Ringworm

Ringworm is an infection caused by fungi that invade dead skin tissues, usually around the inner thighs, groin, feet, and/or toes. It can also occur on other areas of the body, including the trunk, hair, and nails. Ringworm typically manifests as ring-shaped, reddish, patches that can also be scaly or blistered that spread uniformly outward leaving a circular patch of normal skin within the ring.

What To Consider

Ringworm is most often due to poor hygiene and/or too tightly enclosed clothing that can cause excessive sweating in the affected area. To treat and prevent ringworm, bathe or shower at least once a day, and change socks and underwear every day. If you use showers in public areas, such as in the gym, wear shower sandals to avoid fungal contact with your feet and toes.

Ringworm can also be a secondary condition associated with candida, in which case candida must be treated as well.

Self-Care Tips

Diet
Avoid all sugars, alcohol, processed foods, and foods to which you are allergic or sensitive (screen for food allergies). Also avoid wheat and dairy products, and eat plenty of organic, fresh vegetables, as well as garlic and onions, both of which act as natural antibiotics. In addition, drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day.

Nutritional Supplementation
The following nutrients are recommended garlic capsules and probiotic substances such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, vitamin E, bee pollen, evening primrose oil, citrus seed extract (orally and applied topically), and colloidal silver (applied topically).

Aromatherapy
Topical applications of rosemary, tea tree, lavender, geranium, peppermint, thuja, and/or thyme can be helpful.

Herbs
To speed healing, apply a paste made of equal parts myrrh powder and goldenseal powder mixed with a little water.

Homeopathy
Useful remedies include Sepia, Arsen alb., and Graphites.

Topical Treatment
Tape or bandage a thin slice of garlic directly over the affected area for several days.

Caution

If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional.

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