Are you looking for natural, fast and effective way to relieve the itch and discomfort of this unsightly fungal infection? Ringworm treatment in homeopathy can be possible with just one remedy.

I think my daughter has ringworm! I’m not even sure how you get it, I always thought it was an actual worm! Can you give her something? I don’t want to take her to GP and wait for hours in the room full of sick people, she always catches something every time we go.

I received this phone call from one of my clients Monday morning a couple of months ago. I’ve been helping her with chronic constipation and other issues for a while. To say that she was sceptical of homeopathy when she came in first is an understatement. But seeing the improvements in her symptoms she began to relax into the process. And now she asked for help with her daughter, I finally earned a little bit of trust! 🙂

What is ringworm?

Ringworm is a fungal infection. It is also called dermatophytosis or tinea. Ringworm can appear anywhere – on the trunk, face, feet, hands, groin, nails, scalp. Location of infection determines the name it gets. For example, ringworm of the scalp is called tinea capitis. Tinea barbae is a privilege of adult men, it’s the ringworm of the beard area, “Barber’s itch”.

Fungi that cause ringworm, dermatophytes, feast on dead keratin cells. Three types, or species, of dermatophytes infect humans. They belong to mould group of fungi.

Is ringworm contagious?

Yes, ringworm is contagious. Moms who have more than one child can attest to this. Kids from the same family sometimes pass ringworm to each other like ping pong.

However, as with everything else, susceptibility is key. We understand it so well in homeopathy. I treated many cases of contagious infections, such as molluscum contagiosum, impetigo, ringworm. In some cases all children in the family infect each other, while in others kids sleep in the same bed and develop no symptoms. You might have come across a similar story in relation to head lice. Some kids seem to be unable to get rid of it for very long, no matter how hard their moms try. They just keep catching it again and again. Meanwhile, others never get it despite many alerts from their school informing parents that head lice is doing rounds in class.

Ringworm can spread from person to person, from animal to person or from soil to person. Interestingly, ringworm infection that came from soil usually produces very strong inflammation and resolves spontaneously. The type of infection that people pass to each other, on the other hand, usually triggers mild but chronic infection. In other words, it can last for ages and be stubborn to treatment.

Ringworm loves warm and humid conditions. It frequently infects skin folds, such as groin and spaces between the toes. Poor nutrition, obesity, diabetes and other serious illnesses increase the risk. Anytime the immune system is low chances of catching ringworm rise.

What are ringworm symptoms?

Itch! This is the most annoying ringworm symptom. There can be burning or stinging too. Ringworm of the body, tinea corporis, usually looks like a circular patch of skin with red irritated margin. The edge may even blister, it consists of vesicles and scaling. In the centre skin usually looks healthy. It spreads outwards in a ring-like form. You can have just one lesion or many, in which case they can grow and merge into larger patches. In some cases ringworm may be confused with eczema.

Scalp ringworm, or tinea capitis, looks like scaly bold patches. They often appear on the back or sides of the head. Children, particularly boys, get it more often. The lesions may be a bit sore.

Foot ringworm, or athlete’s foot, causes inflammation in-between the toes. Skin becomes itchy, dry, red and flaky. Sometimes it can even crack. The infection can spread to the sole and the sides of the foot. Athlete’s foot tends to be chronic and persistent.

Ringworm treatment in homeopathy

Fungal infection is a common complaint in homeopathic practice. People often turn to homeopathy for ringworm treatment. There are many homeopathic remedies that can help with ringworm. I’ll list some of the remedies that we use most frequently.

  • Bacillinum
    I love this remedy for ringworm treatment. The girl in the picture above received Bacillinum and had no sign of ringworm a week later. Even if the patient requires another remedy, Bacillinum can be useful.
  • Sepia
    Sepia is often a good remedy for ringworm treatment in homeopathy. Think of Sepia if the infection recurs every spring. The infection may have brownish colour, appear in isolated spots. Scratching doesn’t relieve the itch. Ringworm during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
  • Tellurium
    Another excellent homeopathic remedy for ringworm of the body. Lesions in intersecting rings, possibly more on the left side. Itches more at night after going to bed. Pricking or stinging sensation in skin.
  • Chrysophanic acid
    This remedy can be applied topically in a tincture form. Old masters of homeopathy cured ringworm with a few applications of ointment containing this remedy.

There are many more remedies that can be used for ringworm treatment in homeopathy, too many to mention. Many cases require constitutional treatment.

Remember personal hygiene and skin care. Don’t share clothes, towels and bedding. Keep an eye on children with ringworm of the scalp, they may often swap hats or caps while playing. Wash the affected part regularly and keep it dry and exposed to air. To soothe the irritated skin, mix olive oil and calendula extract and apply to the patches.

I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please feel free to contact me. I am a qualified professional offering expert homeopathic treatment in Dublin and Online. Family discounts available.