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A Home Remedy for Ringworm That Works
What is Ringworm and How Should You Treat It?
Your child comes home with what looks like ringworm and you wonder how should you treat it? You'll find all the information your need to get rid of the ringworm here. If you are like me, you like natural home remedies better than the over-the-counter medicines or paying the enormous bill at the doctor's office. The old cures sometimes just work better.
If the ringworm is spread across a wide variety of the body, you should see a doctor. The information on this page isn't meant to replace the advice of a physician in these situations.
It your child has the fungus, it doesn't mean they are dirty. It just means they came into contact with someone else that has it. Even a pet can spread it to a person. So, just take it with a grain of salt and try one of these cures.
Ringworm isn't a worm at all, but a fungus. The medical name for it is dermatophytosis. You can get the fungus on any part of your body. Ringworm is similar to jock itch or athletes foot. All three are caused by a fungus infection. It likes moist areas of the skin. Ringworm is very contagious.
What Does Ringworm Look Like
Ringworm appears as itchy, scaly, red patches that appear to look like a red ring with a white center. This is how the name came to be. It almost appears to be a worm. In some cases of ringworm, you won't see the white center, but it will have the shape of a ring. This is the clue that this it is ringworm.
Nummular Dermatitis looks so much like ringworm that it has been diagnosed incorrectly by doctors. It is a form of eczema rather than ringworm. If even after seeing a doctor, your ringworm doesn't go away, see a dermatologist.
How Do You Get Ringworm?
- Ringworm is often spread by pets. If your pet has round spots of missing hair, that may be the problem. Almost any animal can get it, including even horses and cows.
- Other people can spread the fungus too. I remember my sister using a public bathroom and getting it in the shape of a stool seat on her bottom! Ringworm is highly contagious.
- It is more likely if you already have cuts or scratches on the skin.
- Those on certain drugs that lower their immune system are more likely to get any skin infection. If you are on any of these, you might get ringworm easier than other people.
- While using public swimming pools, you can pick up the fungus. Public showers are another place you can get it on your feet.
- Sharing combs and brushes with someone who has the infection on their scalp is a good way to get the fungus.
- You are more likely to get it on sweaty or damp areas of the skin.
- Good hygiene helps, but poor hygiene isn't going to cause it.
- Children are more likely to get the infection, because they come into contact with so many playmates.
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Keep the Area Covered to Avoid Spreading It
No matter what you do, keep the area covered with a bandage or band-aid at all times. Ringworm is easily passed from one person to the next. Keeping it covered will help it from spreading to other people and possibly from other areas of your own body. If you use a washcloth on the area, don't use it on other areas of your body either. You should keep your hands washed with soap after touching and treating the area.
If you have ringworm on your scalp, my advice is to see a dermatologist and skip the home cures. When I was in grade school, one of the boys in my class had it and it completely covered his scalp. It was months before he looked normal again. I wouldn't let it spread that far on my scalp.
You should also see your doctor if it shows signs of infection. These include swelling, pus, pain, red lines coming from the area or a fever. You need to see a physician immediately.
All treatments should be continued for 7 days after the fungus has healed. This will guarantee it is healed and help it from returning.
Home Cures for Ringworm
Blue Star Ointment
I usually only recommend natural products from around the home, but I've heard this medication recommended enough times to bring it up. The company claims that their product works for both jock itch and ringworm. It makes sense since both maladies are caused by a fungus.
If you already have some over-the-counter medication for fungal infections in the medicine cabinet, they should work.
You will need to keep the area clean and covered. Then cover the ringwom with castor oil 5-6 times a day. Many say this works.
Fresh Air and Sunshine
Because fungal infections hate sunshine and fresh air, you should try getting as much as you can on the area. Take off your band-aid and let some sun soak in. The reason this works, is because fungi like wet areas. The idea will not heal the infection, but will help the other methods work. This keeps it dry. If the ringworm is in an area that gets sweaty, don't use this idea.
Garlic is a natural treatment for any fungus. Take fresh garlic and make it into a paste. Apply it to the ringworm several times a day. Keep the area covered. Taking garlic in capsule form also helps. These can be purchased almost anywhere that sells vitamins. Combine treating it with the fresh garlic paste and taking the capsules.
You can make a powder with mustard seeds. These are found in the spice aisle at your grocery store. The powder should be made into a paste. Just crush the seeds and add a little water. The paste will need to be kept on the area at all times. Be sure to keep it covered.
Papaya seems to be a popular cure. Rub either the juice or slices of the fruit on the infected area. Try using a paste made from the crushed seeds of the fruit too.Be sure to keep the area covered.
Keep the area clean and dry at all times. Ringworm and other fungus thrive on moisture. Some people claim that applying vinegar as many as 5 times a day took theirs away in a weekend. Continue use even if it looks healed for awhile. Vinegar is good at killing germs, so this is worth a try.
Vitamin E can be purchased in capsule form over the counter. The capsules are easy to open and you can remove the oil from them. Some say that if you apply the Vitamin E to the ringworm and keep the area covered with it, that this will work quickly.
Disclaimer: The information on this page is not meant to replace the advice of a physician. It is meant as general information only.