Caused by the fungus Trichophyton rubrum, ringworm is a highly contagious skin infection. It is known to occur in areas that are moist and warm. The most common place in the body where ringworm can happen is the scalp, feet and groin. In the piece below, we talk about the best natural treatment for ringworm. For more remedies like coconut oil, you can read this review. Though there are many effective home cure for ringworm, in here only two are explained. A key point to note while treating ringworm at home is to keep the infected section clean and dry between treatments. Another advice would be to consult a professional healthcare provider before starting with any home remedy.
• The first cure for ringworm that is highly effective is garlic. Garlic has allicin and ajoene. The two chemical compounds are known for their antibacterial and antifungal properties. They are the reason garlic is known as the powerhouse cure for ringworm. To use it, begin with taking fresh garlic cloves and then mince them to make a paste. One can also crush them and add a bit of olive oil to get a consistency that is easy to spread. Apply the paste to the infected area in a thin layer. Then cover the ringworm infection with a gauge or adhesive bandage.
Leave the medical-tape covered area for about two hours and then rinse the infection with warm water and dry it. Repeat the garlic paste remedy at least three times a day for about 14 days. Ensure that no irritant touches the infection section between treatments. Also, wash all the towels, clothes and sheet that come in touch with the infection to cease spreading of ringworm. Do not keep the garlic paste on the skin for over two hours as it can burn the surrounding area and cause irritation.
• The second natural remedy for ringworm is apple cider vinegar. This treatment is useful due to the acetic acid component of the vinegar. Acetic acid is anti-fungal in nature and thus can cure ringworm quiet effectively. As ever, before using a remedy, patch test apple cider vinegar. To do so, apply the vinegar in a healthy area of the body. If there is redness, swelling, discomfort or irritation, do not use the cure. If your skin is not sensitive to apple cider, then it is safe to treat the ringworm with it.
To apply the vinegar take a cotton ball, gauze, sponge or soft cloth and dip it in apple cider vinegar. Apply the wet dressing to the infected sections of the skin. Do this twice a day for thirty minutes in each application. The first application may cause a slight tingling. With time and repeated use, the sensations will desist. If it is unbearable, then dilute the vinegar with water before application. Keep applying the apple cider for three weeks even though the treatment will show results within 14 days. The extra week is to ensure that there is no recurrence of the infection.