Home remedies for Ringworm on Face

Ringworm is an infection that is caused by a fungus. The fungi that result in ringworm dwell and spread on the outer layer of skin. Ringworm is not caused by any kind of worm or other parasite bur is called ringworm because of the ring-like shape it takes in the affected areas of your body.

Ringworms are also called Tinea infections. Facial ringworm is called tinea faciei or tinea faciale in medical terms. Ringworm of the face is a common, benign, but highly contagious fungal infection that appears on the skin surface of the face. Facial ringworm may be transmitted to humans through direct contact with infected people or animals, infected/contaminated objects like towels, clothes, and so on.

Usually among children and women, facial ringworm can appear on any area of the face. In most men and in women having dark, dense hair on their face, it is referred to as beard ringworm or tinea barbae when the infection is seen or occurs on the bearded area of the face.

Ringworms are commonly found on various body parts like legs, arms, chest, back and stomach. However, it can also develop in areas that include the hands and feet, nails, scalp and face. The fungus dwells in warm and moist places, so you can even catch it when you are walking barefoot in communal showers and pool areas.

A ringworm infection is not something that will take your life, but, it is highly contagious. Due to this, it is a great challenge to get rid of the fungus once it has built a home on your body. Since it lives on skin cells, it can continue to survive on surfaces such as Bathroom counters, clothing, and bedding and linens.

Types of Tinea/Ringworms

The fungi responsible for ringworm of the scalp can result in other infections in your body. The infections are usually classified based on the body parts they affect.

  • Tinea Corporis (ringworm in the body): This infection results in scaly, red circle or ring of rash on the top layer of your skin.
  • Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s foot): This infection usually affects the sweaty areas between your toes. Sometimes, it affects the foot itself.
  • Tinea Cruris (Jock Itch): This form of infection affects your genital area, buttocks, and inner upper thighs.

Symptoms of Ringworm on face

  • Red rashes that seem raised; the rashes are mostly ring-like
  • Red bumps on the outer edges of the rash
  • May appear on the nose, cheeks, chin, forehead, ears, or around the eyes
  • The borders are indistinct
  • Sun exposure may worsen the rashes
  • Itching
  • Cracking, peeling, or scaling of skin

Ringworms are mostly common in children. They are more likely to get the infection really fast and they may even spread it to other members of their family. The symptoms of ringworm in face for children are the same as the symptoms in adults.

Treatment of Ringworms on Face

Medical experts usually prescribe antifungal ointments and creams that contain miconazole, terbinafine, or clotrimazole as a treatment for ringworms. These medications may take around two weeks or more to clear the infection. The time taken totally depends upon the severity of the ringworm you have. In case the infection is really bad, the doctor can recommend oral medications like Grifulvin V. These drugs can result in unpleasant or harmful side effects.

Some ointments are:

  • Terbinafine
  • Clotrimazole
  • Miconazole
  • Econazole
  • Oxiconazole
  • Ciclopirox
  • Ketoconazole
  • Sulconazole
  • Naftifine

The oral antifungal drugs can include the following:

 

  • Terbinafine
  • Itraconazole
  • Griseofulvin
  • Fluconazole

The ringworm usually goes away in around 4–6 weeks after using effective method of treatment.

Natural Remedies for ringworm on face

The natural remedies for ringworm on your face may take considerably more time and effort to completely heal. But since the natural remedies do not have side effects unlike medical treatment, you should try these out. Some home treatments you try in order to eliminate ringworm on face include:

  • Vinegar wash: Wash the infected areas with a solution of apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and water. For making the solution, mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide, apple cider vinegar and 10 parts water. Repeat this process every night until the infection fully fades.
  • Apple cider vinegar: You can apply this directly on the rashes for them to heal faster. Wash the area with rashes and then apply the vinegar. It will leave a stinging sensation but the infection usually goes away within a few days. For better results, you can apply toothpaste over the vinegar. Since, fungus needs moist places to survive; this will cause the skin to dry out and the fungus to die faster.
  • Garlic and vinegar wash: Garlic is rich in anti fungal properties. Draw the juice from garlic and mix it with vinegar. Wash the affected area at least three times a day with this mixture. You can even add garlic in your food, or even eat it directly to fight the infection from within your body.
  • Bleach: You can mix bleach and water in equal ratios and apply the mixture directly to the rash. Leave it on as long as possible and then wash it off. The infection might take two days or more to clear. Bleach is strong and can scar your skin so you have to be careful in properly diluting the bleach.
  • Tea tree oil: Mix tea tree oil with different oils like lavender or coconut. Wash your face and apply the oil in the affected areas. Repeat it twice a day until the rash disappears.

Who’s at risk?

Facial ringworm can occur in people of all races, of all ages, and of both sexes. It is more common in warmer and more humid climates. It is most frequently seen in people between the ages of 20 to 40.

People who have suppressed immune systems like people with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or leukemia are more likely to develop facial ringworm. These people are more vulnerable to diseases.

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