CONDITION: Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)
OVERVIEW: The origin of the name ringworm is thought to originate from the appearance of the rash. Ringworm is caused by a fungal infection in the skin and can appear anywhere on the body.
- Scaly or raised skin
- Round, ring-shaped patches
- Raised areas that can ooze or blister
- Darker skin is darker outside the circular patch
CAUSES: Ringworm is caused by a fungal infection of the skin caused by dermatophytes, particularly the Trichophyton species.
WHAT MAKES IT WORSE:
- Moist and wet environments
- Contact with animals
- Sharing clothing and towels
- Lowered immune function
COMMON THERAPIES: Topical medications for ringworm include lotrimazole, miconazole, and terbinafine, many of which include harsh chemicals that can irritate sensitive skin. Oral anti-fungal medications include ketoconazole, griseofulvin, or terbinafine and can have uncomfortable side effects, including nausea, stomach pain, and even liver damage.
NATURAL INGREDIENTS WE USE:
Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Has anti-fungal properties
Lavender Essential Oil: Has anti-fungal properties
Macadamia Nut Oil: Nourishes skin
Olive Oil: Protects skin from damage
Tea Tree Essential Oil: Has anti-fungal properties
Vitamin C: Has restorative properties
Vitamin E: Soothes discomfort
- Take regular showers to cleanse the body and hair with chemical-free products from our Scalp Therapy line.
- Wash bedding and clothing on a regular basis.
- Wash hands after being in contact with animals.
- Eat antifungal foods. For example, add raw garlic to your meals.
- Use Wonder Balm for several weeks after symptoms have disappeared to discourage reoccurrence.
“Ringworm (Body).” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 6 Mar. 2018, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ringworm-body/symptoms-causes/syc-20353780.
“Ringworm.” American Academy of Dermatology, www.aad.org/public/diseases/contagious-skin-diseases/ringworm.