Ringworm is a superficial infection affecting the nails, hair and skin in humans and animals. Three different types of fungi called dermatophytes are responsible for ringworm. We have discussed many topical remedies for treating this external parasitic infection. Today, we will focus on simple home remedies for ringworm on the face, nails or scalp which mainly include internal cures. Specifically, we will talk about foods to eat and ones to avoid for preventing ringworm.
Natural diet works best for animals.
A natural, organic and raw diet is the best internal cure for ringworm in pets. Many studies have shown that cats fed low quality pet food or home cooked food containing poor nutrients are more susceptible to fungal infections. In case of cats with recurrent ringworm, your vet might prescribe Gresiofulvin medicine which kills the fungal spores internally. Additionally, you might have to shave the cat’s fur and apply the topical medicines as well. Shampoo the pet thoroughly and also bleach the bedding and sheets since the spores can remain active on these surfaces. Use a medicated dip to bathe the cat and also apply iodine solution on the infected areas. Most importantly, feed your pet a healthy , all natural, chemical-free diet and give it supplements of vitamins and minerals to fight infections internally. Raw vegetables, flaxseed oil and fresh fish can keep your pet’s fur healthy.
Turmeric is rich in antioxidants. It is inflammatory and kills fungi, bacteria and other microbes. To cure ringworm internally using this herb, take a teaspoonful of powdered turmeric daily. You can add it to a glass of warm milk to drink before bedtime or use it for making your soups, and curries.Turmeric powder for ringworm can also be used topically in the form of a paste an applied all over the lesions of ringworm. Make sure to cover the infected area with a bandage since turmeric can stain clothes. Repeat this application thrice a day. Continue to take turmeric extract internally for ringworm cure; you can either supplement with pills or buy a tincture to use in hot tea.
For internal ringworm cure, one of the best home remedies to get rid of ringworm in 3-4 days is Golden seal. This remedy may be administered to children as well. Take a level teaspoon of Golden seal twice a day in a cup of water. For kids, dilute this recipe even more.
Lemongrass tea is one of the best anti-fungal remedies to cure ringworm fast. At the first sign of infection, drink up to 3 cups of Lemongrass tea per day. This will help you get rid of itchiness and burning associated with ringworm or tinea infections. You can also apply the used teabags of lemongrass on the lesions simultaneously to cure ringworm quickly.
Garlic contains compounds like allicin and ajoene and the latter is known for its antifungal properties. Apply Garlic topically to the ringworm and also take Garlic extracts internally in the form of pills. You can also increase your immunity by consuming fresh garlic cloves daily. Chop or grate a few cloves and add them to soups, stews, sandwiches etc. Also drink Garlic infused brandy or wine before bedtime to strengthen immunity.
Coconut oil is well known for its antifungal properties. Apply it topically as a ringworm treatment cream and also consume it daily. You can cook your meals in it or add it to your coffee for a delicious, ringworm-fighting beverage.
Pau d’arco Tea
Pau d’Arco tea is a famous anti fungal beverage that can fight Candida and ringworm infections. Drink at least 2-3 cups if you are prone to ringworm. For Tinea infection affecting the nails and toenails, soak the affected areas for 15 minutes in a mixture of Pau d‘arco and Goldenseal teas.
Take nettle tincture, (2 droppersful 3 times a day) to cure nail ringworm internally. Also apply the tincture to the lesions. You can soak your fingernails in Nettle tea to get rid of it in less than 3 days.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Drink a tablespoon of organic ACV in water every day to prevent ringworm. Apple cider vinegar is acidic but it makes the body alkaline and boosts immunity. This property strengthens the body to help it fight the ringworm internally.
Foods prohibited in ringworm
- Avoid all kinds of preservative laden foods.
- Eat a natural diet consisting of fresh, organic vegetables, foods and lean meat without hormones etc.
- Limit your sugar intake. Learn to cook without sugar and salt and use herbs and spices in their place.
- Stay away from foods made with refined grains.
- Limit intake of stimulating drinks like sodas, coffee, tea and alcohol.
Note that ringworm can only be completely cured by practicing good hygiene. Clean all surfaces with bleach and wash infected clothing, bedding etc in hot water. Bathe twice a day using an antifungal soap and shampoo. Apply the ringworm treatment cream as advised and also follow a natural healthy diet alongside the above recipes for internal ringworm cure as explained above.