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Tinea (Ringworm)

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Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus. Ringworm can affect skin on your body (tinea corporis), scalp (tinea capitis), groin area (tinea cruris, also called jock itch), or feet (tinea pedis, also called athlete’s foot). Often, there are several patches of ringworm on your skin at once.

Symptoms

The symptoms of ringworm include:

  • Itchy, red, raised, scaly patches that may blister and ooze. The patches often have sharply-defined edges. They are often redder around the outside with normal skin tone in the center. This may create the appearance of a ring. Your skin may also appear unusually dark or light.
  • When your scalp or beard is infected, you will have bald patches.
  • If nails are infected, they become discolored, thick, and even crumble.

Ayurvedic prospective

According to Ayurvedic philosophy this problem is diagnosed as “dadru”. The involved dosha is kapha- vata. Kapha is an Ayurvedic humour, which symbolizes mucus. It is cold, heavy, dense and sticky in nature. Vata is another Ayurvedic humour, which symbolizes air or wind. It is cold, dry, subtle and mobile. Kapha and vata dosha manifest in the skin and cause accumulation of toxins. These toxins accumulate in deeper tissues of skin like rasa (nutrient plasma), rakta, (blood), mansa (muscles) and lasika (lymphatic). These toxins cause contamination of deeper tissues. Contamination of deeper tissues and aggravation of kapha/vata dosha leads to ringworm.

Third involved dosha is pitta. Pitta is third dosha which symbolizes heat or fire. Thus it is tridoshaj disease, in which prime involved doshas are kapha and vata.

Treatment

Treatment is to pacify vata/kapha dosha and next to pacify pitta dosha. Second line of treatment is to remove the toxins from deeper tissues.

Diet

One should avoid very fired, spicy, sour and excessive sweet foods. Citrus fruits (lemon, lime, orange), chutneys, sauces, pickled food, mustard and vinegar should be avoided. One should avoid foods made up of white flour such as bread, cakes, pastries, pizza etc. You should avoid artificial foods, fast foods, cola drinks. Tomatoes, excessive salt should be avoided.
Non- veg foods should be avoided completely.

Tea, coffee, alcohol and smoking are also pitta aggravating. Milk product like yogurt should be avoided.Rather than these foods stress on foods, which are sweet, blend, alkaline in nature. Foods that should be included are grains, rice, pasta, beans, breads, dairy products, sweet drinks and juices. Fresh vegetables and fresh fruits should be taken.

Herbs

Babul (Acacia arabica), Butea (Butea monosperma), Cassia (Cassia fistula), Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) and Madhuca (Madhuca indica)are good to take.

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