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Antifungal activity of Calotropis procera latex against ringworm(Dermatophytes)

Anil Kumara* & Punam Kumaria
aDepartment of Botany, Ranchi College Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Received : 5th January, 2017 ; Revised : 3rd March, 2017

Abstract: Human skin is the outer covering of the body, which constitute the first line of defence. Dematophyte cause infections of the skin, hair, nails etc. Some of the skin infections are known as “Ringworm” or “Tinea”. The infection is mostly cutaneous i.e. restricted to the non-living cornified layer of skin by Cheesbrough1. Plant Calotropis procera exhibit a lot of medicinal properties including antifungal propertie,by Iqbal et al 20052. This study was carried out to elucidate the antifungal activity of latex of Calotropis procera against selected species of deramatophytes i.e. Trichophyton rubrum and Microsporum gypseum. The Latex of C. procera also obtained in different concentration 20%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100% with the media (SDA) sabouraud dextrose agar. This is treated against the dermatophytes and efficacy is recorded. The result shows that the latex of C. procera shows high inhibitory impacts in higher concentration. The findings of the study confirmed the usefulness of latex of C. procera in the treatment of ringworm and will benefit the society.

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