March 01, 2017

HOME REMEDIES FOR RINGWORM

Ringworm is one of the common skin diseases. The disease is caused by a fungus, a  minute form of vegetable plant life that grows on the skin. The disease is more annoying than dangerous.

Causes and Symptoms:

Ringworm infection occurs in the scalp, the body, the feet, and the nails. Ringworm of the scalp is common among children because of the lack of protective fatty acids in their scalp. The disease spreads on the skin and extends deeper into the hair roots, and also up along the hair. The affected hair becomes dull breaks off near its root. This leaves bald spots on the scalp.

The patches of ringworm on the body are usually round or oval, with raised pink and scaly rings which show a clean space in the centre.

The itching in the infected parts helps to spread infection through the nails to other healthy parts of the body. If it is not treated for a long time, the infection becomes chronic and is then difficult to get rid of.

Ringworm is passed from an infected person to a healthy person by contact. It is also spread by the use of articles such as the towel of an infected person.

Remedies:

Papaya:

Ring worm can be effectively cured by rubbing slices of unripe papaya on the ringworm patches. Bruised leaves of papaya warmed over a fire can be applied as a poultice in boils, swellings, elephantoid growths, etc.,

Mustard seeds:

Another effective home remedy  for ringworm is mustard seeds. A paste should be prepared from these seeds and applied externally over the ringworm patches after thoroughly washing the skin with sufficient hot water.

Butea seeds:

The seeds of the herb butea are valuable in ringworm. The seeds should be ground to a paste and mixed with a little lime juice. This paste should be applied externally over the skin affected by ringworm.

Cassia leaves:

The leaves of the cassia tree are useful in irritation of the skin and in alleviating swellings and pains. The juice of these leaves or  a paste made from them can be applied to ringworm patches with gratifying results.

Holy Basil:

The leaves of holy basil are also useful in ringworm. The juice of these leaves should be extracted and applied over ringworm patches,

Turmeric:

It is very effective in the treatment of ringworm. The juice of raw turmeric should be applied externally to the parts of the skin affected by ringworm.  Simultaneously, one tsp of turmeric juice mixed with an equal quantity of honey should be taken orally.

Raw vegetable juices:

Raw vegetable juices, especially carrot juice in combination with spinach juice, have proved beneficial in the treatment of ringworm.


For treatment of ringworm apply the scanty oil which oozes out while slowly burning a coconut shell; or grind groundnut seed in a little sour buttermilk and apply it to the affected part.

Ringworm can be easily get rid of by applying fresh cashew nut oil obtained by burning the outer rind of cashew seed.
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