If you have never seen it before, ringworm can be hard to identify at first, especially if the sores are
smaller in size. However larger sores are easily identified because they form a circle with a raised outer ring and a flatter inner area. The sore usually looks irritated and it may be itchy, the skin will look dry and scaly and some of the sores my blister and ooze.
How Ringworm is Spread
Ringworm is a fungal infection that can be very contagious. It is generally spread through skin-to-skin contact, contact with bedding or clothing that has been contaminated with it or you can contract it from pets who might have the fungus on their skin. If you do have an infected pet, it is important that you treat them, as well as yourself, to prevent further outbreaks associated to the fungus.
When you have the infection, you will need to keep your skin clean and dry to help the sores heal. You should also try and wash your bedding or clothes every day to help get rid of the fungus that has contaminated them. You can go to the pharmacy to buy over the counter treatments for ringworm, but several home remedies for ringworm can help clear up the fungal infection as well.
Ringworm Home Remedies
The fungal infection comes in many variations. They include ringworm that affects the skin, tinea
corporis; ringworm of the scalp, tinea capitis; ringworm that can grow on your groin, known as tinea cruris; and ringworm that is more commonly known as athlete’s foot, tinea pedis. Here are some of the substances you can find at home or at the store to help you treat the various forms of ringworm.
Not only does garlic add flavour to your favourite foods, but it also has antifungal properties that can help clear up ringworm. You can either thinly slice a clove of garlic and place the slices on your sores, keeping them in place with band aids and leave them on overnight. The garlic can also be pressed and you can rub it on the sores throughout the day, if possible.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil has been used as an ingredient in hair oils and shampoos, as well as in many cosmetics. It has been found to be very effective in treating athlete’s foot when used as a solution consisting of up to 50% tea tree oil, diluting the rest with water. Apply to the infected areas twice a day and you should see improvement in about four weeks.
This lovely smelling oil is a powerful antifungal agent and it can help clear up your ringworm. It
doesn’t just stop the fungus, but it kills fungal infections that can ringworm, athlete’s foot and candidiasis, which is commonly known as thrush when it is in the mouth or throat. Candidiasis is also the cause of yeast infections for women. Place 3 or 4 drops of the oil onto the affected areas and allow the skin to absorb it to kill the fungus.
This is another natural oil remedy that has strong antifungal properties. You can help get rid of the fungal infection causing your ringworm by applying 2 to 3 drops to the infected areas and massaging it in to be absorbed into the skin. If you do this 3 to 4 times a day, you will see an improvement in a day to two. Oregano oil will usually clear up the infection within seven days.
Vinegar and Salt
Use these ingredients to make a paste and apply it to the infected areas on your skin and allow it to sit there for about 5 minutes. This remedy has been know to work in about 7 days to make the infected spots clear up.
There are several other home remedies that will help clear up ringworm infections and they can be found online. Most home remedies for ringworm use ingredients you already have in your pantry, which allows you to start treating the infection right away in order to clear it up. If your ringworm doesn’t show signs of improvement in a few days, consult your doctor about a prescription to treat it.