[toc]A fungal infection that occurs on the skin, but not because of actual worms is called ringworm. The infection leaves a ring-like impression on the skin due to which it has earned its unique name. Moreover, it was also called ringworm because some early beliefs had stated that an actual worm was the culprit behind it.
This infection is a contagious one and every living thing, pets included can acquire it. Sharing personal items like hairbrushes and clothes and coming into direct contact with people who have it can pass on the infection. Locker rooms and swimming pools are other areas from where people can get infected as it thrives in humid and crowded areas. Therefore, as soon as people become infected, they have to get treatment immediately.
13 Methods To Cure Ringworms
Areas that have been affected by ringworms should be washed daily and dried thoroughly. The area between the toes and skin folds should be given special attention.
Combs, hats and hairbrushes should not be shared if the infection occurs on the scalp. Socks/ underwear should be changed every day if the infection occurs on feet/ groin respectively because the fungi remain in the skin flakes. Bed linens, towels and clothes should be washed frequently.
Numerous antifungal creams can be used for getting rid of the infection in two weeks when it affects the groin or skin of the body. Miconazole (Monistat-Derm cream), Terbinafine (Lamisil cream and solution), Clotrimazole (Cruex cream), Naftifine (Naftin), Lotrimin cream, lotion, and solution), Ketoconazole (Nizoral cream), Desenex cream and Econazole (Spectazole) are some of the examples of the creams that are used.
Numerous cases of foot fungus can also be treated with these creams as well. They can easily be found in the form of over-the-counter medications. It is recommended that antifungal creams and other topical medications should be used for two weeks minimum. For two weeks, the antifungal cream should be applied on the infected area twice or thrice daily. Over-the-counter creams for treating ringworm can be found easily, but some of them are not available because they are potent and require prescription to be obtained.
Not only is scalp ringworm cured with antifungal shampoo, but it also speeds up the recovery process and infection can be prevented in the future. Your pharmacist can easily supply you with antifungal shampoos like ketoconazole and selenium sulphide shampoo. During the initial two weeks of treatment, it is best to use the antifungal shampoo twice on a weekly basis.
A medicine that prevents the growth and multiplication of fungi that causes ringworm is called Griseofulvin. It is taken for mostly 8 to 10 weeks and can be found in spray form.
Terbinafine is prescribed to most people who are infected by ringworm. Most cases of ringworm can be effectively treated with it. It has to be taken for four weeks, so people should take the capsules once on a daily basis.
Tea Tree Oil
Anything that’s caused by bacterial or fungal infection can be treated with tea tree oil. The area that has been affected by ringworms should be applied with tea tree oil thrice every day for a week or until the pink patches, which are caused by the infection have disappeared entirely.
Another treatment for ringworm that can be found in the kitchen is mustard seeds. Water and mustard seeds should be used for making a paste and the affected area should be applied with it. However, warm water should be used for clearing the area first. The paste should be washed off with cool water once it has dried on the skin.
Another excellent ringworm cure is fruits. For ten minutes, the ringworm patches should be massaged with papaya slices. Water and papaya seeds powder can be used for making a paste. The affected skin should be rubbed with the paste and it can be rinsed off when the paste has dried off completely.
Kill the fungus by using neem over the affected area. Before every application, it is recommended that coconut oil be used for blending the neem oil as it has a very strong odor and it can prove to be extremely difficult to actually get rid of the smell without blending it. You can also apply the paste of the same or consume the leaves in any form to fight ringworms.
Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the most powerful home remedies that can be used for treating ringworm is apple cider vinegar, especially if the infection is in the feet or hands. Before going to bed, it is advised that the affected area should be soaked for about 10 to 15 minutes in apple cider vinegar to take advantage of its amazing results.
A surprisingly favored member of anti-fungal foods is garlic, which has been used for treating ringworm and other innumerable health conditions. The first way in which garlic can be used for treating ringworm is to cut slim slices of garlic after peeling a clove. The slices have to be placed over the ringworm infection and a band-aid should be used to cover it overnight.
The garlic can be smashed a little more and the affected places can simply be rubbed with the pieces. Furthermore, people can also get better results by using garlic for applying on the affected area and thus treating ringworms throughout the day.
An all-natural remedy for treating ringworm and other countless skin problems is aloe Vera, which is renowned for managing sunburns. The infected skin should be applied with the aloe Vera juice on a regular basis until the infection of ringworms has vanished completely.
Ringworm can be alleviated topically with colloidal silver, which is an antibiotic that’s used for destroying around hundreds of microorganisms and is completely natural. Colloidal silver can be found in the form of liquid and gel both and people can spray or rub, depending on whichever form they have acquired.
It has to be applied on the infected area two times a day and shouldn’t be stopped until the infection has been treated completely.