Natural ringworm treatment

Often when someone gets diagnosed with ringworm they think they have a worm under their skin causing an itchy red ring. Ringworm is also called tinea and the term tinea is Latin for “growing worm”. This has caused a lot of confusion since the infection ringworm has nothing to do with a worm at all. Ringworm is just a fungal infection. When you have ringworm you will notice an itchy red patch on your body that may or may not start to form into the shape of a ring. Often the fungus does not develop into a ring which can make self diagnosis a bit difficult. Ringworm is contagious if you come in direct contact with it. Ringworm can also be common in dogs and cats and can be transmitted from them to you. If you notice an itchy patch on your pet, you will need to get it looked at right away by a veterinarian to prevent the fungus from spreading to everyone in the house. Ringworm is often found in warmer climates since fungus thrives in humid, hot places, therefore allowing the fungus to be picked up from the soil.

Ringworm is known to be very itchy. If you have ringworm, try not to scratch it because you will spread the fungus to other parts of your body or to others. Scratching can also cause a bacterial infection on top of the fungal infection, causing you twice the problem. If you think you may have ringworm you can try to use an over- the- counter anti-fungal medication to see if the ringworm goes away. There are different types of anti-fungal medications on the shelves of your local pharmacy, but you may want to consult a pharmacist to see what they would recommend for treating ring worm. Some people claim that the over-the-counter medicines did the trick while others say they did not cure their ringworm. That is why I would recommend speaking to a pharmacist to be sure you are getting the right type of anti-fungal ointment. There are different types of medicines to treat different types of fungal infections.

There are also all sorts of home remedies that have been sworn by. Some people never even bother with consulting a doctor because they claim to have figured out the remedy themselves. The use of nail polish has become popular in regards to treating ringworm at home. By using clear nail polish, you cover the infected area and let the polish dry. Keep the polish on throughout the day and remove at night with some nail polish remover. Repeat this daily until you notice the ringworm has gone away. Vinegar and salt have also been used to create a paste. You apply this paste to the infected area and let dry for a few minutes. You can repeat this process daily until you notice the ringworm has started to fade. There are other remedies as well, but not all of them would be considered safe. When trying anything that involves chemicals you must beware that you run the risk of causing more harm to yourself than good.

Remember that no matter what, you should never scratch or rub the ringworm. This will cause the fungus to spread and you may end up with several of these lesions instead of just the one. It is always in your best interest to see a physician when dealing with any type of skin disorder. There have been many cases in which a person was treating themselves for ringworm and turned out they didn’t have ringworm at all! If you are unfamiliar with ringworm you should definitely see a doctor for a confirmed diagnosis.

Last updated on Mar 20th, 2009 and filed under Skin Care. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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