Ringworm infection can be treated with a well known natural remedy
In spite of its name, ringworm has nothing to do with worms. It is caused by a fungus. This itching skin rash is common among children and can affect any one at any age if exposed. If your child or grandchild has it you need to be vigilant or you could be next. There are however at home remedies you can do to both treat and prevent this scourge.
The stigma of this rash can be intense. I remember having it once on my legs as a child and it was traumatic. My schoolmates made me feel as though I had leprosy, and I felt dirty and ashamed. I now realize of course it had nothing to do with poor hygiene and everything to do with the others at school I was exposed to. Certainly they should not have been throwing stones in their glass houses!
Ringworm is caused by a fungus and has different names according to the location where it is located.
Tinea Pedis – Feet (also called athletes foot)
Tinea Cruris – Groin (also called Jock Itch)
Tinea Barbae – Beard
Tinea Capitis – Scalp
Tinea Corporis – Body
It is very contagious and is spread in several ways. It can be spread by person to person contact or contact with shared items such as combs, towels, linens, or shower and pool/spa surfaces. The fungus thrives in moist warm areas.
Symptoms of ringworm include:
- Red rash that is often redder around the outside with more normal skin tone in the center. This is what makes it look like a ring.
- Red, itchy, scaly, raised, patches that may eventually blister, open and ooze.
- The areas often appear to have very well defined edges.
- If ringworm affects your hair or beard, you can develop bald patches.
The majority of the time your healthcare provider can diagnose it by just examining your skin. Sometimes, the doctor may examine your skin using a special blue light called a Wood’s lamp. Ringworm fungus usually glows in this type of lighting. Additional diagnostic tests include KOH skin scraping and skin biopsy.