Contrary to what the name suggests, a ringworm infection is caused by a rather contagious fungus that can be quite hard to get rid of. If you have tried all the OTC ointments and drugs you could possibly find in vain, it is time you try a few simple home remedies that work like a charm in treating the most persistent ring worm remedies.
However, before we let you on to the list of these potent home remedies, let us quickly share a few facts about ringworm infection you never knew before.
What is Ringworm?
Ringworm isn’t the name of a worm, it is caused by a fungus known as dermatophytes. This fungus feeds on the keratin that your body produces. As many of you may already know, keratin is present on the nails, hair shafts, and the outermost layers of the human skin. It is easy to contract this infection as ringworm fungi thrive in showers, swimming pools, and locker rooms. An infected person can easily transfer the fungus via hair brushes, clothing, and even towels. You may also contract this infection from your pet dog or cat.
If you find itchy red patches with a red or brown center or patches that appear like rings, you may have the ringworm infection. Listed below are a few of the best remedies that can come to your aid and help tackle the infection without drying up your skin or causing other side effects.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, apple cider vinegar can be just the remedy you are looking to get rid of a ringworm infection. ACV has been used to treat various skin ailments, including fungal infections caused by Candida. When applied to the affected area, it creates an acidic environment that dermatophytes cannot thrive in. This remedy can be safely used on kids, pets, and those with sensitive skin too.(1)
What you should do: Dilute apple cider vinegar with water. Use a cotton ball to dip and dab the affected area thrice a day. Continue until you see the infection clearing up.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
This is yet another potent remedy that can, do wonders in fighting various skin conditions, including ringworm infection. Tea tree essential oil like ACV possesses anti-fungal properties. It also exhibits anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-protozoal abilities, making it capable of fighting a stubborn case of ringworm infection. This is lightly fragrant and easily blends into the skin, and hence can be used even by those who have a busy schedule.(2)
What you should do: Soak a clean cotton ball in some tea tree oil and dab it on the affected area. You may also dilute it in a carrier oil such as coconut oil before applying to your skin if you have very sensitive skin.
While this may sound like a scary remedy, you would avoid at any costs; you will be amazed at how efficiently bleach can eradicate a ringworm infection. Bleach has anti-microbial properties and hence is used to disinfect homes, offices, and hospitals. When applied to the affected area, bleach will work almost instantly to kill the fungus that causes ringworm. This promotes quick healing.(3)
What you should do: Round up a cotton swab, cup, bleach and water. Dilute the bleach using water. Use a cotton swab to gently dab the diluted bleach on affected areas, ensuring you do not get some on the surrounding areas. Do this once a day until the infection subsides.
If you are suffering from itching and redness in the area affected by ringworm, try aloe. Known to be one of the best skin tonics man has ever discovered, aloe can treat a variety of skin conditions. It possesses anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-bacterial properties that work in conjunction to fight and heal the infection. Application of aloe hastens the healing process by improving blood circulation to the affected area. Aloe is a godsend to those suffering from ringworm as it also helps soothe irritated, itchy, and flaky skin.(4)
What you should do: Cut the leaf of an aloe plant and extract the gel using a spoon. Apply this freshly derived gel to the rashes and affected area. You may do this 2-3 times a day for relief from itching and burning.
Castor oil not helps your tresses grow long and strong, but also can be used to treat various skin conditions including ringworm. It is known to be rich in anti-fungal agents that kills the fungus when it comes in contact with the affected area. This potent remedy may also be used on the nails and scalp.
What you should do: Simply rub some castor oil on your scalp and other affected areas. Let it stay overnight and wash it off with a mild soap or body wash. Repeat until the infection begins to subside.
Most Indians will agree that Neem is god’s gift to mankind. Neem provides myriad benefits and nearly every part of a neem tree can be put to use to treat numerous health and skin ailments. Neem is replete with anti-biotic and anti-fungal properties and hence is used to treat dermatitis, acne, and even ring worm infections. This remedy may take time to show significant results, but attacks the root cause and ensures that the infection doesn’t return.(5)
What you should do: Apply a few drops of neem oil on the affected area. Repeat this thrice a day for about 10 days for best results.
This anti-septic herb reigns supreme in the cosmetic world. It is favored by many cultures across the globe owing to its ability to treat a number of skin conditions. Turmeric also exhibits fungicidal effects on over 29 different strains of dermatophytes making it the numero uno remedy to treat a bad case of ring worm infection. The icing on the cake is that turmeric will leave your skin soft and glowing!(6)
What you should do: Powder turmeric and add a few drops of milk or water to it. Apply the paste generously on the affected area and let it stay for a few hours. Wash off and repeat daily.
Ringworm can be annoying and frustrating, but with these remedies you can combat with the infection with ease. These remedies are inexpensive, easy to find, and work like no OTC drug can! Try them today!