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Home Medications and Treatments for RingwormHome Medications and Treatments for Ringworm

Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus, and not a worm related disease.  Ringworm can affect skin on your body (tinea corporis), scalp (tinea capitis), groin area (tinea cruris, also called jock itch), or feet (tinea pedis, also called athlete's foot), and collectively placed in a category called Tinea.. Often, there are several patches of ringworm on your skin at once. The disease is more annoying than dangerous. Hygiene plays an important role in both curing and preventing Ringworm.

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Symptoms of Ringworm

Ringworm looks like its name. It forms a red, elevated, rapidly growing, ringlike sore on the skin. The center of the ring may be clear. The sore itself may contain scales, crust, or fluid-filled areas. Itching and pain may accompany the sore (doctors call them lesions). Each lesion is less than 5 cm across (about 2 inches) and occurs alone or in groups of 3-4.  Lesions commonly are found on the trunk, legs, arms, neck, and face (tinea faciei).  This type of ringworm does not involve the bearded area, scalp, groin (jock itch), hands, or feet (athlete's foot).

Causes of Ringworm

Ringworm is a highly contagious disease. Contaminated objects like gym mats, combs, unwashed clothing, and shower or pool surfaces, brushes, etc, can spread the infection.  Direct contact with infected people, animals, or inanimate objects transmits the fungal infection. Most ringworm infections result from human dermatophytes. You can develop ringworm through exposure to animals (commonly the household cat) and from the soil.

Treatment Of Ringworm

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Raw papaya is one of the most effective home remedies for ringworm. The slices of this fruit should be rubbed on the ringworm patches. A paste made from dried papaya seeds can also be applied beneficially on these ringworm patches.

Mustard Seeds:
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Another effective home remedy for ringworm is mustard seed. A paste should be prepared from these seeds and applied externally over the ringworm patches after thoroughly washing the skin with sufficient hot water.

Butea Seeds:
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The seeds of the herb butea are valuable in ringworm. The seeds should be ground to a paste and mixed with a little limejuice. This paste should be applied externally over the skin affected by ringworm.

Cassia Leaves:
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The leaves of the cassia tree are useful in irritation of the skin and in alleviating swellings and pains. The juice of these leaves or a paste made from them can be applied to ringworm patches with gratifying results.

Holy Basil:
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The leaves of holy basil are also useful in ringworm. The juice of these leaves should be extracted and applied over ringworm patches.

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Turmeric is very effective in the treatment of ringworm. The juice of raw turmeric should be applied externally to the parts of the skin affected by ringworm. Simultaneously, one teaspoon of turmeric juice mixed with an equal quantity of honey should be taken orally.

Raw Vegetable Juices:
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Raw vegetable juices, especially carrot juice in combination with spinach juice, have proved beneficial in the treatment of ringworm. The formula proportions considered helpful in this combination are 300 ml of carrot juice and 200 ml of spinach juice to make 500 ml or half a liter of juice.

Dietary Considerations

• Avoid sugar-containing foods, such as candy, pop, and pastries. This feeds the worms and slows the immune system.

• Raw carrots can help to expel worms. Consume 4 or more daily servings of grated carrots.

Other effective Remedies for Ringworm

A warm-water enema may be administered to cleanse the bowels during the all-fruit diet. The patient should get as much fresh air as possible. He should drink plenty of water and bathe twice daily. The skin, with the exception of the part affected with ringworm, should be vigorously rubbed with the palms of the hands before taking a bath.

Coconut oil may be applied to the parts with ringworm spots. It will help the skin to stay soft. Sunbathing is also beneficial and should be resorted to early in the morning, at the first light of dawn. A light mudpack applied over the areas of the ringworm is also helpful. The pack should be applied for half an hour, twice daily.


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