Ringworm is a common skin disease which is caused by fungal infection. The infection can occur on any part of the body but is more common on scalp, hands, nails and the feet.
Ringworm is frequent amongst children as their skin which is still developing lacks essential fatty acid which prevents ringworm infection.
Ringworm is contagious and spreads through contact or by using their infected articles. Ringworm causes an itching sensation and tends to spread over other parts of the body through fingers. The most common cause of ringworms is wearing clothes with fungal infection.
Ringworm infection usually spreads in a round or oval pattern with raised pink rings and a spotless space in the middle.
Home cure for ringworm in humans
Papaya: Pieces of raw papaya rubbed on the affected parts is a very effective home cure for ringworms. Paste of dried papaya seed is also beneficial in treatment of ringworm.
Turmeric: Raw turmeric paste can be applied externally or taken orally (one teaspoon mixed with honey for taste). Turmeric is a very good home remedy for ringworms.
Mustard seed: Paste of mustard seeds is applied externally on the affected area to curb further growth of fungus.
Coriander: A teaspoon of coriander paste, mixed with turmeric powder is applied externally on the ringworm affected area. Coriander paste promotes coolness and relieves the itching sensation on the skin, while turmeric is an excellent antiseptic which acts upon the fungal infection making this a potent home cure for ringworms.
Carrot juice: Carrot juice mixed with spinach juice in the ratio of 3:2 when taken orally is very effective in treatment of ringworm and several other skin diseases. Carrot juice is a rich source of vitamin A, is an antioxidant and is essential for maintaining healthy skin.
Cassia leaves (cassia fistula): Cassia leaves are used for relieving irritation and itching of the skin. It also helps alleviate pain caused by infection. The juice or paste of cassia leaves is a very effective home remedy for ringworms.
Holy basil: Paste of holy basil leaves is a very potent antioxidant that helps fight fungal infection associated with ringworm. It also provides a cool, soothing sensation when applied on the affected parts. Holy basil is a very ancient and highly effective home cure for ringworms in humans.
Hyssop (Botanical name: Hyssopus officinalis): Paste of Hyssop, applied externally on the ringworm affected skin provides relief from itching and acts as an antifungal medication. Hyssops have traditionally been used inMiddle East countries as an ancient home cure for ringworms.
Butea seeds (Butea monosperma /Palas): Powder of Butea seed mixed with lemon juice is very effective in treatment of ringworms. Butea is rich in gallic and tannic acids, which are beneficial in treatment of ringworm and several other skin diseases.
Indian squill (Urginea Indica): Indian squill has great therapeutic value. The powder of its bulb, when applied locally on the affected area is known to be beneficial in several skin diseases like warts, corn and ringworm.
Leadwort (Plumbago zeylancia): Leadwort is known for its skin irritating property and is extensively used in treatment of several skin disease. Paste made by dissolving powdered leadwort in salty water is very effective in treatment of ringworm.
Foods that aid in curbing ringworm:
- Fruits: Papaya, pineapple, apple oranges, pomegranate
- Raw vegetable salad
- Curd and milk products
Foods that exacerbate ringworm infection:
- Oily and fried food
- Tea, Coffee and all condiments
- Food made of white refined sugar (candies, pie, cake, sweets etc)
- Canned or tinned food
- Food made of white flour
- Drink plenty of water
- Resist from itching, rather apply some cooling paste
- Clean/Sanitize your hands after applying the medicines
- Wear clean clothes
- Expose your body to fresh air and sunlight