Definition and symptoms of Ringworm (Tinea)
Ringworm is an infection caused by fungi that can affect the skin, scalp, feet, nails, groin or different parts of the body at once. in the form of a circular eruption, like patches or red rings. The edges are higher and redder and the interior is usually paler. It usual happens around the eye. Learn how to treat ringworm on eyelid or around eye.
Its edges are very evident and tend to be redder than the inside. These ringworms tend to itch and may have a tendency to produce scales. They can also produce a kind of sweating and look lighter or darker than normal.
What are the most common types of ringworm?
Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis (tinea pedis): the most common causes are: tendency to excessively sweaty feet and poor drying after shower or pool.
It usually presents with a peeling on the feet, itching, blisters and a whitish appearance between the toes.
Tinea capitis (tinea capitis): tinea capitis usually affects children and is very contagious. The welts or rings arise in the scalp and these can be without hair remaining as bald clapas. These clapas usually sting and tend to itch and flake.
Inguinal ringworm (tinea cruris): it is more common in the summer months and usually has reddish, ring-shaped or wheal-like areas near the groin. The area has a kind of reddish sweating and it usually stings.
Tinea body (tinea corporis): in this case can appear in different areas of the body and has the same symptoms.
Ringworm of the nails (tinea unguium): the toenails (more usual) and the hands have a tendency to swell, yellow, discolor, deform and even start to split.
Etiology or causes of Tinea
The cause of the Tinea is a variety of fungi that will develop in different areas of the skin. It easily infects both animals and humans and can persist for weeks if no treatment is applied.
- The most common etiology is usually bad hygienic habits (showers in the gym or public restrooms, without slippers and with poor body drying) People with a tendency to this type of infection should NOT sunbathe on the beach directly on the sand but on a dry towel, mat, hammock, etc.
- Live in an excessively hot and humid climate.
Body contact or sharing towels with infected people.
- Immune system depressed by some disease or medication.
- Malnutrition (especially lack of fatty acids)
- Diet and nutrients for Tinea
- Although Tinea is an infection or invasion of the skin caused by fungus, if we improve the quality of that skin (fatty acids, intestinal flora, etc.) we will always recover much earlier.
We must ensure a good supply of fatty acids and therefore we must include in our diet: seeds or pipes (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame or sesame), nuts (almonds, pine nuts, hazelnuts, etc.), oils of good quality without refine (olive, sunflower, soy, etc.). It involves including in each meal a tablespoon of any of these ingredients, always raw.
Carrot juice is very beneficial because it gives us a lot of Beta-carotene.
Fermented foods (Miso, kefir, natural yogurt, Choucrout, etc.) will always collaborate to improve our “intestinal flora”.
We will avoid at the same time fried foods, sausages, coffee, refined foods (white sugar, white flour and industrial sweets)
At the same time we will increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables (raw and cooked)
Ringworm treatment and herbal medicine
Detoxifying the liver always favors the elimination or drainage of skin problems.
Turmeric is a spice with an extraordinary purifying and antioxidant power. It can be obtained in the form of tablets or take a teaspoon directly at meals (twice a day)
An infusion of liver plants (Boldo, Burdock, Artichoke, Smoking, etc.) after meals will also be of great help. In the herbalist you can prepare a mixture appropriate to each particular case.
Homemade natural remedies for the treatment of ringworm
As Tiña is a very common problem throughout the planet, natural remedies are thousands because in each area people have tried to find the natural remedies available to them.
Rub over the areas affected by the Tinea with pieces of raw papaya. You should not clean that area for at least half an hour. Ideally, it can be applied at night so we can wash in the morning. In some areas they are applied with a paste made from the dried seeds of papaya.
Apply juice or peppermint juice on the infected area.
Apply Propolis extract or Propolis directly on the affected area, several times a day (it is perhaps one of the most effective remedies)
The pure essential oil is also a good for ringworm, with no side effect.