Ringworm, or tinea, is a fungal infection on the skin that is quite common and contagious. It is caused by fungi that live on the top layer of the skin, feed on the keratin in skin, and thrive in warm, moist areas.
The term ringworm may lead you to believe that it is a worm infestation, but it is the ‘ring’ in ‘ringworm’ that is key. The infection causes round, scaly patches with a darker border in the shape of a ring.
The condition may also be accompanied by redness, itching, and inflammation. If not treated, it may cause your skin to blister. Ringworm can also affect your scalp and nails.
Garlic has excellent antifungal properties that help cure ringworm.
- Crush two garlic cloves.
- Rub them on the ringworm rash several times a day.
- Do this for four to five days or until the condition improves.
Neem, or Indian lilac leaves, have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that help treat ringworm, scabies, and various skin infections.
- Apply neem oil on the affected area once daily for a few days until the infection clears. You can also apply one-half teaspoon of neem oil mixed with one cup of aloe vera gel.
- Combine equal parts of crushed neem leaves, turmeric powder and sesame oil. Apply this paste on the affected area.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is excellent for curing skin infections like ringworm due to its antimicrobial and astringent properties.
- Dip a cotton swab in apple cider vinegar and apply it on the affected area.
- Do this two or three times a day for a few days or until you see improvement.
Iodine tincture is effective in eliminating ringworm as it has antifungal and antiseptic properties. You can purchase a 2 percent iodine solution from a drug store. Do not use it more than three times a day.
- Wash the affected area with an antibacterial soap and pat it dry with a clean towel.
- Soak a cotton ball or cotton swab in the iodine tincture. Dab it on the affected area.
- Do this two or three times a day for up to three or four weeks.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is another widely used home remedy for ringworm because of its antifungal and antiseptic qualities.
- Put a few drops of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and dab it on the affected area. Do this two or three times a day for a week or so.
- You can also dilute tea tree oil in an equal amount of water or carrier oil and then apply it.
- Lavender oil also can be used topically to eliminate ringworm and soothe the skin.
6. Vinegar and Salt
Both vinegar and salt help fight fungal infections. Hence, they prove useful in getting rid of ringworm and drying it out.
- Make a paste of salt and white vinegar.
- Apply it on the affected area and leave it on for about five minutes.
- Do this two or three times a day for a week or until the infection goes away.