Home Remedies for Ringworm

Here are a few of the best home remedies for ringworm. They are natural and inexpensive, and you'll find that curing ringworm in children and adults with these natural remedies is simple.

As a pet groomer, one of the things I fear the most working at my job is the possibility of getting ringworm in my skin from a pet that spreads it. Thankfully, if you do pick it up, it isn't too hard to get rid of. (I haven't gotten it yet!)

Ringworm is actually a fungal infection that lives in the skin. It was believed long ago to be caused by a worm because of the "ring" shape it generally takes.

The agent that causes the skin infection is called a dermophyte. These skin fungi live off of the keratin that is part of the top layer of dead skin cells. This is why the infection never becomes very deep in the skin.

How to Cure Ringworm


Treating ringworm with bleach is an effective solution but can also be harsh on the skin. Mix one part bleach with one part water and swab over the affected area three times per day until healed. You may want to use a lotion if your skin is sensitive to the solution.

Nail Polish
Apply a clear nail polish over the area and let it sit for at least five hours. Use a nail polish remover to take off the polish, and then soak a cotton swab in it and hold on the area. Repeat this daily until the problem is gone. Nail polishes make great home remedies for ringworm.

Wasabi is Japanese horseradish that many people find works well on ringworm. Use a wasabi paste on the area once or twice per day until the infection is gone.

Tea Tree Oil for Ringworm
Tea tree oil is an amazing anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-parasite and anti-fungal agent that cures a wide variety of skin problems quickly. Apply undiluted tea tree oil to the area once or twice per day. It should be healed after a week or so.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and hold it onto the problem area for several minutes. Repeat this at least twice per day, every day, until the infection clears up. Apple cider vinegar is a very effective natural anti fungal.

Garlic is also one of nature's best anti fungal agents, making it an easy solution for ringworm. Simply take one clove of garlic and cut it in half, then rub one half over the ring worm. Do this three times per day with fresh garlic until it's cleared up.

To clear up the infection faster, mince a garlic clove and put the fresh pieces on to the area. Cover with a Band Aid and leave on for several hours. Check your skin every hour to make sure that it isn't becoming too sensitive to the raw garlic. This remedy should clear it up quickly.

These are some of the best natural home remedies for ringworm you can use to clear up any infection and avoid going to the doctor. Each treatment for ringworm explained above can also be used to cure equine ringworm, dog ringworm, and that in cats and ferrets as well. Just be sure that your pet isn't able to eat any of the ingredients listed above! 

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