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Posted by Itchy (Lorton, Va) on 07/18/2012
5 out of 5 stars

After dealing with recurring ringworm for 15 years, it came back with a vengeance this past week. Holy cow, it was spreading like crazy from behind one ear, across the back of my neck, onto my scalp, and to the other ear. I was mortified - I looked like a leper! None of my old standbys were working (Selsun Blue, Lamisil, and various other OTC antifungals) and it was just spreading more and more. So thanks to this site, I discovered Absorbine and although it hurts like hell, it's working! I applied it 5 times yesterday and this morning ALL the areas are dried up and swabbing over. I've applied it 4 more tomes today and I can tell its healing. Absorbine is AMAZING! Hopefully it doesn't come back but if it does, I have my Absorbine arsenal.

Replied by Kimberly
(Philadelphia, Pa)

I am trying to find out if I can use this product on the scalp.... Both my sons have it on their scalp and although I use Olive Oil to remove the scales regularly, it continues to come back with a vengence each time. So can someone please tell me if it's ok for the scalp. I am desperate to find a solution to this insanity!

Replied by Kay
(Destin, Fl)

Can you use this Absorbine liquid on the scalp???

I contracted a sudden/first time problem with scalp infections which I cannot tame after a year of seemingly trying everything; then suddenly got a ringworm on my upper arm (which I treated successfully in 3 weeks using Blue Goo, nail fungus treatment from the dollar store $3.99). Now I am wondering if the two are related, so I'm looking here for more treatments to try! (I've tried all the ones on the scalp page so now I'm feeling more desperate, lol).

Wishing Godd Health & Blessings to all the staff, contributors (and readers) here!

Replied by Benjamin
(Las Vegas, NV)

Kim. I would say you can use this on the scalp without affecting the hair because they make a product with the exact ingredients as the original Absorbine Jr, (Not Plus-new formula), for horses. Says it is good for shiny hair. By the way if you buy this it is about a 1/4 the cost for a lot more. 16 ounces = $10. I went to a local cattle store and bought it after they sent me absorbine PLUS in the mail by accident, and I could not wait anymore because it was spreading. The link can also help you find where it is sold by you. http://www.absorbine.com/products/muscle-care

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Posted by Kathi (Clearwater, Florida) on 05/08/2012

This is my very 1st experience with ringworm or any other rash for that matter (except poison ivy). Before I realized what I had, the rash had proceeded from my neck to my feet, covering most of my body with amazingly horrible raised red bumps and patches. I couldn't sleep at night because of the relentless itching!! I tried every home remedy I could find with almost no relief. Then I tried Absorbine Jr. OMG...... INSTANT RELIEF from itching.... It feels WONDERFUL!!!! Please don't do ANYTHING before you rub some Absorbine on your rash..... It is a MIRACLE in a BOTTLE!!!!

Replied by Tina
(Utica, Ny)
1 out of 5 stars


DO NOT rub absorbane jr over large amounts of your body! A teenage died from doing that! Your skin absorbs it and you overdose and DIE!!!! Look up info on it for yourself.

Replied by Itchy
(Howell, Nj)

I googled death from this product.. I found nothing... Maybe something like aspercream would kill you obiously from asprin overdose....... Anyway, I have a damn rash on my leg and have tried everything... My brother had to use a super steroid to resolve the issue.... I have started using absorbine jr today.. It does actually looks better already... I will update in a few days. I did use a steroid cream prescribed from my doctor.... I got the rash 25% better but not gone. PS you can youtube it people have been using this stuff as mosquito repellent.. I think its the menthol... I would put it on my clothes but menthol on your skin in the summer may be a bit much.

Replied by Itchy
(Howell, Nj)

I replied on 8/9 to the warning post.

Since 8/9 I put it absorbine on 4 times a day... They forgot a few times here and there.... It actually got a little worse for a few days... Then... As of Today it is clearly going away. I dont own stock in absorbine... Lol..... As your skin scabs over and you wash dead skin off gently in the shower or bath... You will feel some intence pain when applying it.... I should have taken pictures. I will update once 1oo% .. So less than one week massive improvement. After taking steroids orally and topically... And keflex... And another antibiotic.... bleach baths and oatmeal baths.

3! Trips to the doctor... 1 to the emergency room because I was out of state. 3 months later this is the only thing that has worked...


Replied by Xanadu1jw
(Memphis, Tn)

When I was growing up whenever we kids got ringworm our mom or grandmother, whoever we were around at the time, would break off a leaf from a fig tree and apply the milky sap coming from the stem of the leaf to the lesion which would cause a temporary mild increase in the itching and it would be reapplied once or twice a day until the lesion dissapeared in a few days. Of course this only works during the part of the year when the fig trees have leaves on them. These are the kind of fig trees that have the edible fruit on them.

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Posted by Blessed (Austin, Texas) on 03/05/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Thank God For Absorbine Jr. This is my first time having ring worm. I have a quarter size patch on my left arm, near my elbow. It was very itchy and red. I came across this website, went to CVS and purchased Absorbine Jr. On my break. I cleansed the area with a baby wipe and applied the Absorbine with a cotton ball. I then held it in place until the tingling subsided. I am now back at work, the itchiness has stopped and the redness has calmed to a pink. After one application I am confident that this will work. I thank God and can now finish work and know I'm on my way to healing. Thanks earth clinic!!!!

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Posted by Stephanie (Richmond, Va) on 02/07/2012
4 out of 5 stars

I had a spot of ringworm on my inner thigh in the groin area that I treated with CVS brand lamisil for a month. It went away and came back. I kept applying the cream twice a day for two months or more, and it never went away. Then I saw another spot on my left leg. When I switched to another cream, it got angry and more red and larger. Then I got desperate, imagining this nasty stuff spreading like wildfire.

I have been using absorbine Jr. four times a day for almost 2 weeks now. There was a lot of flaking and scaling within the first week, and the burning was fierce on the raw areas. But now on day 12, things are looking 70% better. I hope with another week of treatment it should be gone. In researching ringworm, I am making sure to cover it lightly with bandages so it can breathe but not spread. Also, I am only wearing pants one day and washing all of my bottoms separately from tops etc with Borax and clorox for colors, along with my regular detergent so this stuff doesn't infect me elsewhere. Yuck.

Replied by Aker
(Miami, Florida)

I promised I would do this if this site helped and it did. I was desperate because I had ringworm on my inner thigh that soon encroached on to my testicles, so I used a few methods from this site. Try and see what works for you, but this is what worked for me. 1) Shower (if in a less aggressive area forearm for instantce maybe you just wash your arm off in the tub or sink. 2) ACV(apple cider vinegar) - apply with cotton ball and rub in a circular motion until it bleeds. Do this for the first 1-3 days

3) Absortine Jr - apply with cotton ball (don't rub just dab and hold until the pain sensation is totally gone or until you reach your threshold)

4) Tea Tree Oil - apply with q-tip (don't rub just dab the area until you see the shine/wet look)

5) Gold Bond Triple Action Relief(extra strength) - apply after air or blow dry

-Shower or wash area if possible before every treatment. (if I couldn't shower I would use a baby wipe with a dash of ACV on it) four times a day. -Repeat all steps for first 1-3 days when your ready to discontinue ACV dose do so, but continue all other steps. Other Key Points
-You will feel discomfort
-This won't be fun
-The sooner you attack the easier it will be to kill this fungal rash
-Your skin will be discolored (dark/grey/black)
-Your skin will peel
-When healed be sure to moisturize the skin because if not it will be itchy. -KEEP EVERYTHING CLEAN & be honest with the people you live with to be careful you don't want to pass this on. I hope this helps someone else. Peace, Love, & Knowledge,

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Posted by Asolaria (Capt Cook, Hawaii) on 12/23/2011

Absobine jr seems to a prevelant effective remedy as l see on your site for ringworm, l called my pharmacy and they have absorbine for arthritis, does it need to be specifically for ringworm?

Replied by Len
(Florence, Sc)

The Absorbine is the arthritis rub. However, when you read the side of the box it does say it is for athletes foot/ringworm.

Replied by Mataravj
(Fremont, Ca)

Absorbine is a menthol pain reliever and it helps ring worm. So people please dont look for Absorbine Jr for Ringworm. It is the pain reliever that works.

Replied by Rose
(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Mataravj, I believe you may be wrong about not using Absorbine Jr. It says directly on the label it is meant to treat fungal infections such as jock itch or athletes foot. So I would definitely get Absorbine Jr over the arthritis treatment...

Replied by Benjamin
(Las Vegas, NV)

The new Formula (Absorbine Plus Jr) does not say on the label it is meant to treat fungal infections such as jock itch or athletes foot. It does say for arthritis in the list. My local research tells me that the original formula is only online and the new formula PLUS is in all the stores. The original formula has all the same ingredients except a lower Menthol 1.27% vs 4% and the original has absinthium oil (Wormwood) as a main ingredient which the Plus formula has taken out.

Replied by Catherine

Wormwood is an ingredient listed on the Absorbine Plus. Just purchased it from cvs today.

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Posted by Warren (San Diego, CA) on 04/26/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have had reoccuring problems with ringworm for about 28 years, when I contracted it overseas in the military. For anyone who has ever had problems with ringworm, you know how irrating the itching and how fast the fungus can spread on your skin where areas stay warm and moist.

After using various antifungal creams off and on for many years, the ringworm would come back, and in the summer time, it would come back with a vengance.

Thank God I happened to find this website that suggested using Absorbine Jr. to address the spreading skin infection.

For the last week, I had a strong outbreak of ringworm in my groin area, and I guess I scratched it, and it got infected and started creating a hard mass under teh skin that was very painful and for obvious reasons, concerned me greatly. After reading several of your wonderful comments of using Absorbine Jr. to stop the ringworm spread, I went to my local CVS store and bought a bottle of the regular liquid with the sponge applicator on top.
I was amazed after applying the liquid on the affected areas, that the itch immediately went away, and within a couple of hours, I could actually see the angry red areas start to return back to the normal skin color.

The Absorbine Jr. did burn a bit on several areas that were pretty raw, but after fanning the area with a newspaper, the burning went away, as did the constant itching that I have had to endure for all these years.

The infected painful mass that was brewing under the skin also was smaller and the skin starting to return to normal color the next morning when I woke up, so with regular applications of this wonderful Absorbine Jr., I think I finally have located a product that will help me be more comfortable in the future. I am grateful for all the wonderful people who shared their experiences because as I type this sitting in my recliner at home, for the first time in about 28 years, I am not itching.

Replied by Johana
(Denton, Texas)
5 out of 5 stars

I had some kind of fungal infection, which might have been jock itch. I read women can get it too. The itching was just awful, night and day, and my skin was getting gray and hard. I tried everything to get rid of it, from hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, and Pau D'Arco to athlete's foot creams from the store. Tea trea oil seemed to work great at first, because it made my skin peel off, but in the end it just drove the infection deeper and the itching began to get worse. Sleep deprivation and not having time to shower also made it noticeably worse. Then I started showering every day and spraying on Apple Cider Vinegar and getting enough sleep, and it started to get a little better. Then I saw, here on Earth Clinic, about Absorbine. I had to order it, because my CVS didn't have it. Absorbine Jr. is an absolute miracle!! Complete relief from the itching--I cannot explain how good it feels to have no itching for the first time in a long, long time. And now my skin is healing, and I can go longer without applying it. Thankyou to the people who posted and to Earth Clinic for helping me to find a cure!

Replied by Annoyed
(Tampa, FL)

so i had a scaly sore on my back for atleast 2 weeks, not itchy just scaly, went to doc's said i had ringworm...now it spread. i have a few maybe 9 small (dot to dime size) red patches between my back and torso (still not very itchy). so far i dont think the perscribed fungal cream helps, so im trying ACV and vapor rub. ill respond in a few days to tell of my progress (lets hope theres some!)

Replied by Pam
(Huntsville, Alabama)

I have found that black walnut tincture clears up ringworm. My son had a bad case around Christmas time. Nothing was working so I tried the tincture. Put it on with a cotton ball twice a day and in less than two weeks,no more ringworm. I also used it on a spot on my leg that I got from working in the garden,gone in about a week. It does stain,but can also be taken internally or used externally in case of systemic infection. I got my tincture at the local health food store for about $10. A little goes a long way so it was really economical. This is a safe remedy,even on children. Also, I cut out sugar and most starches,ate garlic,tumeric,cayenne and had a cup of hot water with lemon juice every morning. Hope this helps.Pam

Replied by Rick2560
(Cape Girardeau, Missouri)
1 out of 5 stars

My "rash" started out on my left foot in 2003 after spending time in a dorm setting. Later, I got the same looking rash underneath my watch band. I have been to numerous doctors for this "rash". One told me it was because of my watch band & sweating so I quit wearing the watch for a long time, but it didn't clear up any. I have tried Tinactin & numerous other athlete's foot products because I was told the "rash" on my foot was athlete's foot. It was weird because the rash has been just on the left side of my body, until recently, when it has migrated to my groin area. I was told it was eczema & given several different types of medications & tried many home remedy type treatments, without success. Other doctors have told me it is psoriasis...and have treated it as such. All the while, the "rash" has gotten significantly worse, driving me into seclusion & getting me thrown out of physical therapy today because the therapist insisted it was RINGWORM! Well, I had seen this site a few days ago & sent my wife to get some Absorbine Junior ...this stuff burns like wild fire & so far, I haven't seen much, if any, difference since starting it (AJ) 3 days ago & having used all but about a 1/2 oz of a 4 oz bottle in those 3 days! Today, the doctor finally said, "yes, I believe it IS ringworm" & he gave me yet another medication (oral) called Ketoconazole 200mg tabs. He said they were pretty wicked & should take care of the ringworm once & for all. I have to go tomorrow to get a blood test to check my liver function so he can monitor my liver function during treatment.

I was so excited to hear about everyone using the AJ but so disappointed that it hasn't worked for me!

Replied by Marnie
(Battle Lake, Minnesota)
4 out of 5 stars

last summer it took me 3 months to get rid of my ringworm....tried everything - i had 7 spots on my arm. This year i have gotten a large spot on the palm of my hand. I am diabetic and always are concern about infections.... Bleach, vinegar, anti fungal meds nothing was changing it this year, it just keep growing. bleach did do the trick last year but that took 3 months of constant care and bleaching. I saw the absorbine jr post ordered it immediately....i have been using only it non stop for about 5 days, every days it looks better....this is the best cure of ringworm - thank you for doing this post. I am a dairy farmer so we are going to try this on a 4-H calves if they get ringworm in the next month so they do not have it when fair times comes.........thank you so much for posting this....

Replied by Maddison
(Bradford, Endland)

I am still battling ringworm, but to cure the itching I took the coldest shower I could bare and stayed in the shower for 3-4 minutes. The itching stopped immediately and has not returned.

Replied by Ron
(Sacramento, California)
5 out of 5 stars

Absorbine Jr. Worked for me when all other remedies failed. I was dealing with ringworm on my thigh for over a month. Tinactin, and all other OTC anti fungal cures proved totally ineffective.

My girlfriend got me started on lavendar oil, but that did not seem to work either. This website showed absorbine Jr. as a possible cure so I drove over to CVS and picked some up.

It took about 4 days to completely irradicate the ringworm. I am so thankful for this suggestion. Earthclinic rocks.

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Posted by Marvin (Kingstree, SC) on 03/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I just came down with some ringworm spots around my armpits about a week ago after not having it for about 10 years. I tried alcohol, peroxide, tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar and none of them did anything. It actually spread when I used some lamisil antifungal cream. It started to itch like crazy yesterday and I had to do something quick so I bought some Absorbine Jr from CVS for $9.84. I bought it this morning and put a qucik dab of it on each ringworm spot and it burned like h#$* for the first couple of seconds but then the itching soon stopped. It's been about 5 hours since then and I can see the difference already! It hasn't itched since I put it on and it is already clearing up! This thing is really working. Anyone with ringworm must use this!!

Replied by Janet
(Richton, Ms. USA)

Jock itch cream will get rid of ringworm. Just apply cream on ringworm 2 or 3 times a day and about 2 or 3 days ringworm is gone.

Replied by Cured1
(Zion, IL)

I know this sound crazy but bleach kills the bug instantly. Take a Q-tip and swab it down with bleach, it burns just a bit letting you know the bug is being killed. Cort-aid helps the itching, as it will still itch for a bit.

Replied by Tri
(Columbia, Sc)

Cured1 from Zion, IL you are exactly right. Dab a cotton ball in some bleach and apply it to your ringworm twice a day and in about 2 days you will see your ringworm start to go away. The only thing is you have to continue applying it to the same area for about 2 wks because ringworm WILL come back if you stop the treatment too soon.

Replied by Thanksful
(Mesa, Az. Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

This thing worked in two days. I applied some on a Wed night and continued periodically applying until Thurs night. Friday morning, after my shower, the dark brown spots on my face pealed off, leaving a light pink skin underneath. I didn't apply on Fri. or Sat. because I didnt want it to get dark again and I had to go to a wedding. But by Sunday morning the pink area was gone and I had no flakes or itching. I can't say for sure if it was ringworm of psoriasis or something else but Absorbine cured it in less than 2 days. I love this site. I hope this helps others who find themselves desparate for a cure. God bless

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Posted by John (Piru, CA) on 03/05/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Absorbine Jr for Ringworm: Tried ACV, Tea Tree Oil and H202 as often as possible. Up to 5 times a day on each spot. Took away the itch, but didn't seem to be getting rid of them at an efficient pace. I made the thirty minute trip to get Absorbine Jr. and I'M GLAD I DID! I put it on at least twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night. I do it more often when time allows. A few of the spots have completely vanished. The rest are fading. Earth Clinic came through yet again.

Replied by Lynn
(Clay Springs, Arizona)
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I have been dealing with a skin condition since last October, it went crazy 10 days after I had some amalgm filling removed. At first it was not ring shaped just large crusty lesions that were itchy, raised patches of red skin. It quickly spread from one leg to the other then both my arms. It finally came up round and ringed in a few places then I knew it was ringworm. I finally read on Earth Clinic about the Absorbine treatment, yea finally it is starting to dry up. I have used it for several days, three times a day. My skin seems to be cracking open some and I am concerned. I put natural lotions on and it does itch some for a while them calms down. Does anyone have an idea what I can use to moisturize my skin that won't start up the ringworm again. Does anyone have scarring for the lesions? I am worried about this. I tried Aloe Vera gel and that was a huge mistake, I was in great pain for about 18hrs, untill I went to the store for Absorbine Jr.

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Posted by Ben (Denver, CO) on 12/19/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I had a spot of ringworm on the back of my hand, and tried treating it first with black walnut extract, which seemed to make it redder and incubate it more than anything. I then read about tea tree oil and tried that, applying it 3-4 times a day for a week and a half. This seemed to dry out the whole area, killing everything and seeming to take care of the ringworm. If I kept applying it, it seemed like the skin underneath would never heal so I lessened my applications down to 1 or none each day, and as the skin came back to life, it appeared as though the ringworm was rejuvenating as well, and not only that, but was now getting larger. I reverted to black walnut extract, which I'd forgotten hadn't really worked the first time, and had the same effect (seemingly spreading/incubating the fungus). I was getting a little frustrated after 2 weeks and no effects, so I tried ACV and wrapping the ringworm in garlic under a bandage for a night--in the morning it was as red as ever. Read about Absorbine Jr. on this website and got some from the pharmacy 1st thing in the morning. 4 applications a day for two days, it's now day three, and I don't want to be too optimistic but the spot is barely visible any longer and the ringworm appears to be dying out completely. There was noticeable improvement just within the first 12 hours after the first application, and each day I see progressive improvement, and no major skin death/drying out as with the tea tree oil.

Absorbine Jr. appears to be the cure my ringworm was asking for, and at $9 a bottle, well worth it. Thanks, Earth Clinic, for pointing me toward this.

(If for any reason this fails and the ringworm comes back within the next few days, I'll report back)

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Posted by Samantha (Boston, MA) on 07/15/2008
5 out of 5 stars

After 3 long years of pain, embarrassment and discomfort, I am happy to report that something finally worked for the ringworm that I had on my hand/wrist area. I have tried countless remedies (H2O2, turmeric, tea tree, clove, neem, lavender, oregano and other essential oils, etc.) I also tried over the counter, as well as doctor prescribed medications all with little to no improvement. I was told that my lack of success may be due to the fact that the treatments that I attempted were for things other than fungi, which is essentially what ringworm is, a fungus. I used Absorbine Jr. Original Formula (which seems to be different than other versions of the product), which is regularly used to treat athlete's foot itch, insect bites, etc. I had immediate relief and within a few hours, I could not believe my eyes as to the healing/improvement that took place. This is truly amazing: I can hardly see where the ringworm was before. Thank you very much Earth Clinic, I love you!

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Posted by Elaine (Lubbock, TX) on 08/10/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have used Absorbine Jr.for years to kill ringworms. Usually only one application does the trick. I think the longest time frame that it has ever taken to get rid of a ringworm has been about 24 hours. This remedy was passed to me by my mother who used it for years on the cat and me. When the cat would get a ringworm, if he saw the bottle of Absorbine Jr. coming, oh my stars and garters, the kitty cat rodeo was on. But to no avail my mother would win, the cat would get treated, and the ringworm would die.

Replied by Christine
(Chaparral , New Mexico)

My cat had ring worm soon me and my kids had it. Gentian Violet cured all within a week and there was no burning. apply daily. It is messy. No odor and will stain. BUT as a rancher I use it on my animals as well as my kids. and THERE IS NO PAIN. follow up with coritizone or anti itch and that should take care of it. Tip a q tip in and rub on it and then get a new one to rub the violet around it.

Replied by Nikkii
(Veteran, QLD, Australia)

Hi, I think that vinegar works - white vinegar so the sugars are low. you dont want the sugars to feed the fungus.. also consider what is on the inside that is trying to come out.. the fungus.. this area of your body and so forth. use the vinegar as many times as day as you are able. dont think that just becuase the skin softens that its dead .. use it till its completely gone and afterwards. I also suggest to sun the ringworm. meaning go out in the sun and let the sunshine help to heal and dry and air it. something like that..

Replied by Laura
(Quitman, Ar, Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

We have been dealing with a case of ringworm recently. I searched here on Earth Clinic to find remedies, which is what I do for all ailments we experience, human AND pet. The posts about the success had when using Absorbine, Jr prompted me to purchase a bottle, hoping it would bring relief. When I looked at the inactive ingredients, I realized why this product works so wonderfully for ringworm. Calendula, Echinacea, and Wormwood are three of the ingredients! Calendula is good for the skin and has healing properties, Echinacea is a natural antibiotic (externally and internally) and supports the immune system, and Wormwood is an anti-fungal (it's a very good vermifuge, or worm-expeller, for animals). I just thought I would share where I believe the secret of the success of this product. It sure has helped us!

Replied by Cj
(New Haven, Mi)

How long do you have to use the Absorbine Jr?


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Posted by Brooke (West Ipswich, Queensland/ Australia) on 02/27/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Dab Mercurochrome onto Ring worm with cotton tip, do this daily for two weeks, careful of staining fabrics. If this fails, use laundry 'Blue Bags', wet bag or block and rub on affected area forming a little paste, leave to dry, will wash off when bathing next, reapply.

EC: Mercurochrome is no longer sold in the USA as of 1998. Great article: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2518/what-happened-to-mercurochrome

Misdiagnosing Ringworm

Posted by Muttmom (Emery, Sd, Usecounchm) on 09/13/2012

A bug bites started to get a ring of pustules around it so we started treating it as ringworm with TTO, ACV, and astringents. Absorbine turned the circle black and it sloughed off but continued to grow on the outer edge. At 1 1/2 inches we put on sliced garlic for 20 min. Which burned it. When the scab came off there was good skin unerneath. Still grew so we tried aloe and then slapped on and covered it with plastic. The next day all lumps were gone and there was a purplish flat 2" scar. Thought I had it licked. Then another circle started above the scar. (beloe knee). We went to a Derm. BIG MISTAKE!! She diagnosed impetigo over ringworm. Ignored all my symptoms and refused to do a scraping. Kept questioning her diagnosis. She said Bagbalm just sooths, doesn't cure anything. For 2 months we used the RXs mupirocin, (still refused scraping for fungus) Nystatin, Ciclopirox, and Lotramin Ultra. It got large red lumpy, oozy and crusty. Next DR insisted on biopsy. This showed no fungus or bacteria- suggested nummular (discoid) eczema. We put vaseline around the biopsy holes and all the crud sloughed off so we put it on the whole messed and the next day it was a flat purple scar like when we used Bagbalm 4 months ago. Drs were totally against home remedies and said info on the internet is dangerous. They never said to use emollients , just a steroid rx. So I treated it myself with vaseline. So if anti fungals do not work for you try an emollient because Ringworm looks like discoid eczema. Good luck. Hope I can save people from my 8 mo. Ordeal and $800 bills. Dr steered me in the opposite direction from what my gut felt. His last comment was Bagbalm is not a magic cure and walked out ( Dr have such an ego)

Misdiagnosing Ringworm
Posted by Misdiagnosed myself (Nashville, TN) on 02/23/2009

I diagnosed myself with ringworm after I showed my scaly patches to friends and family and two of them said definitely ringworm. So as with anything, I skipped the doctor and started looking at Earth Clinic! (how much money have I saved over the years by coming here first?) Unfortunately I wasted a few days on your readers' suggested ringworm treatments... My diagnosis was incorrect, I actually have Pityriasis rosea, which is a virus and just has to run its course, apparently. If you think you may have misdiagnosed your ringworm, put "Pityriasis rosea" into google images. As soon as I saw the pictures I knew it was me. This rash feasts on areas that have never had much sun: breasts and butt for women, butt for men.

EC: "Pityriasis rosea is a common skin condition in children and young adults. It usually begins as one large spot on your chest, abdomen or back and then spreads. The rash of pityriasis rosea often sweeps out from the middle of your body, and its shape resembles drooping pine-tree branches." Source: The Mayo Clinic

Pics of Pityriasis rosea: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=Pityriasis+rosea&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2


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Posted by Kokila (Roslyn Heights, NY) on 07/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, This is for all ringworm sufferers! Fungus help:

I had a very bad case of fungal skin infections (ringworm most likely) on my legs and hand. I had also a bad case of lymphedema, which I got rid of (see my other entry here), but then the stupid fungus attacked with a vengence! So I got rid of one enemy to only attract number 2! So no more swelling and pain, BUT now ITCH and sores! It was going on for a few months with almost no relief. I tried every cream/remedy known to man without success!

Despairing I told a friend, who told me: try "MMS" aka Magic Mineral Substance created by a man named Jim Humble...It cures all sorts of pathogen related viral infectious diseases. Serious ones like Malaria, Lyme diease, you name it! Skeptical I tried it! It WORKED! All the fungus is GONE! Took a few weeks...but eradicated it, even from my hand, where I had had a weird fungus for a year.

So here's my protocol:
MMS in the AM, along with topically some health food store natural fungal cream, just to protect the skin from lingering nasties.
That's it folks!
I tried: ACV, lavender/tea tree oil mix with sea salt first to dry the skin (paid $40 bucks for the download of that info...didn't work), oregano (wild) oil, garlic, multiple creams, etc. NOTHING really got rid of the torture of this fungus, except MMS. Not trying to advertise it, just spreading the word to help fellow fungus sufferers. Interestingly enough Jim Humble's simple remedy is cheap too.

Good luck...hope this helps others.

EC: More about MMS here: https://www.earthclinic.com/supplements/MMS.html