or the turmeric spice, with a small quantity of water and stir it until it becomes a paste. Then, spread it on your skin and wait until it dries completely. If you want to cleanse your body internally, you should drink turmeric water or turmeric tea every day.
Aloe vera is already commonly used as a natural cure for bacterial and fungal infections so it can be used for ringworm as well. Aloe vera is known for its calming effect and the treatment of the ringworm, for it helps to relieve symptoms of constant itchiness, inflammation, and irritation. There are aloe vera creams for this purpose or aloe vera gel, and it is applied straight to the infected area. It is recommended that you repeat it three times a day.
Oregano essential oil can be distinguished as a mighty antifungal among other commercial products offered to us, for it hinders and helps in treating fungal skin infections, involving ringworm and athlete’s foot.
If you don’t have it in your home, you can purchase it anywhere, in stores with healthy food and even online. You just have to blend a few drops of oregano oil with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil and spread it on the infected area three times a day.
8.Lemongrass oil or tea
Lemongrass oil extract, and in a lower degree lemongrass tea, both contain antifungal features that can be very useful with the treatment of fungal skin infections such as is ringworm.
The use of lemongrass oil is straightforward: put a few drops of lemongrass oil in a carrier oil and blend it. Then, spread it on your skin twice a day. Another alternative is that you can also use a prepared tea bag and apply it straight to the ringworm.
It is known for its powerful antimicrobial features, and the research has proven that the extracts of licorice can find a use for alternative treatment for fungal infections.
Blend eight teaspoons of powdered licorice with a cup of water and wait until it boils. When it reaches the boiling point, decrease the heat and boil for ten minutes. Then, mix it until it becomes a paste. After that, leave it so it can cool properly and then apply it to the infected zone twice a day. It is necessary that you leave it on your skin for about ten minutes.
Whereas entirely natural remedies are significant, quite often something, stronger is necessary. OTC antifungal topical cure is advisable and efficient for not so delicate cases of ringworm. Search for active ingredients such as clotrimazole and terbinafine. You can use these creams twice a day.
When is time for the doctor
It might be required to consult your doctor if the symptoms don’t diminish or if the influence of the treatment hasn’t shown quite well in two weeks. But, it is also the best solution to visit a doctor if there is the possibility to transfer it to others, especially if working with kids.
There are cases where it is possible that home remedies or OTC treatment show no effect on ringworm or do not provide any desired results. So, it is best that you visit the doctor, for he will prescribe you necessary antifungal topical creams or medications for oral use.
How to prevent it
Ringworm can be very infectious, and in most cases, it is spread from the skin-to-skin approach. Also, you can be infected if you touch something that somebody with ringworm touched first.
You should continuously maintain your skin clean and dry, as prevention to it. Especially, after working out in a gym or having a bath, you should change into clean and dry clothes. The most important precaution is to keep away from any physical contact with someone who is infected with ringworm. Also, when in public showers, you should definitely wear shoes such as flip-flops or sandals.
But, it has shown that quite often any symptoms clear up in two weeks.