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.
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: https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/borax.html
I had a terrible case of A. Lymphedma in my legs and B. Ringworm there as well.
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 body...so 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 ...plus 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.
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.
Oh my goodness gracious. I suffered from ringworm for a month and a half. I tried anything and everything that I could think of to get rid of it. I tried antifungal creams, tea tree oil, coconut oil, antifungal prescription pills, chlorine dioxide with DMSO, and nothing seemed to help. It had spread to almost my entire body. I was contemplating on quitting my job. Then I read this review on the earthclinic website about Dettol antiseptic liquid. I was able to purchase it at my local international market, called Lee Lee's market. It was in the India section. I diluted it with half water and put it on once a day with cotton balls. After that, I rubbed borax on it, let it dry, and sprayed it with antifungal spray. After the skin dried out, after a few days, it started peeling off and I stopped putting the antifungal powder spray on it. After two weeks of using dettol and borax, it was gone. Every few days, I use dettol and borax to make sure it doesn't come back. Thank you, thank you, thank you to whoever posted about Dettol. You seriously saved my life. I was about to go crazy.
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.
(St Ann, Jamaica)
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
(San Jose, Califonia)
Clear Nail Polish
ringworm - use clear nail polish and it will be gone in a couple days.
Clear Nail Polish
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.
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!!
I suffered for 2 full years with ringworm infections and I tried many of the remedies on this site and found some temporary relief from itching but they never went really away. I hope I can help someone. What gave me full relief and healing was this:
- Quit having regular sugar, replaced with stevia in my drinks and meals
- Diminish intake of flour
- Bought me a good fruit extractor (Nutribullet) and had about 16 ozs of vegetable juice twice a day morning and before going to bed. (carrots, whole lime/lemon, celery, ginger, water) . I did try it sometimes with beets and spinach but they had those ingredients for the most part.
- For the itching I used " Blue Star " ointment.
After about 2-3 weeks I started seeing great results until they completely dissapeared.
For maintenance I kept the juices only once a day, every night right before going to bed.
HI U GOOD FOLKS DOIN,,,,,,,,,,, my Tractor Driver has been hanging around me too long. She's getting bettern me at solving problems. She had a ringworm on her ankle and treated it with both walnut tincture and tee tree oil with little success. She read on EC to use oregano.... only she added DMSO and all went into a dropper bottle. She cured her problem PDQ. A week or so ago, I also got a ringworm on my foot and being a good husband followed her lead. Now my ringworm is almost dried up.
Working at the farm in the dew and heat, we stay wet from head to toe and working with mushroom compost doesn't help. Anyways, I think DMSO enhances the properties of essential oils, etc. Her next project is to use Frankincense and DMSO to address a skin tag that her bra is keeping irritated. Her Dermatologist said to leave it alone. That does not make sense. I had her read the archives on EC about this and turned her loose. We'll see what she comes up with.
(Ten Mile, Tn.)
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.
You have seen my posts all over the Ringworm topic. For years I tried everything: Bleach, baking soda, nail polish, garlic, coconut oil, soap, undecilenic acid + zinc, miconazole nitrate, borax, hydrogen peroxide, ashes, iodine, salt, turmeric, petroleum jelly, vinegar, and several creams prescribed by doctors.
But now I'm pleased to inform you that after years of suffering, I finally figured out what the problem was.
Several events lead me to the answer: It was not ringworm, it was an allergy.
Many years ago, I bought some menstrual pads (Equate, Night Time) and immediately after putting them on, I felt like my genitals were on fire. I was sure the pad was contaminated and that whatever fungi present had also spread to my right hand.
Ever since, I can no longer wear menstrual pads, creams, oils, or soap around the genital area. I can't even use regular toilet paper or I have a flare up. Sunlight also affects me, even if I don't get sun in my hands, the eczema appears on each of the same places.
As soon as the allergy strikes, my hand gets a rash too. A rash in circles, just like ringworm.
Throughout the years I went to see many doctors, including an allergist, and nobody was able to diagnose the problem.
What helps is muscle relaxation of any kind, supposedly reducing stress helps but I guess I've never been relaxed enough for that. I hope this information is useful to somebody. Best of luck to everyone who is suffering from this.
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.