Ringworm – Natural Treatment and Self Care

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What is ringworm?

Ringworm is also known as dermatophytosis or tinea. It is a contagious itching skin condition occurring in small circular patches, caused by any of a number of fungi and affecting chiefly the scalp or the feet. The commonest form is athlete’s foot.

Ringworm fungal infection

Ringworm fungal infection

Types of ringworm infection:

  • Body (tinea corporis)
  • The scalp (tinea capitis)
  • The feet (tinea pedis)
  • Athlete’s foot
  • The groin (tinea cruris, or jock itch).

Symptoms of Ringworm Infection

  • Itchy, scaly skin
  • Round patches of skin with a red raised edge, where the centre is clear
  • Very red and highly scaling at the edge of the rash (inflammation)

Symptoms of severe infection:

  • Raised and blistered skin
  • Multiple rings
  • Inflamed pus-filled sores

How Ringworm Spreads

It may spread through close contact with:

  • An infected person or animal
  • Infected objects – such as bedsheets, combs or towels
  • Infected soil – although this is less common
  • Athlete’s foot is commonly spread in gym and swimming pool changing rooms

Ringworm Self Care

  • Start treatment as soon as possible
  • Wash towels and bedsheets regularly
  • Keep your skin clean and wash your hands after touching animals or soil
  • Regularly check your skin if you have been in contact with an infected person or animal
  • Take your pet to the vet if they might have ringworm (for example, patches of missing fur)
  • Do not share towels, combs and bedsheets with someone who has ringworm
  • Do not scratch a ringworm rash – this could spread it to other parts of your body
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Diet for Ringworm

Eat more:

  • Onions
  • Lemon / Limes / Citruses
  • Berries
  • Gluten-free, low fat, high fibre
  • Large mixed salads daily
  • Fresh fruit and vegetable juices and
  • Replace salt with Kelp powders

Avoid:

  • Alcohol, dairy products (butter, cheese, milk)
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Foods and drinks with which yeast has been associated: bread, beer, homemade wines
  • Dried fruits, mushrooms, monosodium glutamate, pickles and preserves, smoked fish and meats, foods you are allergic to, sugar, syrup, sweeteners, chocolate, puddings, pastry, white flour products

Oils and Ointments for Ringworm

These oils may be applied to the affected areas or ointments made with these as the base:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Oregano oil
  • Blackseed oil

Herbs for Ringworm

Individual herbs or herbs in combination may be used in the form of teas tincture, capsules or salves made with these herbs:

  • Chaparral Herb
  • Barberry Bark
  • Black Walnut Hull/Bark
  • Pau’d Arco
  • Cat’s Claw
  • Calendula
  • Thyme Herb
  • Nettles Herb
  • Clover Herb
  • Lemon Grass Herb
  • Sage Herb
  • Gentian Root
  • Papaya Seed
  • Nopal Cactus
  • Cape Aloe
  • Ringworm Bush

Herbal Formula for Ringworm

Strong Decoction of Gentian Root
4 ounces Gentian Root (cut)
3 pints distilled water

Direction: Let the root stand in the cold water for 12 hours. Bring to a boil and simmer, while closely covered, for 15 minutes. Strain, return liquid to saucepan and simmer slowly until reduced to 3/4 pint. Remove from fire and add 4 ounces of pure glycerine, cool, bottle, and keep in a cool place.

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Dose: 1 teaspoonful to a dessertspoonful in a wineglassful of water, 1 hour before meals.
For children: From 5 to 15 drops in honey water, according to age.

FOR OUTWARD APPLICATION: In parasitic affections, infected wounds, etc. Apply on lint dipped in the decoction and squeezed until it does not drip; cover with waxed paper and bandage on. This may be applied either hot or cold.

Dr. Sebi’s Eva Salve
Dr. Sebi’s Eva Salve may be applied outwardly to soothe and clear up ringworms.

Dr. Morse’s Parasite G
Dr. Morse’s Parasite G, is indicated for parasites such as ringworms. It is a combination of Wormwood herb‚ black walnut hull‚ pau d’ arco bark‚ parsley root and leaf‚ wormseed‚ cat’s claw bark‚ clove rub‚ barberry root‚ tansy herb‚ fennel seed‚ cascara sagrada bark and cape aloe.

Herbal Combo
Herbs may be used single or in combination with other herbs, for example:
– Burdock root and black walnut leaves/hull
– Black walnut and wormwood etc.

References

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ringworm/
https://www.canesten.co.uk/en/derm/symptoms/ringworm/symptoms/
https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/ringworm-and-other-fungal-infections

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