Best Home Remedies for Ringworms
It is certainly quite devastating to see the development of ringworms in any part of your body. The appearance of circular red rashes is quite alarming for anybody and merits a great deal of concern because the fungi that cause these rings are actually highly contagious and not only can they spread very fast throughout your body, but they can also infect other people if you do not take certain preventive measures.
Unfortunately when left untreated these itchy and uncomfortable rings could grow bigger, merge and lead to blisters and inflammation. But, you will be relieved to know that this skin condition is rather common and there exist home remedies for ringworms that you can start applying right away.
Statistics show that 1 out of 5 Americans has to deal with ringworm infection at least once during their life time. And again the data indicates that while some consult a doctor or a dermatologist others seek the help of simple home remedies to get rid of ringworm fast.
Are You Looking for A Natural Ringworm Treatment?
There are numerous natural ingredients and home remedies used for ringworm treatment. Below you will find several effective concoctions you can apply over the infected areas.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar or known as ACV is a wonderful and quite miraculous natural ingredient to use on the skin for its pH regulating properties. This common house hold ingredient has been also used throughout the centuries for its cleansing properties. When ingested it has been shown to stimulate circulation, purify the blood, and aid in detoxification of the liver. But when used on the skin due to its high acidic properties it's a perfect toner that fights acne, helps to cleanse the skin, remove excess oil and reduce the visibility of pores. In fact, these acidic values that will help you to kill the ringwrom fungus resting underneath your skin.
When used as a toner it should be mixed with equal amount of pure water. On the other hand when used to get rid of this fungus apply abundantly undiluted apple cider vinegar to the patchy areas with the help of a clean cotton ball or Q-tip several times a day. Usually an ACV compression like this three to five times daily will give you the best possible results. You can also keep the affected area soaked in the undiluted ACV for 10 to 15 minutes for 3 to 5 times daily.
You can continue applying this ingredient as long as you want. Just make sure that your condition is getting better. If it's not improving as expected, please consult a doctor or try other home remedies for ringworm we mention in this article. Or you can simply switch to another natural cream that we will talk about in detail in a bit.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is another exceptional natural cure for ringworm. It contain anti-viral and anti-fungal properties thanks to lauric acid that is found in this supernatural oil. This is why it's being used in troublesome skin conditions such as acne, eczema, nail fungus and more. So when applied on the red infectious rings, it will not only fight with the fungus that cause them, but it will also soothe the skin and relieve the itchy sensation and irritated appearance.
Many people who used it to treat ringworm successfully report that they applied it directly on the affected areas and gently massaged it with their clean hands until the skin has absorbed most of the oil. You can use hard or melted coconut oil for this (a small amount is sufficient) and you can repeat this procedure as many times as you like during the day, although less than 4 would not be very effective. The last application should be just before going to bed. Combined with a good night sleep your skin will be more prone to heal faster.
Although this home remedy is usually more efficient for light ringworm cases, most people see great results within a week time. Coconut oil is a popular choice for treating scalp ringworms as well. We also recommend to add a drop or two of tea tree oil in it. This is another potent oil with ton of anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties.
3. Mustard Seeds
These marvelous tiny seeds have anti-viral and anti-fungal properties as well, that we know by now are essential for curing ringworms. Mustard seeds also contain selenium which will fight any inflammation you might have inside the itchy red rings.
Just soak the mustard seeds in water for 30 minutes or so and grind them to make a thick paste. This paste can be applied to the infected areas directly. Keep the paste on your skin until it's completely dry, then remove or wash it off. This will not only provide relief from itching and irritation but also start to destroy the fungus. It's advisable to repeat the procedure 2 or 3 times a day. You should start to see an improvement within a week as many people reported. Why not adding a few drops of essential oils into the paste, such as lemongrass oil, neem oil, camphor oil for their anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties?
4. Vinegar and Salt
Here is another simple but powerful mixture with vinegar. When combined with salt (prefer sea salt) it transforms into a potent fungus fighter. You simply have to make a thick paste and apply it on the affected areas. Again the acid in the vinegar will attack the fungus while salt will dry everything out.
Leave the paste on for at least five minutes and repeat it 3 to 4 times daily. Many people who used this natural ringworm treatment indicate that it takes about seven days for this mush to completely manage and kill the fungus.
This marvelous everyday ingredient has been used to treat a vast variety of medical conditions. When a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed one of the sulfur compounds is formed and it is called allicin. This compound has numerous antimicrobial and antiviral properties that are very helpful to heal many skin conditions. In fact this is the compound that will kill the ringworm fungi.
There are a couple of ways you can apply garlic on your infected skin: Crush two garlic cloves with the help of a mortar and pestle or a garlic press to form a paste. Apply it on the rings, cover using a bandage or similar so that the paste doesn't fall off. Let the paste sit for 1/2 to 1 hour and until it's dry. Or you can simply crush a clove of garlic with the help of a kitchen knife and rub it on the rings. Use different clove for each ringworm rash you have.
These are proven to be highly effective inexpensive, homemade, out-of-the-pantry solutions. You can read more about natural cures for ringworm in our previous post as well. You could most certainly start your treatment the minute you fetch these natural ingredients from the shelves of your kitchen.
Many people report great success in applying natural ways to get rid of ringworm. On the other hand while some natural remedies would work for some cases, the others simply wouldn't; and it's quite hard to estimate which treatment would be most effective for each case without trying them out one by one.
If you feel like starting your treatment right away without going through a trial and error period with natural ingredients, you could consider using commercial ringworm creams that have all natural and sometimes even organic ingredients.
Commercial But Natural Products
Blue Star Ointment
One product that’s been used for decades is called the Blue Star Ointment.
This product promises relief for dry and itchy skin as well as general skin irritations and insect bites. Blue Star Ointment uses camphor as its active ingredient (1.24%). This natural ingredient coming from a large evergreen tree found in Asia has many uses among which its medical use interests us the most. Thanks to its antimicrobial substance when absorbed through the skin produces either a coolness or warmth sensation. For this property it is also used in Vicks and cough suppressants.
There are many testimonials that state that it was the best product in getting rid of ringworm in a matter of a few days.
However we have to make a warning: Although camphor could also be administered orally, it should always be taken in small qualities. Blue Star is a topical cream that you will apply 2-3 times a day for maximum a week, but if in any way large quantities enter into your body it could be poisonous. Large doses will cause toxicity and could be lethal. In fact this toxic property that will lead to one of its most common uses: it's used as a repellent as well as to make mothballs.
So if your ringworm rashes have blisters and are cracked and open, be cautious in applying it in big amounts.
This ringworm cream however has toinaftate as its active ingredient, and it's only 1% consistency as per FDA's approvals making it safe for the general public, reportedly even for pregnant women and nursing moms. Besides, there is no substantial proof that using toinaftate at higher concentration levels will lead to a better or faster ringworm treatment.
Toinaftate is a potent fungicide with antiviral properties. The company that produces it claims that this cream has been created to kill the specific fungi that cause ringworm and this fact makes it one of a kind in the market.
This product as well, according to user testimonials welcomes substantial improvements within the first few days of use, but the manufacturer Sisquoc Healthcare Company recommends an extended period of usage (2 to 4 weeks) to completely suppress the fungi causing this maddeningly itchy skin condition.
Phytozine cream is still a natural ringworm treatment option because it only contains natural ingredients. The cream contains, in addition to 1% of toinaftate, 51 other natural organic (inactive) ingredients. Most of these ingredients (sweet almond oil, tea tree oil, jasmine oil, clove oil and much more) have anti-fungal properties that will help kill these fungi.
Of all the natural cures for ringworm we talked about today, if you're looking for an ointment that has many of the natural ingredients Phytozine by Sisquoc Healthcare Company would be a safe choice for a fast relief and much needed treatment for ringworms.
It's possible to have a ringworm free life with the help of natural remedies. There are many oils you can use, they have been all proven to be effective. Or a cream like Phytozine that has all the natural anti-fungal ingredients all together in one bottle is another effective solution.