Ringworm can be a very nasty fungus that lives on the surface of your skin. It creates a rash that resembles a circle and creates a lot of irritation and itches. Since the rash is in a circle formation, it resembles a worm, but doesn’t actually contains any worms. Tinea, the latin name for “growing worm”, not only infects your skin, but can also hide in your fingernails and scalp. With tons of home remedies and cures for ringworm, we are going to debunk them and get down to the truth to decide which techniques are effective and which ones aren’t.
How to get rid of ringworm
For many, it seems that getting rid of ringworm can be a very complicated and time consuming task, however, with the proper knowledge and right tools, one’s ringworm can clear up within a couple of days. It is extremely rare for a ringworm infection to worsen and require immediate medical attention, but always pay close attention to the spot and seek professional medical advice if you start to think something is wrong. They might prescribe a prescription medication such as a topical cream or oral drink. For some, they may include a steroid shot, however, this method is very rare and only used as a last resort in dire situations. If you are up to it, and want to try to treat the infection on your own, we are going to discuss some very interesting home remedies and proven cures to ringworm.
For starters, you must understand that ringworm is not an infection that includes any types of worms in the first place. Ring worm is closely related to other infections like athlete’s foot or jock itch simply because it’s a fungal infection dubbed “Tinea”. There are many common symptoms of ringworm, but the most well-known are a raised itchy circle that has inflammation around the edges and starts to scale in a few days. In other words, if you have a red circle on your arm or leg that itches, and you don’t think that it is a bug bite, it could very well be ring worm.
Purchase an antifungal cream that is specifically designed to treat and cure ringworm at your local superstore. Lamisil is a common topical cream that works extraordinarily well at treating and getting rid of ringworm. There are tons of commercials for it. For example, since ringworm is so closely related to athlete’s foot, you can use just about any anti-fungal treatment for this problem. Not only will they cure jock’s itch, it will also cure tinea! Monistat-Derm is another, cheaper option that is commonly used anti-fungal cream. Many people are under the influence that this substance is just for women and their areas. However, it works great at killing fungus and reducing the itch in other places too. Just place a dab of this cream onto your affect ringworm rash up to 3 times a day for a week. Sometimes it takes up to a month for the ringworm to be completely taken care of. It is very difficult to get rid of ring worm overnight, since it is very versatile and deep into your skin.
Another common method at reducing ring worm swelling and itching is use a bleach solution. First, dilute a small amount of bleach with some warm water. Then, use a Q-tip to dab some of the new solution onto the affected area. At first, the area will burn and tingle a bit, but eventually the itching will go away. Some patients report that this method will also help kill the ringworm fungus and shorten the lifespan of the parasite. Depending on the size of the rash, the pain can range from a tingle to a fiery intense burning, but I suggest starting with a very diluted bleach solution to test the waters. Many readers have been using bleach to cure athlete’s foot for years, because it works.
Good old apple cider vinegar can be used to reduce the amount of swelling as well as kill the fungus causing the irritation. Right before you go to bed, dab some vinegar on your spot and place a band-aid to seal it. Note that this vinegar has a very strong smell and may cause some people to get queasy. If you can bear the terrible smell, your ringworm should clear up literally overnight.
Just like apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil has a multitude of ailments it can cure. Apple cider vinegar is great at curing cold sores. It can cure athlete’s foot in a matter of days, which means that it has the possibility to do the same for ring worm. In short, take a cotton ball and soak it with some tea tree oil. Place the soaked cotton ball and keep it on your ringworm rash or blisters for about 10 minutes a day. After several days, you should start to see the ringworm clearing up. Tea tree oil has many antiseptic qualities and is a great natural home remedy to ringworm.
If one of your pets seem to have been contaminated with some ringworm, you can give them a bath with sulfurated lime. I recommend talking to your local veterinarian before starting this technique, but sulfurated lime rinses are an effective method to get rid of ringworm on dogs and cats. Although many of these methods take longer than a week to see results, stay persistent and diligent no matter how tough it is. Keep a steady schedule and consider combining a few of these methods for best results.
What causes ringworm?
Ringworm is spread to skin to skin contact, so make sure to stay away from those who have it. Start by identifying the main source of the ringworm. Do you have any pets, and if so, check their bodies for sources of ringworm since many animals obtain ringworm easily. If they do, check them into a vet clinic or start them on medicine as soon as possible. Dogs, cats, horses, pigs, and even pet rabbits can get this fungal infection and spread it to humans. To prevent a ringworm infection outbreak in your house or home, make sure to wash personal items at least once a week. This includes normal daily clothes, couch pillows, bedding and sheets, and even towels. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to vacuum every once and a while to ensure that the dust count stays down.
Another tip to prevent ringworm is to simply keep your environment dry, lower temperatures, and effectively clean. Since ringworm is a fungal infection, it thrives in dirty and warm conditions. Invest in a dehumidifier to lower the humidity of your basement or house to prevent the growth of this fungus and reduce the chances of it spreading. If you live in a college dorm or shower in a group shower in apartments, always wear flipflops to ensure that you don’t pick up any diseases or spread the fungus even more.
Consider washing your hands often, especially if someone in your household contracts this fungal disease, which will increase your risk of getting it. Wash your hand thoroughly with warm water and an antibacterial soap for roughly 30 seconds before drying them off with a clean towel.
Is ringworm contagious?
Many species of ringworm are highly contagious infections just like athlete’s foot and jock itch, which is also known as crotch rot. The infection can be caught from an infected animal, another human, and even soil that contains the fungus. Be careful, as this disease is very easy to catch, but quite difficult to get rid of. They can be spread from personal contact, whether that be shaking hands, or using the same blanket as someone. The best way to reduce the chances of getting ringworm is to keep everything clean and washed while living with someone who has it.
If you are wondering where you got this common fungal infection, take a look at your environment. There are plenty of sources that people come in contact with each and every day. Instead of blaming someone else who has it, try helping them get rid of it as well to defeat this terrible illness. For all you may know, it may have originated with a bird, who was caught by your pet cat, whom you petted last weekend. Instead of worrying about where it came from and blaming, focus on getting rid of the problem together and working collectively at eliminating the source.