For how long would I have to use aloe vera on the affected area for ringworm?

Ringworm is a skin infection caused by fungus. It is a contagious condition and can spread through direct contact with the skin of an infected person or through sharing of personal items such as clothes and towels. Ringworm can lead to symptoms such as itching and rash which develops in a circular ring-shaped fashion. The infection is usually treated with prescription or over-the-counter ointments or creams. The rash tends to clear soon after treatment begins, but it is important to continue with the entire course as the infection could return. Untreated ringworm can lead to cracks and blisters on the skin which can also get infected by bacteria. Many people prefer to treat ringworm with natural remedies. Here are some beneficial remedies which are known to provide relief from the infection.

  • Aloe vera contains a resin that cools and soothes the skin and thus alleviates itching and irritation. There are also many ointments which contain aloe vera, but if you decide to use these then ensure that they contain aloe vera in substantial amounts. To use aloe vera naturally, slice open the leaf, extract the gel and apply to the affected area. You can rub the open leaf directly over the rash in a circular motion. Aloe vera may be used on the skin freely, for as long as you want. However, it is advisable to use just about a teaspoonful of the gel each time. It is best to continue using it until the infection has completely cleared.
  • Apart from aloe vera, you can also use tea tree oil to cure ringworm. You can apply the oil thrice daily until the infection heals.
  • Garlic cloves even help in treating ringworm due to their anti-fungal properties. Crushed garlic cloves may be applied to the affected areas twice daily.

You should consult a doctor in the event that the infection spreads or doesn't reduce.

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