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Ringworm Remedies

Last Modified on Aug 31, 2015

Hydrogen Peroxide   3  2   

Posted by Sarah (Vanceburg, KY) on 09/15/2006

[NAY]  I tried the remedy with putting the peroxide on my son's face overnight. It left a red place on his face where it had sat all night and didn't do anything to the ringworm but make it redder. This did not work. At least not on my child.

Posted by Yolanda (Tampa, FL) on 09/12/2006

[YEA]  At first sight of ringworm, I used store bought hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball, placed it on the ringworm, taped down with a band aid. By morning it was completely gone.

Ice   1  0   

Posted by Danny (Okeechobee, Florida) on 03/16/2010

[YEA]  I use a piece of ice to kill ring worms. I know this works if you catch it early and its a small area. It just amounts to freezing it like the doctor did when i was a kid.You gotta be able to stand the pain but after a while it will be numb so bear with it till numb and then some. This is a one shot treatment that works for me.

EC: Warning! You can damage tissue or cause frostbite by icing too long.

Read tips about icing here:

Iodine   5  0   

Posted by Toourlady89 (Hayward, Ca) on 09/29/2013

[YEA]  I have used Lugol's Iodine for ringworm. My nephew had it in his thigh. I had him apply Iodine to the area twice a day and it cleared in about a week. I googled how to use it, I used 4% Iodine.

Replied by Andrea C
Gentian Violet kills Ringworm, it's actually a fungal growth, not a worm although it looks worm like in appearance. Dab it on affected areas with cotton wool, and do it 3 times a day until it clears. If its on the scalp, shave the hair from affected area then dab it on, be careful as it stains as well. This was used for Ringworm for many years with great success. Love Andrea C xxxxxxx

Posted by Lindsey (Montoursville, Pa) on 02/12/2013

[YEA]  I had a spreading ringworm rash that lasted for 6 months--between Oct. 2011 and April 2012. During that time, I tried lotions from the doctor, Diflucan, Absorbine Jr., garlic, apple cider vinegar, and a very low-sugar diet. Nothing worked!

I was really frustrated, but then I found this website and decided to try iodine. I started applying iodine once a day to the ringworm patches, and within 2 weeks, all of my spots were gone. A few came back, but the iodine quickly knocked them out again. I haven't had any troubles with ringworm for the past 8+ months!

Thanks everyone for suggesting cures for ringworm. I knew I needed to come back and add my story once I was sure the ringworm was gone for good!

Replied by Davidcoolbreeze
Nashville, Tennessee, U.s.a.
[YEA]   I had a fungus on my face in two places for years. The fungus appeared to be ringworm. Had a doctor look at it but wasn't a dermatitis doc. I found a prescription creme that made it go away but never killed it. It makes it go away for weeks then comes back "Clotrimazole and Betamethasone Dipropionate Creme USP", which has steroids in it, so I didn't want to take it if I didn't have to. Around May 2013 I was in Natural Grocery Store and bought a product that since I started applying it, has made my fungus completely go away for months now. It is a product made by NoMiss LTD, which the main ingredient is "IODINE". It is a miracle cure! I want to thank EarthClinic for all of the info I have used for years with natural cures!

Posted by Gina (Martins Creek, Nsw, Australia) on 12/29/2011

[YEA]  from childhood I have always used iodine tincture for ringworm. I have never known it fail.

Replied by Mike
Nyc, US
I have suffered a terrible bout with ring worm I have tried many many things such as tea tree, wormwood, coconut oil, act. it is on my back and my arms; nothing worked until I ground to a paste garlic and ginger and a dab of water. Put it on for about one hour and removed it. Kicked the life out of it in one session but I now am continuing it. But it is definitely under controll. Two words of caution: only put it on affected area as it will make skin freakish red. And it is not comfortable for about 15 minutes

Posted by Cori (New Brunswick, Canada) on 05/12/2007

[YEA]  My mom's friend is a son has one spot of ringworm on his arm. She suggested iodine..I applied it twice today so I'll see how it looks tomorrow. I didn't know about the Tea Tree oil though and I have a bottle of it. If the iodine doesn't help I'll try that.

L-Lysine   1  0   

Posted by Amy (Florida) on 03/09/2015

[YEA]  Just so that everyone knows, ringworm is a viral skin infection and not an actual worm. L-Lysine is helpful as well for anti-viral and skin health. You can take a large dosage the first day - I take a few thousand mg, then one or two tabs a day after that.

Replied by Dee
Amy, ringworm is NOT a viral's a fungal infection, and you need antifungal medications, either over the counter or prescription, to kill it.

Laundry Detergent   1  0   

Posted by Amanda (Kingman, Az) on 02/08/2012

[YEA]  I know alot of you r "healthy" idk how you'll feel about this but "Tide" brand laundry soap is what works! Bath in it, in warmish water for like 15 min. My mom treated me this way I treated my daughter and it's gone! My son has spot on his thigh so I put ACV and iodine on him to @ least slow the growth till I can get some Tide. Good luck, it works!

It has to be Tide brand. The infection did not transfer from my daughter to my son, it has been like 1 yrs since my daughters infection.

Light Bulb Cure for Ringworm   0  0   

Posted by Mel (New York, New York) on 07/15/2008

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Ok, this is my second visit to your site, first one was when i was desperately searching for a cure.

I tried almost everything.
1. clotrimazole.
2. tolnaftate cream and spray.
3. Apple cider Vinegar.
4. Witch Hazel.
5. Rubbing Alcohol.
6. Bleech.
7. Hydrogen Peroxide.
8. Tooth paste.
9. Salicylic acid.
10. Vicks.
11. Mouth wash.
12. Hand-sanitizer(alcohol)
13. Anti-bacterial liquid soap.
14. Icy hot

I tried all the above mentioned items, plus a combination of some of them together as a foot soaking agent.

The moment when i completely lost it, came when I saw a second ringworm right next to the original one. ARRRRRR

I poured a little less then half a cup of bleech, half cup of rubbing alcohol, half a cup of witch hazel, half cup of ACV, and then as soon as i poured half a cup of hydrogen peroxide I heard a whooshing sound and saw bubbles and some somke :-) grin, I thought to myself this would kill the fungus once for all. I then poured cold water, just enough so that I could soak my foot fully into the small plastic bucket. I then rubbed the two ringworms with my fingers under the solution, and kept my foot under water for atleast 10 minutes. The skin peeled off from the ringworms, and the itching stopped. I went to class, and then after few hours, Itching came back. I came home, and I was furious, at the drug agencies and the FDA for creating creams that only stop the growth of the ringworm instead of killing it. (thats how you make money).

I then took a small night lamp in my room, with .10 WATT bulb, and turned it on. Once the bulb got hot, I started cooking :-) It hurt really bad when I started to roll the bulb on the ringworms, but the feeling of killing that nasty bugger overcame my own pain. I really burned the suckers good, the skin turned red, and the bulb was covered in some sort of mildue. Ringworms started flaking, and I kept going, until I knew that the ringworms were dead and were now burning in hell. The itching had stopped. It has been 3 or more hours since this experiment, and the itching had not returned.

The skin of course was red due to minor skin burns, and may even leave a mark, but I will accept it open heartedly because it is just on my foot, and it will be just another battle scar to my body collection.

Arrrrrrggghhh 142nd Pirates for life.

(Do not tell me that it cannot be killed; if it is living, then I will find a way)

Replied by Elexar
Chicago, Il
Ringworm is not caused by a worm or bug, its caused by a fungus. A contagious fungus. To keep it from recurring, you have to wash everything the spot came in contact with. For example, if you have ringworm of the scalp, you'll have to wash you bed linens (or at least the pillowcase) as you're treating it you don't reinfect yourself. I don't know how effective this is, but i spray things that cannot be washed (like the sofa) with lysol spray or the like.
Replied by Lg
Springfield, VA
Good gravy!!! Ringworm is a FUNGUS, not a WORM!!

Lime   1  0   

Posted by Shakerah (Chicago, Il) on 09/07/2012

[YEA]  Lime!!! Lime!!!

I have worked with kids for a long time and I have a younger brother of my own who constantly gets them from playing with other children. So when he gets then either he stays away from me or I get them. And so I have. The best way I have ever gotten rid of them is cutting open a lime and squeezing the juice on it. Do that few times a day and it should be gone in about 2 day. Believe me I know this works!

Liquid Bandage, Garlic   1  0   

Posted by marybeth (volcano, hi) on 12/12/2007

[YEA]  I've had ringworm a few times in the last 4 months. I keep getting just one spot at a time. I find that garlic and liquid bandage works best for me. I slice a piece of garlic and put the "wet" side on the fungus for a couple of minutes. Don't do it too long or it will burn. Then I let it dry a bit and put the liquid bandage on-it's found in the bandage aisle the kind I buy is New Skin. It's like nail polish. The garlic kills the fungus and the LB smothers it and I think it keeps it from spreading. I also use neem and tea tree oils and then cover witht the LB.

Liquid Bandaid With Tea Tree Oil   1  0   

Posted by Kelly (PawPaw, MI) on 03/23/2009

[YEA]  I I had a small spot of ringworm on my wrist that I tried treating with iodine and antifungal cream while keeping it bandaged. Neither worked, and in fact the ringworm spot just got bigger. So, I got a no sting, liquid bandage spray at the pharmacy. This spray also has tea tree in it, but I added about 2 cc's to the .61 fl oz spray bottle. I sprayed the ringworm 2-3 times a day, adding a second coat when the first was dry, and made sure I sprayed a large area around the spot as well. I then covered the entire spot with a regular, non-stick bandage. After 3 weeks of other treatments that only made it spread, I saw a major improvement in just 2 days. In a week the spot had faded to nothing, but I kept treating it for an additional 2 weeks, and it's never been back!

Listerine   1  0   

Posted by Trina (Casa Grande, Arizona) on 03/17/2009

[YEA]  for a ring worm listerine mouthwash works wonders. you will notice immediate change just thought you might want to know.

Replied by Mike
Hartford, Ct
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have been using Listerine for several weeks now... It has worked on some of the areas where the skin is thinner. But on areas where the skin is thicker or more constantly moist, not so well. I'll be off trying bleach next as I have already tried all of the Over the Counter stuff with no success.
Replied by Jeff
Nashville, Tn
Be careful with the bleach!! I tried it, and the "rings" cracked open and slightly bled. I was an obvious chemical burn that I feel set me back (and really hurt). Still trying Ab Jr and have almost given up on over the counter creams. After my burn scabs go away maybe it will be better. GOOD LUCK!
Replied by Toni
Pa, US
You should see a doctor if you have had this for this long & have had little relief. I have dermatitis on my hands. You can get it many places on your body & have it not spread to other areas. It can easily be controled, but it is not a fungus. They gave me steroid cream for my hands.. & without it I don't know what I would do! Nothing else will take it away! Please see a doctor.. & good luck!
Replied by Sp
Wb, NJ
Please don't use topical steroids for more than one week.

Lysol   2  0   

Posted by kelley (cleveland, ohio) on 11/27/2007

[YEA]  Re: ringworm, some friends and I had gotten it from a concert back in highschool. The OTC stuff didn't do a thing it only got worse. My boss at that time told me to use Lysol, because it kills everything. She even had one of her sons go get me a bottle of the concentrated liquid form of Lysol. I poured it on my arms, let it sit for a minute and wiped off the drips but didn't wash it off, the ring worm dryed up and was gone really quickly, you could see and feel the results right away.

Replied by Kristina
[YEA]   Yes, concentrated Lysol (brown) kills everything. If used correctly, it'll kill the bacteria. Me, my husband, and brother in law all suffered from a ringworm. We began treating ourselves topically with lysol and it killed the fungus. It's been at least 5 years, and it has not come back.

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