I had a spot of ringworm on the back of my hand, and tried treating it first with black walnut extract, which seemed to make it redder and incubate it more than anything. I then read about tea tree oil and tried that, applying it 3-4 times a day for a week and a half. This seemed to dry out the whole area, killing everything and seeming to take care of the ringworm. If I kept applying it, it seemed like the skin underneath would never heal so I lessened my applications down to 1 or none each day, and as the skin came back to life, it appeared as though the ringworm was rejuvenating as well, and not only that, but was now getting larger. I reverted to black walnut extract, which I'd forgotten hadn't really worked the first time, and had the same effect (seemingly spreading/incubating the fungus). I was getting a little frustrated after 2 weeks and no effects, so I tried ACV and wrapping the ringworm in garlic under a bandage for a night--in the morning it was as red as ever. Read about Absorbine Jr. on this website and got some from the pharmacy 1st thing in the morning. 4 applications a day for two days, it's now day three, and I don't want to be too optimistic but the spot is barely visible any longer and the ringworm appears to be dying out completely. There was noticeable improvement just within the first 12 hours after the first application, and each day I see progressive improvement, and no major skin death/drying out as with the tea tree oil.
Absorbine Jr. appears to be the cure my ringworm was asking for, and at $9 a bottle, well worth it. Thanks, Earth Clinic, for pointing me toward this.
(If for any reason this fails and the ringworm comes back within the next few days, I'll report back)
After 3 long years of pain, embarrassment and discomfort, I am happy to report that something finally worked for the ringworm that I had on my hand/wrist area. I have tried countless remedies (H2O2, turmeric, tea tree, clove, neem, lavender, oregano and other essential oils, etc.) I also tried over the counter, as well as doctor prescribed medications all with little to no improvement. I was told that my lack of success may be due to the fact that the treatments that I attempted were for things other than fungi, which is essentially what ringworm is, a fungus. I used Absorbine Jr. Original Formula (which seems to be different than other versions of the product), which is regularly used to treat athlete's foot itch, insect bites, etc. I had immediate relief and within a few hours, I could not believe my eyes as to the healing/improvement that took place. This is truly amazing: I can hardly see where the ringworm was before. Thank you very much Earth Clinic, I love you!
I have used Absorbine Jr.for years to kill ringworms. Usually only one application does the trick. I think the longest time frame that it has ever taken to get rid of a ringworm has been about 24 hours. This remedy was passed to me by my mother who used it for years on the cat and me. When the cat would get a ringworm, if he saw the bottle of Absorbine Jr. coming, oh my stars and garters, the kitty cat rodeo was on. But to no avail my mother would win, the cat would get treated, and the ringworm would die.
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Dab Mercurochrome onto Ring worm with cotton tip, do this daily for two weeks, careful of staining fabrics. If this fails, use laundry 'Blue Bags', wet bag or block and rub on affected area forming a little paste, leave to dry, will wash off when bathing next, reapply.
EC: Mercurochrome is no longer sold in the USA as of 1998. Great article: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2518/what-happened-to-mercurochrome
For ringworm or any other fungal infection of the skin, I've always used the milk from a figleaf. You usually only have to do it once or twice. This is good for humans or pets.
A bug bites started to get a ring of pustules around it so we started treating it as ringworm with TTO, ACV, and astringents. Absorbine turned the circle black and it sloughed off but continued to grow on the outer edge. At 1 1/2 inches we put on sliced garlic for 20 min. Which burned it. When the scab came off there was good skin unerneath. Still grew so we tried aloe and then slapped on and covered it with plastic. The next day all lumps were gone and there was a purplish flat 2" scar. Thought I had it licked. Then another circle started above the scar. (beloe knee). We went to a Derm. BIG MISTAKE!! She diagnosed impetigo over ringworm. Ignored all my symptoms and refused to do a scraping. Kept questioning her diagnosis. She said Bagbalm just sooths, doesn't cure anything. For 2 months we used the RXs mupirocin, (still refused scraping for fungus) Nystatin, Ciclopirox, and Lotramin Ultra. It got large red lumpy, oozy and crusty. Next DR insisted on biopsy. This showed no fungus or bacteria- suggested nummular (discoid) eczema. We put vaseline around the biopsy holes and all the crud sloughed off so we put it on the whole messed and the next day it was a flat purple scar like when we used Bagbalm 4 months ago. Drs were totally against home remedies and said info on the internet is dangerous. They never said to use emollients , just a steroid rx. So I treated it myself with vaseline. So if anti fungals do not work for you try an emollient because Ringworm looks like discoid eczema. Good luck. Hope I can save people from my 8 mo. Ordeal and $800 bills. Dr steered me in the opposite direction from what my gut felt. His last comment was Bagbalm is not a magic cure and walked out ( Dr have such an ego)
I diagnosed myself with ringworm after I showed my scaly patches to friends and family and two of them said definitely ringworm. So as with anything, I skipped the doctor and started looking at Earth Clinic! (how much money have I saved over the years by coming here first?) Unfortunately I wasted a few days on your readers' suggested ringworm treatments... My diagnosis was incorrect, I actually have Pityriasis rosea, which is a virus and just has to run its course, apparently. If you think you may have misdiagnosed your ringworm, put "Pityriasis rosea" into google images. As soon as I saw the pictures I knew it was me. This rash feasts on areas that have never had much sun: breasts and butt for women, butt for men.
EC: "Pityriasis rosea is a common skin condition in children and young adults. It usually begins as one large spot on your chest, abdomen or back and then spreads. The rash of pityriasis rosea often sweeps out from the middle of your body, and its shape resembles drooping pine-tree branches." Source: The Mayo Clinic
Pics of Pityriasis rosea: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=Pityriasis+rosea&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2
Hi, This is for all ringworm sufferers! Fungus help:
I had a very bad case of fungal skin infections (ringworm most likely) on my legs and hand. I had also a bad case of lymphedema, which I got rid of (see my other entry here), but then the stupid fungus attacked with a vengence! So I got rid of one enemy to only attract number 2! So no more swelling and pain, BUT now ITCH and sores! It was going on for a few months with almost no relief. I tried every cream/remedy known to man without success!
Despairing I told a friend, who told me: try "MMS" aka Magic Mineral Substance created by a man named Jim Humble...It cures all sorts of pathogen related viral infectious diseases. Serious ones like Malaria, Lyme diease, you name it! Skeptical I tried it! It WORKED! All the fungus is GONE! Took a few weeks...but eradicated it, even from my hand, where I had had a weird fungus for a year.
So here's my protocol:
MMS in the AM, along with topically some health food store natural fungal cream, just to protect the skin from lingering nasties.
That's it folks!
I tried: ACV, lavender/tea tree oil mix with sea salt first to dry the skin (paid $40 bucks for the download of that info...didn't work), oregano (wild) oil, garlic, multiple creams, etc. NOTHING really got rid of the torture of this fungus, except MMS. Not trying to advertise it, just spreading the word to help fellow fungus sufferers. Interestingly enough Jim Humble's simple remedy is cheap too.
Good luck...hope this helps others.
EC: More about MMS here: http://www.earthclinic.com/supplements/MMS.html
Turpentine for Ring Worm?:
Anyone have experience with topical turpentine for Ringworm on the torso?
I've tried 3 strengths of colloidal silver, apple cider vinegar, 10% sulfur Soap, soap with flowers of sulfur, 4-5 topicals. No luck.
When the prescription drugs and ointments provided temporary relief, there are natural treatments that do not cut into your savings.
N1. Applied 'tincture of Iodine' with a q-tip one a day and the ringworm was gone in a week. This may tint the skin and clothes.
N2. Application of Dettol antiseptic (the original old formula) stopped the fungal growth.
N3. Slightly warmed 100 ML mustard oil, added a teaspoon each of Turmeric powder and a red chilli powder. Mixed well and Stored in a bottle. Applied twice daily to stop fungus. This may tint the clothes.
S1. Lugol's solution: Washed the affected area with mild shampoo and applied twice daily to stop the fungal growth.
S2. If I wanted to avoid tinting or sensitivity, applied Tamarind extract 1:5 which is a potent fungicide and bactericide. Soaked 20 grams of Tamarind in 100 ML warm water, mashed and squashed, filtered and stored in the fridge for daily use.
S3. Slightly warmed 100 ML mustard oil, added a teaspoon of Turmeric and mixed well. Applied twice daily for fungus control. This may tint the clothes.
For ringworm I contracted at the gym or nail salon on my lower leg. Never having had it before, I had no idea what it was, at first I thought it was a spider or mosquito bite. But it didn't go away, then it became round and red, I saw pictures of ringworm online and it looked the same so I bought antifungal cream, used it for two weeks with no improvement, I went to the Dr and he gave me different antifungal cream, it also did no good after a week, and the circle got larger. I found this website by chance while I was researching the subject and I'm really glad I did. I've used several remedies suggested on this website and I want to add my experiences incase it could help someone else with this fungus. Absorbine jr. , apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil all worked by not letting it spread and for relief of itch.
Before I knew what it was, I was putting antibiotic ointment on it and covering it with a band aid and I think the moist environment strengthened the hold the fungus had on my skin. Anyway, I've been super diligent about disinfecting everything as well as loosely covering it at night with a 4''x4'' square of white cotton fabric and paper tape so it won't rub against the bed or sheets but is still able to breathe and stays dry. Plus I don't want to spread it to my husband or cat. I've been doing that for three weeks now, the first two with just the absorbine jr, then I started the tea tree oil, but it smells unpleasant so I went to apple cider vinegar, has been working great, I actually think it's almost cured. The vinegar made a layer of skin rub off after a couple days and it was pink and raw so I cut a piece of aloe vera off my plant, sliced it longwise and put it right on the raw part, then taped a piece of gauze dipped in vinegar over top the aloe and left it on all night, next morning it felt better and looked like the fungus is dying off and the healing is happening finally. I can't believe how difficult it's been to get rid of this, I hope any info I gave will help others. As others have suggested I'll keep treating the area for at least two weeks after it seems gone, I never want to deal with this horrible fungus again.
There are tons of remedies I for one currently have it... I have been studying the body for 5 years. This is horrible. Most common places to get ringworm a NEW animal... Cats, Rabbits, Puppies, Horses. Other places such as a public restroom with still water, dirty swimming pool, let's not forget a locker room. Ringworm is a tenia most common tinea is tinea pedis (athletes feet) if you have a new animal take them to your trusted vet just because you don't see it does not mean they do not have it. I bleached the entire house, got the medicine Ketoconazole it is in a tablet and a cream in the anti-parasite family (ringworm is a skin parasite), Hydroxyz for itching! The Itch Stopped There!! Get if in your case it's from an animal a LiME dip treatment bottle! DO NOT WASTE MONEY ON PRESCRIPTION PET MEDS!!!! Dip the pet use the cream and pills in just 2 days the infection starts to disappear! The meds are good ESP. If you are one allergic to a lot of medication this only side effect is drowsiness. And the line dip wear gloves, don't wear rings!!! I know this may be long but trust me more details the better.. Ifffff you are using at home remedies do NOT USE THE SAME FINGER TWICE ON DIFFERENT RINGS THAT HELPS THE INFECTION TO SPREAD!!!! USE DIFFERENT FINGERS THEN WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY!!!! I hope this helps!!!! Oh and lastly WASH BED CLOTHES IN HOOOOOT WATER!!!!
I tried this and the nail polish just flaked and sent contaminated fragments all over the room. It only seemed to make it bigger and the area more irritated.
I couldn't get the dry polish off completely so I just kept spreading it everywhere for a couple of days.
My wife had ringworm under her chin for about two months. She tried Calamine lotion for about a month and 1/2 because she thought she had brushed against some poison ivy, not realizing it was ringworm. When she realized it was ringworm, she painted it twice daily for a week with lugol's solution (5% iodine) and it started to noticeably clear. Then I read about clear nail polish, and she quit the iodine and applied nail polish twice daily for two days, and now it is gone. Looks like the nail polish worked the best.
put 2-3 coats of nailpolish on the ringworm, it will suffocate it and it will dissapear in less than a week. Try It!