Eric Bakker N.D.May 9, 2022

The name “ringworm” comes from the characteristic ring-shaped lesions it causes. The infected area spreads out slowly from its center, creating a slightly raised, circular, intensely red ring surrounding a less red, flaky, itchy area. Once you’ve seen ringworm, it’s hard to forget.

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Ringworm Treatment

If you’re looking for Ringworm Treatment its important to understand what it is and what causes it.

What Is Ringworm?

Ringworm in need of ringworm treatment

Ringworm is much more common than you might think and is often misdiagnosed as eczema, dermatitis, or even psoriasis. It’s astonishing how many patients with ringworm are initially diagnosed incorrectly. But what exactly is ringworm?

Contrary to its name, ringworm is not caused by a worm. It’s a fungal infection caused by a microscopic fungus. Many people panic at the term “ringworm,” mistakenly believing they have a worm or parasite problem. This misconception can lead to unnecessary worry.

Ringworm Causes

Ringworm is much more common than you might think and is often misdiagnosed as eczema, dermatitis, or even psoriasis. It’s astonishing how many patients with ringworm are initially diagnosed incorrectly. But what exactly is ringworm?

Ringworm Symptoms

The name “ringworm” comes from the characteristic ring-shaped lesions it causes. The infected area spreads out slowly from its center, creating a slightly raised, circular, intensely red ring surrounding a less red, flaky, itchy area. Once you’ve seen ringworm, it’s hard to forget.

Over a few to several weeks, the red ring slowly enlarges and spreads. It can appear anywhere on the body and in multiple sites at once.

Is Ringworm Contagious?

Ringworm only occurs if your immune system is susceptible. While doctors may suggest that you can easily get ringworm by touching an infected person, in my experience, this isn’t usually the case. Those with a weakened immune response are more prone to infections like ringworm.

Animals such as cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and cattle can spread fungal conditions to humans, but again, a person needs to be susceptible. Those with poor diets, especially diets high in refined and processed foods, and those under stress will be more susceptible.

Do Anti-Fungal Creams Cure Ringworm?

Anti-fungal creams may temporarily reduce symptoms but don’t guarantee a permanent cure for ringworm. The best way to avoid this annoying skin condition is by maintaining a robust immune response through good nutrition and lifestyle habits. If you do develop skin complaints, treating them promptly with natural medicines can help you avoid the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

Ringworm Treatment Naturally

Prevention is key. By having a strong immune response, you are much less likely to succumb to fungal skin complaints like ringworm.

Here are some tips:

Use Australian Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia): This treatment works well for most patients, both children and adults.

Try Natural Products: Depending on the case, I may recommend oregano oil or grapefruit seed extract applied directly to the lesion.

Diet Change: For chronic ringworm, a diet change for at least 6-12 weeks can be beneficial.

Probiotics: A good probiotic can help restore digestive function, which is essential for those with yeast infections, whether on the skin or in the digestive system.

Cleanliness: Common sense hygiene is crucial. Washing your hands regularly, especially after visiting farms or playing with animals, can help prevent infections.

Garlic: Rubbing freshly cut garlic on affected areas can work wonders, but be careful as garlic can burn sensitive skin. Test a small area first.

In most cases, we can achieve a quick resolution of this annoying skin condition. Don’t be fooled by those who misdiagnose it as eczema. Observing cleanliness and using natural treatments can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing ringworm.

Discussion (2 comments)

  1. Hello,
    My 16 year old daughter has been suffering from athletes foot for 8 months.
    She now appears to have a bacterial infection in her big toe. Her toe is red up to the knuckle and there are fleshy looking lumps on either side of the nail. When we do a foot soak it seems to draw out pus from either side of her big toe nail.
    She has seen multiple naturopaths but they haven’t been able to help.

    1. Have you tried Australian Tea Tree Oil? It has to be the real deal, Melaleuca alternifolia. Buy this brand: Thursday plantation, get the pure oil. Watch what happens. I’m surprised they haven’t banned it yet.

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