Ringworm
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Natural Ringworm Treatment

Pennies in Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Katydid (Katy, Tx) on 05/14/2018
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Pennies in ACV remedy:

I tried this the last time I got ringworm and it didn't work at ALL! Not only that, it burned my skin horribly and made it worse. Wish I'd never tried it. And I am not ACV sensitive, by the way. What finally cleared it up was simple OTC athlete's foot cream. You can find it at most dollar stores and all pharmacies. Gone in 4 days, no pain, no scars.


Posted by Star (Towanda, Pa) on 02/12/2010
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The best way to get rid of ringworm is to take a few old pennies and place in a cup with about 5 tablespoons of apple cider vinager. let age for a day or two and rub directly on the ring worm. it will normally burn. but will work. i had ring worm so bad that it was larger than the size of a fifty cent piece. it had completely ate away all of my skin and itched terribly. it works. i have used this remedy for over 25 years, and it is yet not to work.


Pennies Soaked in ACV, Then Covered in Tea Tree Oil  

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Posted by Betty (Ottawa, Canada) on 09/03/2007
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Cured within 2 days using pennies soaked in apple cider vinegar, used solution on it twice a day and then covered with teatree oil. These remedies worked wonderfully, and I caught it in time before it spread.


Potassium Permanganate  

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Posted by Nicholas (Edison, Nj) on 03/30/2015
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I had a severe case of ringworm in 1959 when I was in the army. They gave me big pills of potassium permanganate. In the evening I dissolved one pill in water and soaked my feet in it for about 10 minutes. I did it every day, once a day, and it took less than 2 weeks to kill the ringworm--totally healed. It has never bothered me since.


Remedies That Didn't Work  

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Posted by T3 (Chicago, IL) on 01/04/2009
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I took baths with the vinegar stuff and that didn't work, athlete's foot creme, not working, back to applying the vinegar. I do not have itching or dark rings around the circle, i don't see any white in between. Dr. said fungi, the ointment didn't work either. Now years later, no job or insurance still, I'm at a loss. Spreading more, now to my legs which, I do not touch the bumps then my legs. Now what about our insides, how are we being affected? I heard we need a anibiotic as well.

Mom thinks garlic pills everyday will help. If I can't reach on my back and the others do go away, I think it will come back. But when I took baths everyday in it, that didn't work anyway. It is ugly and embarrasing, can't ever let anyone see them. I also from coming back from FL started getting like heat rashes or bumps every time I sunbathed. I didn't have that in FL, or would I had I stayed. So I have 2 battles now and no insurance. I"m worried about my insides and my vision, is what I heard. I'm already half blind anyway, so this is not helping matters. Man, I stink of vinegar right now, everyone will be looking at me.

Replied by GJ
Springfield, Ohio
01/04/2009

T3from Chicago, are you sure what you have is ringworm? I have a niece who was told she had everything from ringworm to dermatitis to eczema. Much like you she battled it for several years with it spreading to different areas of her body. Certain foods and heat and sun exposure made it worse. Finally one very alert Pediatric Rheumatologist recognised her skin condition as Skin Lupus, confirmed by a skin biopsy.


Posted by Kevin (LA, US) on 05/20/2008
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ringworm -- what has not worked for me: hydrogen peroxide, garlic, lamasil, vinegar, ashes. 5 failures


Posted by Ship (Wilmington, OH) on 12/15/2006
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i have had ringworm since march of 2006 when i was crawling around a manure spreader for some photography shots. i first tried cutting it off and placing bleach on it at the recommendation of a wrestler. THAT HURT!! and it went away...for the summer. i suppose there were traces on my boots or something because in the fall it came right back, and it was spreading - three on each leg!. >so i steeped thyme and used the "tea paste" 2x a day, but that merely left it stagnant. it didn't grow but it didn't go away. i moved on to ginger, and instead of brewing it, i cut slices and taped it with duct tape to the spots. that was good until i went jogging and started sweating. o no! now i have ringworm and some crazy rash all around it caused by duct tape and sweat. i think i will try the cider vinegar solution and disinfect my boots and all my socks and pants. the end, or is it?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
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A ringworm won't die. Their weakness is a saturated solution of borax and 1% hydrogen peroxide. It is a strong form of fungus. An alkaline form is more effective in the long run. If you want to really kill there is also another way, available at your local aquarium retail outlets everywhere. The anti algae bottle to control algae in fish tanks are often a solution of copper sulfate or a buffered form of copper chloride. Those are applied two or three time to the area and repeated weekly application should be more than enough. They outperform all doctor's med on fungus treatment and for less than 1/20th of the price. Fungus and ringworms major weakness are borax, and copper. There are others, but this would be best tested so far. A borax and copper solution is another possibility. Basically you will add saturated borax to the anti-algae bottle, (often it is light transparent blue in color, usually it is copper sulfate - but they don't label as such, but this is usually the case). The apply this solution to the feet or areas where there is ringworm for external application only. As far as I know this has worked better than any doctors med for topical ringworm applications.

Replied by Mylisa
California
12/05/2015

Hi! Apple Cider Vinegar WITH the Mother will work but you have to apply it daily, several times a day AND eliminate all sugar you can from your diet. Look up an anti-candida (yeast) dietary plan. It's tough but it works. And Antibiodics will make it [email protected]!! NOOOOOO antibiotics unless you want to have more resistance to killing it for good. Also wash all your bedding and clothing well and keep washing your hands well too. It's a nightmare and takes forever to cure. YOu can also ask your DR. for an antifungal which is my next step. Coconut oil works too, unrefined but it's messy so use a shower cap over night. I haven't tried it yet but in small amounts but know it works from friends. Good luck!!! See a Naturopath instead of a regular DR. if you can too. :) They know what they're doing. Most of them anyway. :)


Reptile Light  

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Posted by Lynn (Ann Arbor, Michigan) on 01/27/2012
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My son has had recurring ringworm in a couple spots (thigh and forearm). It always seems to flare up in the fall and get better when he can get sun on it (which is nearly impossible in a Michigan winter). We decided to try a reptile light bulb available at a pet store (it has UVA and heat). We put the bulb in a small lamp fixture and he held his arm above it for 10-15 minutes a day and it worked like a charm. He was also using the Absorbine for the week or so prior to this, and that helped somewhat, but the reptile light really made a difference. The skin was clear after 5 or 6 days.


Ringworm Remedies  

Posted by Naturalrush (Toronto, Canada) on 09/26/2013

Ringworm help please. I have what the doctor says is ringworm. It seems to be fading (slowwwly) with clotrimazole. However after reading everyone's posts here it seems it always comes back or becomes resistant? What can I do right now to aid the healing process. I am going crazy with this, afraid to touch my own face etc. I have three spots, all on my legs.

Also, if you see a pimple like bump what can you do right away to keep it from developing/getting worse?

Can anyone speak to there being any truth that you need to take on an anti candida like diet :S seems extreme

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
09/27/2013

To Naturalrush/ Canada:

Greetings...the joys of killing a fungus. Not.

Know what you're going thru. Ringworm is persistent and I've used a lot of different things to counter attack: Success with Epsom Salts... Disolve the mag sulfate in water leaving it graney and take the paste and rub vigorously if you like on the infected spot. It sure feels good too if itching. Just let it dry. Again a few hours later. Then apply borax; as in 20 Mule Team Borax, which has boron in it. Let dry. Again apply an hour later and let dry.

That is a three day protocol. If the fungus is in the system then you'll see the infection re emerge at different skin locations as ringworm seeks the skin and I'm thinking (maybe wrong but I think not) that the fungus if in the blood stream will seek out its favorite "home" which is the skin.

So to kill it system wide; colloidal silver taken daily over a two month period with alternating doses of bentonite clay or charcoal... You can get the clay in health food stores in pill form and also the charcoal in powder form. I know charcoal is in powder canisters also but I've only used it to take internally by pill. Either way, powder disolved in water or in pill form it's a good cleanser.

By the way, you might try using charcoal and clay... Either one... Topically too if the epsom salts/boron aren't doing the trick. CS also topically might work. I'd combine CS with DMSO if you are going to use topically to get it deep into the skin layers to the root system of the fungus.

Dave

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
09/27/2013

To Natural rush in Canada re ringworm (fungus) cures:

I posted about using "clay" and incorrectly said you can take that by capsule... and was talking also about charcoal. NO. The clay you mix in water and disolve and drink or make a more solid paste to apply topically. Over the years I've used CHARCOAL in pill form not clay in pill form. You can also make a paste out of charcoal and apply topically.

So sorry. And I do proof my posts three times before sending. I'll have to start proofing four times. (Or stop writing in the middle of the night... Which is when I am most alert... I thought.)

Dave

Replied by Naturalrush
Toronto, Canada
09/27/2013

Thank you for your reply! When you say let the epsom salt dry do you mean for a few minutes then wash off? I cant imagine just leaving it on lol. I have no clue what the heck borax is, will look into it. Will taking ACV orally help kill the fungus internally? I already have it at home (with 'the mother') Have you gotten rid of your ringworm successfully?

Replied by Kt
Usa
09/28/2013

When my daughter had one, a nurse practitioner told me to use some miconazole cream. I don't remember how long I kept applying it but it worked. She only had the one.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
09/28/2013

Hello again Naturalrush: In re Ringworm; you let the Epsom compress (just a thick mix of a tablespoon of epsom salts with enough water to disolve... But expect it to be a bit lumpy. Now apply as a compress, just spoon it onto the rash site and let dry for twenty minutes. You can leave longer until completely dry and then wash off. Hours later repeat as described in prior post.

Best to you,

Dave

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
10/08/2013

Hey there!

I am sorry you are going through this process.

I have not had ringworm myself, but I did manage to rescue a kitten from a goat shed on a farm and sucessfully infect my pack of 6 dogs with ringworm that came from the kitten. The kitten went on to a rescue group and my dogs were left with these funny spots! The first veterinarian wanted to culture the spots for a definitive diagnosis, stating the Wood's lamp only flouresced 50% of the time; the second vet used the Wood's lamp and viola! We saw bright apple green spots flowing under the light. How silly; while only 50% of ringworm species glow under a Wood's lamp or black light, a remarkable 50% DO. I suggest a first step for you would be to see if the species you have glows under the black light - if you can spot the color your species glows you are that much ahead in removing the spores from your home and stopping any reinfection from occuring.

What I did to contain a potentially massive outbreak in my house was to paint all the ringworm spots on the dogs with fingernail polish; some folks suggested liquid bandage but that is a breathing membrane: what you want to do is suffocate the fungus and clear fingernail polish does a good job. So, I painted clear fingernail polish on all the dogs spots daily - this for 7-10 days.

I then got all the dog bedding, and since I sleep with my dogs, my bedding too, and washed in bleach; I washed my pajamas and bedding on a daily basis for the next 10 days.

Next, since the species of fungus my dogs had glowed green, I got a black light and some duct tape. I waited until night, turned out all the lights so I was in pitch black, and then went over all the areas in my house the dogs had access to; anything that glowed green I stickied up with the duct tape. Some people purchase high power vacuum cleaners such as Dirt Devil's and then once they vacuum the beejeezus out of their homes discard the unit; I found that duct tape had all the sticking power I needed and did not resort to infecting and discarding a vacuum unit. Once I was certain my furniture was clean and floors were good, I turned on the lights and then put sheets and covers on the furniture that I could easily wash on a daily basis; if its just you infected and no pets, you may not need to go to the extremes of covering your furniture and washing sheets daily. I did a quick nightly inspection with the black light the first week to ensure any spores that were shed from any critter were promptly removed.

Then, on a nightly basis I would take each dog into the hallway and close the doors and turn off the lights - and then go over the dog with the black light. Areas that were about to 'bloom' glowed faintly, while active open sores glowed brightly. I painted each area with the fingernail polish daily - this quickly quashed any new sores and stopped the open sores from shedding spores.

Given that I had 6 dogs at the time that all got infected from the rescue kitten, I was looking at a potential nightmare with no end in sight. But being able to see the spores with the black light saved me time, money, and aggravation and quickly nipped my dogs ringworm infections in the bud and successfully avoided getting contaminated myself.


Ringworm Vs Pityriasis Rosea  

Posted by Tatsiana (Columbus, GA) on 04/24/2009

Hi everybody - this is a great site with probably very helpful advices on how to get rid of ringworm. HOWEVER, it might not be a ringworm you're fighting! There is a very very similar skin condition called Pityriasis Rosea, and the initial outbreak on the skin looks EXACTLY like ringworm (most often it's on the chest or back). But it is not caused by fungus - that's why none of anti-fungi medication helps to clear it up. I got it about a month ago, figured it was a ringworm, started applying over the counter anti-fungul cream, did it for a week with absolutely no change in condition, during the second week I got little spots all over the body, got scared, tried to get an appointment with dermatologist, but was told that next available would be in a month or so (for a new patient), so I went to emergency room where doctor confirmed that it was a ringworm (without any tests though), and prescribed stronger cream and also antibiotic. I took antibiotics and started applying new cream which seemed to aggravate my rashes even more, they became bright read in color. That's when I found this web site, and I started trying every remedy, one after another - tea tree oil, ACV, white vinegar, nail polish, liquid bandaid, garlic - which badly burned my skin. I was thinking about clorox bleach already but skin was already burnt by garlic, so I was pretty desperate - I went to dermatologist's clinic and cried and begged they get me an appointment. I finally got to see the doctor, who took a few scrapings, looked under the microscope, and told me it was not a ringworm but PITYRIASIS ROSEA which is very often mistaken for ringworm. So look up that condition on the internet, and if you are fighting uphill battle with what you think is ringworm, you might find that you have totally different condition, which is not contageous because it's not caused by fungus, and the treatment is a steroid shot (optional) and steroid cream. I hope this information will help somebody.

EC: Images of Pityriasis Rosea on Google search here.


Rubbing Alcohol  

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Posted by Some Guy (Las Vegas, Nv) on 06/09/2016
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Alternating 91% alcohol and ACV worked for my jock itch which is ringworm. Diligent generous applications daily/2x for about 3 weeks worked to slowly get rid of it. I now think I have it on my scalp and beard but the fumes from washing them in alcohol make it inappropriate to treat a large area. Possibly have residual excema conditions along with it. I have tried all OTC nuetragena products, rose hip oil, occasional ACV, and some concoction of all of them...to no avail and left with dry skin. I am now using tea tree and it seems to only control the symptoms. Scalp is tough to treat once it starts to spread. Dabbing alcohol seems to help on my beard and hairline where I can see the red patches of dry skin but alcohol does not kill spores (acv supposedly does).


Posted by Lady Mars (Lithia, Fl) on 04/10/2015
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Hi, I live in hot and humid Florida so every now and then get a touch of athlete's foot or other form of ringworm. Have tried many things over the years, with aloe vera being one of the best at relieving the itch but so-so at curing it completely. Decided to try rubbing alcohol since that was the highest rated remedy on EC. Just rub it on a couple times a day. Cures the itching quickly and dries it up. Works the best of anything I've ever tried.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
04/10/2015

TURMERIC works best. The dry powder.


Posted by Slim (Washington, Dc) on 07/22/2013
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I also used rubbing alcohol on a ringworm patch I had on my arm some years ago. I applied alcohol everytime I could think to. I think it just dried it up and it went away. I never had that problem again.


Posted by Jqueen (Atlanta, Ga, 30309) on 06/20/2011
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Try rubbing alcohol for ring worms. I got one a few months ago and was going crazy trying to look for fungus cream until I said forget it and tried rubbing alcohol. Gone in a few days.


Posted by Indy (Indianapolis, IN) on 01/10/2008
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re: Plain Old Alcohol -- I got ringworm from my sisters kids 4 times. It was usually only one spot on the arm, leg, or once on my back. The first time i used some OTC. I forget the name, but it didn't work. Then I read on another site that rubbing alcohol works. I soaked the infected area in alcohol 2 to 3 times a day, and it went away in about a week. It burned a little, but it wasn't that bad.



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