Ringworm or Tinea Corporis is a kind of fungal infection. It resembles a ring and is reddish and jellyfish like in color with an oval or round shape. It could attack the toes, neck, genitals and even the trunk. It usually appears in damp places, and can spread very easily from person to person by way of water, food, or body contact or by sharing clothes or other personal things. It could even be caused by handling unhygienic pets at home. Sometimes it could appear under the hair on the head making the hair fall and leave a patch.
It causes endless itching and could irritate a person to no end. However, it is completely curable unless in certain cases where it has spread deeper into the skin. Ringworms can be cured without much problem with creams and lotions from the drugstore. There are, however, many inexpensive and tried and tested home remedies for ringworms.
The Basil plant exists in most homes. Leaves of this plant can be ground to form a paste which can then be applied to the affected area to ease itching.
The juice of carrot and spinach can be mixed in 2:3 ratios and can be applied on the ringworms. This quickly heals them and is an excellent home remedy.
Turmeric works wonders for the ringworms. The juice of turmeric can be mixed to equal quantity of honey and can be consumed orally. The juice of raw turmeric can also be applied on the ringworms to get relief.
The skin should be thoroughly cleaned, and a paste of mustard seeds can also be applied on the ringworms. This too is an effective home remedy for ringworm.
Papaya is an antidote to most problems. Just as ripe papaya is good for health, so is the peel of raw papaya which can be rubbed on the surface of the skin affected with ringworms. The dried seeds of raw papaya can be ground to form a paste which can be spread on the affected area, and washed off after some time.
The paste of lime juice mixed with the seeds of the herb butea can also be applied on the ringworms to lessen the itching and heal them. A paste can be made from the leaves of the cassia tree as well. This can be applied to reduce pain and itching.
Coconut oil is a great healer. Regularly applying coconut oil over the affected area will heal the ringworms along with healing the scars.
A balanced diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables along with consuming plenty of water during the day is essential. The body hygiene should be maintained by taking bath twice daily and by keeping the affected areas dry to prevent the ringworms from spreading further.
Sunbath can be taken early morning regularly.
Tea, coffee, beverages, white sugar and canned foods should be strictly avoided. Never, scratch on the affected area as this could worsen the problem by spreading it further. All home remedies should be followed with great care by gently patting on the ringworms and not rubbing on them.