Ring worm


Overview

Ringworm is a common fungal infection, also known as tinea. It is a highly contagious infection of the skin and scalp and can spread skin-to-skin contact or in contact with infected persons/animals/objects.

It's usually a red, itchy, circular rash with clearer skin in the middle. It is called Ringworm as it resemble a worm in the shape of the ring.

Symptoms

  1. Scaly rash ring shape over the - buttock/abdomen/arm/leg.
  2. Scattering red bumps.
  3. Slightly raised and expanding rings.
  4. Round flat patch.
  5. Overlapping rings.
  6. Itching.

Causes

  1. Skin-to-skin contact with an infected person
  2. By touching an infected animal with ringworm
  3. Contact with objects or surfaces infected by person or animal suffering from ringworm that was recently touched or rubbed against, such as clothing, towels, bedding and linens, combs, and brushes.
  4. Contact with infected soil (rare cases).

  Predisposing/promoting factors:

  1. Having diabetes, circulation problems or a weakened immune system.
  2. Incompatible food like having milk and fruits together.
  3. Excessive intake of food materials like:
    • Curd
    • Pickles
    • Brinjal
    • ladies finger
    • Spicy food
    • Urad dal
    • Bakery items
    • Navadhanya(freshly harvested grains) 
    • Dairy products 
    • Sea food
  4. Eating before the previous meal is digested.
  5. Unmindful eating causes indigestion.
  6. Suppression of natural urges (vomiting and urinary urge)
  7. Stress.
  8.  People living in tropical climates or who wear tight, non breathable clothing.
  9. Having diabetes, circulation problems or a weakened immune system.
  10. Obese individuals.

According to Ayurveda there are three elements in the body: vata, pitta and kapha which affect the body functions when imbalanced. Fungal infection is known as “Dadru”. Because of the above-said causative factors, vata and kapha doshas get vitiated causing weak or impaired digestive fire producing toxins(ama). Aggravated kapha and vata doshas along with ama spread all over the body and accumulate in the body’s external surface (beneath the skin). The skin loses its normal resistance and becomes susceptible to fungal infection.

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at:

  1. Giving relief from itching, scaly skin and treating inflammation of the skin occured due to fungal overgrowth.
  2. Prevent recurrence by healing and repairing the tissue.
  3. Regular intake of supplements can help in long term relief and maintaining overall health. 
  4. Rejuvenating the skin cells and maintaining  normal texture of the skin.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol:

  • Scaly rash ring, scattering red bump, Itching -  Overgrowth of fungus on skin surface causes  this condition and can be managed with help of Gandhaka Rasayana, Vidanga, Vidangadi churna, Triphala guggulu, Sigru - anti-microbial, heals inflammation and reduced itching.
  • Prevent skin infection and maintain healthy skin - Sariva, Manjistha, Nimba ,  and Haridra purify the blood and rejuvenate the skin cells.

(The above mentioned Ayurvedic drugs are Herbs and Herbo-mineral preparations)

Herbs

Gandhaka Rasayana, Vidanga, Vidangadi churna, Triphala guggulu, Sigru, Sariva, Manjistha, Nimba, Haridra


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