Ringworm is very contagious and shows up on different areas of the body, groin, scalp, feet, and even nails. Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot are a type of ringworm focused specifically in one area of the body.
Some of the most common causes for ringworm developing are warm and moist areas like public showers or locker rooms, and skin-to-skin contact with people or an animal that already has it. You can also catch ringworm by touching or sharing infected items like towels, sports gear, or clothing.
You know you have ringworm when you notice an itchy rash on your skin. The fungus on the top layer of your skin will begin to form a ring shape, which gives it its name. Along with being extremely itchy, the rash will look red. You may also experience some scaling of the skin around the area of the rash.
Ringworm is usually not a life threatening problem but the itching and irritation of this fungal infection is enough to make anybody want to remove them as quickly as possible.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a go to home remedy for ringworm because of its natural anti fungal properties. Simply soak the cotton ball in the vinegar and then apply it directly to the infected areas on your body. You will need to apply the vinegar to the infected area several times daily for a couple weeks.
You have to be careful when applying the vinegar because it can burn the skin of some people. It is recommended you apply a little of the apple cider vinegar first to see if it burns your skin. If it does burn you can dilute the vinegar with a small amount of water.
Along with applying the vinegar topically you should also drink the vinegar each day to get the best results. Simply mix equal parts of water and the vinegar and then drink once or twice a day. You should see the ringworm start to leave within the first week of using this home remedy.
Turmeric is a herb that is part of the ginger family, and is mostly grown in tropical areas of Asia. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, and it has powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help get rid of ringworm. One way you can use turmeric to naturally heal yourself is to apply the juice directly to the infected areas.
For an added benefit you can drink a little of the turmeric juice along with applying it topically. You can also take some fresh turmeric and grind it up into a powder and then mix it with a little water to make a paste. Now apply the paste directly to the affected area and leave it on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. The turmeric paste will quickly stop symptoms such as itching and redness and eventually completely remove the ringworm.
Garlic is a well known anti fungal and antibacterial food. Simply cut some garlic cloves in half and begin to rub them directly onto the ringworm patches on your skin each day. In no time at all the ringworm patches will begin to dry up and shrink. Continue to repeat this garlic remedy until the patches have completely dried up.
While your ringworm patches are drying up try not to get them wet by avoiding moist environments. You can also help keep ringworm from returning by boosting your immune system. To help give your immune system a boost you can introduce more garlic to your digestive system by consuming it.
Papaya is part of the melon family and it contains a high amount of antioxidants that can fight off ringworm. One way to apply this fruit to your infected area is to peel it and then cut it into slices before rubbing it onto the affected areas of your skin. Another way to use papaya is to mash it into a paste and apply it directly to the ringworm patches by rubbing it in. Eating the papaya along with applying it topically will also help give you the extra ammunition you need to remove the ringworm fast.