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Natural Ringworm Treatment


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Posted by Brittany (Glendale, Az) on 11/13/2016
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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.

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

Replied by Diamond
St Ann, Jamaica
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Clear Nail Polish really works miracle for ringworm, saw some testimonies and tried it and I was surprised. It really work.

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

Replied by Mkm
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Seriously have been suffering with this spreading for months. Now, two days after finding this post and using clear nail polish it's showing dramatic results! At this rate it will be gone within a couple more days. Who would've thought?

Posted by Ashley (Las Vegas, California) on 12/22/2008
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ringworm - use clear nail polish and it will be gone in a couple days.

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

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

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Posted by Cured (Missouri ) on 07/05/2016
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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.

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Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn.) on 06/08/2016
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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.


Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Dear ORH,

I think you are the only gardener on this site. I was just wondering have you ever used hydrogen peroxide on your plants and vegs if so what results have you had, I tried it on a potted begonia about a month ago and I am pleased with the results. It's winter here and the begonia looks brighter and seems to look healthier, I know that's it early days but I will leave it for a while and see what happens.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.

HI U SUSEEQ,,,,,,,,,,,,, I'm not an expert in this area but use hydrogen peroxide in my water bed. The reason rain water is better for your plants is that it contains H2O2 it acquires by falling through Ozone in the atmosphere. I also use an aerator in my water bed where I start most of my plants and then transfer them to a pot or directly to the garden. You can over do H2O2.

Our Bill Munro healed himself and then began using H2O2 in his garden. He wrote up his trails on the internet.


Wish you well. ======ORH========

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Dear ORH, thank you for that. I poured a weakened solution on my begonia, cant wait for spring to see how it fares.

Replied by Frances
Cabarlah, Qld.

I'm a gardener with a couple of raised beds and a sweet potato patch out behind the shed. My problem is bandicoots, a protected species. Nothing much growing now in winter here.

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

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!

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omg I feel ya, I had this blister big one, size tip of pinky about 1/8th of an inch deep, itched like crazy! Went to dr oooh for months, same thing over and over athletes foot, well, finally my mom took me to my aunts office a dr's office yeaaah!, well by this time I had blisters on both feet and it moved up to my hands, he said now tell me if this hurts and I'll stop but I need to scrape these for a culture ....ooooo I was in awwwhh, asking please don't stop! He laughed we waited in the office and he came back within minutes and said I've never seen fungus grow this fast it was white and spreading up the sides of the vile! In minutes!!! Diagnosis? well fungal infection that started due to living on a yaht and carpets get wet, dry, wet, damp, dry etc!

It took me 3 days shy of 1 year to get rid of it and to this day 30yrs later I still get these tiny blisters on the sides of my fingers, what was horrible is that these blisters where coming from inside out you could see them bubbling out of the little hole's eeww like beach clams!, and I now am allergic to all antibiotics except septra, I didn't care I took the last bottle of antifungal pills, that was their last attempt, what happened to add to it I had an allergic reaction to the infection which caused another, add-on which I had a severe allergic reaction on top of it was 3 high of reactions, my feet turned black! And I now have a ring worm ...which is a fungal infection and am terrified that it's turning into the same thing.

and to add to curiosity, my son's fiance is pregnant and the resulting hormones caused valley fever to surface, they induced coma, it went from one lung to another, in days I made her go to hospital, I knew she had pneumonia, when she said her chest hurt, she's been from one hospital then flown by chopper to stanford, last few days is first time, she's eaten, walked few steps at a time but it's a deadly disease most go unnoticed but she was litterally dying and its got a 60% death rate in AZ. in previous studies 1 year there was approx 2,200 cases, in the following year 22,000+ cases!

so I'm wondering if there is any relation tho is said not to cross or jump but the ringworm I got omg I've never seen chit like that but her kids have had it a few times, and think possibly I got it from their house. I actually was freaked out for days thinking it was an actual bug under my skin, theres my phobia BUGS! I've had bleach bath's doc said don't use this cream for more than 5 more days! So I didn't and the bottoms of my feet look like wax paper and then that itch if I had a black'n decker i'd be on high speed with one! Lol, but now ...omg this on top of everything else ...just ducky! I am in love with this site I've been reading for hours!

bleach and I'm making list of other remedies! Thanks!!

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

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

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San Antonio, Tx, Usa
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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.

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


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Posted by Alex (Latin America) on 08/06/2017
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Garlic is strong but didn't work for my ringworm.

I mixed fresh garlic with coconut oil, applied it every day to my wrist (where the infection was) and I thought it was working because the skin felt like it was burning.

The smell was very strong too, so I believe I used a generous amount, but after a couple of weeks I gave up because it didn't really do anything to cure it or make it smaller.