Ringworm (Tinea) is a fungal infection that affects the different areas of your skin. It is particularly common in children. This skin condition is not that serious unless it affects the scalp. However, it is a contagious disease and you need to take preventive measures to treat it.
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There are several different types of ringworm infections that different parts of your body. It can affect scalp or groin area. On different areas, it develops due to a different ringworm type. Even the symptoms in different areas would vary. But the common symptoms include itching, redness, scaly patches along with blistering and oozing.
Symptoms of Ringworm:
Here are different types of ringworm infections and their symptoms:
- Tinea capitis (Scalp): It begins in form of small bumps that further begins to grow slowly in a circular pattern.
- Tinea manus (Hand): This ringworm affects the palms as well as spaces between the fingers.
- Tinea pedis (Feet): You’ll notice scale in between the skin of toes. It also causes thickening and scaling of heels and soles.
- Tinea unguium (Nail): The nails will start to appear crumbly and yellowish in color.
- Tinea cruris (Groin): It is very itchy and makes the affected skin look chafed and reddish. Sometimes even a rash develops on the area.
- Tinea faciei (Face): It causes red, scaly patches on the skin of our face.
- Tinea corporis (Body): This a common type of ringworm that produces flat, round and scaly spots on the skin.
These common symptoms start appearing after 4 to 10 days from initial exposure. The symptoms of scalp ringworm appear around 10 days after infection.
You can treat ringworm with the following natural remedies:
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil with anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. Therefore, it is best to treat fungal infections like ringworm. You need to soak a cotton ball in the oil and apply the oil on the affected area. Repeat it three times a day until it’s completely treated. You can also warm the oil for better results- as when applied at the same temperature as that of your body, it will heal the skin faster.
Garlic is another natural anti-fungal agent that’s used to treat many skin infections. It is also known to show promising results in curing ringworm. For better results, it can be mixed with ajoene that’s used to heal this fungal infection.
Cut cloves into thin slices, place these slices on the affected area, and wrap a bandage around it. You can also crush the garlic and then apply the paste to the ringworm.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar Water
Apple cider vinegar also has natural antifungal properties, so it can treat the ringworm easily. To use this remedy effectively, you need to use undiluted apple vinegar to the patchy area with a cotton ball several times every day - until treated.
4. Coconut oil
It provides great relief from itchy skin and makes the skin soft. It is used to treat scalp ringworms. For that, you must apply it on the scalp at night and leave it overnight. This way you’ll even reduce the buildup of residue infection.
5. Vinegar and Salt
Like apple cider vinegar, normal vinegar is also fruitful in curing ringworms. To use this remedy, you need to make a paste of vinegar and salt. Now apply it directly onto the ringworm and leave it on for 5 minutes. You need to apply this remedy up to seven days to completely treat the infection.