Home remedies for ring worm

An Overview

Ringworm causes a red, scaly, itchy patch on your skin. Over time, it takes the shape of a circle or a ring (or several rings). This is where the name “ringworm” comes from. It’s most common on the arms and the scalp, but you can get it anywhere on your skin, including your face. If ringworm develops in different areas, it may be called by a different name. Symptoms of ringworm include a red, scaly, circular patch on the skin or nails.

It usually affects the scalp and arms, but it can appear on any part of the body. Jock itch and athlete’s foot are common forms of ringworm.
Ringworm is quite common and is seen in a wide variety of individuals and ringworm can appear on just about any surface of the body. Due to the contagiousness and the fact that Ringworm can thrive nearly anywhere on the body, natural remedies for ringworm are more than useful.
While many medications are available to treat this fungal infection, natural treatments can also be effective.

Top 10 Remedies to reduce Ring worm

1. Garlic:

Garlic is often used to treat infection. Although there are no studies that examine the effects of garlic on ringworm, it has proven effective for other types of fungi, including Candida, Torulopsis, Trichophyton, and Cryptococcus. To use garlic as a treatment, make a paste of crushed garlic cloves by blending the garlic with some olive or coconut oil. Apply a thin layer of paste to the affected skin and cover with gauze. Leave in place for up to 2 hours before rinsing. Repeat twice daily until symptoms resolve.

2. Soap and water:

When you have ringworm, you need to keep the area as clean as possible. This helps prevent the further spread of the rash and helps keep the affected area under control.
Wash the affected area with water and antibacterial soap daily before applying other home remedies on top of it. Dry the area thoroughly after showering, as moisture makes it easier for the fungus to spread.

3. Apple cider vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar has strong antifungal properties, so it may help treat ringworm when applied topically to the affected area. To use it, soak a cotton ball in undiluted apple cider vinegar and brush the cotton ball over your skin. Do this three times per day.

4. Tea tree oil:

Native Australians conventionally used tea tree oil as an antifungal and antibacterial, and it’s used today for the same purposes. It can be extremely effective in treating fungal skin infections. Make a 2 percent dilution of tea tree oil by mixing 12 drops of the essential oil with 1 ounce of a cold-pressed carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Apply this to the skin three times daily.

5. Coconut oil:

Certain fatty acids found in coconut oil may kill fungal cells by damaging their cell membranes. Some research suggests that coconut oil may be an effective remedy for people with mild to moderate skin infections. Use it to treat ringworm by applying liquid coconut oil to the skin three times per day.
• Blend coconut oil with castor oil and then add the oil mixture to half a cup of lukewarm water. Massage your skin with the mixture to cure the infection.
• Massage your skin directly with coconut oil to drive out the itchiness, irritation, dryness, and other signs of ringworm infection of the skin.

6. Turmeric:

Turmeric has numerous health benefits, including antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also an effective antifungal that inhibits growth. Combine fresh-ground turmeric, or the turmeric spice, with a small amount of water and mix until it becomes a paste. Apply it to your skin and leave it on until it dries.

7. Greek Yogurt:

Greek yogurt is highly beneficial for the cure of fungal infection of the scalp and skin. It inhibits fungal action and soothes the irritation. The anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties of Greek yogurt aids in the prevention and spread of infection and makes the skin soft and supple.

• Blend Greek yogurt with honey and apply it gently to the skin to soothe the irritation and cure the infection.
• Apply the yogurt before sleeping and let it stay overnight. Wash the skin in the morning and reapply a fresh coat after a couple of hours to drive out the infection.

8. Aloe vera:

Aloe vera has long been used as a natural remedy for both bacterial and fungal infections, and ringworm is no exception. Aloe vera can treat the ringworm and may soothe symptoms of itchiness, inflammation, and discomfort. You can find ointments with aloe vera or apply aloe vera gel directly to the area. Do this at least three times daily.

9. Grapefruit seed extract:

Anecdotal evidence suggests that grapefruit seed extract may treat fungal infections. To treat ringworm, proponents recommend mixing 1 drop of grapefruit seed extract with a tablespoon of water and applying to the skin twice daily. It is very common for the ringworm infection to start showing signs or symptoms after four to ten days after initial infection. In the case of a scalp infection, you will not see signs of a ringworm infection until at least ten days after the initial infection.

10. Mustard seeds:

Mustard seeds help to reduce redness, inflammation, and itchiness caused by the ringworm infection. Applying a mustard seed paste directly to the area can help reduce the urge to itch which is important in preventing the spread of ringworm. Itching the ringworm will not only enable it to spread, but it will further irritate and damage your skin. Using mustard seeds will help relieve you of the itchiness associated with ringworm.


Ringworm is highly contagious. While it’s most commonly spread from skin-to-skin contact, you can also catch it from touching something that someone with ringworm touched. To prevent ringworm, you should keep your skin clean and dry. Immediately after the gym or shower, put on clean, dry clothes. Avoid physical contact with someone who has ringworm. You should always wear shoes, like flip-flops, in public showers.


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