Ringworm is a common skin disease. The disease is caused by a fungus, which is generally a minute form of plant life that grows on the skin. It causes irritation of the skin and is more annoying than being dangerous. There are many ointments and medicines available in the market for the treatment of ringworm. However, application or consumption of the medicines may not always be fruitful, as they may have some side effects. Home remedies for ringworm can prove to be very effective as they cure the disease without any side effects, as most of the ingredients are natural.
Using papaya can be one of the very effective home remedies for ringworm. Slices of raw papaya should be rubbed on the ringworm patches. Paste from dried papaya seeds can also be applied on the patches. Similarly, a paste made from the mustard seeds can be applied externally over the ringworm patches, after thoroughly washing the skin and the infected place with hot water. The juice of raw turmeric can be applied to the external skin parts affected by the ringworm. The juice of the leaves of the basil plant can also be applied to the ringworm patches.
Raw vegetable juices, such as the combination of carrot juice and spinach juice, have proven to be very beneficial when applied to the infected patches. A healthy diet is also suggested as one of the home remedies for ringworm. It helps in reducing irritation and comforts the infected part of the skin. The patient suffering from ringworm infection should take three meals a day of fresh fruits like apples, oranges, papayas, etc. Salt-free raw or steamed vegetables should be consumed after the fruit diet. Tea, coffee and bottled or tinned foods should be avoided for faster healing of the disease.
The person suffering from ringworm should get fresh air as much as possible. Whenever one touches the ringworm affected part of the skin for treating the patch, he should wash his hands thoroughly before touching any other part of his body. This prevents the further spreading of the ringworm to fresh body parts, as this disease can spread through the nails to other healthy body parts. The ringworm affected part of the body should be treated immediately because if not treated for a long time the infection would become chronic and difficult to cure. Home remedies for ringworm are cost-effective besides being effective in treating the condition.