Treating ringworm of the body
Ringworm of the body is a fungal infection that develops on the upper layer of the skin, and is characterized by a red circular rash with a clear skin in the middle. Ringworm got its name due to its appearance. If you want to learn more about this condition, read here.
Ringworm of the body is also called tinea corporis and it is similar to athlete’s foot which is known as tinea pedis. As for jock itch, it is also known as tinea cruris while ringworm of scalp is also called as tinea capitis. The ringworm is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or animal.
Symptoms of ringworm of the body
Ringworm starts as a flat scaly area in the skin which is red and itchy and it will develop a slightly raised border that extends outward and forms a circular ring. The contours of the ring are irregular which looks similar to the wavy outline of a snake or a worm. The interior part of the ring is clear, scaly or it is marked with a scattering or red bumps. Oftentimes, there are several rings that will develop at the same time and can overlap.
Causes of ringworm of the body
- Ringworm of the body can be spread by direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or animal such as cows.
- Ringworm of the body can be spread by a direct contact with contaminated soil, objects or surfaces and also on clothing, towels, beddings and linens, combs and brushes.
- Ringworm of the body can be spread to humans by direct and prolonged contact with highly infected soil. People with a weak immune system of the body such as those with HIV/AIDS will make it difficult to get rid of the infections.
Treatment and home remedies
- Treat the ringworm immediately the moment symptoms can be seen.
- Take over-the-counter antifungal lotions and creams.
- Treat the infection for a week and if there is no improvement, seek medical care.
- Take the complete cycle of medication and directions given by the doctor. Take note that it is difficult to treat ringworm if the person has a weak immune system or have another illness.
Prevent the spread of ringworm of the body while still in the healing process with the following measures:
- Wear clothes or a protective bandage over the affected areas in order to prevent skin contact with other people.
- Avoid swimming in public pools that put other people at risk.
- Avoid sharing of personal items such as clothing, combs and towels to other people while still infected with ringworm.
Treatment of ringworm with natural solutions
- Take multivitamins and food supplements that contain gamma-linolenic-acid or GLA.
- Relieve the ringworm of the body patches by using slices of papaya, a paste made from ground mustard seeds and a topical calendula cream that is made from ornamental “pot marigold.”
- Boost the immune system of the body by using Echinacea and using herbs like tea tree oils and lavender can also help.
- Eat a healthy diet like dark-skinned fruits and leafy green vegetables, proteins and whole grains.