Ringworm is a common skin infection and is not caused by a worm as its name implies but by a fungal infection on the skin. The fungi which cause ringworm are called dermatophytes which are microscopic living things. They live on the outer layer of the dead skin and thrive in a warm moist area and spread on the top layer of the skin and hair.
Ring worm or tinea can spread from one part of the body to another and can infect the scalp, groin and trunk. It can also affect the nails, palms, soles and beard. It is highly contagious and can be transmitted by direct contact or by using the infected person’s personal things such as towels, brushes, combs and clothes.
It appears as a red rash in the form of a ring. The flaky and crusted round spots can cause intense itching. There are some very good home remedies that will clear the infection quickly and efficaciously.
Garlic is potent in antifungal, antibiotic and antibacterial properties. It can fight a number of skin infections and is a good disinfectant. It kills all the harmful microorganisms and heals the skin within no time. Besides eating garlic in your food, you should take two teaspoons of finely chopped garlic with water every day. Make a paste of garlic by grinding it. Apply it to the infected areas several times a day.
Lemongrass is aromatic and sweet in taste. Its main component citral is potentially antifungal and antimicrobial. It has disease preventing properties and releases toxins from the body. Its essential oils soothe the skin and ease itching.
Take five to six stalks of fresh lemongrass and steep it in one cup of boiling water. Drink the tea after ten minutes. Drink two or three cups daily. Grind to a paste some lemongrass stalks and smear the paste on the infected areas with a clean finger. The redness will disappear and the itching will subside.
Onion is used extensively in everyday cooking and has multi healing properties. This cheap and common vegetable is widely used for innumerable diseases and ailments. Onion repels and crushes microbes and organisms by its antifungal and antibacterial properties. Squeeze the juice of onions and apply to the infection. After half an hour apply again and leave it to dry. Wash off after a couple of hours. You can do this everyday till ringworm is completely cured.
Tea tree oil is extremely potent in antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. It eradicates all types of fungus and microbes.
The oil is very strong so it should be mixed with some other oil before using. Take half teaspoon of tea tree oil and mix it with one tablespoon of olive oil. Gently rub all the affected areas two or three times everyday till completely cured.
Dried ginger powder and honey both have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Make a paste with dried ginger powder and honey and apply to the ringworm patches. Leave for an hour then wash off with cold water. An application of this paste, two or three times daily will destroy the infection and bring relief.