Ringworm is a superficial skin disease caused by a specialized group of fungi known as dermatophytes which live and breed on the surface of the skin. These fungi feed on keratin which is a protein, found on the skin, nails and hair. The major constituent of the outermost layer of the skin is keratin. When the fungi disturb the layer of keratin, round shaped lesions cover the skin.
The lesions can be dry and scaly or they can be moist and oozing blisters. There are several types of ringworm and are classified according to the skin lesions they produce. Though the ringworm can appear anywhere on the body, the fungi generally attack the scalp, the skin folds between the toes, nails, beard, groin, and hands and feet. Children and the elderly are more susceptible to this infection and it is contracted by direct skin to skin contact with an infected person.
Tea tree oil is the most effective remedy for ringworm. This oil has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties which destroy the fungus quickly and heal the lesions.
Dip a cotton ball into some tea tree oil and dab it all over blisters and sores three times daily. After six or seven days, the pink patches will vanish altogether but keep applying the oil for another three or four days to be on the safe side.
Mustard seeds have powerful antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which can kill the ringworm fungus quickly and effectively. Grind mustard seeds with a little water to get a thick paste.
Smear the paste all over the infected skin and leave it there to dry. After half an hour wash away the paste with cool water. Apply the paste regularly three or four times daily till your skin has healed completely.
Grind some papaya seeds with a little water to form a paste. Rub the patches with this paste and allow it to dry on the skin. Later you can rinse the paste with cool water. Use the paste three or four times daily. The powerful antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties of papaya seeds will not only eradicate the fungus but will also bring relief in the severe itching.
Coconut oil is touted all over the world for its magnificent antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial and anti-inflammtory properties. Whatever may be the skin infection, coconut oil is sure to cure it rapidly and effectively.
Rub coconut oil all over the ringworm patches as frequently as possible. Coconut oil is far more potent than any antifungal cream and brings instant relief in the unbearable itching.
Neem is the easiest remedy for ringworm. Boil plenty of water and put a large cluster of neem leaves into it. Keep boiling the leaves on a low flame till the water turns green.
Turn off the heat then cool the water a little. Bathe with this water twice everyday and you will rid of the infection within a very short time.