Ringworm is also known as Tinea. It is an infection of the skin, characterized by a reddish to brownish raised or bumpy patch of skin that may be lighter in the center, giving the appearance of a “ring.” Contrary to its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm but by parasitic fungi (Dermatophytosis).
It can live and infect many areas of the human body. The most common sites where the ringworm fungi are found include the scalp, feet, groin area, arms, legs and finger nails. The fungi love moist damp areas of the body, where it can grow quite rapidly.
It is very contagious and can be passed from one person to the next by direct skin-to-skin contact or by using contaminated personal items such as combs, unwashed clothing, towels and shower or pool surfaces (especially floors). People often catch ringworm from pets that carry the fungus. Cats are common carriers as are dogs with hairless areas that look like mange.
Scalp ringworm is a very tenacious form of the fungi that can cause baldness and can lead to permanent hair loss, if the hair shafts are destroyed by the bacteria. Zinc based shampoo is recommended, plus the scalp can be shampooed with tar soap and borax. Moisten the afflicted area twice a day with goldenseal (1 teaspoon) and myrrh ( teaspoon), that has been steeped in a pint of boiling water.
The symptoms of ringworm
Itchy, red, raised, scaly patches that may blister and ooze.
The patches often have sharply-defined edges.
They are often redder around the outside with normal skin tone in the center and this creates the appearance of a ring.
When your scalp is infected, you will have bald patches.
Nails that are infected, become discolored, thick, and even crumble.
Natural remedies for ringworm
There are many chemical compounds, prescription drugs and over the counter chemical powders that doctors recommend for the treatment of ringworm. Natural remedies are beneficial, less expensive and present fewer, if any side effects.
Baking Soda solution in tepid water (1/3 baking soda 2/3’s distilled water) can be used to soak feet, hands, nails and to rinse afflicted skins areas
Aloe gel or raw Aloe plant leaf sap placed on the sores several times a day for 1 -2 weeks will clear the fungus
Apple Cider Vinegar solution mix in a quart bottle, 1/3 vinegar and 2/3’s water, shake the solution and wipe on the sores regularly for several weeks until the red patches are gone
Essential oils that work on Ringworm include Peppermint Oil, Tea Tee Oil, Myrrh Oil, Geranium Oil, Lavender Oil [1 part Lavender Oil ..2 parts Tea Tree Oil and mix in Jojoba Carrier Oil] use this tincture to cover each sore daily until the sores are gone.
A 3 -5 day citrus fast may help cleanse the blood system and start the healing process.
Raw cloves of garlic placed on the sores and covered with gauze or gauze soaked in garlic juice applied to the sores for a week or 2 will rid you of the fungus.
Sliced papaya placed on the skin abrasions works wonders and stops the itching.
Mustard Seed Paste or poultice applied daily and wrapped with gauze is a powerful anti-fungal agent.
Save yourself a Doctor visit and expensive prescription (easily can cost $250 for a doctor co-pay and the meds are expensive). Go au natural’ with ringworm treatment. My grandmother used these treatment modes for 70 years with great success on her 4 children and 16 of us grandkids. She saved lots of money and we didn’t need to go sit in a Doctor office for hours.