Ringworm - Symptoms, Causes & Ayurvedic Treatment Of It!

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Dr. Bilkish Zardi 90% (74 ratings)
BAMS, Diploma In Naturopathy
Ayurvedic Doctor, Gulbarga  •  14 years experience
Ringworm - Symptoms, Causes & Ayurvedic Treatment Of It!

Ringworm is a kind of skin infection that is brought on about due to fungal growth. Ringworms can occur on the body (tinea corporis), groin area which is sometimes referred to as the jock itch, scalp (tinea capitis) or even on the foot which is known as athlete’s foot. Sometimes there can also be several outbreaks of ringworm patches on the body simultaneously.

Symptoms of Ringworm:

The most common sign of ringworms is the red patch that looks a bit scaly and constantly itches. As time goes by this scaly patch can evolve into a circular shape and multiply into more rings. The center of the patch is scaly and clear while the outer lining is slightly raised.when ringworm occurs on the scalp it initially starts out as a tiny sore or bump and then turns flaky.

Causes of Ringworm:

Ringworm is caused by the fungi dermatophytes. Ringworm is highly contagious diseases and the causes for it are:

• Ringworm spreads by contact.
• You can get infected from your pets who might be carrying the fungi.
• The fungi dermatophytes often tend to linger on clothes, towels, surfaces and within brushes or combs.
• You can get infected by the fungi by standing barefoot on the soil.

Ayurvedic Treatment for This Condition:

According to the Ayurvedic philosophy, this skin condition is referred to as dad which is the result of the Kapha-Vata dosha. When Kapha symbolizing mucus and vata symbolizing air or wind manifest and lead to the accumulation of harmful toxins it causes contamination and damage to deep tissues. The contamination of the deep tissues and the amplification of the Kapha-Vata dosha leads to the outbreak of ringworm.

If you wish to resort to natural remedies and opt for an ayurvedic treatment of ringworm then here are some dietary and lifestyle changes that you will be required to implement:

• Sour, spicy and extremely sweet foods need to be avoided. Therefore you cannot consume foods such as citrus foods, sauces, vinegar, mustard, chutney and pickled items.
• You also need to avoid eating foods that are made up of white flour such as cakes, pizza and bread
Non-vegetarian food items are an absolute no.
• Drinks that contain caffeine such as coffee, tea and alcoholic drinks should also be avoided. Instead, you can eat foods such as rice, beans, pasta, wholegrain bread, fresh vegetables and non-citrus fruits.
• You also need to wash the affected area with water in which neem leaves have been boiled for a couple of minutes.
• You can also rub a paste of fresh papaya over the ringworm affected region.
• Another very effective home remedy includes applying on the area a paste made out of milk and turmeric. And then washing the area after an hour.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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