Ringworm of the body, often referred as simply ringworm, is a type of skin infection. The term ringworm is a misnomer. This skin infection is actually caused by a fungus. No worm is responsible for this condition. The medical term for ringworm of the body is tinea corporis.
Fungal infections of the skin such as jock itch and athlete’s foot are closely related to ringworm.
Ringworm is a contagious skin infection. Fungi, known as dermatophytes, which usually live on the outer surface of the skin, are responsible for this condition. This contagious disease usually spreads when you come in direct contact with a person with ringworm. Your pet can also spread ringworm. Coming in direct contact with soil contaminated with the harmful fungus can also cause the disease.
Symptoms of ringworm of the body
Ringworm of the body appears as an itchy circular patch. A healthy patch of skin remains at the center of the red inflamed round patch. The affected area is slightly raised. One or multiple patches of ringworm might appear anywhere on the body, except on the feet and scalp. Sometimes two or more patches might overlap.
Several over-the-counter topical medications are available for treating ringworms. However, consult your dermatologist if the fungal infection does not respond to over-the-counter medications or home remedies within two to four weeks. Applying turmeric juice on the affected area could help to cure the infection. To heal the fungal infection rapidly, mix basil juice with turmeric juice and apply it on the infected area. Mustard seed is a potent antifungal agent. Applying mustard seed paste on the ringworm patches could help to cure the infection. Tea tree oil, a powerful anti-fungal substance extensively used in Australian Aborigines folk medicine, could help to cure ringworm. You can also apply apple cider vinegar on the ringworm patches, to clear the infection. Lavender oil is also effective for treating ringworm.
You can also kill the fungi by applying butea seed paste on the ringworm patch. Applying diluted sulfur solution on the infected area could help to reduce the itching. However, while using sulfur, take care that it does not get into the eyes. It is advisable to use specially formulated ringworm treatment products that contain sulfur.