Small, flat, red slightly elevated ring or oval shaped sores which may be crusted dry scaly or moist
The centers of the sores heal as the sores spread outward The result is an infected ring Itching, burning or pain may be present The lesions appear to be circular The area is often covered with small blisters
When the scalp is affected, the hair falls out in circular patches The fingers can also be affected
Ringworm is a very contagious disease, caused by a parasitic fungus. It can infect children or adults and is caused by unsanitary conditions. Keep the hands clean! Pet the dog and then rub your face, and you may regret it
Ringworm of the beard (face) is more persistent than ringworm of the scalp Ringworm of the body is the easiest to eliminate
Dogs, cats, rabbits, children and contaminated clothing are generally the carriers of the disease
There are several different types of ringworm, all of which are of fungal origin
Ringworm of the scalp
This can be on the scalp, face, and on the nails, is the most noticeable kind. It is highly contagious, and often found on school-children. It frequently induces baldness, which may become permanent if hair shafts are destroyed by the fungus.
Ringworm of the trunk
This includes “jockey itch,” and is spread by contact with people or their clothing. Dogs and cats can also spread it.
Ringworm of the nails
This consists of a fungus growing under the nails. It produces thickened, misshapen, brittle, discolored, chalky, pitted, or grooved nails. The nails can either be on the hands or the feet. This type of ringworm is quite difficult to eliminate.
Ringworm of the feet
This is also known as athlete's foot.
Home Remedies for Ringworm
- Vitamins A, E, and zinc are important.
- Put plantain and castor oil on the affected area.
- Place the ultraviolet light on the area for at least 6 minutes a day. This can be sunlight or a sunlamp. Never place a sunlamp closer than 18 inches from the skin.
- Apply apple cider vinegar to the area several times a day.
- Equally useful is castor oil, goldenseal tea, and borax. Rub the area with borax and with castor oil.
- A 3-day citrus fast is very helpful, cleansing the bowels daily. Follow this with a nutritious diet.Eat plenty of garlic. Put raw garlic over the ringworm and cover. You can also use black walnut extract. Wash the area with garlic juice or wormwood.
- Place freshly cut garlic 3 times a day in the area. This is a very good remedy. Blend the garlic with a little water and apply as a soak, compress, or poultice. But this remedy is too powerful to apply to raw flesh between the toes; it can burn lower layers of skin.
- The scalp can be shampooed with tar soap and borax. Moisten the area every morning and evening with goldenseal (1 teaspoon) and myrrh (½ teaspoon), which has been steeped in a pint of boiling water.
- An herb tea can also be taken internally: goldenseal or plantain, twice a day.
- Make a salve from equal parts of burdock root, chaparral, wormwood, and chickweed apply to the area.
- Some of it can also be made into a tea to drink in order to fight the fungus internally.
- Keep the skin clean and dry. Ringworm likes damp skin.
- Take frequent baths, but dry thoroughly each time.
- Rub briskly with a towel, to remove the outer dead layers of skin that the ringworm initially attacks.
- Do not scratch.
- Keep fingernails cut short, to lessen accidental scratching and spreading of the infection.
- To remove crusts, soak the area in a saline solution.
- An alternate method is to apply moist cloths for 10-15 minutes, 3 times a day.
- To treat nails: Pare and scrape the infected area, and try to remove as much of the loose material beneath the nails. Apply vinegar with a Q-tip twice a day. Keep at it, even though it may require months to eliminate. Fungus of the nails is the slowest to conquer.
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