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Ringworm Remedies

Last Modified on Apr 26, 2016

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!

Remedies for Ringworm

Natural Cures

The Popularity of Ringworm Remedies - Full List

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Aloe Vera22014-09-06
Anti-Fungal Diet12009-04-17
Apple Cider Vinegar262015-08-30
Apple Cider Vinegar, Bleach, Iodine, Sea Salt, Paper Ashes12007-12-11
Apple Cider Vinegar, Copper Penny32012-03-17
Apple Cider Vinegar, L-Lysine12007-01-20
Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil52012-03-20
Ayurvedic Remedies02014-10-30
Bar Soap02012-01-24
Black Tar Shampoo, Tea Tree Oil, Sulfur12010-09-16
Black Walnut Tincture12015-10-20
Bleach Bath12014-10-15
Borax, Baking Soda, Peroxide12014-12-31
Calamine Lotion22009-06-10
Clear Nail Polish52010-01-09
Coconut Oil12012-09-21
Crochet Hook X12007-10-15
Epsom Salts12012-05-05
False Ringworm02012-09-09
Fig Leaf22007-09-16
Fig Tree Sap12008-10-25
Fresh Pecan Hulls12010-02-07
General Feedback02012-01-09
Goldenseal Extract12009-03-05
Grapefruit Seed Extract12008-03-27
Green Walnut Hull12007-11-10
Green Walnut Juice12008-09-22
Green Walnuts22014-06-11
Hand Sanitizer or Garlic With Tea Tree Oil12007-05-01
Homeopathic Remedies02009-10-21
Hydrogen Peroxide32013-06-17
Laundry Detergent12012-02-08
Light Bulb Cure for Ringworm12008-07-15
Liquid Bandage, Garlic12007-12-12
Liquid Bandaid With Tea Tree Oil12009-03-23
Menthol and Wormwood Oil192013-03-04
Milk From a Fig Leaf12007-04-27
Misdiagnosing Ringworm02012-09-13
Multiple Remedies32015-10-23
Nail Polish32010-07-21
Neem Oil12012-02-12
Nizoral Dandruff Shampoo12007-02-03
Nu Skin Liquid Bandage22008-02-20
Only Prescription Ointment Worked12007-09-07
Oregano Oil32016-02-01
Over the Counter32009-04-12
Paleo Diet12016-01-02
Paper Ash Residue12010-02-21
Paper or Wood Ash12013-07-26
Pennies in Apple Cider Vinegar12010-02-12
Pennies Soaked in ACV, Then Covered in Tea Tree Oil12007-09-03
Potassium Permanganate12015-03-30
Pregnant Mare Urine12006-12-05
Remedies That Didn't Work02009-01-04
Reptile Light12012-01-27
Ringworm and Pets02010-05-24
Ringworm Remedies02013-09-26
Ringworm Vs Eczema02009-04-24
Ringworm Vs Pityriasis Rosea02009-04-24
Rubbing Alcohol52016-01-21
Shampoo Brush, Coconut Oil12009-02-02
Swimming in the Ocean22016-03-02
Tea Tree Oil42012-01-29
Thieves Oil and Castor Oil12016-04-25
Tinea Capitis02012-09-13
Turmeric, Bicarb Soda, Coconut Oil Paste12009-05-10
White Vinegar32009-03-13

Aloe Vera  
11 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Victor (Australia) on 09/06/2014

[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
Your experience is very similar to mine. At one point I think I got a secondary infection that caused pus sores and extreme pain. After a round of internal antifungal and antibiotics, which I normally avoid like the plague, I was back to regular ringworm, (which has been a nightmare in itself) in the groin with postules. I read about on a Ted posting and have found that applying peroxide several times a day has helped immensely and I finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. I usually start my day out for the last week anyway by warming up a gallon of 3% peroxide and sitting in it in a basin and splashing it over affected areas that are not submersed. I suppose you could spray it on as well and should several times a day to cure it. As it is on my backside, thighs, groin, etc., I try and do the soak also I'm sure you could use over the counter peroxide with the stabilizers but I had a gallon of 35% food grade peroxide that I make my own with using distilled water. I would also probably start with 1 or 2% then move up to 3%. I actually funnel the used peroxide back into a closed container and have used it for several days. I just put the jug in a pot of hot water on the stove to warm it before use, for comfort and added absorbtion. I figure there are no surviving germs in it and it has been cost effective and cured me a lot. I am thinking to follow the protocol of drinking diluted peroxide in distilled water as well as an added measure in this fight. I did it years ago. One should be very careful to follow the instructions exactly, I believe if you choose the internal approach as well. I hope this helps you as it has me.
Replied by Laurel
[YEA]   Aloe Vera also worked for me, after trying Absorbine, and a multitude of other things. I had it everywhere. I tried bathing in Selsun Blue-no results, but upon using Aloe Vera, in two weeks it was completely gone, and has not come back. NO side effects either. I use pure AV (clear, no color to it, nor lidocaine) Mine is 100% aloe gel.
Replied by Flagg
I had a ring worm when I was a little girl and grandpa put some black gun powder in some Vaseline and put it on the ring worm, than put a band aid on it. Since then I have done this many times to other people and it always works in about 3 to 4 days and with no pain and the ring worm never comes back.
Replied by Al Hudson
Homestead, Fl.
Hi Flagg, Love those old ones that work!! Thanks for the tip. A word of caution for all, grandpa's Black powder could be quite different than gunpowder is a quote from "Gunpowder as a War Remedy" by John H. Clark, 1915..."

The Gunpowder with which we are concerned is the traditional Black Gunpowder, whose three cardinal constituents are sulphur, carbon, and nitre or saltpetre.

Modern smokeless gunpowder is of a different composition.

As sulphur, carbon, and saltpetre are three potent medicines well known to pharmacy and physic, it is not surprising that a combination of the three should also be a medicine of great potency.

There is a certain piquancy in the fact that gunpowder is a remedy for the accidents of warfare ; but some instinct put into the minds of our soldiers of long ago that gunpowder could cure as well as kill.

The Indians of North America and Canada have found in it a remedy for snake-bites.

The shepherds of East Anglia, as already mentioned, use it extensively in treating their flocks and themselves for wounds and blood-poisoning of many kinds, and for protecting themselves against wound infection." ...............As my Great Grandfather might have said...keep you powder dry...till you mix it with the Petrolatum! ( old timer's name for Vaseline) :)

Replied by Flagg
Well, I think it would work to be safe is to get an old bullet like I had, and open it up like I did and get the bullet on line, if you can and the reason why is because the ring worm won't spread and their is no pain doing it this way, and I used a bullet that my dad had and that one didn't go back quite that far and it worked for my friend.
Replied by Awk

I am new to this site. I was recommended to try Apple Cider Vinegar by my nurse practitioner for ringworm I have under my arm. I did some research on this site, and everyone says they rub the site very hard until they bleed. Is this necessary to get the ringworm to go away or can I just hold a cotton ball soaked with ACV over the spot briefly?

Thanks in advance for the advice.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Awk, I do not think it necessary or wise to rough up the skin before treating with apple cider vinegar. Breaking more skin is moving away from healing. We have treated ringworm on people and cats without further damaging tissue. If ACV does not work, we used olive oil with tea tree and lavender essential oils to treat ringworm successfully. ~Mama to Many~
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
Awk (Nola)---

I have used Turmeric powder for many years for ringworm on cats. It disappears within days. The area must be dry (on human skin) and the powder applied gently. Repeat during the day and wear clothes that can be washed and are not the best ones. When washing with laundry soap, there will be a deep pink which disappears with time or when exposed to the sun.

Doesn't even cost pennies. Namaste, Om

Replied by Mark
You need to attack ringworm internally as well as externally. I have had 2 bouts, the first was on the inner thigh, not nice. Timodine got rid of that.

The second bout happened about 2 years after on my lower back, timodine did a little but it seemed they were more resistant. I remembered when I had the first bout I started drinking home made garlic and onion soup, this may have helped get rid of it internally.

It is slowly going away, ACV can sting but the sting soon goes away. Soak a face cloth (to only be used for this purpose) in a slightly diluted mixed of water and ACV and allow to soak for at least 20 mins. One big tip is to have a hot bath first, open the pores of the skin to allow the Apple Cider Vinegar to get right into the skin. This approach is working better than any OTC or prescription I have had for this bout.

I have also started drinking Apple Cider Vinegar as mentioned in the replies. Remember to continue the process well after you think it has disappeared, because it is basically waiting to come back again if you don't.

Good luck.

Replied by Maureen
London Uk
I have a similar problem going on for almost two years. It started on my right leg and not having a clue about skin issues I ignored it and moisturised a bit more. It got worse and larger and I had no idea what it could be. I obviously went through what a lot of people do. Wrong diagnosis, wrong treatments etc all making it worse. Just recently after an acupuncture treatment it spread to my other leg and both thighs. The acupuncture must have activated the skin. I had had a few breakouts on both thighs which would then dry up after a while. I came to the conclusion myself that it had to be ringworm by reading this site and gradually studying dermatophyte behaviour.

I used ACV and everything else under the sun but nothing would get it off my right leg. Having looked at some electron mocroscope pictures of dermatophytes I just went to war. I discovered that clove bud oil seemed to bring one of the new spreading patches to the surface and dry it out. I researched clove bud oil and sure enough it turns out to be one of the best fungus killers available. Result!

OK so far but leg and old infection must be dealt with. The skin had built layers and layers of protective covering and lumps so no wonder nothing would reach it. It had also been in a constant state of inflammation. I sandpapered in the bath before filling it with water which removed a few dusty layers but not enough.

So I got some bentonite clay and made a paste with ACV. Painted the complete leg thickly with this mix, wrapped it in cling film and left on for 24 hours. Stung like hell but I dealt with that by imagining each sting as a dermatophyte screaming and fighting for its life. Another one bites the dust. Fantastic result. All I had to do was take a smooth knife and scrape the skin off revealing for the first time the extent of the fungus. Oh boy! ACV soaked cotton wool rubbed in vigorously seems to have killed it off. The spots are dark red brownish so it looks pretty dead.

Back to the other leg and thighs! Tried rubbing clove oil all over instead of just on the outbreaks. That was a revelation. They are literally covered in fungus. The clove oil seems to bring to the surface fungus you don't know is there so you can see the extent of the actual infection. It seems to pretty much kill it as the rash it creates is rough to the touch and red at first.

Clove doesn't sting unless the skin is broken and then it's mild compared to ACV. When clove oil is absorbed after an hour or two I smother everything with Aloe Vera Gel. That is one of the only substances which penetrates to the hypodermis and so carries the clove oil with it. Fungus doesn't stand a chance LOL! When I can take more stinging I alternate with ACV spray just to keep things going! All out attack! To help the skin along I occasionally mix the aloe vera with coconut oil.

For the final stage I have ordered colloidal silver spray. Salt and vinegar in the bath first of course. Forever!!

I feel great because I know I have it licked. The inflammation in the leg has cooled off which means the skin's immune system doesn't have living fungus to deal with. Skin is gradually looking healthier.

Still a way to go but at least when I do get rid of it, it will be ALL of it with nothing left hidden and I will have new skin. I am 70 years old so that can't be bad.

The only thing I didn't learn here was the clove bud oil trick. I just happened to have some on hand and tried it. So thank you everybody for all the input and maybe my method might just help somebody else.

You are all terrific!

Ps I think I picked this up from a friend's dog who was chewing at his paw forever! He would leap into bed with me in the morning for a play session while I was on a three month visit a couple of years ago.

Maureen (London UK)

Anti-Fungal Diet  
4 User Reviews | 1 YEA | 1 NAY

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
Allen, Tx
Hello Diane, I have been a ringworm sufferer for about 7 years. I just wanted to know how long did you have to stay on your anti-fungal diet before you completely got rid of your ringworm? I'm going to try it..... I desperately need something internally in order to completely rid this plague. Thanks so much for all of your help! jas
Replied by Aly
Somewhere, Us
[NAY]   I have to disagree with the diet method as a cure for ringworm.

Miconazole Nitrate 2% is the medicine needed for ringworm that treated it. No diet changes necessary. I have had ringworm 4 times in less than a year. I kept my pop, coffee, fruit, vegetables (yes, even potatos), meats, and occassionally junk food. Mine still healed using ketaconazole (sp?) from the doctor. My friend eats healthier than me (less pop and junk food), had ringworm, no diet changes, got medicine, and it healed. I've had other friends have ringworm and done nothing to their diets just medicine and it still healed. We all have a lot of varying diets also. (None of us knew about this site yet or was interested in natural cures) So I really don't believe a diet change done it.

Jas, 7 years? Is it reoccuring? Once you get it once then you have to be ringworm free (no outbreaks, not even a spot) for 18 months before you're completely cured from it. I was told this by a doctor but I'm not sure how right she is. This may be why. If you try another remedy on here say jock itch cream, after you put it on cover it with gauze so it doesn't rub off on something/someone else and is can get into the infected area. When you're awake you can take it off but absolutely no touching it, even if it is itching. Do this about 2 times a day and you should see improvement. Also sunlight! The very natural cure to ringworm! But sunlight alone can take longer.

Replied by Kt
Lumberton, North Carolina
What about when it's on your side? Can you give me a feedback?

Apple Cider Vinegar  
89 User Reviews | 25 YEA | 4 NAY | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED    Treatment

Posted by Nina (Tennessee) on 08/30/2015

[YEA]  I have had several bouts with ringworm in the last six months. It took a while to figure out what it actually was because at first I thought it was poison ivy. After researching a bit I figured out that it was ringworm.

On this first episode I decided to attack it with tea tree oil. Although I could see that it was helping it was extremely slow and felt like a rather weak approach. Finally it went away after about six weeks of itchy agony. I thought that would be the end of that. Several months passed and I began to itch again in the very same location that I had ringworm before. The spot began to get bigger and then to my horror it moved to a new location. The spots began to grow to the size of a half dollar and were very red and itchy. The tea tree oil was helping at a snails pace so I decided to look here for ideas.

Many people were suggesting apple cider vinegar with the "mother"for ringworm so since I already had it I decided to give it a try. To my delight the cider began to work immediately!

All I did was apply the vinegar to a tissue and press and hold it to the ringworm area for about five minutes right before I went to bed. There was a slight sting to the area after I removed it but it was minimal. The next morning I would apply it again in the same way. Even after the first 24 hours I could tell a great difference. Much more effective than the tea tree oil. I continued the same routine with noticeable results each day until it was gone in a total of six days.

Wanted to share for those considering it. At this time I want to prevent this from reoccurring again and so I am now looking for clear direction in that area. If anyone has suggestions that would be great.

Replied by Mz. Independent
Los Angeles
While treating the ring worm you must also wash everything you have come in contact with, bedding, clothing ect. weekly until you are completely cured.

Posted by Chris (England) on 03/05/2015

[YEA]  I tried the Doctor's creams for three weeks and they did nothing to remove the ringworm, they just stopped the fire of the itch. Anyway, after finding this site I applied the apple cider vinegar very vigourously until the area bled then I pated it dry. The itching stopped immediately and I am now applying a cream twice a day and the ringworm is clearing; the wound is scabing over. My question is that I am left with light red blemishes where the ringworm has been, can anyone advise of a good cream to get rid of the blemish and help my skin get back it's normal colour?

Many thanks for everyone's advise, this site is very helpful.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Chris,

I would use castor oil on the blemishes once or twice a day. You could make a mixture of half castor oil and half extra virgin coconut oil, if you want it to be less greasy. Both are healing for the skin.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Chris
Thanks for your advice, I will try the castor oil. Best wishes.
Replied by Debbie
Use vitamin e oil to get rid of the circles and any scar you have. AWESOME stuff.

Posted by Dan (New York) on 06/09/2013

[YEA]  Apple cider vinegar really works when all else fails because you are removing the outer most layer of the skin.

I had the most stuborn ringworm. I tried coconut oil, lavendar oil, tea tree oil, terbinafine, Lamisal, Lotrimin Utra, cloromitrizole. The also helped in making the ringworm dramaticlly subside but not entirely eliminiting it. I finally decided to use ACV but not just rubbing it on gently. I kept rubbing ACV on it with my finger until most of the outer layer of my skin had come off and it started to bleed. I really didn't care because it was on my let. After a few hours, it was very red and brown and as begining to scab over. ACV is very acidic and will eat through skin if you leave long enough. It actually doesn't hurt. Afterwards, I applied the over the counter antifungals and honey. Honey is great for helping wounds to heal. Within 4 days, the raised area and ring of the ringworm were completely gone and my skin was totally healed. The problem with these creams are tht they don't get deep enough under the skin and the ringworm just ends up hiding under that layer and come out when the weather gets very humid. On a side note, I also dramatically reduced my intake of sugar ate lots of yogurt and cocounut oil and garlic. That may have helped but I only saw major results after I thoroughly rubbed Apple Cider Vinegar on my skin.

Replied by Linette Sue
Flower Mound, Texas, Usa
Re my son's ringworm in the arm pit with a huge lump infected lymph node. I read many of the posts on here. Thank you. I didnt know how crazy ring worm can be all over the body. Like is previously said, I am in school for Vedic Eastern Astrology, India. And I can see illness & rashes in a persons birth chart simple plain black n white. Meaning must aggressively internally purify the body and build the immune system up. Drinking extra filtered water, even squeezing one lemon in the morning & adding 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper- will detoxify the body & clean the Lymph nodes in the body, rid fungus & mold internally. Extea liquid Vitamin C each day to boost tge immune system. My uncle has cut hair for over 50 yrs and he has stated my entire life! To clean or say rinse our scalp and brushes & colms once a month (on a New Moon cycle) with Apple Cider Vinegar! This is why I see on here Many people stated that ACV is a miracle cure. We can also add to our bath water & shower with it onto our bodies. Is highly acid & I know it works. I soak my feet in ACV monthly for over a year now. I wish all peace and pure positive health! Determination & discipline to take the aggressive proper actions to be healthy inside & out :) I will post an update in a month to state my Sons progress & what worked for him... We are on a mission.... A fight again RingWorm :) Haaaaaa

Posted by Tomas (Albuquerque, New Mexico ) on 04/11/2013

[YEA]  Hi all, I first want to THANK everyone that had posted on ACV and it's amazing ability to cure ringworm, and thank this site for creating the space for people to share their experiences. You all are god sent!!! I found your website when I searched natural cures for ringworm, and the posts about ACV were overwhelming. And they are ALL TRUE!!!! I started with what you all suggested: apple cider vinegar rubbed into the ringworm that was all over my back and arms. It burned and started to scab over, from that next day, it started to improve. It's been 6 days and I've seen a complete transformation. The ringworm seems to be gone and now it's the scabs are just flaking off. I've also used tea tree oil, tree tree ointment, and coconut oil. It's all working. I only have one question. Will the areas scar? How can I avoid scars? I researched that tea tree oil and coconut oil is good for scars so I'm just gonna continue my regimen for another week or so.

Thank you all again. What a blessing this site is!

Replied by Anonymous
If u do get scars use aloe vera ... it helps heal the scar and it is faster as well.
Replied by Maria
[YEA]   I used the cream my doctor gave me and had used it for more than a year. Itch comes and goes...I'd think that it's cured already then the itch comes back again. So I tried to cure it myself (research online) and applied ACV daily. Within 2 weeks, my dilemma of 3 years ended.

But, I want to know what Aloe Vera you're referring to? Is it the actual Aloe Vera plant? If so, where do I find it? I just noticed the extremely darkened skin due to scratching from ring worm infection and it's an eye sore and makes it look like my arms are dirty. Thanks.

Posted by Idahoinwa (Burien, Washington, United States) on 06/29/2012

[YEA]  I had ringworm on my belly, chest, and both sides of my neck. I used bleach and it went away, but 2 weeks later it came back. The bleach caused my skin to itch, was not plesant.

This time I tried a mixture of DMSO and [organic] ACV. A mix of 1:1 ratio. On day two it started flacking and was gone in 3 days. PS don't mix a big batch as I only mixed about a teaspoon of each and it got warm when mixed. It mixed it in glass.

I had tried ACV for 3 days but was unable to keep it damp. So used DMSO to take it into the skin. Hope this works for good.

Replied by Heidi
Sierra Nevada Foothills, Ca
Hello, You said you used 1:1 ratio of DMSO and ACV. Was the DMSO 99.9%? And did you apply for all three days? Thanks
Replied by Idahoinwa
Burien, Washington
Yes 99.9 % and applied morning and Night for 3 days. Be sure to mix in small batches as it made the glass bottle warm when I mixed it up. Dont know how long it will be gone. Should probley do it for a few days after its gone to make sure. Also I used raw organic apple cider Vinegar.

Posted by Gardengirl116 (Gallatin, Tn) on 03/17/2012

[YEA]  Years ago I had a ringworm on my hand, my mother told me to soak a penny for a day in Apple Cider Vinegar and then put the penny on my hand. Being younger and not wiser , I went to the doctor and got a ton of medicine, finally I tried my mother idea.... It Works!!!! Use a old copper penny and keep soaking with apple cidar vinegar. Rub the penny on it about 3x day. Works on mine in 2 days.

Posted by Julio (Dallas, Tx, Usa) on 01/02/2012

Hi, About a year ago ringworm started on my face's left side cheek. It started as a little itchy thing which I scratched n didn't know what it was. I thought it would go away soon but it didn't instead it started to spread. I went to see the dorctor which prescribed me some cream to apply n a pink pill to take once a week. But the only thing it helped with was the itching. I went back n this time they prescribed me lasimil pills. Which I only was authorized to take for two weeks. Then I bought lamisil cream but none of that helped. The ringworm is visible now.

It wasn't till two days ago that I found this site and saw that apple cider vinegar can help. I been applying it for three days now but I'm not sure if it has helped or if it's going to help me. I scratched it hard till it bled and then applied it. It burnt and now it looks like a wound. I don't wanna repeat the proccess because I don't want an ugly scar in my face but I do wanna get rid of that sht. It's embarrasing. What should I do?? Should I just apply it gentle now since I already made it bleed once?? I'll be waiting for your replies. thank you.

Replied by Nicole
Glendora, Ca Usa
I have a question, I came across this site and read about Apple Cider Vinegar and its a great tool to treat ringworm. I read somebodys situation and what she did was she soaked Apple Cider Vinegar on a cotton ball and rubbed it on the affected site till it bleeds then repeat and after 2 days her ringworm is gone. I did the same thing and it stings so bad and the outer skin just fell off and I can see the skin. Is that normal? My ringworm is at the back of my hand. Pls help
Replied by Dan
New York, 10017
It should bleed. Then you know the Apple Cider Vinegar is going deep enough. You get the skin to bleed by continuosly rubbing it with ACV. What's happening is that the acidic nature of ACV is burning off the top layer of the skin. The skin will eventually scab over and it will heal. There will be no scar when it heals because the Apple Cider Vinegar only burned off the superficial layer of the skin.
Replied by Anonymous
[NAY]   Yeah, not so much... Tried the ACV & all it did was create HUGE infections on my body. So now, I have to fight ringworm & an infection... Stick with the proven method peeps - Anti-Fungal cream.

Posted by Jake (Florianopolis, Brasil, Florianopolis) on 11/10/2011

[YEA]  Ringworm and vinegar!

My girlfriend is a vet and she was throwing Itraconazol at me (pill) and cetoconazol (pill) and metaconazol (creme) and cetoconazol (cream) and she thinks I am so dumb.

And one day I looked on the internet and saw vinegar and I tell you what my version of the ringworm hated it and by the next morning he was in retreat and by 3 days he is all but gone running like the coward he is!

The vinegar you just put pure and splash over your corpo whenever you remember to - 5, 6 times per day.


My girlfriend the vet her soluition was shampoos and all kinds of crap and she said I had to wait for 15 minutes with soap all over me... bla bla bla.

Trust in yourself.

Her solution R$200 serious side-effects like liver damage

My solution: R$1 (one liter of vinegar)

She is no longer my girlfriend!

Posted by Bvshah (Mumbai, India) on 10/25/2011

Hi, I am suffering from ringworm since past four months. Hate taken couple of antibiotic creams and medicine but no effect. One doctor gave me steroids and it worsened the case and now no medicines are suiting my skin. The infection is growing and from both the thigh and groain area now it has come on my hand as well. I was thinking of using ACV. Can anyone tell me as to how to use ACV for ringworm? I applied white vinegar yesterday on one of the lesions and itching went away but entire thing is inflamed and turned red. So is it safe to use ACV or this is how skin reacts once ACV is applied? How do I know whether ACV is suiting me or reacting adversely?

Thanks, Miss Shah

Replied by Jay
Toronto, Ont, Canada
To Bvshah from Mumbai, India:

Bvshah, although rinsing the areas with diluted ACV can be of some help, you can completely eliminate the problem with organic extra virgin coconut oil.

What you have is a fungus and coconut oil is antifungal as well as antiviral and antibacterial.

Use the coconut oil both topically on your skin wherever necessary and also eat some every day to help fight the fungus. Start with 1 tablespoon per day and work up to 3 tablespoons per day.

You should see some improvement fairly quickly but continue with the coconut oil for a few weeks beyond the end of obvious fungal irritation to be certain of complete success.

Replied by Bvshah
Mumbai, India
Hi, Thanks for your reply. But I keep on getting new spots of the ringworm and after applying ACV, the lesion has become very dark and ugly. Will this leave a mark on my body amd What about Extra virgin Coconut oil, does it burn when applied on the skin or does it leave a mark?
Replied by Morgan
Kansas City, Missouri/unite States
I used Apple Cider Vinegar (but any vinegar will do) for athletes foot on my hands, and it worked very well. Ring worm is a from of athletes foot, so Apple Cider Vinegar should work on ring worm as well. I too have ring worm on my leg and have been applying apple cider vinegar to it (not daily) so I think it is my body mostly fighting off the infection and not the acv. But it seems it did work for everyone above. When I used it on my hands, there was some burning and the athletes foot began to flake away. I health site where I learned to use vinegar said that burning was normal.
Replied by Rg
Tx, Usa
If you're having that much of a reaction to the ACV I would stop using it, or use it and then apply REAL honey right afterwards. (Real honey, aka organic honey, is expensive but if you have any left over you can use it for treating scars, healing wounds, or pulling out blackheads).

You should try slicing up garlic and taping it to the wound, and then apply organic honey or organic aloe vera gel.

Healing scars with organic honey- mix 4 teaspoons of lemon juice, 3 teaspoons of plain yogurt, 4 tablespoons of organic honey, and 1 egg white. Put that mixture in a container of some sort like a jar (store extra in the fridge). Then get some baking soda (about a tblspoon) and pour however much of the mixture you think you'll need that day onto it. Mix together into a paste and let that sit on your scars for at least 15 min, once a week. I did this for 15 min a day, 4 days a week for a month and all my acne scars are gone (and I had really bad acne)!! I'm also using it on deeper scars I've had since I was a kid about once a week, it's working slowly but surely.

Posted by Yeshuason (Wasilla, Alaska) on 09/18/2011

Apple Cider Vinegar for Ringworm:

The value of ACV is not so much a direct bath (acid bath) but drinking it. When it is digested it breaks down into a highly alkaline ash that shifts your body Ph to the alkaline side. Fungus is a blood borne issue, if you have ringworm; you have fungus in your blood. This means that even if you clear up a patch of ringworm, you have spores for ringworm throughout your body. This is why ringworm tends to come back.

So, by taking two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (NOT white vinegar flavored stuff, get the natural kind) stirred into a tall glass of water twice or more a day you shift your body to alkaline. Fungus will stop growing if your Ph goes higher than 6.5. This will not only stop the spread of the fungus, but it will allow your immune system to get the upper hand.

I would take the Apple Cider Vinegar internally, and tea tree or walnut hull juice externally. I would also add coconut oil to the diet to attack the fungus from the inside.

Also cut back on sugar and Do NOT drink soda pop while dealing with this. Soda pop balances your body Ph quite acid, and adds a lot of sugar to feed the fungus at the same time.

Soda pop to fungus is like gasoline to a fire.

Summary: ACV to balance Ph, tea tree or walnut hull juice for localized treatment, coconut oil for internal treatment and Oregano Oil P73 brand (Mediterranean breed) for internal and external treatment.

Posted by Pojama (Miami, Florida) on 09/17/2011

[YEA]  I had ringworm both my feet and hands it was really bad. Tried the doctors (what a joke) many hundreds of dollars later from creams and pills. I read on this site about drinking Apple Cider Vinegar two tablespoons in a glass of water morning and night. After 3 days I saw it improve and after a little over a week it was all gone. And I had suffered for a year and a half.

Replied by Sandra
New York, US
I have ringworms omg this is my first time and I'm freaking out. My doctor gave me terbinafine and my husband bought me an anti fungal cream but nothing is working!!! I literally was crying they have spread all over my body..... I found this site and I'm praying the ACV works I have 2 tbs in a glass of water at morning and again at night. I also rub on the affected area morning and again at night. They are scabbing but how do I know when to stop? It does burn when I apply the ACV but I don't care. I want these things gone! I follow the ACV with an anti fungal cream. Any advice you can give me would help. Thanks, Sandra
Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello Sandra;

Re the ringworm fungus... I had success with Lamisil anti fungal cream.

Replied by Kt
Hi Sandra, A nurse practitioner advised me Miconazole Nitrate Cream works too. Years ago our daughter had one appear after taking swimming lessons at the Y. Until I got a handle on problems with yeast, I had all these little tubes of the cream that I had saved. I purchased the generic brand at a dollar store because it was cheaper. Anyway, it worked great. In addition, just FYI, the NP advised me the cream was also used for athlete's foot...same fungus.
Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.
HI U KIT, , , , , , cover the spot with tincture of walnut and the game is over. Read, read, read.


Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Sandra,

You asked when to stop the treatment you are using...I would use it until it is cleared up and then maybe continue the Vinegar for another week.

If it reoccurs, though, you may want to look into Bill's Thompson's book, Candida: Killing So Sweetly. If you have ringworm all over, it could be a systemic fungal infection.

I would also wash sheets a couple of times a week and use a cup of white vinegar in your rinse cycle for all clothes, towels, and sheets. Use hot water in the wash for whatever is safe to do so.

I hope this is all behind you soon!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Nikecia (Mattapan, Boston, United States) on 05/14/2010

My daughter came home with the ringworm from school first time on the skin which was treated with a cream the second time around it was in her hair. The doctor put her on oral meds which was working until my son got it in his hair. He went on oral meds. as well (6 wks) only to have an allergic reaction and switched to a 12 wk medication. During that time I caught the ringworm on skin (21 day treatment w/ cream). My daughter finished her meds (6wks) as my son was still on meds (12wks). When my son completed his meds. literally the next day my baby, husband had ringworm as well as my daughter AGAIN! So another 6 weeks for her. Now she's off and my son AGAIN! I began looking for home remedies and came across this website and am excited to try something new.

I have only dabbed acv on my son's scalp for 2 days now (total 4 times) and can't see the lesion. Though he is on oral meds taking once a week for 12 wks this is the first the lesion is not visible. I have a small dog whom I think is adding to my problem so a few questions... besides applying acv directly to the scalp what dosage can I give to my small kids 4,3,1 and to my dog oh and cat... can I use this in my laundry and what about cleaning my house. will it kill the ringworm spores...


Replied by T
Brooklyn, Ny
Hi. I've heard ACV is good but I would recommend trying Oil of Oregano or grapefruit seed extract. Both are far more aggressive and potent because they possess STRONG anti-fungal properties. Some say ringworm is caused by a virus - others, a fungus. Its a fungus - and thus, needs to be treated with an anti-fungal agent.

So, I would clean the area w/ hydrogen peroxide (since fungus do not "like" anything oxidizing)....THEN...pat dry w/ a cotton ball. Place a single drop (or two) of either the GSE or Oregano Oil on a q-tip gently pat into the affected area (but never rubbing - u will spread the spores) until all is covered.

AND as a dual attack - have your children husband take a 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of coconut oil/day (until the patch has cleared). EVCO has great anti-fungal properties and contains a compound called caprylic acid. Caprylic acid is the reason why EVCO is anti-fungal in nature. By having them ingest the EVCO - it will help address any underlying (internal) fungal issues so that it will not return. This way - you are attacking the problem from both ends.

My many blessings to you - and I pray they get better soon!
Replied by April
Covington, Ga
Apple cider vinegar can be used in the laundry - about 1/4 cup for an average-sized load.
Replied by Leo
Wexford, Ireland
I've read that two things in particular are good for treating ringworm. Pure Tea Tree oil, and Pure Neem oil. Apllied directly three times a day. Just A drop on each lesion. You can also take Neem internally, maybe you could enquire in your local health food store. Also keeping it dried out is good because fungus needs moisture to survive, you can use baby powder to dry it out. I've just got ringworm for the first time so it's all new to me. This is what I'm doing. I'm also considering an anti-fungal diet which you can find online I'm sure.

Posted by Anita (Glenview, Il) on 02/03/2010

[YEA]  The apple cider treatment worked very well to cure ringworm on my face and neck. It takes a while, possibly 2 weeks, and it does burn, but it really works. I followed with a mild facial scrub to get rid of circle marks and dead skin. Thanks for the help.