I remember when my younger brother used to play football in a field not too far from the house , one day he came home itching his body my mum had to give him a bath but that was after a long argument (claming big boy)Lol. Days later I notice some red patches almost all over his back and on his head too, that really got me irritated thank God he was treated and that nightmare is over. Well, fast forward to 21st century Dermatophytosis popularly called ringworm still dance around the body of our little ones and even adult...so now let's see natural ways of getting rid of this stubborn skin infection.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a common ingredient used in many cosmetic products because of its therapeutic effects on the skin. As such, it’s also used as a home remedy to treat various skin problems, including ringworms.
To treat ringworm-infected skin with aloe vera:
Split a fresh leaf open and squeeze the gel on the affected area.
Leave the gel on overnight and rinse it off the next morning.
Keep in mind that regular use of aloe vera will naturally heal the ringworm in a few days.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is yet another safe and natural remedy for ringworms. Its magic active ingredient is lauric acid. This medium chain fatty acid kills many species of fungi by dissolving the outer cell membrane. Without a protection barrier, the ringworm-causing fungus dies.
Here are the steps for using coconut oil as a natural treatment for ringworms:
Take the required amount of coconut oil and apply it liberally on the ringworm.
Massage the infected area for about two minutes so that the oil can work its way through the skin pores.
Let the coconut oil remain on the treatment area overnight and wash it off the next day.
Do this for a couple of weeks, and watch the ringworms being cured.
3. Mustard Seeds
Mustard seed is a common home remedy for ringworms. It helps to soothe the itchiness and swelling around a ringworm. Applying mustard seed paste on ringworm-infected skin can therefore prevent secondary skin infections caused by scratching.
To use this remedy:
Place one teaspoon of fresh mustard seeds in a bowl of warm water and let them soak overnight.
Grind the mustard seeds the next morning using a pestle and mortar to form a smooth paste.
Apply this paste on the ringworm infection directly. Let the paste stay on for about 45 minutes to an hour before rinsing
it off with lukewarm water.
For the best results, repeat this remedy daily over a period of 14 days.
4. Lemongrass Tea
Due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties, lemongrass helps to limit microbial growth on the skin. This in turn helps to keep ringworms from spreading and the infection will begin to clear up with time.
You can drink lemongrass tea up to three times a day to make the most out of its therapeutic effects on ringworms. In addition, applying used lemongrass tea bags on the affected area is a good way to soothe the itchiness that is associated with ringworms.
As an added bonus, lemongrass acts an astringent. Therefore, it will minimize the pores on infected skin and dry out any blistered ringworms.
5. Garlic Extract
The antifungal compound in garlic, ajoene, makes it one of the best home remedies for ringworms. Garlic can effectively kill the fungus that causes ringworms when you apply it directly on the
To make an even more effective remedy, here are instructions for using garlic with honey and olive oil:
Use a pestle and mortor to crush a few cloves of garlic.
Mix the garlic paste with 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and honey.
Apply this paste on your ringworm-infected skin.
Wash the paste off after about one hour with warm water.
Repeat this process 2 to 3 times every day for at least 4 weeks.
Tips to Prevent Ringworms from Spreading or Recurring
Avoid sharing personal items like combs, brushes, beddings, towels and clothing.
Good personal hygiene such as washing of hands and regular bathing with an antifungal soap should be followed in order to keep a ringworm infection under control and prevent it from spreading.
Do not scratch areas affected with ringworms as this can spread the infection to other parts of your body.
Put on protective footwear in the gym, communal showers, and changing rooms to reduce the risk of getting athlete’s foot.
Don’t touch bald patches on your dog or cat. If you suspect your pet has ringworms, make an appointment with the vet.
If you or someone from your household has ringworms, treatment should be started as soon as possible. It is also important to finish the prescribed treatment to prevent the infection from returning.
When going to get a haircut or have your hair styled at a salon, ensure that your barber or beauty therapist sterilizes hair cutting or styling equipment properly.
By Blessing Obehi