Synthetic drugs and creams are out there, which promise to rid your body of ringworm infection, but these are not your only options.
When you want to go all natural or supplement your doctor-prescribed treatments, you can eat certain foods and/or use items you probably have right in your home to help cure yourself.
What is Ringworm?
Ringworm is a fungal infection, most common among children, that is displayed on the skin’s surface usually in the form of a ring-shaped, itchy, red rash. The rash is distinct in that it has jagged edges; a thick, raised, scaly texture; and its center is either white or clear.
Ringworm is very contagious and is usually contracted in damp, high-traffic areas due to direct physical contact with infected people and animals. Just a brush against the skin or clothing of an infected person is enough to pass the germ along. Contrary to popular belief, ringworm is not caused by a worm but a fungus.
Types of ringworm include jock itch, athlete’s foot, and ringworm of the scalp, body, hands, face, beard, and fingernails. Of all types, ringworm of the scalp affects children the most, while ringworm of the body is most common in adults.
As the body’s keratin is attacked by ringworm fungi, infected persons will exhibit hair loss, nail discoloration and detachment, and skin peeling.
There are over-the-counter creams, prescription pills and antibiotics available, which are the primary treatment methods that can be used to get rid of ringworm in a matter of days. Few people know that other natural treatment methods – including herbs, spices and foods – exist that can also help you to get rid of ringworm quickly, safely and side-effect free.
Herbs and Spices That Help
Cassia Leaves – A paste created from cassia leaves and water alleviates itching and pain associated with ringworm infection.
Turmeric – You can mix turmeric with honey and ingest or apply it as a paste directly to the infected skin.
Leadwort – Applying a paste made from powdered leadwort and salt water to the fungus speeds healing along.
Mustard Seed – Mustard seeds can be crushed and mixed with warm water to create a paste, which can then be applied topically to the infected areas on the skin. The paste can be applied as often as needed until the fungus is gone.
Coriander – A paste made from coriander and turmeric applied to the infected skin alleviates itching and promotes faster healing.
Hyssop – A paste made from hyssop applied to the infected area reduces itching and begins to kill the fungus.
Food & Drinks That Help
Fruit – Papaya fruit can be mixed with water and applied to the infected area of skin as a paste. This helps the healing process go along much faster. Eating pineapple, apples, papaya, oranges, and pomegranate are also effective from the inside out.
Water – Water keeps the skin hydrated (the less dryness, the less itching) and does its usual job of flushing out internal toxins which aid in the healing process.
Carrot Juice – Carrot juice has lots of antioxidants, vitamin A and beta carotene, which heal the skin.
Castor Oil – This oil works great on ringworm of the scalp to help you heal faster.
Coconut Oil – This oil helps give you relief from intense dryness and itchiness associated with ringworm.
Dairy – Eating dairy products also provides itch relief.