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Introduction to ringworms

This is a skininfection caused by a fungus (a microorganism that become parasites on thebody). These fungi thrive on warm and moist skin,but may also survive directly on the outsides of hair shafts or in theirinteriors. Ringworm ischaracterized by an itchy, red circular rash with healthy-looking skin in themiddle.

It is fairlycommon, especially among children, but it can affect people of all ages. It ishighly contagious, and not only can it be passedfrom one person to the next by direct skin-to-skin contact, but also by contactwith contaminated items such as unwashed clothing, combs, towels, and shower orpool surfaces. One can also catch ringworm from pets that carry the fungus(usually from cats, but dogs have also been known to carry it).

The most common symptoms of ringworm are: a circular rash(healthy-looking in the middle, and red and inflamed around the edge), scalyskin, and a flat patch of itchy skin. The treatments for this skin conditioninclude various topical creams or oral medications. A doctor should beconsulted as soon as the first symptoms have presented themselves, and he willthen prescribe the best course of treatment.

Home remedies

Although doctorswill usually recommend that a person be treated by a professional when it comesto any skin condition, many have been convinced in the healing power ofnatural, home remedies for ringworm. They are made of substances that areavailable in anyone’s home and have been proven to be quite effective whencorrectly applied. Also, one other benefit of natural treatments is that theyare completely devoid of any side-effects (which is often not the case withprescribed medication.

The best home remediesfor ringworm include:

Cassia tree. Itis great when it comes to soothing the itchy skin, and helps the skin healfaster. One should make a paste out of the leaves of cassia tree and apply itto the affected area.Raw turmeric.When using turmeric as a natural remedy, one should apply raw turmeric juice onthe affected area, and then, take 1 teaspoon of turmeric juice and 1 teaspoon ofhoney orally.Raw papaya. A fewslices of raw papaya should be rubbed over the ringworm twice a day. Also, onecan make a paste from papaya seeds and then apply it on the skin.Mustard seeds.Mustard seeds, when blended with little water and applied, are a great way of gettingrid of ringworm.Carrot andspinach juice. One should drink juice made from carrot and spinach every day.Sunbathing.Sunbathing in the early morning is very helpful when treating this condition.Coconut oil.Also, highly effective, all one need do is apply it on the affected area andthat should soothe the itching.Castor oil. Ifone has ringworm on their scalp, they should rub it on the affected area of thehair for best results.Mud pack. Oneshould apply a light mud pack twice a day, for a half an hour and this shouldhelp the skin to heal.

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