Ringworm or tinea, is a fungal infection growing on the outer layers of the skin, scalp, and/or nails. Athlete's foot and "jock itch" are actually localized forms of ringworm. Other favored sites of fungal infection are the palms and soles, nails, scalp, beard, and trunk. Try some of the home remedies ringworm listed in our site.
Fungal infections are rapidly spread from one person to another or even from the family pet to the family. They recur often, and when they do, they have to be treated again.
Fungal infections on the body usually start as itchy, slightly scaly, round red spots on the skin. As the lesions grow, they heal from the inside of the round circle out, giving the rash its characteristic ringlike appearance. The infection often spreads from one area of the body to another. If your groin is involved, there is usually a diffuse red, scaling rash that is very itchy. If you have tinea of your palms or feet, they often scale and are red and may blister, but do not usually form separate small spots. Nail infections appear as areas of yellowish or whitish discoloration and crumbling. Scalp infection with ringworm produces red, itchy scaling and, later, hair loss and breakage.
Doctors confirm a diagnosis of tinea by looking at some of the skin scales under a microscope to see if fungal bodies are present. Generally, treatment is very effective and relatively quick, and there are many good options. Therapy takes longer if the fungi have been invading the scalp, fingernails, or toenails for some time.
List of Home Remedies for Ringworm
Calendula cream, ointment, or tincture diluted in warm water has anti- fungal, astringent, and healing properties, and can be used two to three times a day as an aid in fighting fungal infections of the body
Chamomile tea, taken three times a day, should help clear ringworm. It can also be applied directly to the affected areas with a cotton ball three times a day
Garlic is one of the best herbal antifungals. Its antifungal properties have been documented by clinical studies showing that the blood of people taking garlic has significant antifungal activity. Take 6 teaspoons of garlic extract daily. In addition, you can put raw garlic in a blender and apply the resulting paste to areas of ringworm with a clean cotton ball three times a day
Ginger tea, made by simmering 2 ounces of fresh ginger root simmered in 8 ounces of water for twenty minutes, contains more than twenty anti- fungal compounds. Drink the tea three times a day and also apply a compress consisting of cotton soaked with the ginger tea to the affected areas for five minutes three times a day.
Goldenseal is another good antifungal agent. Add 5 drops of the tincture to juice and drink it three times a day. Or simmer 6 teaspoons of the dried herb for twenty minutes to make a tea, strain out the herbal matter, and apply the tea to your areas of tinea three times a day with a fresh cotton ball. You can also dust your feet, socks, and shoes with goldenseal powder twice a day.
Take a cup of lemongrass tea three times a day. While you drink the tea, apply the used tea bags to the affected areas. This should help ringworm to clear faster.
Licorice contains at least twenty-five fungicidal substances. Add 6 teaspoons of powdered licorice root to a cup of boiling water and simmer for twenty minutes.
Strain out the herbal matter, and apply the tea to the areas of ringworm three times a day using a fresh cotton ball.
Myrrh is a good antifungal. Make a paste by mixing equal parts of myrrh and goldenseal powder with a little water, and apply it to the areas of rash three times a day.
Olive-leaf extract has antifungal properties and helps to fortify the immune system. Take 250 milligrams three times a day.