People and furbabies can be affected by ring worms.
Ringworm is also known as dermatophytosis or tinea corporis — or tinea capitis if it’s on the scalp. The infection creates a red, itchy rash surrounded by a raised red circle that is worm-like in shape.
Veterinarians typically see it in puppies, kittens and sometimes older immune-compromised animals. The disease is highly contagious between animals and may even be transmitted between infected animals and their people. However, be aware that most cases of human ringworm are not caused by exposure to their animals, but rather to other humans, especially in the case of young school-aged children.
Eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties
Eucalyptus oil is a great natural way to treat fungal infections. The oil is great for your skin and its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties will kill the fungus – plus it has a wonderful fresh smell.
Add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to some warm water and apply to the affected area.
Add 10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to a warm bath and soak for 10 or 15 minutes two or three times weekly to help clear skin infections fast.
Mix 2 to 3 drops of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil along with 20 drops of your carrier oil, Emu Oil is great if you dont have that olive oil will do. Using something clean and disposable, like a sterile cotton gauze pad, to coat the affected area of your skin.
Make sure that you are only touching the area of your skin that’s affected by the fungus so that you don’t spread the fungus over healthy skin. You may need to apply the oils two to three times per day over a period of several weeks to see results.
Treat and prevent athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch and other fungal skin infection by mixing a 50/50 solution of eucalyptus oil and water. For athlete’s foot, soak your feet in the solution for 10 or 15 minutes each night before bed. For other areas of the body, soak a clean gauze bandage in the solution, wringing out the excess water and then apply to the affected area, leaving overnight.
Soothe the dryness and itching of skin infections while helping to clear infection by creating a healing massage oil, safe for daily use. Mix 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to 1 cup of olive oil or we recommend Emu Oil and massage into clean, affected skin. Emu oil is wonderful for any dry irritated skin and so much more!
For animals eucalyptus can be toxic if ingested, which limits its use in animals, especially cats.
Tea tree oil has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Tea tree oil is the superhero of natural antibacterial and antifungal treatments. Native to Australia, tea tree oil comes from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree. Its anti-fungal properties make it a great ingredient to combat ringworm.
Dilute a few drops of the oil in water. Then dab some onto a cotton ball and apply to the affected area. Do this two to three times a day.
Ringworm can be contracted by:
- Human-to-human. In other words, skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.
- Object-to-human. When a person uses an item (like a towel or comb) that was previously used by someone who has ringworm.
- Animal-to-human. For example, by a human petting or grooming a cat or dog with ringworm. Interesting fact: cows also commonly have ringworm.
- Soil-to-human. This is the most rare means of transmission, but it is possible to contract ringworm from prolonged contact with infected soil.
Truly, anyone and everyone has a chance of developing ringworm, but this fungal infection is seen most often in kids and people who are cat owners.
Your risk of contracting ringworm is higher if any of the following risk factors are true:
- Close contact with a person or animal that has ringworm.
- Living in a warm climate
- Sharing towels, bedding or other items with anyone who already has a fungal infection.
- A weakened immune system.
- Engaging in physical activity that involves skin-to-skin contact, like sport.
- Wearing tight clothing.
Environments where you are more likely to catch ringworm include locker rooms (the floors), pool areas and shower stalls. What do all of these have in common? A warm, moist environment, which fungus loves.
The main sign of ringworm in dogs and cats is a patch of skin with missing fur. You should take your dog or cat to the vet right away if they exhibit signs of ringworm.
When to see the doctor
If the ringworm does not clear up in two weeks, or appears to be getting worse – i.e. blisters develop or it starts to spread to other parts of your body, you should consult your GP.
source Dr Axe & Leaf
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