Every year, over 700,000 people visit the doctor regarding ringworm, but still, there are a lot of other people who are infected but don’t seek treatment. Ringworm is a very contagious form of skin fungus, and we are at risk of getting it at any time since it is extremely contagious.
The chances of getting it becomes higher every time we touch other people who are infected, pets, objects, and soil. It is important to have a list of remedies for cases like these because it is better to be safe than sorry.
We have collected 7 of the best home remedies for skin fungus, but you still have to consult a doctor before you begin any treatment, and if you have a long history of fungal infections, then you need to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist ASAP.
Before anything, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended these precautions, and they must be considered every day to avoid getting any form of skin fungus.
– Wear healthy shoes that will let the air circulate around your feet.
– Don’t walk barefoot in changing rooms and communal showers, and it is best if you avoid them completely.
– Your skin has to stay dry and clean.
– Change your underwear and socks daily.
– Don’t share socks, towels, bedsheets, and underwears.
– After exercising, take a shower right away.
– Clean your hands right after you touch an animal.
– Your fingers and toenails have to be cleaned and clipped.
#1 – Turmeric
Turmeric may not be everyone’s favorite, but it is still known for its impressive anti-inflammatory features due to Curcumin, which is one of turmeric’s components that have anti-microbial characteristics. How to use:
– It can be used in your meal preparation or in tea.
– Apply it directly on the affected area for better results.
– Mix it with coconut oil or water to create a paste, then apply on the fungal infections.
– Leave the past for as long as you can before washing it off.
P.S: If you applied on your skin, the area will appear yellow, but there is nothing to worry about as it fades away in a couple of days.
#2 – Apple Cider Vinegar
Not only it has great anti-fungal features, but this vinegar is able to treat the dryness and itchiness of the ringworm. The unfiltered apple cider vinegar’s content can neutralize pH, which helps regulate the yeast growth. How to use:
– Soak a clean cloth or a cotton ball in the apple cider vinegar, then apply on the infected area.
– Do it 3 times every day.
– Rinse it off if that area started getting sweaty or if you were going out.
#3 – Neem Leef Extracts
For years, Neem (Azadirachta indica) has been known as the ultimate anti-fungal and one of the greatest natural detoxifiers in India. The extract of Neem is able to remove major dermophytes and pathogens from your skin. How to use:
– Boil the leaves for a couple of minutes.
– Clean the infected area with the boiled water.
– DO NOT use the leaves directly on the infected skin and don’t boil it for too long to avoid any irritation on the skin.
#4 – Coconut Oil
With the perfect amount of fatty acids, the coconut oil is capable to damage the fungus’s cell membranes. But, this oil can be helpful only in the case of moderate and mild skin infections. How to use:
– Apply the coconut oil on the fungal infections three times daily.
– Keep using it for a few weeks, even if the infection is gone because it can keep your skin moisturized and to avoid any future infections.
#5 – Oregano Oil
Oregano oil, especially the wild oregano, contains carvacrol and thymol that are capable to stop the fungus’ growth quickly and very easily. How to use:
– Apply the diluted oregano oil.
– Do it 3 times every day.
P.S: it is important to use only the wild oregano. The ones on the market have only the common one.
#6 – Garlic
The most ideal way of treating infections is by using garlic, which is why it is a must-have in every household. Not only it can help with ringworm, but it can also help with Torulopsis, Trichophyton, Cryptococcus, and Candida. How to use:
– The garlic paste should not be applied on the affected area because it may cause irritation.
– Mix the garlic paste with coconut or olive oil.
– With a cotton ball or a clean piece of clothing, apply the paste on the infected area (only a thin coat).
– Wash off after two hours.
– Do it twice every day until you see the results.
#7 – Tea Tree Oil
For over a century, native Australians always knew the benefits of the tea tree oil. It has always been used to reduce inflammation and to detoxify the infected area. Tea tree oil contains anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that are extremely helpful and effective. How to use:
– With coconut oil, make a 2% dilution of tea tree oil.
– Use it three times a day on the infected area.
P.S: if your skin is not sensitive, you can use it directly on the fungal infections.
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