[toc]Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis) is a fungal skin infection which mainly affect children’s in the age group of 4 to 14 years of age. It is caused by fungi called dermatophytes. The fungi attack the outer layer of skin on the scalp and the hair shaft. It is contagious and looks like severe dandruff on various places of the scalp usually developing into patches of hair loss, inflamed and scaly.
In some cases severe boils develop on the skin further leading to swelling called a kerion. Severe boils (Pustules) or Kerion may further result into fever and the glands in the neck may swell. Antifungal medications needed to be taken for many weeks. Let us go through some antifungal home remedies for the same:
6 Best Home Remedies for Ringworm
Black Walnut Husks Powder And Neem Oil Paste
You can apply this paste directly on the scalp. Black walnut husk has got antifungal properties which prove beneficial in treating infections caused by fungus. Antioxidant properties boost the immune system thus making heal faster. It is a good antiseptic which inhibits the growth and development of microorganisms.
While neem’s astringent properties proves beneficial for relieving skin irritations caused by insect bites. Before applying the paste just test it on your jaw line to see if you are allergic to it. Neem has got non toxic properties which offers best alternative to powerful and sometimes damaging – prescription medicines.
Avocado Oil Or Coconut Oil
Both Avocado oil and Coconut oil have got all the above properties required for treating scalp ringworm. Both Coconut oil and avocado has got anti-inflammatory, antifungal properties. Moisturizing properties which makes it beneficial for treating scalp ringworm.
Anti inflammatory properties proves beneficial in alleviating inflammation of the scalp. Anti fungal properties proves beneficial in treating deep infections caused by fungus. Moisturirizing properties help in giving relief to itchy scalp. Before you use avocado oil do an allergy test. Take few drops of oil and rub it in your arm. Keep it for a day and check for side effects. If you have any please don’t continue the same.
Turmeric And Neem Oil Paste
Turmeric Neem oil paste has got all the above properties required for healing scalp ringworm. Turmeric has got antioxidant, anti inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic properties. Neem oil has got astringent and moisturizing properties which relieve irritation caused by skin infections. Antioxidant properties boost the immune system thus making heal faster.
Anti inflammatory properties alleviates inflammation. Antifungal properties treat deep infections caused by fungus. Antiseptic properties inhibit the growth and development of micro organisms and turmeric has also got analgesic properties which gives relief from pain.
Holy Basil (Tulsi) And Neem Oil Or Coconut Oil Paste
Application of Tulsi with a combination of neem oil or coconut oil proves beneficial for treating scalp ringworm. Holy basil is a good anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti fungal .
Neem proves to be a good astringent and a moisturizer. Spot test to see if you are sensitive to neem. If sensitive, you can safely use coconut oil which is also a good moisturizer, which helps the product to slip deep into the skin.
Apply garlic slices directly on the scalp. It has got antioxidant, anti inflammatory, anti fungal, antiseptic, astringent properties required for treating ringworm. However, if you are allergic to onion or other types of plants in the alliaceae family, then please don’t apply garlic slices.
Honey Cinnamon Paste
You can apply this paste on the scalp for fifteen to twenty minutes and rinse it off. Cinnamon has got astringent properties which prove helpful in relieving skin irritations, those caused by fungal infections and insect bites and helps in healing faster.
It has also got antimicrobial properties which prove helpful in destroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Honey has also got antifungal properties which proves helpful in treating deep infections caused by fungus and thus helps in healing faster. Spot test honey to see if you are sensitive to it.