Why would anyone prefer a home remedy for ringworm instead of a prescription or over the counter ringworm treatment?
There are many reasons why a person may favor a home remedy for ringworm, these include:
- The embarrassment of going to a drug store and asking for the ringworm medication.
- Over the counter and prescription ringworm treatments may contain chemicals that can produce unwanted side effects.
- Ringworm medication can be expensive. You may have to use the antifungal ringworm cream for a few weeks or even months (scalp, or nail ringworm may take longer to clear) to fully clear the infection.
- A home remedy for ringworm often contains just natural ingredients that you may already have in your home.
The dangers of self diagnosis and self medicating:
If you have been diagnosed before as having a ringworm infection then the chances are that the infection has come back and you should be able to identify it accurately.
There are some other infections that have similar symptoms to ringworm, these include:
Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Pityriasis Rosea, Granuloma Annulare, Nummular Eczema, Seborrhea, Contact Dermatitis (such as poison oak), Drug Reactions, Vitiligo, Erythema migrans (a rash seen in Lyme disease), and even Lupus.
The only way to properly diagnose the infection is to visit your doctor. The doctor will be able to accurately identify the infection and suggest a course of treatment. It is then up to you if you want to use a home remedy for ringworm, a prescription treatment or an over the counter ringworm treatment, at least you will know what you are dealing with.
Home remedy for ringworm and Natural ringworm treatments
The majority of natural ringworm treatments need to be applied several times each day for a minimum of 10-14 days. If, during the treatment period your ringworm rash gets any larger or you discover any other symptoms, then stop the treatment and immediately consult with your doctor. You might be suffering from an allergic reaction to one of the substances.
Garlic contains antiseptic properties and has been used for many years to cure a wide range of ailments.
Peel the garlic and mash it into a paste.
Massage the paste into the infected area and leave overnight, a plaster can be used to keep the garlic in place and stop it being wiped off by bedding or nightclothes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
As well as being a salad dressing, Apple Cider Vinegar also has some antifungal properties and is one of the best natural ringworm treatments and can be used as an effective home remedy for ringworm.
Use a cotton ball or swab to dab the vinegar onto the infected area 3-5 times a day. The vinegar can also be diluted and drunk to aid in the removal of a fungal infection.
Tea Tree Oil
The oil has been used by millions of people all over the world to assist in the removal of many different infections.
Use a cotton pad to apply 50% oil – 50% water mixture to the infected area three to four times a day. The pad can be taped onto the skin and the mixture reapplied throughout the day.
This unique spice that is a part of the ginger family is actually a very effective home remedy for ringworm. Using a liquidizer or juicer, make a paste or liquid from raw turmeric and apply to the infected skin areas.
Salt and Vinegar
Make a paste by mixing the salt and vinegar together and rub it onto the infected area. Wash the paste off after 15 – 20 minutes and dry the area thoroughly. Repeat the procedure 2-3 times a day.
Most widely recognized for dealing with sun burn, Aloe Vera seems to be a natural home remedy for ringworm and a wide variety of other skin complaints. Administer the oil on to the infection area until the illness fades away.
The oil is yet another natural ringworm treatment that can be administered directly on to the infection. The oil contains potent antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.
Myrrh is a natural antiseptic and antifungal resin that can be used to treat ringworm. Make a paste by mixing the Myrrh with water and apply it to the infection area 2-3 times a day.
Peel and slice the fruit then rub some of the slices into the infected area. You can also grind the seeds of the fruit and mix it with the peeled papaya to make a paste that you can massage into the ringworm affected areas.
Grind some mustard seeds and water into a paste and rub it over the ringworm. Let the paste stay on the skin for 1 – 2 hours before washing off. Repeat the process 3 – 4 times a day until the skin rash clears.
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