Last Modified on Apr 19, 2015
Also known as Tinea, Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection that can affect the scalp, body, feet, and nails. Despite its name, it has nothing to do with worms! The name comes from a characteristic red ring that appears on the infected person's skin. Ringworm can be effectively treated with home remedies such as apple cider vinegar, rubbing alcohol, tea tree oil and hydrogen peroxide. Unfortunately, ringworm often comes back, so an internal protocol to eliminate fungus is often recommended in addition to external treatments.
On the scalp, ringworm begins as a small pimple that becomes larger, leaving scaly patches of temporary baldness. Infected hairs become brittle and break off easily. Yellowish crusty areas sometimes develop. On the body, Ringworm appears as a flat, round patch. It can appear anywhere on the skin except for the scalp and feet. The most common area of infection is the groin. The rash gradually grows and expands, forming a ring. Additionally, a person might have more than one patch, and these might overlap. Ringworm can be itchy! On the foot, ringworm is more commonly called athlete's foot. It appears as a scaling or cracking of the skin, especially between the toes.
Continue reading below to discover the simple remedies that have worked for our readers. If you have a ringworm remedy that has worked for you, please share it with us!
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|Menthol and Wormwood Oil||17|
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|Clear Nail Polish||5|
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[YEA] I started with a small circle on my right groin about 3 months months ago. I used virtually all OTC antifungals, none worked at all, which was very strange as previous experiences with fungus lasted 2 weeks at most and didn't have any problem clearing, they were a matter of put on the cream and forget, pretty much. This time it's been different from the start. One night, about 2 weeks ago, I even applied ACV like mad, till it bled, only to see a large rash on my corresponding thigh the morning afterwards; I reckon spores were released in huge amounts and all went to what was closest to them. Slowly but steadily that creepy thing is spreading on my two thighs and about 2 days ago on my left forearm. Now I've very very concerned, I don't want to have ringworm on my torso, face, etc. I've also tried several home remedies such as coconut oil (seemed to work but it's way too oily), Absorbing Jr Extra Strength (didn't work at all), Vicks Vaporub (same, didn't work), soaps with tea tree oil (apart from the nice smell, nothing), antidandruff shampoo (nothing either).
What does seem to work for me is Aloe Vera. After only 2 days on my forearm and that thing seems completely controlled, if not gone already. After the first application it stopped spreading; I reckon in the same way as clear nail polish seems to work, Aloe Vera suffocates ringworm and eventually kills it. Caveat: the infection on my forearm was very very recent, I've also applied generous amounts of AV to my groins and legs but probably because it's quite worse there it's taking way longer to see results.
Something very important to take into account is that ringworm may seem and act different depending on the part of the body affected. On my forearm I mostly saw circular shapes with borders of slightly darker, reddish skin, whereas on my thighs and groins it's slightly thickened skin in circular shapes, sometimes with several pustules (which I am yet to see on my forearm).
Replied by Benjamin
Las Vegas, Nevada
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 50% NAY (1) 50% Posted by Diane (Charlotte, Michigan) on 04/17/2009
[YEA] I had ringworm all over my torso and upper arms. I tried all the cures I read about on this site. Finally, after 3 months of suffering and embarassment, I came across this site about anti-fungal diet. Between that and two weeks of using a topical antifungal cream..with Miconazole Nitrate 2% in it.. this was the only one that even began to work for me, I am clear!!!! I really believe the anti-fungal diet was what really did it for me, plus u automatically loose weight on it. I praise my Lord God above for leading me in that direction. You can get the antifungal diet online..its really just any meats, veggies(no potatos or legumes) and berries, green apples, grapefruit, nuts(no peanuts) no sugar (stevia only) and not much caffine. Hope this helps others.Replied by Jas