Cure Ringworm

Last Modified on Feb 15, 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.

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.

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ACV and Bs (Aspirin) Powder   1  0   

Posted by jsg (Aransas Pass, Texas) on 12/29/2007

[YEA]  Ok good people, if you are anything like me, you have tried all of the over the counter ringworm cures and your are frustrated that these expensive creams and lotions, powders and salts, ciders and vinegars do nothing more than lighten your wallet. Well, the ACV did help but I still have ring worm on my leg- that is, until I tried the following: BC Powder! Yes, the aspirin powder mixed with apple cider works!! Almost immediately my itching went away and the redness started to diminish. After the second day, the ugly red ring is almost gone!!! Just try this and see. God Bless

Replied by Sarah
Corona, California

Do you rub it on your skin or drink it??? and does this help??

Alcohol   2  0   

Posted by Slim (Washington, Dc) on 07/22/2013

[YEA]  I also used 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 Indy (Indianapolis, IN) on 01/10/2008

[YEA]  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 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.

Aloe Vera   1  0   

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).

Anti-Fungal Diet   1  0   

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

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?
Replied by Gardengirl116
Gallatin, Tn

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 about 3 day. Works on mine in 2 days.

Apple Cider Vinegar   21  5   

Posted by Linette Sue (Flower Mound, Texas, Usa) on 10/30/2014

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 10/30/2014 Linette

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 Julie

I will have to try acv. Thank you! My son has a state championship in 8 days.
Replied by Johnny
Pa, US

Ringworm isn't really a worm, it's a fungal infection.

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

[YEA]   If u do get scars use aloe vera ... it helps heal the scar and it is faster as well.

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

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 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 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 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 Celeste (Brisbane, Australia) on 10/23/2011

I have been suffering with tinea of the scalp for almost 3 years and it wasn't until recently that I found out it was ring worm. I have been taking courses of medication for almost 3 months and sadly it has barely budged. In my frustration I came across this site and decided to give the ACV a go as well as coconut oil. When I applied the ACV it didn't burn at all, although by now I have learnt to get used to the itching so I haven't opened the wound and try not to touch it. I am praying to god that this works because I desperately need a haircut but I am too scared to get one because of my scalp.

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.

Posted by Nicole (Glendora, Ca Usa) on 05/20/2011

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

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.

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