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Posted by Mary (Oklahoma) on 07/17/2013

How much borax do you mix with water to spray carpets and furniture for ringworm? Our poor dog keeps getting infected again and I am not using bleach on carpeting.

Replied by Janet T.
Sanantonio, Tx
[NAY]   Hi, The borax mixture is not great for carpeting or furniture. I too prefer to use natural products for family, home, and pets but in the case of ringworm which is contagious to people and animals I strongly recommend Lysol spray for use in the home. It will kill the fungus quickly. The fungus can be spread on your clothes, carpet and furniture. It looks like a gold dust under blue light so I presume it to be physically moved by contact and probably moved in the air. Your best bet is to buy several large cans to spray carpets, furniture, door knobs, light switches, phones, hair brushes, counter tops, kitchen cabinets, anything touched by your family or pet. Be sure to do the pet bedding and stuffed toys, brushes etc.. used on your pets cats or dogs. Do Not Spray directly on your animals. As for your laundry add your Borax, half cup to one cup, depending on the size of your load and use Hot Water to kill the fungus on your clothes.

I have done this at my own home and it works. I unknowingly fostered 5 bottle feed kittens a few months ago with ringworm. My daughter and I handled the kittens without protection and developed ringworm ourselves. It spread so fast we had to seek medical help. I was given oral medication and a topical cream. My daughter was to young for the oral med but was given the cream. We are still fighting the ringworm on the kittens and ourselves. It is under control using the treatments I described above. As for the prescriptions the oral med helped me a lot. The cream not so much. I prefer Tinactin OTC, cream and or spray. It is cheap and works quickly. It can be used on the kittens as well. When they were so tiny I used miconazole cream also a cheap OTC. It takes a while to work so I have used Teds Mange treatment with some success if treated daily with no missed treatments. I was looking to see if anyone else has had success with this treatment.

The 5 kittens are teenagers now. We have separated them into 2 condos. One with the mildest ringworm and one with more severe. They keep infecting each other but I don't have a way to kennel them individually which would be the best solution. The condos are cleaned weekly using Clorox and water solution and dried in the sun. I clean the liter boxes this way too, weekly. When the boxes and condos are housing the kittens I spray Lysol spray on the fresh or scooped liter and allow it to dry before putting it back in the condos. I wash their toys in Clorox water weekly and spray them with Lysol, allow to dry and put them back into the condos. So far so good. I also supplement their food with bene bac. to keep up their immune systems. I have been feeding store food but will be changing to homemade. Their coats feel dry and seem to be dull.

Good luck to anyone reading this post. Also remember to wear gloves when applying treatments to animals and or yourselves. We use cotton swabs/ cotton balls to apply to our selves and the kittens. Ringworm is very contagious and when you go out in public you may want to cover the sores with Band-Aids. Be aware of contact with others, hugging, hand shaking etc... Some people are more sensitive to the fungus than others. I had an allergic reaction to it and my sores looked like I had been burned with a cigar. The blisters popped and drained and would start another sore when I bathed or put on clothes. I had to take time off from my job because of the sores on my hands. Be careful not to spread this to yourself or others.

It is a nuisance and shouldn't be taken for granted. Even though the sores look bad mine were never painful and the itching was minimal.

Posted by Ann (Hurst, Tx) on 09/29/2012

[YEA]  My border collie has a thick, long coat and by the time I noticed that a big spot on her back was flaking badly, the ringworm had already gotten hold of several areas of her body. I believe she got it from swimming so much with my son this summer (being wet all the time).

I first tried organic coconut oil with a few drops of tea tree oil mixed in and liberally applied twice a day. I also bathed her in a tea tree oil dog shampoo every 2 or 3 days. She got colloidal silver in her water daily, as well. It helped, but was not knocking it out as fast as I thought it would and was messy with all that oil on her (she is a house dog).

After several weeks of this, I got on here and read about Borax laundry soap and decided to try that. So I mixed up about a half cup with a huge pitcher of warm water and dumped it on her in the bath, worked it into her coat, and let it sit on her for a few minutes before rinsing and then following with the usual dog shampoo I'd been using.

I was quite surprised to see that the spots looked much better the next day. The redness was pretty much gone and the swelling (the "rings") was down. So I decided to use that on her topically twice a day instead of the other stuff I'd been using. I put about a half teaspoon into a very small bowl, added about a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide (per this site), and the rest water. I applied twice a day and continued to bathe her every other day, mostly for the nasty flaking problem.

She is now much improved, with hair growing back, after a week of this, but I'm going to continue so that it doesn't come back. I also started giving her black walnut twice daily (one capsule mixed in with each meal) to treat from within.

I mix up some Borax with water in a squirt bottle and spray my carpet and rugs with it periodically, and I wash her bedding daily too, just in case. So far no one in my family has gotten it.

I told everyone I know about the Borax, especially those with kids, since ringworm is a common problem with them, and is so contagious. I wish everyone the best of luck!

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Posted by Miriam (San Diego, Ca) on 09/01/2012

Hello, My 3 month old kitten has ringworm on his face (whisher area, nose, and chin) so I have been applying virgin coconut oil to the sores. Tonight I accidentally got some coconut oil into his eye and his eye is now half-closed and looks teary. I feel so horrible and I don't know what I should do. I can't seem to find any information online about whether or not coconut oil is bad for a cat's eye. If someone knows what I should do, please help. Thank you!

Replied by Avery
Oklahoma, Usa
Your cat's eye will be fine, I've gotten coconut oil in my own eye. It doesn't hurt, it just clouds your vision and makes your eye water and makes you feel like you have some eye boogies in it. But it will eventually wash itself out.

Posted by Jeannie (Fremont, California) on 03/27/2009

[YEA]  Coconut oil cured my dog's fungal infection! My dog had a skin fungal infection ( several round black scabs on skin). I first used diluted Apple Cider Vinegar (1 part ACV: 1 part water) on them. Two out of the three scabs were healed but for the one left, my dog kept scratching the scab off and the skin bled everytime. I came across the coconut oil remedy here at Earth Clinic and gave it a try. I put a dab of coconut oil on the black scab three times a day and within three days, the scab fell off and the skin is fine! No bleeding whatsoever! Thank you Earth Clinic for sharing these holistic remedies with us! I have been learning so much about remedies that work and cost little!

Posted by Maria (Plantation, Florida) on 12/21/2008

[YEA]  Best for dog fungus. Coconut oil or coconut milk. Awesome.

Posted by E (Boston, MA) on 11/14/2008

[YEA]  I had ringworm without knowing what it was for years. From the feedback listed on this site I started to take coconut oil internally and externally to treat the skin fungus. I have used coconut oil on it for just under a week now and the condition is rapidly clearing up. The skin condition is almost completely gone and I recommend this treatment to those with similar conditions.

Replied by Keyta
Florence, Sc
I would like to know how much of the coconut oil did you take orally to rid your ringworm because this thing is driving me crazy. Please help!

Posted by Sharon (Pace, Florida) on 04/22/2008

[YEA]  I wrote in the past that I used coconut oil to treat my cats Rhino Virus and ringworm. For myself I take 1 Tbs orally. I have used in on my hair before I wash it. My hair is so soft afterwards.It's great for dandruff. As for my cats I treated the ringworm topically and the rhino virus was treated orally. My cats seem to really like it. They get about a tsp orally. They like it liquid so I run it under hot water. My dogs get about 1 Tbs and they love it too. It has helped Yeast on the skin and allergies. I work as a groomer so I try it for several skin problems.

Posted by Jennifer (Oakland, Oregon, USA) on 04/22/2007

[YEA]  Dear Earth Clinic My cat was diagnosed with ringworm by my Vet. We tried a prescription ointment but when we tried to put it on the cat ran and hid. Next we tried an oral prescription that didn't help and then two others. The last one seemed to work but was outrageously expensive. After about a year the cat again had the ringworm in the same spot so we invested in the outrageously expensive oral prescription again and it started working but failed to get rid of the ringworm. We had already gone through all the remedies that the vet could give us. We then did lots of research on alternatives. The end result was to try the Virgin Coconut Oil that we have here for us. I let the cat sniff it first then when she didn't run away I put it on every day and in about a week it was gone and it hasn't come back. Hopefully the cat will never get this fungus again but if she does we will be putting on the Coconut Oil.

Replied by Genienne
West Palm Beach, Fl
My kitten has several spots of ringworm and we have tried everything the vet had to offer - pills, creams, dips - for several months but it just gets worse. So now I am searching for natural cure (should have started with this! ). I read about the coconut oil which I have right here so I put it on his spots, but he has been licking non-stop (it IS yummy, I know), but I'm worried that a) he licked it all off, and b)he now has all the spores in his belly - will that make it spread MORE??
Replied by Kate
Adelaide, Australia
[YEA]   Apple cider vinegar orally diluted x3 ratio works really well, but although it works well topically I wouldn't suggest it over coconut oil. ACV can dry out their natural oils if perhaps you apply too much or there is a mis-diagnosis eg. Ringworm is often diagnosed in cases of mites and even just eczema! Don't worry about ring worm spores being digested either, stomach acids kill it off, regardless it would need to be a hugely serious fungal infection to spread internally and usually through their bottom anyway! Coconut oil is not only good for their skin, but it's really good for them to digest too... It reduces risk of a massive amount of things like cancer, digestion, and heart /thyroid/metabolism problems! And it's the same with humans :)
Replied by Janell
Allen, Tx
In response to Kate from Adelaide, Australia: COCONUT OIL

I have been suffering with reoccurring ringworm for at least 5 years. When you took the coconut oil internally did that help you completely get rid of the ringworm? If so how much of it do you take? Your advice seems to be very helpful because I need something to treat myself internally. I need to get rid of this horrible plague! Thank you for all of your help!

Replied by Maggi
Hua Hin, Thailand
[YEA]   Last week I took home a young rescue dog... He had been in vet care (at Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand) for the past months recovering from distemper. He is about 6 mths old and was neutered the week earlier. I knew he had several patches of very dry skin on his shoulders so I've been using Coconut Oil daily and his shoulder area has improved immensely.... his paws are still a work in progress but were never as bad as the other eruptions.

Yesterday I noticed what looks like a large ringworm lesion in his groin. I immediately started using the Coconut Oil on the area and particularly around the stitch area from his 'snip'. Hopefully I have caught it in good time and it will not spread. He does lick it off but it can't be over-applied. I read it takes 10-12 days to actually erupt so now I need to make sure my cat doesn't have similar issues. At least I have a good supply of ACV and C/oil at the ready :)

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Posted by Bernadette (Chicago, Illinois ) on 04/06/2015

[YEA]  I adopted a feral cat with FIV. Within about 6 months he contacted ringworm from the carpeted hallway in my apartment building, which he likes to explore. My other cat also got it, and I applied apple cider vinegar a few times and he got better. My feral cat would not let me near him with apple cider vinegar, nor could I bathe him. His entire belly was scaly and bald and red, while his nipples looked extremely irritated. I bought some colloidal silver and sprayed it about 10 or 20 times into his wet food daily. After less than a month his hair started growing back and the itching and irritation subsided significantly. I did have to lower his doses because he developed nausea. Although all of his hair hasn't grown back yet after about three months, he is essentially cured.

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Posted by Ky Mama (Clinton, Ky) on 11/24/2012

[YEA]  When my outdoor cats had ringworm, the stuff the vet gave me did not work. I mixed 1 part lavender essential oil, 1 part tea tree essential oil and 2 parts olive oil into a jar. Twice a day I applied this to the cats' ringworm spots. I did this for 2 weeks. (Cotinue to treat for a few days even after it looks healed. ) Apparently essential oils can be too strong for cats, so I diluted it, and my cats had no problem. I was sure it was safer than the vet prescription anyway. I used this same thing on my children when they got ringworm from the cats.

Replied by A
Burt, NY
Ringworm: TEA TREE OIL IS EXTREMELY TOXIC TO CATS PLEASE DON'T USE IT ON YOUR CAT........ Cats are also extremely sensitive to essential oils, please be careful.......

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Posted by Zeb (UK) on 08/12/2014

Hi, to treat ringworm inexpensively; get Flowers of Sulphur and Iodine. Mix both together in equal quantity, and apply to skin. This works for Mange, Ringworm and mud fever! For Horses, I have used Stockholm tar as a bonding agent to the skin, but lard works just as well.

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Posted by Liana (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) on 08/02/2010

[YEA]  My cat had ringworm that threw me into a panic as an amimal shelter north of Toronto began euthanizing dogs and cats after the outbreak until people began demonstrating and the shelter stopped killing their charges. I found the following remedy against ringworm on the internet and had excellent results: Gentian Violet topical solution (USP 1%).

First I used a q-tip to apply the GV solution. In a week or so, the balding spots on the cat seemed to improve. But then, the cat developed other bald spots which I understood was symptomatic of ring worm. I then encased my hand in a plastic bag, put around a tablespoonful of the GV solution on his balding spots and stroked his fur with it against the grain. I did this once a day for about a month. Now his bald spots are 95% gone and his fur has grown back, looking the way it was pre-ring worm attack. I am truly ecstatic with the results, and I have no doubt, so is the cat. The cat has had purple skin for a while because of the solution but does not seem to be bothered by it at all. Apple cider vinegar did not work well as he promptly scooted away as soon he smelled it. Btw, the cost per 15 ml bottle at the local pharmacies was CDN$5. 00 to $7. 00. I used 3 bottles only.

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Posted by Deirdre (London, England) on 12/05/2006

[YEA]  Grapefruit seed extract "citricidal" cures ringworm. I used about 4 drops in 3 tablespoons luke warm water, twice daily, applied with cotton-wool pad. It got rid of my cat's ringworm in about 7 days.

Replied by Safiya
Hi, what were the symptoms you noticed on your cat's fur coat?

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Posted by Jade (Murrieta, Ca) on 02/17/2010

[YEA]  I foster lots of dogs and cats and have occasional outbreaks of ringworm and mange. It was not uncommon for one of my family members to get ringworm from the affected pets. A nurse at a local hospital suggested we try head and shoulders shampoo...just wash hair as directed, and any affected areas. Within days the rash is gone.

We tried the same thing on the pets and got the same results. For ringworm, wash pet and let it soak for about five minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat every couple of days.

For Mange, apply shampoo to coat and work up a lather. Let sit for 10 minutes to kill mites. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat every three days as needed till rash is gone.

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Posted by Betty (Texas) on 08/18/2013

[YEA]  My good old fashion vet, Who's been a vet for a very long time told me to use Iodine on my cat for ringworm. It worked very well! You just put it on with cotton balls or swabs to the affected spots. Use it every day for a week. My other cats never got it either. The Iodine puts a coating on there. Seals it so to speak. My cat was real bad in some places. His fur is growing back quickly now. You must not get it into the cat's eyes. It will stain material and your skin. So wear rubber gloves and old clothes. I hope this helps someone. It worked for my black cat Twilight. Betty Oh yea I tried the apple cider vinegar. It DID NOT WORK.

Replied by Susan
Venice Fl
I have a Prrsian kitten who has ringworm on one of his hinders which the vet shaved. This is so frustrating for him and for me. He is getting a topical cream but I would like to try the iodine but am not sure what kind to buy and how to apply it! Any feedback will be greatly appreciated. Susan