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Bar Soap   0  0   

Posted by Laurie (Daejeon, South Korea) on 01/24/2012

I got ringworm from my cat, and I've gone through at least 2-3 cycles of infection now over a period of 2 months. I tried anti-fungal creams. Since it's in Korean and my doctor has limited English, I wasn't sure what the active ingredients were. But I tried 2-3 different types of creams and none helped, one even made it much worse. I even desperately tried bleach... Very bad idea. Wounds festered. I tried apple cider vinegar-much the same as the bleach.

What works: Use bar soap, lather well so that a thick white foam appears over all ringworm spots, let air dry for about 10-20 minutes, gently rinse. Repeat at least 2x/day. I'm doing this plus taking anti-fungal pills once a week. I've ordered Absorbine Jr. at the recommendation of this site. I intend to apply that as well, but it is not available in Korea and I've had to order it online.

Replied by Ruth
Glendora, Ca
Try patting milk of magnesia on the ringworm and letting it dry for 20 minutes then washing it off. This remedy worked for me when I had Cheilitis on my lips when steroids and anti fungal cream did not! Thanks to Ted and this site for this wonderful natural remedy!

Black Tar Shampoo, Tea Tree Oil, Sulfur   1  0   

Posted by Jessica Rabbit (Miami, Florida) on 09/16/2010

[YEA]  My nine year old daughter got ringworm in her scalp from summer camp. I tried everything acv, the prescript meds, polish, creams, bleach you name it. I got a natural cures book from a whole foods store and voila she is cured after two years of this nightmare! First you need black tar shampoo wash every night. Then 100% pure tea tree oil after you wash the hair use a q-tip with a little water on it rub into scalp gently. Last but not least organic sulfur sold in pellet form in blue tube about five tiny pellets per dose and it does'nt taste bad. Kind of like sugar water so my daughter actually did not mind it, gris-peg and others are gross tasting. I did this every day till the pellets ran out and amen she no longer has bald spots her hair is growing back! She can go to the hairdressers!!! No more itching!!!! She has been ring worm free for a year now...

PS change pillow case every night. Do not share combs or shampoo, brush during the process. Do not want to contaminate others. It's a lot to do but it is so worth it cuz ringworm in the scalp is hard to get rid of... Good luck!

Bleach   5  0   

Posted by Stella (Provience, Ri) on 02/08/2011

[YEA]  I have had a ringworm infection for about 4 months. I had big patches on either side of my waist and arm. I have used Absobine solution, Gris-peg as prescribed by a medical doctor (this made it worse) the Absobine solution was very painful the itch was relieved temporarily(I wouldn't advice this one because it just hurts for nothing). I even tried the antifungal cream which made it even worse. It looks like the strain I had was a very persist one so I decided to use bleach(straight) out of desperation! It was very painful! (I wouldn't advice you to use it this way either) the itch stopped and I stopped using it after a day or two. The itch and the ringworm patches ressurected with a vegence so I decided a different approach that has given me the best results which you can take to the bank!

I decided to dilute the bleach and it worked beautifully for me. I decided to take a disposable cup(medium) almost filled and put close to 2-3 Table spoons of bleach and used a wash cloth to apply and rub on the affected area. The itch was controlled and the ring worm dried out and the rough skin has been restored to smooth skin. I have been applying Vitamin E oil or cocnut oil or any kind of oil to keep the dry skin from itching after a series of application. I have also been using a brush to brush the area to help the skin heal faster by increasing circulation and it is very smooth and the scars are almost gone. Thanks to this Website and persistance. I have used the diluted bleach treatment like twice-three times a day for and two-3weeks and I can say I'm almost over this frightening attack. Hope you find this helpful. I can sleep with not problem of the annoying itch again! Thanks be to God!

Replied by Barefoot2
Phoenix, Arizona, Usa
I adopted a kitten and I thought it had mange but the vet said it was ringworm. I wish I had found out sooner than I did because it spread to my other cat and me before I got it under control. I would not use bleach due to how toxic it is but I used Qtips and put food grade hydrogen peroxide on it. It hurt some but dried it up immediately. I then bought a flourescent black light and went into a dark room with both cats, they both had areas that glowed green and I had a couple of spots of it. My naturopathic doctor gave my allium (garlic) oil. It contains 40 mcg of allium per drop. It really worked on me. I rubbed 1 drop into the spots 3x a day for 2 days and mine are gone. I'm considering using it on my cats but since garlic is supposed to be bad for them I am hesitating to use it. The vet gave me a special shampoo and a bottle of liquid called pure oxygen and it has been somewhat effective. I will be taking them sunbathing to see if that helps.

Posted by Renee (Ray City, Georgia) on 12/02/2009

[YEA]  When I was young, I used clorox or bleach on my ringworm and it went away after a couple of weeks. Now, my grandson has a ringwrom, but I'm afraid to use bleach. I will try the ACV to see if it works.

Replied by Jacques
Marshall, Nc
Hello Renee from Ray City Georgia, a most effective treatment for ring worms is colorless iodine, or bleach iodine, same stuff, I had rings worms and a dear friend told me about it, it is getting hard to find in drug stores but easily gotten on the net. This iodine will do short work of a long standing problem, I have done two applications at 12 hours intervals and that was done.

I love this site,

Replied by Merryanne
Orange City, Florida, USA
To Jacques, I was looking for the clear iodine in Walmart yesterday, I asked the lady in the Pharmacy for it, they keep it behind in the Pharmacy precription area,,they were out of stock but ordered some and it will be in stock in 4 days,,, We should start asking our local Pharmacy's for the items we want,,if they do not have it, ask if it is possible they can order it, the same is true for some of the other food items we want from our grocery store. merryanne in Fl

Posted by morgan (constantia, NY) on 01/17/2009

[YEA]  Me and everybody in my family, a 12, 14, 9, 8, and 7 year old, got ring worm including the two family pets and we could not figure out how to get rid of it and someone recommended bleaching them with Clorox Bleach so have been trying it and the 7 and 8 year olds are gone afer four days of using it. the 14 year old and the 12 and the 9 year olds are somewhat gone so are going to keep using it but i totally recommend using the Clorox Bleach to get rid of ringworm it is the best and oo yea if your family pet has the ringworm go to the vet and get the pills for animals, not the cream, it doesnt work.

Posted by Eileen (Austin, TX) on 08/30/2006

[YEA]  I used Bleach. It cured the ringworm on my daughters arm. I used a Qtip and dipped it in clorox bleach applied it for several days and it went away.

Replied by Jacob
Huntington Beach, United States
[WARNING!]   Do not use Bleach. It will pop the pimples in the middle of the ringworm and irritate the ringworm to where it will grow to the size of a quarter. I know because my brother tried it with Bleach and also my wrestling coach told the whole team!

Posted by KAP (Dallas, TX) on 08/29/2006

[YEA]  Put 3 tbsp of bleach in bathtub water & soak. I don't recommend this for women, but my husband did this & his dried up within 2 days. Cured ringworm all over body.

Bleach Bath   1  1   

Posted by Ron (Manila, Philippines) on 10/15/2014

[YEA]  I had ringworm on and off for over 40 years. When it started it would appear once or twice a year. As I got older it got worse. In a hot and humid climate, I was getting it every couple of weeks. I found a liquid fungicide that would knock it out pretty well and I tried many home remedies but it always came back. Then around a year ago I heard how a bleach bath would cure 'old timers' disease. So I added 2 cups of ordinary liquid bleach to a hot bath and gave it a try. Don't know if it did anything for the old timer coz I just realized that I haven't had any ringworm now for over a year. I'm surprised no one has tried this before. I think it is a good cure for ringworm.

Replied by John
New York, Ny
[NAY]   I get ringworm on the tops of my feet and have tried soaking them in bleach and water many times. It does not make the ringworm go away in my case.
Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
John --- have you tried dry turmeric powder?

Namaste, Om

Borax   2  0   

Posted by Angelina (Moncton, N.b., Canada) on 01/10/2011

[YEA]  I was never officially diagnosed by a doctor with ringworm but I deduced on my own from checking my symptoms online and with friends. I had red itchy rounds blotches on my chest and arms. At first I used ACV and tea tree oil. That stableized things and kept it from spreading but it didn't seem to clear it up. Finally it was suggested to me to scrub with borax and a clean face cloth. Apparently the fungus likes to live underneath dry skin, and so scrubbing away the dead skin would take away the fungus' shelter. I saw results in a day and was so relieved. I continued this for a good few weeks although it was pretty much gone in a week. I just wanted to make sure it wouldn't return. Borax is mild anyway. Always make sure the cloth you are using is clean to prevent putting the fungus back on your skin.

Posted by Smith (San Francisco, California, Usa) on 10/08/2009

[YEA]  A year ago I came to this site to find a remedy for ringworm. I had gone through an number of over the counter products, which seemed to spread the fungus instead of stopping it. It had developed because of taking prescription medication with fluoride base. Yes I was poisoning myself with a doctor's help.

I tried Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and urine to no avail. By the time I found Borax at WalMart, the fungus had spread all over my hands and I had begun to worry that I would be spreading it everywhere on my body. Plus my hands were cracked and bleeding, blistering and peeling, and the itching was endless.

So I started on Ted's recommended dose of 1/8 tsp in a liter of water and drank it slowly over a few hours. This worked within the first few days so well that I didn't want to stop after a few days to take a break, but I did. Within a months time the ringworm had completely vanished and the only thing left was the tiny pits in my fingernails where the fungus had affected the growth of the new nail.

Once my nails were not pitted anymore I stopped taking the borax supplement.

EC: More about Borax here:

Replied by Bschmidt
Millet, Alberta
I thought I'd reply to this thread because when I was younger my sister brought home a kitten with ringworm. Right away I had one on my leg where the cat sat. It was about the size of a dime. So I took After Bite and applied it to the area. (After Bite contains ammonia. ) The ringworm spot puffed up and went back down before my eyes. A couple days later I looked and it was totally gone and never came back.

Calamine Lotion   2  0   

Posted by Kokila (Roslyn Heights, New York) on 06/10/2009

[YEA]  HI,
I had a terrible case of A. Lymphedma in my legs and B. Ringworm there as well.
Cured both.

Here's how:
Lymphedema: got this during my pregnancy and continued for almost 2 years thereafter.
I believe from Adrenal and kidney depletion...pregnancy is hard on the glands...adrenals control fluids in the do kidneys.
Anyway..tried everything: Lymphatic drainage massage MLD, acupuncture, herbs, compression stockings, you name it.
Here's what worked: a. Wheatgrass juice daily and fresh celery and spirulina and parsley juice.
b. Epsom salt baths (1/2 pound in the hot water with some bubble bath ,,,natural of course). Soaked 20 minutes a night before bed.
c. trampoline work.

Guess what? I'm cured...the massage therapist said I'd never cure it...that there is no cure. Oh yeah?
I sure hated those compression stockings. UGLY!

Now for the ringworm: AGAIN! Tried everything!!! Spent lots of money on creams, etc. tried herbs, etc. NOTHING! WORKED! The itching was driving me crazy ugly oozing sores on my legs. In desperation I tried: YES! Calamine lotion. IT WORKS FOLKS!
In a few hours I found relief and now it's gone. Try it. The lotion cost me $1.99

Best of luck.

Posted by maya (chicago, illinois) on 07/30/2007

[YEA]  I have had body ringworms for almost 6 months now. I tried everything from tea tree oil to otc stuff and nothing seems to be working. I even tried ordering things from the internet and that didn't work either. I have been applying calomin lotion to the infected areas 3x a day and it seems to be working. The only side effect is a light pink ring, but it's better than the ringworm itself.

Chloroxylenon   1  0   

Posted by Tineacured (India) on 09/04/2014

[YEA]  Tinea can get stubborn depending on the fungal strain and the site of infection.

Had a Tinea for 12 years. Had tried all possible solutions/ointments/natural remedies, some of them at full strength and also the liver damaging oral anti-fungals. Want to share the simplest remedy that healed me.

Dettol Antiseptic Disinfectant contains the active ingredient CHLOROXYLENOL 4.8 % w/v and this is also called PCMX which is recommended at 1 % for hand sanitation.
So, about 1% or 1/5th dilution should help if applied thrice a day. Higher concentrations 1/4 or 1/3 or 1/2 is more effective but stings a lot and dries the infection faster and use your judgement while applying in the sensitive areas.

The first application makes the skin dark and dries the outer infected layers and this will fall off within 3-7 days. This can be hastened by the use of salicylic acid soap or ointment that sheds the old skin.
Then target the next layer.

Continue daily or bi-weekly application of the diluted Dettol Antiseptic solution even after cure to ensure continued protection. This is very easy.

Sceptics can google "Gordochom Topical Antifungal" to know how this works.

Among those affected by chloroxylenol are candida albicans, aspergillus niger, aspergillus flavus, trichophyton rubrum, trichophyton mentagrophytes, penicillum luteum and epidermophyton floccosum.

One MUST discuss with the health care practitioner before attempting any treatment.

Clear Nail Polish   5  0   

Posted by Corinna_bella (Sydney, Australia) on 01/09/2010

[YEA]  This is not the most natural remedy but it certainly works.

Use a cottontip to wipe ringworm with nailpolish remover (or apple cider vinegar works if you are chemical concious but nail polish remover works best) and then cover the area with clear nail polish (use one of the eco friendly brands if you are concerned about the chemicals)

Reapply the clear nailpolish every couple of hours and it will disappear in 2-3 days.

I tried everything and this worked a dream. Aparently the nailpolish suffocates the bacteria

Replied by Tiff
San Jose, Califonia
[YEA]   I'm going to be very clear. Clear nail polish is the only thing that works! I have had ring worm on and off for the past 12 years, and I've tried everything you can name from perscriptions, over the counter creams, home remedies, bleach, anything you can name. I just recently saw that people were recomending clear nail polish, and the next day it started to fade away, faster then anything I have tried before. Don't let ringworm be in your way!

Posted by Ashley (Las Vegas, California) on 12/22/2008

[YEA]  ringworm - use clear nail polish and it will be gone in a couple days.

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