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Neem has historically been an effective treatment for fungal infections. Early studies verified scientifically that the fungus that causes ringworm is effectively controlled with neem
extracts (1).

In one trial, patients with long term and severe cases of ringworm were selected for study. They had used commercial ointments containing salicylic acid and benzoic acid for over three years yet had failed to stop the infection. They were each treated with alcoholic neem leaf extract in a carrier lotion. Within just two to three days after using neem extract on the areas the patients were clear of the infection and remained so for the one year follow-up period.(2)

Recommendations

Wash with Neem soap or NeemWell Shampoo if available.

When dry apply Neem Cream topically to affected area(s).

Taking Neem capsules to build up the immune system, and oxygenate and increase blood circulation is also recommended.

Ringworm

Ringworm is the medical term given to a skin infection, which is caused by a fungus that can affect various parts of the body. Fungi, which cause skin infections, are divided into three distinct groups: geophile (from soil sources); zoophile (from animals) and antropophile (from humans).

The fungi which cause ringworm are zoophile and are transmitted primarily - though not exclusively - through contact with animals.

Ringworm forms on the skin and can affect any part of the body. However, it is most commonly found on the scalp, fingers, nails, groin or feet.

Causes
Ringworm is usually transmitted by coming into close contact with animals such as cats, dogs, hamsters, farm animals, guinea pigs, rabbits etc. Children are very prone to ringworm and they can easily pass it around to other children with whom they come into contact. Adults can also develop ringworm, particularly those who work with animals such as farmers and those in the veterinary industry.

Symptoms
Skin: The one distinctive characteristic of ringworm is a ring-shaped or oval patch of scaly red skin. The red scales are confined to the outer edges of the ring, while inside the ring the skin may not look nearly as inflamed or scaly. The infected areas are usually itchy.

Scalp: If the ringworm is confined to the scalp, there may be bald patches on the head and the skin will have a bumpy, scaly appearance. In more severe cases, a kerion may develop on the scalp. This is a swollen mass discharging pus, which is not only unsightly, but may also be very painful. If left untreated, this form of ringworm may lead to alopecia (baldness) and may be very difficult to cure.

Nails: Ringworm of the nails is caused by a fungal infection similar to the type which causes Athlete's Foot. It is characterised by a gradual thickening of the nail and nail bed, which is whitish in appearance. The nail becomes thick, discoloured and may eventually be permanently damaged if left untreated.
Who are the risk groups?

Those most at risk of
developing ringworm are:

Children, especially if they are in close contact with animals.

Farmers, and all those working in close proximity to animals on a farm.

Veterinary industry employees, where there is daily contact with animals.

Young people, especially on the feet in those who wear trainers.

Athletes are particularly susceptible to developing ringworm because of increased levels of perspiration.

Diagnoses

Most people can recognise ringworm by physical appearance alone. However, it may be necessary for your GP to take a scraping from the site of the infection and send it to the laboratory in order to identify the particular type of fungus responsible. In most cases this is not necessary because the diagnosis is usually obvious on simple inspection.

What is the treatment?

Conventional of treatment is to prescribe antifungal cream for the affected area or a course of antifungal tablets.

1. Narayan, D.S. (1965) The antifungal activity of neem oil and its constituents. Mediscope. Vol. VIII, No. 6. p 323 - 326

2.Singh, N., Nath, R., Singh, S.P. and Kohli, R.P. (1980) Clinical evaluation of anthelmintic activity of Melia azadirachta. Antiseptic. 77: 739-741.




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are safe for topical use on all age groups.
Neem leaf capsules should not be given to
anyone under the age of 14
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