Ringworm is not caused by a worm or any type of living parasite, despite its name. It is not an infection, but a skin condition caused by a type of fungus called tinea. It lives on dead skin tissues, including your nails and hair.
If you have a red, scaly, itchy patch on your skin, you may have ringworm. It takes the shape of a circle or a ring (or several rings) over time. The name “ringworm” comes from here. Ringworm can affect both your skin and nails. It is most common on the arms and scalp, but you can get it anywhere on your skin, including your face.
Different types of ringworm may be called by different names. Jock itch is a condition that affects the groin area. Athlete’s foot is the name given to a fungal infection that occurs between the toes. Home treatments can be effective for ringworm.
1. Soap and Water:
You need to keep the area clean as possible when you have ringworm. This helps to prevent the further spread of the rash and helps to keep the affected area under control. To clean the affected area, use water and antibacterial soap daily, then apply other home remedies. After showering, dry the area thoroughly to prevent the fungus from spreading. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to avoid pine and coal-tar soap, as they can be irritating.
2. Apply cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has strong antifungal properties which may help to treat ringworm when applied topically to the affected area. Brush a cotton ball soaked in undiluted apple cider vinegar over your skin to use it. This should be done 3 times per day.
3. Tea tree oil
Native Australians used tea tree oil as an antifungal and antibacterial, and it is still used today for the same purposes. Fungal skin infections can be extremely effectively treated with it. You should apply tea tree oil to the affected area two or three times per day with a cotton ball or swab. It may be helpful to dilute the tea tree oil in a carrier oil like coconut oil, which has its own antifungal benefits, if you have sensitive skin.
4. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a natural, effective treatment for ringworm. It has antifungal properties that help to kill the fungus that causes ringworm. Coconut oil also helps to soothe the itch and irritation that comes with ringworm.
To use coconut oil for ringworm, simply apply it to the affected area several times a day. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to the coconut oil for extra antifungal power.
Turmeric is an effective natural remedy for treating ringworm. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties that help to kill the fungus and prevent it from spreading. Simply make a paste of turmeric powder and water and apply it to the affected area. Repeat this two or three times a day until the infection clears.
There are numerous health benefits to turmeric, including antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also inhibits growth effectively as an antifungal. Mix fresh-ground turmeric with a small amount of water until it becomes a paste. apply the mask on your skin until it dries. You can also get the internal benefits by drinking turmeric water or turmeric tea daily.