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Natural Ringworm Treatment

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Posted by Laurie (Daejeon, South Korea) on 01/24/2012

I got ringworm from my cat, and I've gone through at least 2-3 cycles of infection now over a period of 2 months. I tried anti-fungal creams. Since it's in Korean and my doctor has limited English, I wasn't sure what the active ingredients were. But I tried 2-3 different types of creams and none helped, one even made it much worse. I even desperately tried bleach... Very bad idea. Wounds festered. I tried apple cider vinegar-much the same as the bleach.

What works: Use bar soap, lather well so that a thick white foam appears over all ringworm spots, let air dry for about 10-20 minutes, gently rinse. Repeat at least 2x/day. I'm doing this plus taking anti-fungal pills once a week. I've ordered Absorbine Jr. at the recommendation of this site. I intend to apply that as well, but it is not available in Korea and I've had to order it online.

Replied by Ruth
Glendora, Ca

Try patting milk of magnesia on the ringworm and letting it dry for 20 minutes then washing it off. This remedy worked for me when I had Cheilitis on my lips when steroids and anti fungal cream did not! Thanks to Ted and this site for this wonderful natural remedy!

Replied by Alex
Latin America

I've been doing this for a few days, I also use an undecilenic acid cream mixed with Vicco Turmeric cream at night (the infection is in my hand, so the cream would gets ashed away if I apply it during the day), and it seems to be working very well.
I'm amazed at the results, and I'm hoping that after several years, I can finally get cured.
Thank you for sharing.

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Posted by Lisa (Pa) on 10/20/2015
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I have had a bad issue with ringworm on the inside of my middle finger. Swollen, dark red, itchy. I applied ACV as I'd seen on some sites. That pulled the toxins out, but it became furiously puffed up afterward, blistered and then a hard crust formed. I could tell the skin was trying to heal. I thought it was done.

A couple of days later, I had a tiny cut on my face between my eye and nose. The fungus spread to my face, then the inside crook of my arm, then the back of my neck. All these were exposed areas, so I started covering the rest of my body with clothes and socks to protect it.

I didn't try ACV again, because it brought the skin to pustules and I read that once they burst, it spreads like wildfire. I think that's what happened to me. So I figured the slow and patient approach best.

I'm a big proponent of natural remedies, and made myself a balm of coconut oil/olive oil/vit e oil/tea tree oil/lavender essential oil. This was soothing, took the itch away for a period of time, but did not stop the spreading (or subsequent reinfections of the same site).

I am currently on the anti-fungal meds from the doc (works ever so slowly and doesn't seem to get rid of it quickly) and tried the steroid cream he gave. Package said to use that for 7 days only so I've stopped that, but that's not enough time to heal this issue.

I turned to online remedies. I tried Blue Star ointment. That seemed to help for a day, but after that it burned my skin and gave me welts, and I couldn't use it anymore.

What does work for me is:

* Selsun Blue shampoo with the scrubbing beads. Great for the lower scalp and back of the neck. Takes away the itching for some time, and is relieving. You can put it on the other sides too but don't scrub too much, since the beads cut the skin (my right hand is super dry due to this shampoo).

* Lamasil. This took away the itching all day for me, and calmed the areas. It doesn't seem to be killing the fungus though. 1x a day after shower.

* Black Walnut tincture. Day one of this and a lot of the redness was gone. Today is day three and I can see my skin color through the ringworm. I can still see redness under the skin so it's still there, but seems to be slowly fading. 3x a day, or dab on if there are small areas that itch/sting after application.

*Dr. Bronner's castille soap with tea tree oil - I use this to cleanse the site between applications. Foam it up and rinse in cool water. I use it at least 3-4 times a day, even on my face. Pat dry with clean towel, and let area completely air dry for a bit. The apply your black walnut tincture.

Internally, I saw a site that said to drink ACV (1.5 tsp to half glass water). So I'm having that daily, along with a teaspoon of Carlson's cod liver oil (the lemon-flavored one).

I also don't let clothing touch the sites (crook of my arm - roll up sleeve or wear really short sleeve shirt that doesn't touch the site) because clothing seems to irritate it, help it to spread and keep in the moisture. I have been sleeping on the couch with towels laid out under me. I sleep on my back with the crook of the arm facing up, so that the air can get to the site. If I bend my arm, within minutes moisture and warmth builds up, and the site reddens and stings. Wash all towels and clothes daily with plenty of vinegar in the rinse.

I'm definitely not scared/panic-y anymore. I was extremely concerned about it spreading more, or me having it forever. I'm not going to say that it isn't going to happen, but at least I feel a little more at ease, seeing it slowly get better daily.

If you have it bad, I think you have to be patient with the remedy that seems to calmly heal this issue. I don't see how these folks can put something on and in two days it's totally gone. Maybe that works for someone who recognizes it when they get it, and they catch it small. However, for those of us who have had it longer, or have larger areas, patience and diligence seem to be key. It seems that different things work for different folks, so try and find what works for you.

I've also seen that gentian violet works well and quickly. I've not been able to find that yet, but if this continues on me. I'll have to order it and try it.

I hope this helps someone. Thanks to everyone who have shared their stories and methods here.


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Posted by Alex (Latin America) on 07/16/2017
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I tied various concentrations but in the end it didn't work. I used bleach that has nothing else in it because I heard there are other kinds with other chemicals that can burn the skin.

I applied it for over a month, twice a day, for about 1 hour, then washed it off and applied Lamisil.

It dried the skin, it seemed to make Lamisil work slightly better, but in the end it didn't work.

Posted by Dawn (Las Vegas, NV ) on 07/21/2015
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I've been using the bleach treatment and it has given me two more new spots. I'm at a loss here and itching terribly as I cant afford a Dr.much less any med can anyone help with a new suggestion.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Dawn (Las Vegas, NV) ----

The simplest and cheapest remedy for ringworm which is a fungus, is turmeric powder applied dry.

I have used it for years on cats with good results.

Turmeric if spilled on clothes, washes out very well if patient. I use Sunlight laundry soap bar. First, the spot turns a nice pink. I hang the garment up wet and it may disappear or will do so next time. It works well on cottons.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn.

HI U DAWN, , , , , , , , , Buy Walnut tincture and the game is over. I just dice up a walnut that we have on our farm. You city slickers have to buy all this stuff. Us rural Rednecks have all this in abundance.

ATS ========ORH===========

Replied by Mimi

Hello. My family has had great results getting rid of ringworm with the bleach method by diluting it with water to a solution that agrees with your skin type, using a q tip to apply it to the ringworm only, then cover with a bandage so it won't be touched and spread. Repeat daily until it begins to flake away, then just the diluted bleach until cured. It almost seems like the bandaid suffocates it. Adding a little bleach to a warm bath for a few nights has helped also.

But, if the bleach really bothers you, apple cider vinegar would be my next choice and its not very expensive. They do really itch and burn, but I try to think of it as the remedy killing the fungus. When I was little, my mother bought Blue Star ointment, not natural I suppose, but it worked also.

Posted by Joanna (Mauritius) on 05/27/2015
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I have been suffering form ring worm since 4 month now, now it start to desapear as I've applied bleach on it. Now at the areas where the ringworm got killed my skin look dark, there a lot of marks, what can I use to remove this?

Posted by Jacob (Huntington Beach, United States) on 02/12/2012
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Do not use Bleach for ringworm. It will pop the pimples in the middle of the ringworm and irritate the ringworm to where it will grow to the size of a quarter. I know because my brother tried it with Bleach and also my wrestling coach told the whole team!

Posted by Stella (Provience, Ri) on 02/08/2011
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I have had a ringworm infection for about 4 months. I had big patches on either side of my waist and arm. I have used Absobine solution, Gris-peg as prescribed by a medical doctor (this made it worse) the Absobine solution was very painful the itch was relieved temporarily(I wouldn't advice this one because it just hurts for nothing). I even tried the antifungal cream which made it even worse. It looks like the strain I had was a very persist one so I decided to use bleach(straight) out of desperation! It was very painful! (I wouldn't advice you to use it this way either) the itch stopped and I stopped using it after a day or two. The itch and the ringworm patches ressurected with a vegence so I decided a different approach that has given me the best results which you can take to the bank!

I decided to dilute the bleach and it worked beautifully for me. I decided to take a disposable cup(medium) almost filled and put close to 2-3 Table spoons of bleach and used a wash cloth to apply and rub on the affected area. The itch was controlled and the ring worm dried out and the rough skin has been restored to smooth skin. I have been applying Vitamin E oil or cocnut oil or any kind of oil to keep the dry skin from itching after a series of application. I have also been using a brush to brush the area to help the skin heal faster by increasing circulation and it is very smooth and the scars are almost gone. Thanks to this Website and persistance. I have used the diluted bleach treatment like twice-three times a day for and two-3weeks and I can say I'm almost over this frightening attack. Hope you find this helpful. I can sleep with not problem of the annoying itch again! Thanks be to God!

Replied by Barefoot2
Phoenix, Arizona, Usa

I adopted a kitten and I thought it had mange but the vet said it was ringworm. I wish I had found out sooner than I did because it spread to my other cat and me before I got it under control. I would not use bleach due to how toxic it is but I used Qtips and put food grade hydrogen peroxide on it. It hurt some but dried it up immediately. I then bought a flourescent black light and went into a dark room with both cats, they both had areas that glowed green and I had a couple of spots of it. My naturopathic doctor gave my allium (garlic) oil. It contains 40 mcg of allium per drop. It really worked on me. I rubbed 1 drop into the spots 3x a day for 2 days and mine are gone. I'm considering using it on my cats but since garlic is supposed to be bad for them I am hesitating to use it. The vet gave me a special shampoo and a bottle of liquid called pure oxygen and it has been somewhat effective. I will be taking them sunbathing to see if that helps.

Posted by Renee (Ray City, Georgia) on 12/02/2009
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When I was young, I used clorox or bleach on my ringworm and it went away after a couple of weeks. Now, my grandson has a ringwrom, but I'm afraid to use bleach. I will try the ACV to see if it works.

Replied by Jacques
Marshall, Nc

Hello Renee from Ray City Georgia, a most effective treatment for ring worms is colorless iodine, or bleach iodine, same stuff, I had rings worms and a dear friend told me about it, it is getting hard to find in drug stores but easily gotten on the net. This iodine will do short work of a long standing problem, I have done two applications at 12 hours intervals and that was done.

I love this site,

Replied by Merryanne
Orange City, Florida, USA
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To Jacques, I was looking for the clear iodine in Walmart yesterday, I asked the lady in the Pharmacy for it, they keep it behind in the Pharmacy precription area,,they were out of stock but ordered some and it will be in stock in 4 days,,, We should start asking our local Pharmacy's for the items we want,,if they do not have it, ask if it is possible they can order it, the same is true for some of the other food items we want from our grocery store. merryanne in Fl

Posted by morgan (constantia, NY) on 01/17/2009
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Me and everybody in my family, a 12, 14, 9, 8, and 7 year old, got ring worm including the two family pets and we could not figure out how to get rid of it and someone recommended bleaching them with Clorox Bleach so have been trying it and the 7 and 8 year olds are gone afer four days of using it. the 14 year old and the 12 and the 9 year olds are somewhat gone so are going to keep using it but i totally recommend using the Clorox Bleach to get rid of ringworm it is the best and oo yea if your family pet has the ringworm go to the vet and get the pills for animals, not the cream, it doesnt work.

Posted by Eileen (Austin, TX) on 08/30/2006
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I used Bleach. It cured the ringworm on my daughters arm. I used a Qtip and dipped it in clorox bleach applied it for several days and it went away.

Posted by KAP (Dallas, TX) on 08/29/2006
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Put 3 tbsp of bleach in bathtub water & soak. I don't recommend this for women, but my husband did this & his dried up within 2 days. Cured ringworm all over body.

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Posted by Ron (Manila, Philippines) on 10/15/2014
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I had ringworm on and off for over 40 years. When it started it would appear once or twice a year. As I got older it got worse. In a hot and humid climate, I was getting it every couple of weeks. I found a liquid fungicide that would knock it out pretty well and I tried many home remedies but it always came back. Then around a year ago I heard how a bleach bath would cure 'old timers' disease. So I added 2 cups of ordinary liquid bleach to a hot bath and gave it a try. Don't know if it did anything for the old timer coz I just realized that I haven't had any ringworm now for over a year. I'm surprised no one has tried this before. I think it is a good cure for ringworm.

Replied by John
New York, Ny
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I get ringworm on the tops of my feet and have tried soaking them in bleach and water many times. It does not make the ringworm go away in my case.


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Posted by Angelina (Moncton, N.b., Canada) on 01/10/2011
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I was never officially diagnosed by a doctor with ringworm but I deduced on my own from checking my symptoms online and with friends. I had red itchy rounds blotches on my chest and arms. At first I used ACV and tea tree oil. That stableized things and kept it from spreading but it didn't seem to clear it up. Finally it was suggested to me to scrub with borax and a clean face cloth. Apparently the fungus likes to live underneath dry skin, and so scrubbing away the dead skin would take away the fungus' shelter. I saw results in a day and was so relieved. I continued this for a good few weeks although it was pretty much gone in a week. I just wanted to make sure it wouldn't return. Borax is mild anyway. Always make sure the cloth you are using is clean to prevent putting the fungus back on your skin.

Posted by Smith (San Francisco, California, Usa) on 10/08/2009
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A year ago I came to this site to find a remedy for ringworm. I had gone through an number of over the counter products, which seemed to spread the fungus instead of stopping it. It had developed because of taking prescription medication with fluoride base. Yes I was poisoning myself with a doctor's help.

I tried Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and urine to no avail. By the time I found Borax at WalMart, the fungus had spread all over my hands and I had begun to worry that I would be spreading it everywhere on my body. Plus my hands were cracked and bleeding, blistering and peeling, and the itching was endless.

So I started on Ted's recommended dose of 1/8 tsp in a liter of water and drank it slowly over a few hours. This worked within the first few days so well that I didn't want to stop after a few days to take a break, but I did. Within a months time the ringworm had completely vanished and the only thing left was the tiny pits in my fingernails where the fungus had affected the growth of the new nail.

Once my nails were not pitted anymore I stopped taking the borax supplement.

EC: More about Borax here: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/borax.html

Replied by Bschmidt
Millet, Alberta

I thought I'd reply to this thread because when I was younger my sister brought home a kitten with ringworm. Right away I had one on my leg where the cat sat. It was about the size of a dime. So I took After Bite and applied it to the area. (After Bite contains ammonia. ) The ringworm spot puffed up and went back down before my eyes. A couple days later I looked and it was totally gone and never came back.

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Posted by Kokila (Roslyn Heights, New York) on 06/10/2009
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I had a terrible case of A. Lymphedma in my legs and B. Ringworm there as well.
Cured both.

Here's how:
Lymphedema: got this during my pregnancy and continued for almost 2 years thereafter.
I believe from Adrenal and kidney depletion...pregnancy is hard on the glands...adrenals control fluids in the body...so do kidneys.
Anyway..tried everything: Lymphatic drainage massage MLD, acupuncture, herbs, compression stockings, you name it.
Here's what worked: a. Wheatgrass juice daily and fresh celery and spirulina and parsley juice.
b. Epsom salt baths (1/2 pound in the hot water with some bubble bath ,,,natural of course). Soaked 20 minutes a night before bed.
c. trampoline work.

Guess what? I'm cured...the massage therapist said I'd never cure it...that there is no cure. Oh yeah?
I sure hated those compression stockings. UGLY!

Now for the ringworm: AGAIN! Tried everything!!! Spent lots of money on creams, etc. tried herbs, etc. NOTHING! WORKED! The itching was driving me crazy ...plus ugly oozing sores on my legs. In desperation I tried: YES! Calamine lotion. IT WORKS FOLKS!
In a few hours I found relief and now it's gone. Try it. The lotion cost me $1.99

Best of luck.