Posted on by Margo Gladding
Ringworm, or tinea, is a common skin infection caused by pathogenic fungi known as dermophytes. Ringworm gets its name from the ring shape rash that forms on the skin. Spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or animal, or contaminated objects such as towels, brushes, pillows, sports equipment, as well as shower or pool surfaces, ringworm can also form on the scalp, nails, feet (athlete’s foot), and groin (jock itch). Because the fungi that causes ringworm thrives in moist and warm areas, it tends to be more prevalent in hot/humid environments.
Symptoms of Ringworm
While symptoms can vary from person to person, the most common symptoms of ringworm include red, scaly, itchy, or raised skin patches. These patches tend to be redder on the outside edges, resembling a ring. Doctors tend to diagnose ringworm by its appearance on a person’s skin, but skin scrapings under a microscope can confirm the diagnosis. Jock itch tends to appear as a red-brown, scaly rash. And, athlete’s foot, which affects feet, toes, and ankles, can cause intense itching, burning, and cracking of the skin.
Tips for Prevention
- Keep skin clean and dry.
- Wear protective footwear in public places, such as showers, bathrooms, and locker rooms.
- Change and wash your undergarments and socks frequently.
- Wash your hands after playing with pets.
- Shower after sports practice or exercising.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing, non-restrictive clothing, made of natural materials, such as cotton.
- Wear breathable footwear.
- Eat a whole-foods diet, low in sugar and refined carbohydrates.
6 Natural Remedies for Ringworm Infections
2. Cleanse with a natural soap that contains the antifungal herb, neem.
3. Help keep your feet dry with an antiseptic foot powder. Sprinkle the powder between your toes and into shoes and socks.
4. Use a topical spray on the rash, such as NutriBiotic Skin and Wound Spray, which contains the antifungal ingredients grapefruit seed extract and tea tree oil.
5. Support your body’s microbiome health by eating fiber-rich foods and taking a comprehensive probiotic
6. Supplement with oregano oil, a potent antifungal herb, to help boost your immune system.
Using a combination of several of the natural remedies listed above provides a comprehensive approach to clearing up ringworm. It is recommended that you use them a few times per day until symptoms resolve. Then, continue twice daily for at least a week after symptoms have disappeared to help prevent a recurrence.
If you have any questions about your skin health or nutritional support for ringworm, please reach out to us. Our team of nutrition experts are here to help!
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