When I got ringworm, I embarked upon a three-month journey before I finally got rid of the rash. This is my story.
What Is Ringworm?
Ringworm isn't a worm at all. It's a fungal infection that is not only contagious but also pretty embarrassing. There are many ways to catch it: from people or pets that carry it, or even brushing up against something that has been infested with the fungus. Jock itch and athlete's foot are also related forms of the fungus. I have heard of people catching these infections by sharing showers, toilets, and even from dirty clothes in your hamper.
I recently got a case of ringworm about the size of a dime on the inside of my thigh close to a joint. This was a problem because my job requires me to move for eight or more hours a day, and my clothes would rub off any treatment I applied to the infection. The following is a chronicle of my frustrating three-month journey of trying to cure this irritating rash.
The remedies covered in this article are:
- Over-the-counter creams
- Rubbing alcohol
- Clear nail polish
- Prescription creams
- Natural remedies, specifically tobacco and lime
- Garlic oil
- Dandruff shampoo
The first thing I tried for my ringworm was over-the-counter cream. Common anti-fungal creams include Tinactin and Lamisil. The cream I had in my house were expired, left over from a previous infection. I figured it should still work. So I applied it twice a day for two weeks, covering it with a bandage after each application.
If anti-fungal creams sit on the shelf they lose some, if not all, of their effectiveness over long periods of time. Still, even these old creams made my infection fade. After a few days, the original spot had all but disappeared, but I had grown two larger spots on either side of the original area. Both were larger than the original and itched.
I think my mistake was in using a bandage with strong adhesive. When I pulled off the bandage, I pulled it off quickly so it wouldn't hurt, but in doing so I pulled off the top layer of skin on either side of the infection, exposing the area to catching ringworm.
Rubbing Alcohol as an Anti-Fungal
When the cream didn't seem to be working, I looked for other ways to kill the fungus and decided to try rubbing alcohol. I read online that applying it twice a day would kill the infection. To keep from spreading the ringworm to the bottle or anything else I was using, I soaked q-tips in the alcohol and rubbed it over the infected area. I did not put the q-tips back into the alcohol.
I tried the rubbing alcohol for a couple of days but when I applied it, the burning sensation was quite painful. I thought I could deal with it if the infection would go away, but it didn't work. If I were to do it again I might soak a piece of cotton in the alcohol and hold it down over the spot for several minutes.
Can Clear Nail Polish Suffocate Fungus?
I decided to try another home remedy I read about online: clear nail polish. It supposedly suffocates the fungus.
I tried this for over two weeks, and, like the rubbing alcohol, it burned. If you try this, be sure to use a q-tip, not the nail polish brush. Don't double-dip the q-tip either. If you do, you can spread the fungus to other parts of your body or to someone else if they use the nail polish.
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After the first week, the two spots that had each grown half-dollar size on my thigh started to fade. The only problem was the nail polish would not stay put because of my constant movement at work.
Though some of the ringworm faded, the patch right in my groin still held out. This area was hard to treat since it was right in my joint. No matter how I applied the nail polish it continued to grow.
Prescription Creams for an Infection
I was so frustrated. At this point, I had had this infection for nearly two months. I decided to spend the money to see a doctor. When I told her I had ringworm, she took a quick look and wrote a prescription. I was diagnosed and kicked out within fifteen minutes. We won't talk about how much I paid to have the doctor look at me for that little bit of time.
I had the prescription filled and started applying it to the infection, which at this point had grown to the size of an orange. It was way too large to cover with a bandage at this point, so I made sure I was changing clothes regularly and washing them in hot water to kill any spores that might have found their way into the hamper.
The cream was a ten-day treatment, and it did help. At the end of the ten days, the ring was no longer visible. It wasn't gone completely, and I was left with a large red spot that didn't itch anymore.
Lime, Tobacco, and Garlic: Natural Remedies for Infection?
When the prescription cream failed to completely get rid of the ringworm, I finally decided to call in my family's matriarchs for help. I contacted one of the older women in my family and asked her how she dealt with it when we were kids. She told me about a strange home remedy. She would smoke half a cigarette, then open it up and rub the unused tobacco onto the spot and let the chemicals absorb into the skin. From what I understand, the chemicals will kill the fungus almost immediately. She said that I probably would not have to apply it more than twice before it went away.
The problem with the tobacco remedy is that I am not a smoker. She also told me that limes would do the same thing, so I decided to try the lime first.
I cut a slice of lime then lay it over the worst spot on my leg. It burned as the acidic juices seeped out of the lime and into the infection. I let it sit there for nearly fifteen minutes. I did this twice a day for another week and a half. When I didn't have the time to lay the lime, I applied what I had left of the prescription cream. When I ran out of the prescription cream, I sprayed on an athlete's foot spray. Finally, the entire thing faded away.
Garlic Oil as an Anti-Fungal Remedy?
There is an old wives' remedy that uses garlic oil to kill the ringworm fungus. You can do this in several ways. You can buy garlic oil in gel capsules from a health food store or your local pharmacy. They're relatively expensive, but you will have a long term supply and garlic supplements are good for you anyway.
The second and cheaper way is to buy a head of garlic and cut one of the cloves in half. Then rub clove onto the infected area, releasing the oils from the clove. You will not get as much oil as with the capsules, but this method may provide some relief.
Be sure to purchase garlic oil, rather than garlic-infused olive oil, which is not the same thing. There is most likely not enough garlic in the infused oil to do any good.
Bleach as a Cure?
One remedy I've heard of, which frankly scares me, is using bleach. This seems risky. Straight bleach will burn your skin if you leave it on too long. I also know that a few drops in a gallon of water will kill all the bacteria and make the water safe to drink, and diluted bleach is also used to clean swimming pools. So the question is, how much bleach do you need to kill the ringworm but not harm your skin?
Some of the suggestions I have found online say to mix one part water with one part bleach. Then dab the bleach onto the skin and let it dry. They suggest you leave the bleach there to do its work. The next day wash the area and apply again.
Again, this treatment concerns me. I think the bleach will damage your skin, but it is a cure that's out there.
Fresh Urine as a Cure?
This is another one of those old wives' tales. Do I want you to pee on yourself? No, I don't. I think that is gross. But if you are at your wit's end and have nothing else to try, then sure, why not?
Urine does have medicinal properties, according to some traditions. I have heard that urine will remove the stinging of a jellyfish. Some people say urine is sterile, but this isn't entirely true. By the time it leaves the body, urine has collected some bacteria. Still, it is said to have antiseptic properties.
Can Dandruff Shampoo Be a Cure?
Most dandruff shampoos contain pyrithione zinc, which is believed to prevent and slow the spread of ringworm when used on the entire body. While it may not cure it, if you have it, the shampoo may prevent it from spreading further.
Nicotine Patches: Get Rid of Infection and Quit Smoking at the Same Time?
My mother-in-law suggested rubbing partially smoked tobacco on the infected area. Similarly many people have found that the nicotine—the addictive chemical in tobacco—can kill the infection.
I think this is a fantastic remedy, provided you're already using the nicotine patch to curb a smoking habit. If it really helps with two problems at the same time, then you have a double win. How many times during your life does this happen?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
How Did You Get Rid of Your Ringworm? Maybe You Tried Something I Didn't.
Brooke Johnson on March 19, 2019:
So will alll those things work In anyway.
Jj on July 01, 2017:
Use boric acid. It safe. Just like table salt
joyjnn3 on June 22, 2017:
My mother would attach a straight-bleach-drenched cotton ball to the area. It burned, on contact, but not so much so, that my little, 8-year-old self couldn't handle it. Once the cotton ball was dry, it was discarded. One treatment was all it ever took - it would be gone, in less than a week.
email@example.com on June 14, 2017:
how to get rid of ringworm fungus
anon on October 10, 2016:
I have been reading about it all over the internet and they have said things like, Coconut, tea tree oil, white vinegar, baking soda paste, petroleum jelly, aloe vera, dandruff shampoo, coal tar shampoo, lime, toothpaste, nail polish, Lysol, Lamisil, Tinactin, Lotrimin, Monistat.... and if you go to pet shampoos, you can get something like Malasab, which has the same ingredient as Tinactin, plus, another ingredient they use in oral rinses and in surgical preparations.
Rebecca on June 13, 2015:
oh my gosh. Go to a doctor. Get a prescription for the lamisil tablets if you have it all over your body.
coolbuddy on May 13, 2015:
Guys try toothpaste...it really works. I am infected by ring worm from past 4 months...I tried ointments and oral pills but they didn't work much effectively...the fungus used to grow back again ..yesterday I saw toothpaste trick on internet..and thank God that I worked just in one day...it is almost Alf gone now...just apply toothpaste and cover it with tissue so that it doesn't spoil your clothes ...then after 6-7 hours remove the tissue , wash with water and apply sanitizer... That will surely help!!
izzy777 on December 24, 2014:
I have always cleaned the area with rubbing alcohol then peroxide then placed clear fingernail polish over it keep it from spreading and to suffocate it.next day use finger nail polish remover with cotton ball. Then repeat methods for about1-2 weeks then its gone but only done on hand and arm.
summer1-333 on May 31, 2014:
I have ringworm all over my legs! I'm going to a pool party in 6 days and I need a cure fast!!! Please help I need something that can do the job and leave me with my nice legs. No one wants to be around someone with red circles everywhere!
ihaterw on May 19, 2014:
Real life sht!!!!! I'm using nail polish now. Just found it on the internet. Some guy made a YouTube video. I'm hopeful!!! The polished burned like hell. I'm in a training program. My program coordinator, out of fear of others getting it, advised i cover it up. Otherwise I would get kicked out and have to start over. Covering it caused it to spread. I was itching and scratching. I ran to my doctor's office asap but they were closed. The way the polish stays on my skin unlike the creams and the way it felt putting it on plus seeing that video i just know, this is it. A month of a nightmare will be over. Clear nail polish, quckly dab with cotton balls, gently rub off with nail polish remover, shower, dry the spot with paper towel, repeat until its gone. Follow up with lotramin anti fungul cream even when its gone just so it doesn't came back. I'll repost in a few days ---i hate rw---
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on February 07, 2014:
@rebecca-rivera-184: Please tell your supervisor about this. They will probably tell you to cover it with a band-aid and/or a latex glove while you are working to keep from spreading anything.
rebecca-rivera-184 on January 31, 2014:
I have one on the top of my hand. Its been there about 2 weeks now. Ive been using athletes foot cream for the past week and its getting bigger. I just started a new job as a grocery store cashier. Should I be touching people's food with this? Should I tell my boss? I don't want to infect people but I don't want to look like a jerk just starting this job.
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on January 24, 2014:
@Annymouse: Ringworm is a stubborn beast. I would find something that is acidic like a lime nicotine from a lit cigarette (use the unburnt tobacco, not the burnt part. Rubb it twice a day on the affected areas, and the ringworm should die in a few days. Hands are hard because you use them so much, you may have to apply more often. I'm not a dr. so I only know what has worked for me.
Annymouse on January 23, 2014:
What do you do when nothing seems to be working and there are blisters? I've already been to the dr and got prescription ointment. Wash each time with Nizoral Ad shampoo and use a variety of antifungal ointments. I have it on both hands and don't have the money to go back to the dr. The prescription for the ointment was over $50!!!
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on January 21, 2014:
@AttitudeChick: The lime is the cheapest, fastest way I have found to get rid of it. To keep people from making fun of you, put a bandaid over it. When someone asks you what happened, just tell them it was a helicopter accident.
AttitudeChick on October 09, 2013:
Okay, So I have this Ringworm on my arm its by my elbow & is there any remedie that will get rid of it ASAP? A lot of people at school been making fun of me because of it! Help please! Ideas that work & are not exspensive! Please!
anonymous on September 07, 2013:
I tried putting chopped up pieces of garlic on the area. The garlic eats away the bacteria. I chopped up some garlic and placed the pieces on a napkin. I slowly and carefully placed the napkin on the area, making sure that the garlic is covering the entire infected area, then I taped down the sides of the napkin so the garlic would stay in place. (You could also use a bandage). It worked for me. I could see a difference within 2 days.
anonymous on August 11, 2013:
1.consume ginger, lemongrass tea to boost your system,2.if its groin infection make sure to change ur underwear regularly (apply close to boiling hot water on it)(that is on the underwear not ur groin :) )3.use garlic and a good ringworm cream at the groin.....that's all :)
anonymous on July 18, 2013:
Try a mixture of natural honey, cinimon, sugar and squeezed garlic.... Sounds stupid and crazy but I found it on the internet, by this time i had had it for three months and nothing was working. I had tried alcohol, bleach, vetricyn, Tinactin,hydrogen peroxide, I tried a hole bunch of things but none worked. I saw slight improvement with the vetricyn but it stopped working but it stopped the growth. Vetricyn is an expensive vet medicinethat you can find at a local feed store or pet store. I was desperate so I went ahead and started the honey cinnamon sugar garlic treatment and saw improvement within the first treatment. I know it sounds crazy but try it. I really does work. Ps, it stings a little and leave it on about 2 hours after it drys on your skin
anonymous on June 20, 2013:
@anonymous: GO TO A DOCTOR, don't be shy! u r searching the remedy online but who knows, it might be a diff sort of skin disease! SO GO TO DOCTOR IMMEDITELY! .i went to a doctor after hiding it from my parents.. i live in mumbai, india so my medicine brands may differ from yours! he prescribed me to make mixture of two ointments: candid and mycospore and zocon-150 tablets, each tablet once a week for 4 weeks. also told me that black marks which remain will not go early. it will go but will takes many months.. black marks remain even after infection goes. so he told me not to worry even if the marks stay, the infection(caused by fungus : a sort of fungal infection) lies inside the skin.. applying creams removes infection NOT marks. marks are a sort of cosmetic problem, anyway it would go gradually.. if r afraid of showing that private part of ur body to doctor, u r doing a big mistake.. DO CONSULT a doctor because it might be a different skin disease also!!
anonymous on June 07, 2013:
Has anyone tried toothpaste? Please let me know details and how successful it was. I am also taking prescribed doxycycline! Does anyone know if that works?
anonymous on May 17, 2013:
@anonymous: that sounds like the nummular eczema described earlier
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on April 30, 2013:
@jessquitahuizar1: I haven't thought about that one. I bet that would work too. Thanks for the suggestion.
jessquitahuizar1 on April 29, 2013:
Some people apply garlic oil to their skin to treat fungal infections, warts, and corns. There is some evidence supporting the topical use of garlic for fungal infections like ringworm, jock itch, and athletes foot; but the effectiveness of garlic against warts and corns is still uncertain.
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on April 12, 2013:
@anonymous: I have never tried lemon. I assume it is the acid in the lemon that will kill the fungal infection. Doesn't hurt to try.
anonymous on April 11, 2013:
anonymous on April 10, 2013:
@rgasperson lm: does lemon work for ringworm
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on April 10, 2013:
@anonymous: I cut a slice of lime and rub it around the infected area for about 10 minutes twice a day. If it is irritated, I find that the acid from the juice actually burns a bit so be prepared. Make sure to go see the doctor. There is always the possibility that you have something other than ringworm, so definitely get it checked out.
As for feeling defeated. It is an infection. Your body is made to fight infections. This will pass. It may take time and effort on your part and maybe even with the help of a doctor or two. It will pass though. Do something fun. Make yourself laugh. Stress is just going to make it worse. You know what I mean?
anonymous on April 07, 2013:
I am currently undergoing this nightmare and am terrified of it spreading to my hair. I started out as one small spot, super red, not at all itchy. I tried the OTC creams as I was recommended by my ob since it happened to surface the day before I went in. I also tried some home remedies that I found online like apple cider vinegar and asborine jr. which just seemed to irritate it. I then read coconut oil was naturally anti fungal and wouldn't reek havoc on my skin so I did do that which seemed to have some calming properties to the irritation. I tried nail polish but that is hard to apply with qtips repeatedly and also irritated my skin. I used some neosporine since it seemed infected and it seemed to calm it some and continued to use the OTC creams at night and during the day at work covering them with guaze (mind you all no itching at all yet). Then all of a sudden a week and a half later after applying my morning regiment and getting to work my chest felt like it was infested with ants! I was so friggin itchy i couldn't believe it and when i got home I rushed in to strip down (thank God only a 3.5 hour day) and i had 2 additional light rings right next to the irritated on. I went and bought the spray antifungal thinking I had to have accidentally contaminated my cream and gave myself a full body coating. That was yesterday afternoon, by that evening it had spread to a light ring on each cheek and forehead and my hands....I am officially defeated and since its on my forehead I am terrified of it going to my hair. I am so defeated. HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP?! I do have a doctors appointment tomorrow morning as i feel this fully body explosion is out of control. I have limes, and am willing to try but do I have to cut enough to cover the entire ring or just the center? How does this work?
anonymous on February 21, 2013:
Apply your own urine to the ringworm every time you go to the bathroom - it will be gone in just a few days - keep it covered to keep the urine from evaporating. An old country nurse told me this when I was in Nursing School 50 years ago - it still works & you always have it with you.
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on December 29, 2012:
@AnnaMKB: Yikes. That sounds scary. Next time use a lime. Got rid of mine in only a few days.
AnnaMKB on December 27, 2012:
When I got ringworm years ago, I first tried over the counter ointments. They didn't work, so I went to the doctor who prescribed a stronger topical creme. When that didn't work, I was prescribed strong, anti-fungal pills. That worked, but the doctor sent me for extra blood tests to keep an eye on my liver, as one of the potential side effects was possible liver damage. My liver was fine, and I've never had a problem since.
anonymous on November 30, 2012:
Hi im jenni i have ring worm and itz srpeading all over my leg i wnt to the doctor i got the cream and i acadently trew it away what eles culd i use
anonymous on November 28, 2012:
Seems to me that you irritated a simple case of excema. By the time tou went to the doctor you probably caused inflammation that excema usually doesn't cause when left alone. My elbows spread into a larger darker red area from rubbing, scatching etc. I get 1-3 patches every fall that look like ringworm. vaseline or A&D to coat at night and/or a good fragrance free lotion during the day. Burts bees chapstick actually works wonders as well. Lotriman (sp?) worked for my daughters ringworm but not her excema..all my kids get it during the year, looks like ringworm every time.
anonymous on November 15, 2012:
@anonymous: i was doing the same thing, with tea tree oil, then my nieghbor who is a nurse told me to put cream and a bandaid on it. the bandaid made it worse, even though I was changing it multiple times a day. I guess if you cover it up with a bandaid you need to change it once an hour.
anonymous on November 11, 2012:
BLUE STAR OINTMENT IS WHAT MY GRANNY ALWAYS PUT ON MINE
anonymous on November 11, 2012:
@anonymous: GO GET SOME CHEAP VERSION OF ATHLETES FOOT CREAM " TINACTIN" OR MONASTAT- YEAST INFECTION CREAM AND IT WORKS JUST AS GOOD!!! IT STOPS THE ITCHING & BURNING, AND SPREADING
anonymous on November 07, 2012:
@anonymous: I'm also doing it right now it doesn't really sting it got flatter! so far so good!
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on September 20, 2012:
@anonymous: Yep. I think you will need something stronger to kill the fungus. Try placing a round of lime over the spot. Leave it there as long as you can stand it, preferably a few minutes. I would do this twice a day. The spot will go away in a few days.
anonymous on September 20, 2012:
I've been trying tea tree oil and alcohol. I cover it up with a bandaid at work though because I'm a waitress and it's on my arm...and it looks like it's getting worse. So I guess don't try that.
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on September 18, 2012:
@anonymous: Wow. I have not heard of that one before. Thanks for the info.
anonymous on September 18, 2012:
I caught ringworm from a rescue kitten some years ago. The vet told me to wash the kitt Selsum Blue, which is a brand of dandruff shampoo. It cleared the ringworm from both the kitten and me in bout a week.
oiloflife on August 29, 2012:
Try olive oil based soaps!!!
anonymous on August 20, 2012:
@anonymous: With reguard to the nicotine. I was in the process of quitting smoking already when I got one of the little devils. I put a 21 mg Nicotine patch over it and left it there for 24 hours. It started clearing it one the first day. I'll continue the daily treatment on that spot and quit smoking at the same time.
FYI, It will sting abit even using under normal conditions but it goes away. If you're not a smoker you may want to use a 7 or 14 mg patch. These can be found at most pharmacies. Of course I recommend consulting your doctor first. Hope this helps.
anonymous on August 20, 2012:
I started out with 1 spot on my back, but as I couldn't see it it sat there, itchy, for a few weeks until my husband got home and told me I needed to see the Dr. I was given 2 types of creams but within 24 hours the 1 spot has spread to so many I can't count over my back, front, neck, arms and now 2 spots on my inner thigh. I am nearly out of my cream which I have been using for nearly 2 weeks. Pretty much no change. So when my husband gets home again, I'm going to get him to cover me in bleach. It's very hard to do your back by yourself. If anyone has any other ideas for such large areas please let me know! I would try the tobacco but trying to bum that many smokes wouldn't go down well, and I'll need too many bottles of nail polish. I am in so much discomfort.
SororPeregrina on August 02, 2012:
Two weeks worth of Lotrimin, ugh! But it eventually worked and the spot hasn't come back. Ringworm is obnoxious and itchy, and the doctor was no help at all; kept saying that men get it, not women. Oh yeah? Well, I'm not usually a fan of self-diagnosis and -treatment, but in this case, I got it right. Although I'm interested by some of the treatments other people have mentioned. Thanks for this lens; I really was starting to feel like I was the only one who was afflicted by this :-P
sheriangell on June 23, 2012:
Sea Salt. Make a poultice of sea salt and a little water. You can use a washcloth, some sea salt in the center, gather it up and dip it in water. Then apply the damp cloth to the ring worm for a few minutes, several times per day. Mine dried up in a few days. Tried many other remedies before that and none worked.
anonymous on June 13, 2012:
A treatment I try that works in about 3-5 days is toothpaste. Surprising as it sounds it works for me just put it on the affected area and then put a bandage on it. The toothpaste will burn but, it works. Just keep reapplying it whenever you use the restroom or on a regular basis. Just make sure the majority of the toothpaste you put on there is gone before you apply more toothpaste or the old toothpaste will mix with the new toothpaste.MAKE SURE YOU WASH YOUR HANDS AFTERWARDS AND DO NOT USE THE TOOTHPASTE FOR ANYTHING ELSE AFTER YOU USED IT ON THE RINGWORM OR IT WILL SPREAD. For the females it is very easy to do while you are out because all you have to do is put the toothpaste in your purse and bandaids and you will be set for the day.
Extra Info: It really shouldn't be that hard because I am only 13 and know how to do this so happy curing. :D
P.s. DO NOT GET THE INFECTED AREA WET!!!!! (or it will grow more and restart the WHOLE process)
anonymous on April 18, 2012:
I have been battling ringworm for over two weeks now. I have tried many different things with no success. When one seemed to be clearing up another popped up next to it! The itching is the worst!
Last night out of desperation I tried something I remembered while working in a machine shop, There as a quick fix for poison ivy, I used (yes, I know it is wrong) small grit sandpaper and poured acetone over it. (it worked)
I rubbed the ringworm with nail polish remover, let dry and rubbed it with tea tree oil! This morning when I felt it begin to itch a little I reapplied both acetone and oil. It instantly stops the itch and the redness is gone!! I can barely tell where they are! I hope this helps someone else because I am extremely happy its going away!
Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on April 10, 2012:
Great, informative lens!
anonymous on April 09, 2012:
@rgasperson lm: Thank you! I am doing it now!:)
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on April 09, 2012:
@anonymous: Use a Cut Lime. That is what worked for me. It works within days and not weeks. I held the lime on my spot for about 10 minutes once or twice a day for a few days. It killed the fungus.
anonymous on April 08, 2012:
@anonymous: I heard that if you cover it (like I did) it will make the ring worm worse.
anonymous on April 08, 2012:
I currently have one. It used to be a size of a dime. I was out of the country so I decided to cover it with bandage to avoid it from spreading. That was a wrong move. Now I have a ringworm triple the size of the diameter of the dime with a frame of blisters that might or might not be infected by the ringworm. The doctor gave me prescription to be placed on my infected skin by 6 weeks. I am on my 3rd week now but I am getting frustrated. Other home ready I asked from my coworkers were: bleach and when dried up, use calamine lotion. I also use hydrogen peroxide to clean and sometimes the nizoral shampoo (since it had antifungal components).. also try the fluocianide (some chinese ointment my parents gave me).. Man I hope this will be gone before summer comes.. It kills my social life and had to wear long sleeves to cover the gross look:( now I am all paranoid for the thing to spread to my face (since it is on my forearm) or anywhere else on my body..one is already enough!
anonymous on April 01, 2012:
I have ringworm on my arm and i recently read about the tobacco treatment last night as a matter of fact so im trying it out i tried it on last night and left it overnight when i woke up it had smoothen it out and all the dried up dead skin over it just simply fell of tonight is the second night i try it so hopefully i see results again in the morning so far it seems to have faded even tho the ring itself didn't get smaller but we'll see what happens in the morning
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on November 10, 2011:
@anonymous: It took about 3-5 days for my case of ringworm to go away. Mine did not peel, it just faded away. I suggest you keep going for a few more days as long as it is not bleeding. If it is bleeding, I suggest you go see a real dr. I am not one. I just told the story about what I experienced. Let me know how it goes.
anonymous on November 09, 2011:
me again, so i've been rubbing lime on the ring worn now for 3 days on when i woke uop in the morning, it seeming thight and seems as though it had been bleeding or pus had been coming out of it and dried up, when i was cleaning the area to apply hydrocortisone, the line around the ringworm began to peel off, but only some of it, is that a good thing or a bad thing?
anonymous on November 08, 2011:
i have no idea how i got the ringworm, but it's underneath my chin and it's been 2 weeks, i've tried a cream called lotrimin, hydrocortisone ointment, and now lime but it doesn't seem to work, it seems to have gotten worse and bigger, i'm getting seriously worried. i don't know what to do and i'm panicking
MargoPArrowsmith on December 27, 2010:
I have never had this, but it's a great lens and should I need it, I will come back for sure
anonymous on October 18, 2010:
I can tell you the alcohol method doesn't work. I've tried that a couple of years ago when I had this small patch on my left arm. It didn't sting as much but it was pretty useless. I used Lotrimin otc if I remember correctly, and it went away after 3 weeks or so. This post might be of interest to your readers:
Fascinating (and Effective?) Ringworm Home Remedies
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on July 06, 2010:
The nail polish only works on a small infection and only if it is in a spot that does not get rubbed all day. When I had it is was in a joint so the nail polish did not stay on very long. I finally used the lime. That worked in 3 days. Try the lime. It is great stuff.
anonymous on July 05, 2010:
do it really work with nail polish or what do you do to get rid of it
Robert T Gasperson (author) from South Carolina on June 17, 2010:
@anonymous: On the worse case of ringworm, nail pollish didn't work for me. I placed a slice of lime over the spot for several minutes twice a day. It went away in 2 days when I did that. Try lime. I found it worked faster than Nail polish. It will burn. Be aware.
anonymous on June 16, 2010:
@anonymous: Well the ringworm on my thigh, the smaller of the 2 that i have, seems to be going away and it's been less than 24hrs that I applied the nail polish. I just use nailpolish remover on a paper towel and pressed it on the spot for 10 minutes to remove the polish. then reapplied it.
The larger and first one that is on my arm doesn't seem to be changing at all. I put some more nail polish on that one just now also.
anonymous on June 15, 2010:
I just recently got ringworm within the past week. I didn't have a clue that it could have been ringworm when I first noticed the spot on my inner forearm. It itched like crazy! after a couple days of it being there and me itching it, I now have another one on my thigh. Today I found out that it's probably ringworm.
I've been researching how to get rid of it for awhile and the two things that I've found that people say work best is nailpolish or bleach. I've been putting triple antibotic cream on it for a couple days, come to find out that antibotics will not work. I'm kinda worried about trying the bleach thing as some people said it burns your skin. So I just now put some more of the triple antibotic cream on both places and then put clear nailpolish and covered it with a bandaid. It does burn, but it's bearable and I hate pain so it must not be that bad.
I'll post tomorrow any changes, but keep in mind that I've only had it for less than a week.