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Ringworm Remedies

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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.

Posted by Anquetta (Tupelo, MS) on 09/04/2008

[YEA]  My son had ringworm and the best thing thatworks is clear nail polish. Clean the area with peroxide and put two coats (small) on the area and in about 3 days the ringworm will be gone.. trust me .. IT REALLY WORKS.

Replied by Blessed
Tulsa, Ok
RINGWORM: How large an area can be painted with Clear Nail Polish?

I was misdiagnosed, but then realized what I had contacted Ringworm - and used tea tree oil initially, but found that better relief with apple cider vinegar. The problem is that is rubbing the apple cider vinegar, the Ringworm has spread to large portions of my body. I hope that I have not gotten a staph infection, as some sections are really red. I started placing some clear nail polish on the areas, but needed to know how much can be applied? Thank you and God Bless!

Replied by Lele
Riverside, Ca
This was an interesting remedy that actually worked... Faster than using ACV or Tea Tree Oil alone. I would clean the area using either of the above items mentioned and then apply a thick layer of clear nail polish. There was a huge difference by morning. It only took a few days for it to disappear, but I do recommend doing this a week longer to keep it from coming back. This method is also great to keep other areas from becoming affected.

Also, you may use a liquid bandage. They work the same way and even better if you find one that won't sting!

Coconut Oil   1  0   

Posted by Windinthetrees (Fort Collins, Colorado) on 09/21/2012

[YEA]  I cured a nasty case of ringworm with unrefined raw organic coconut oil. I first had tried tea tree oil, straight, a few times a day. Looked like this might work but it then irritated the skin so bad it ended up spreading it. I also had tried Grapefruit seed extract and this made it itch more. I was getting a bit desperate and I heard about coconut oil somewhere else on the web. I tried it and within just a few days the improvement was significant and it got better and better and then was gone!! I keep applying coconut oil to the area for another month to make sure it would not come back. I also took oil of oregano internally to help my basic body condition. After all the irritation from the tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract the coconut oil was so soothing and it worked so well that I though I would share this. I am surprised there are no other reports on this website for this cure!!

Crochet Hook X   1  0   

Posted by G (Buffalo, NY) on 10/15/2007

[YEA]  Please post this for others to read. When I was young, I had a spot on my leg that was rignworm. My grandmother used her crochet hook (anything will do) to apply pressure to the spot. She pushed her crochet hook like an X, and in different directions over the spot, thus breaking up the "ring". I guess it went away.

Epsom Salts   1  0   

Posted by Deby (Tampa, Florida) on 05/05/2012

[YEA]  When my son was little I found one spot of ringworm on his backside under his diaper (I never understood how it got there). I tried an over the counter treatment diligently that was basically some type of burning acid. It was quite painful and actually spread the spots. I could not bear to apply the treatment any longer and took him to a doctor that happened to be Cuban and obviously was used to home treatments. He told me off-handedly to just give him a bath in epsom salts. After the first bath, the ringworm was 75% cleared. One more bath was all it took to completely dry out the spots. I was very thankful for such a simple and easy solution.

False Ringworm   0  0   

Posted by Linda (Yucaipa, California) on 09/09/2012

False Ringworm. My husband has been battling with what the doctors thought was ringworm. Tried all the home and doctor remedies but none worked for more then a day or so if at all and then it started to spread and some of the sores became infected. It started on his arms moved to the torso then his legs. Turns out there is a Eczema that looks just like ringworm. It's called "Nummular Dermatitis". There are pictures and discriptions on the web. Hope this helps someone.

Replied by Emily
Boston, Ma
I went through such a horrible experience with what I thought was ringworm, that I wanted to share my story in hopes to save people from what I went through:

My first spot appeared in August 2012 on my stomach, at first I thought it was a bad insect bite that just wasn't subsiding, but it slowly grew and started to look like ringworm. I had had ringworm earlier in my life from playing with barn kittens, and showed to the spot to my parents, who confirmed it was ringworm. I went to a CVS and purchased some lotrimin, as directed by the internet. a month in the lotrimin did nothing, new spots were apearing, on my upper thigh, back, but and 1 behind the knee.

When the over the counter meds weren't working, I finally decided to go to a doctor, who after a quick visual inspection confirmed it was ringworm, sent me off with a topical and oral fluconizole because it was so wide spread. No results after three weeks, so I went to another physician.

This doctor took scrapings to do a KOH test, and a live culture. Perscribed me oral lamisil (TERRIBLE for your liver) and another stronger anti fungal topical. 3 weeks later, the spots grew larger, continued to flake and occasionally itch. Both tests came back negative.

I decided to take the matters to a learned dermatologist- a supposed expert on skin conditions. Once again, diagnosed as ringworm, with a positive KOH test ON SITE. I was distraught- ready to try ANYTHING. She prescribed me "the strongest topical antifungal there is, there is no way this won't work- naftin cream"

Naturally I went on EC and read positive reviews for nail polish, bleach and ACV. I even started going to an accupuncturist. Bleach and ACV did nothing... I used 1:3, 1:1 or straight bleach on one spot behind my knee (it actually worked! ), but it was really painful, and I was afraid to use iton the larger, more sensitive areas affected.

Two weeks later I was back in her office, in tears, they had only gotten worse, the strongest cream in the world had not worked, I was ready to take a bleach bath. The doctor was puzzled and I ended up getting a biopsy. 7 days later the results were in - ECZEMA.

She prescribed me a strong steroid cream. the spots were 90% better OVERNIGHT, and 100%, with the exception of some minor skin discoloration in 1 week.

Prior to seeing all three doctors, I informed them that my mother has eczema, and if there was anyway this was some type of eczema, they all dismissed me.

I went through 3.5 months of absolute hell thinking I had incurable ringworm. I couldn't focus on anything buy ringworm, I tried naturasil, and neem products (all of which I was refunded for :) ). and spend hundreds of dollars on other remedys, creams etc etc.

If after a month, your "ringworm" isn't responding to anything, ask your doctor to "try" a steroid cream. They are often hesitant to perscribe them, because if it was actually ringworm, it makes it even worse.

Good Luck!

Fig Leaf   2  0   

Posted by James Lindon (Greenville, South Carolina USA) on 09/16/2007

[YEA]  re: Natural Cure Ringworm -- I tried the Fig leaf sap as someone suggested and I will tell you it was gone the next day!

Posted by Jack Parker (Gaffney, SC) on 07/31/2007

[YEA]  My grandmother taught me this and it works for Ringworm. Take a leaf from a fig tree (Edible Fruit Variety) and the milky white sap from the leaf rubbed on the ringworm will get rid of it in a few days.

Fig Tree Sap   1  0   

Posted by Alejandra (Templeton, CA) on 10/25/2008

[YEA]  I used the sap of a fig tree to heal my ring worm on my ankle. I had tried tea tree oil and it didn't work for me but the sap cleared it up by the next day! I used a knife to peel a piece off of the trunk and rub it all over the ringworm. It worked for me!

Replied by Mary
Chatsworth, Georgia
You can't put that on if the skin is scaly and blistered already. If you cannot find a green leaf at this time of year winter how can you extract the sap from the fig limb? I took the antibiotics and the cream I did what the doctor told me. I am boiling the twigs and getting ready to put the liquid on the very infected area.
Replied by Vcanfield
San Antonio, Tx, Usa
[WARNING!]   Warning on fig tree sap. The sap is caustic and will burn the skin. We have a fig tree and I have to use gloves when I harvest figs or my hands will get terrible chemical-like burns. Fig sap is a natural cure for burning warts off, so putting it on skin which is already inflamed is cruel and abusive. Please do not use this method on your animals. There are other, kinder methods to turn to.

Fresh Pecan Hulls   1  0   

Posted by Sabrina (Houston, Tx) on 02/07/2010

[YEA]  In November of 2009, my 6 year old daughter had a fingertip sized ringworm just next to her eye. Due to the delicate area the best choice for a remedy was the black walnut hull. But we had no walnut trees nearby, only pecans. I reasoned that since the pecan was a genus of the walnut family, it stood a great chance of success. I went outside and grabbed a pecan off the tree.

The outer green part surrounding the pecan in its shell is what is used. Wearing gloves (the tannin in the hull stains a lovely shade of brown), I cut a 1/4 inch piece. With my daughter laying down, unaware of the impending horror, I commenced. I squeezed the hull until the liquid appeared. I rubbed the liquid directly onto the ringworm and used tissue to mop any excess. After about 30 seconds my daughter began to cry out. The process burned terribly. I explained that the burning sensation most likely meant that we were killing the fungus, so at least the pain would be productive. I spent 20 minutes blowing on the area and my poor daughter went to sleep quite upset. However...

The next morning, the ringworm area had begun to scab. It was not pretty to look at. That night my daughter was afraid to let me touch her. I had to wait until she was asleep to apply the pecan hull. She awoke during the end of the process (quite angry and annoyed at my tactic). The next day the scab was huge and crusty. I had not read anywhere about the appearance after the application and I hoped that it would slough off quickly. The 4th night (taking a forced break on the 3rd night) I reasoned with my daughter that we would apply more pecan hull liquid and it would only sting if there was still live fungus under the scab, otherwise it should be painless. She weighed it out and realized that she wanted the thing totally gone, so we proceeded. This time, no sting and it lightly stained the skin surrounding the scab. That was it.

The scab lasted about 4 weeks. It was ugly and thick and showed no sign of leaving. We would cover it with a bandage coated with cornstarch to keep the adhesive from pulling on the sensitive skin near the eye. Finally the scab began to decrease. After about a month the scab totally came off, but a red scar remained. Now after 6 weeks, the scar has faded to a barely visible mark and I feel confident that the cure worked.

Garlic   5  0   

Posted by Julie (Larose, Louisiana) on 09/30/2008

[YEA]  i work in a medical clinic and contracted a ringworm from one of my young patients. the nurse told me to buy some otc antifungal cream and it would be gone in about 3 weeks. i have been interested in alternative meds for sometime, so i grabbed one of my books and read that garlic is antifungal. i bought a head of garlic, sliced a clove of it quite thin, applied it to the ringworm,covered it with a bandaid, and waited. now the chemicals in garlic will burn the skin for a minute or so, but after applying the garlic 3 nights in a row, the ringworm disappeared. i recommend this remedy to everyone. garlic works for lots of things.

Replied by Stella
Brisbane, Qld Australia
[YEA]   Yes Garlic definitely works to get rid of ringworm. I slice a clove into slivers and rub the juice into the fungal spot. Though its easier to get liquid garlic capsules pierce them to rub the oil directly on the spot. Gone in less than a week. Garlic is so good for so many things its a staple to have in the house.

Posted by Okarel (Houston, Texas) on 06/25/2008

[YEA]  Garlic works for ringworm. It smells bad, but it works. You should buy a cheese grater and then grate the garlic. Once the garlic is grated, get a cotton boll or a clean napkin and apply in the area. It's going to burn but it helps do this at least 3 times a day: once in the morning and one time during the day and last but not least, during the night. But make sure you clean your face first with warm water then dry with a clean towel.. =] good luck=]

Posted by Brenda (San Antonio, TX) on 03/03/2007

[YEA]  Take a fresh clove of garlic. Cut it, rub the juicy piece on the ringworm 3 x day. It'll be gone in a couple of days. It does sting a bit, but not for long. Tried it on me and my neighbor kids with great success.

Replied by Deeraj
Ahmedabad, Gujrat
My ringworm burns with garlic.

Posted by Eddie (Ft Lauderdale, FL) on 09/19/2006

[YEA]  I applied pure garlic oil directly on the ringworm patch. I also took Garlic oil capsuls internally to cleanse the bloodstream. This worked for me.

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