It’s kind of funny that despite its name, ringworm isn’t caused by a worm or any other type of parasite. Instead, ringworm is a skin condition caused by a fungus called tinea which lives on the dead tissue of skin.
This type of fungus causes red-rounded, scaly and itchy patch on your skin, and the most affected areas of the body are the arms and the scalp, but it can appear anywhere on your skin.
How can you recognize ringworm in kids?
- The round, reddish border can be slightly raised. The rash is often scaly.
- Because of the itchiness, excessive scratching can occur. Because of the scratching, scarring can sometimes result.
How can you care for you child at home using natural remedies?
Garlic – always there when you need it the most
Due to two of its components, ajoene and allicin, garlic is one of the best remedies you can use for your child’s ringworm affection.
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- Career oil (castor or almond oil)
Crush the garlic cloves and mix it with 1 tablespoon of career oil. Apply the mixture on the affected area and let it act for 10-15 minutes.
Wash the garlic solution with warm water.
Reapply the solution at least 3 times a day.
Another method is to use garlic oil. Mix 4 drops of garlic oil with 4 tablespoons of career oil and apply the solution directly onto the rash. Let it act for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and repeat the procedure at least three times a day.
Tea Tree Oil – sends ringworm away
- tea tree oil
- career oil (castor or almond oil)
Dilute tea tree oil in one of the above career oil in a 1:1 ratio and apply the mixture directly onto the rash. Let it work for 10 minutes. Remove it with warm water.
Important! If any irritation appears decrease the amount of tea tree oil and rinse immediately with cold water.
Soap and Water – first aid to get rid of ringworm
When dealing with ringworm you have to maintain the area clean to prevent spreading the fungus and keeping the rash under control.
So, wash the area with water and antibacterial soap daily, before applying any of the above remedies.