Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus. Unlike its name’s indication, there is no worm involved in it; it is simply given on account of the resultant rash that is typically in the form of a circular, raised or scaly lesion-much like a ‘worm present beneath the skin’. Conventional treatment for ringworm usually consists of antifungal medication-pills or creams. However, many ringworm (or Tinea) infections often recur and the usual medicines simply do not help the patient. In such cases, homeopathic remedies for ringworm can help.
What is ringworm? What are its causes and symptoms?
Ringworm or Tinea infections, as stated above, are a fungal skin disease. A family of fungi called dermatophytes causes these infections which might occur anywhere on the body, typically the arms, legs, neck, groin, scalp, hair, nails or beard. The fungi survive on the dead skin cells or keratin and rarely invade the deeper membranes and tissues.
Why the fungi arise on the skin is unclear. However, these skin infections are highly contagious, so people coming in contact with those already having the disease could naturally develop the ringworm lesions. The fungi also require warm and moist conditions to thrive in. People working in water logged conditions or those walking barefoot on wet floors near swimming pools; public washrooms etc could all develop ringworm based on their immunity levels.
Typical symptoms of ringworm include:
- Reddish, scaly or white patches on the skin
- The lesions may appear raised and blistered.
- The circular lesion might have a clearing in the center.
- Hair loss is common side effect of this disease. Ringworm of scalp especially is characterized by patchy hair loss where the hair might be bent and broken at an odd angle. Dandruff might also be present. Thankfully, there are many effective homeopathic remedies for ringworm on scalp.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a branch of medical science that is based on treating diseases from their root. Thus, a homeopath might take your complete medical history before prescribing homeopathic remedies for it. Homeopathy also believes in the principle that “like cures like”, so what it basically does is creates an environment in the patient’s body (using plant, animal or other mineral/biotic substances) that produce the exact same symptoms as the disease itself. Naturally, these substances are given in very small amounts so that they help create enough “essence” in the body to help it become immune to the actual pathogen causing the disease. Similarly, in case of homeopathic remedies for ringworm, the doctor will prescribe plant/animal remedies to be taken at fixed intervals throughout the day for a period of several weeks or months to create healing qualities for complete eradication of the ringworm symptoms.
Homeopathic remedy for ringworm
As stated above, Homeopathy is based on the principle of ‘like curing like’. This means, the homeopath takes a bit of the plant material, deactivates it and just like a vaccine, infuses the patient’s body with small quantities of it. Popular homeopathy remedies for treating ringworm are:
Sepia– Sepia is obtained from squid’s ink as contact with the ink produces the same symptoms as those produced by ringworm pathogens. The practitioner will ask you several questions including those about your diet, previous illnesses, how many times the ringworm has occurred, your ability to handle heat, cold etc and only then prescribe Sepia in the right potency. Sepia is a good homeopathic remedy for treating ringworm in kids particularly those who having a tendency to sweat at night.
Sulfur– Sulfur is a very potent homeopathic remedy used for treating ringworm of the scalp. It is ideal when scalp ringworm infections like itching, pus, hair loss or skin blistering are present. Sulfur based homeopathy creams can also be applied to the ringworm of scalp.
Rhus Toxicodendron– This homeopathy remedy for ringworm is obtained by distilling poison ivy leaves overnight. Poison ivy also produces same symptoms as those of ringworm, so Rhus Tox is ideal homeopathic medicine for treating ringworm symptoms like burning, pain, itching etc.
Homeopathy for ringworm in dogs and cats
Ringworm infection in pets is usually caused by Microsporum fungi. Typical symptoms of ringworm in pets include small rounds of missing hair, itchy skin, white or dark patches on skin etc. Several homeopathic remedies can be used for treating ringworm in dogs or cats including Sepia, Bacillinium, Berberis, Chrysarobinum. One must use these remedies only as directed by an expert homeopath and based upon other symptoms. Additionally, one must use vet approved shampoos to help eradicate the ringworm from its roots.
Contraindications of homeopathy
Homeopathic remedies for ringworm in pets and humans are generally very mild, safe and well tolerated. It is a complementary or alternative branch of medicine which is fast becoming popular in the West for treating various diseases. When used under the guidance of professionals, these remedies are generally safe, and also quite effective when taken over a period of few weeks/months. Many people have even prevented recurring ringworm infections through regular intake of preventive homeopathic remedies.