A variety of cures and remedies to help eliminate ringworm
Cures and remedies
Ringworm a stubborn and unpleasant skin infection, but you should never let it cause you any despair. There are numerous and wide-ranging ringworm cures and remedies available, which in the majority of cases, are extremely effective. Cures range from topical anti-fungal preparations in the form of creams, ointments, sprays and lotions at one end of the scale, through to complementary therapies and some simple ringworm remedies. The treatment will, to a large extent, depend upon the nature of the ringworm, and the part of the body that's affected.
Anti-fungal creams, combined with a mild antiseptic and a mild steroid to reduce itching, is very effective for jock itch and athlete's foot. Creams containing the active ingredient tolnaftate or clotrimazole work best. For more severe cases an anti-fungal by mouth, such as fluconazole should be prescribed by your doctor.
Nails can be more difficult to treat and cure. If only a few nails are infected, they can be successfully treated with an anti-fungal lacquer containing either, tioconazole or amorolfine. Otherwise there are oral anti-fungal cures such as terbinafine. Both treatments should be taken for at least three months.
To cure scalp ringworm successfully it is advisable to take an anti-fungal by mouth, such as itraconazole or griseofulvin. Your doctor needs to prescribe this for you, and treatment usually lasts for about six weeks.
For body or trunk ringworm, any of the over the counter topical anti-fungal creams may be used. Treatment may be continued for some time after symptoms have subsided to eradicate the fungi and prevent recurrence. If the topical treatment shows no sign of improving the infection after two weeks, or the infected area becomes widespread, your doctor may need to prescribe an oral anti-fungal medication such as griseofulvin, to be used for at least six weeks.
Most of these ringworm problems can be cured in the home with these antifungal treatments, when applied directly to the infected part of the skin. Some of these creams and ointments may produce a permanent cure; others may improve the ringworm or simply keep it under control. The most important thing to note is if the cream or ointment you are using has not shown an improvement within two weeks, or the infected area has gotten worse, you should visit your doctor in which case he may need to prescribe an oral anti-fungal medication to be taken by mouth.
While using any of these over the counter anti-fungal creams, or ointments they are very unlikely to cause any side effects, apart from a little stinging caused by skin sensitivity. However with anti-fungal tablets or any of the oral medications, even though they may be quite effective, they may have significant side effects, especially inflammation of the liver.
Complementary therapies generally attempt to boost the immune system, by curing the ringworm from the inside out. Humans have been using therapies such as herbs for medicinal purposes since the dawn of time. However, concern has been expressed in recent times that some of these complementary preparations are not licensed, unlike its conventional counterparts.
One such product that meets these standards and is manufactured under the strict guidelines of the FDA is known as FungRx, and is increasingly becoming a popular option in the treatment and cures for ringworm. Although complementary treatments in the form of herbal preparations are natural, not all of them are safe if used along with conventional medicines. If in doubt about any natural cures, always talk to your doctor.
It is not always necessary to treat your ringworm with expensive, commercially formulated products. Many of these ringworm infections in there mild form can be soothed, or even cured using ingredients from any kitchen cabinet, In other words you can find cures and treat the ringworm without having to leave the house. Although these remedies should never be used as a substitute for the proper antifungal treatment, they can often be as effective as anything found over the counter or in a pharmacy.
Garlic makes an excellent anti-fungal agent, and can be applied, either as juice or in a clove. It is a popular home remedy to help cure mild athlete's foot. Tea tree oil is a non-irritating antiseptic known to kill fungi bacteria in ringworm. Simply dab it on the infected areas. Some believe bleach is great. Personally I would only use it as a last resort, because it could be more harmful, if you’re not extra cautious. I would use six parts water to one part bleach. It may burn a little at first, but it does work.
These natural remedies are quite effective for mild cases of ringworm. For nail and scalp ringworm a more aggressive treatment would be necessary, either an anti-fungal cream or lacquer, or for resistant cases an oral medication from the doctor. However you could always try FungRx, the complementary therapy that’s proving to be more popular than any conventional one. Which ever form of ringworm cures or remedies you use, it is important to wash and shower regularly to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the body.