Ringworm on Body


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Comment from: SpringyD, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I got ringworm on my leg staying in a shelter. I put apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and taped it to my leg before I went to sleep. The next morning, the area was flat but a little discolored. It never came back or showed up anywhere else on my body, but my skin is still a little discolored there. This has been over ten years.

Comment from: Never again, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 30

I put 1 percent clotrimazole 3 times a day, shower with tea tree oil and peppermint bath wash, and take oregano oil pills. I massage the ringworm infected area with a salve with tea tree oil for 30 minutes to an hour and it brings out the fungus. It is best for people who can’t get rid of it and got patches.

Comment from: Wrestler125, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 24

When I wrestled in high school, ringworm was a thing that we had to deal with a lot. On occasion, it would appear the day of a big match and before the matches the referees check your nails to make sure they not too long, your hair to make sure it’s not too long, and your skin to make sure you don’t have ring worm or impetigo. The quick fix was to dip a Q-Tip into gasoline, and it basically disappeared. Turned it the same color as your skin. The referees never saw and it worked every time. Also dangerous.

Comment from: Asa , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I had ringworm for two years and tried every remedy possible, sometimes coming very close to cure but then roaring back. Homeopathy came the closest to curing it, Pau d’arco tea and full spectrum B vitamins also came close. The final key was amino acid supplementation so my body could use the B vitamins right. When I started drinking amino acids/collagen along with the B vitamins my body got rid of the ringworm on its own, with no topical treatment. If it happens again I’m going straight to aminos. Hope this helps someone.

Comment from: Arie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

I have had ringworm for more than a year. I used antifungal creams for a year, it seems to work, but then it reappears. I guess I was so careless and thought it will go in its own. Now I am worried after it has spread all over my thighs. I have started using salt water with white vinegar with itraconazole and it's disappearing now. I have also used nail polish and it really kills the fungus. Hope it helped.

Comment from: Mavrick564, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 28

Use black walnut. The skin of a black walnut will get rid of the ringworm because of the iodine in it.

Comment from: Julia, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 27

I contracted ringworm from my granddaughter. I saturated a cotton ball in 91 percent rubbing alcohol and applied it to the ringworm with tape, only taking it off to change it. I kept it moist to the point of dripping. Changed the cotton ball frequently, each time keeping it saturated with the rubbing alcohol. The ringworm disappeared within 3 days and never returned. Didn't burn, didn't even dry out my skin. Only smelled of the rubbing alcohol.

Comment from: Rohit, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

The ringworm started from my thighs than it started on my hand. I have tried almost 3 to 4 years of treatment, allopathy medicine to herbal to homeopathy also, and nothing is working.

Comment from: Thankyou, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 31

I have had ringworm for almost 5 years off and on. Over the counter creams don’t help. In the warmer months it can be extremely itchy and sometimes even very painful like after a run or long car ride. The skin on skin contact hurts, have to separate skin with soft cloth. This is the worst after being homeless and living out of a car. I am ashamed to bring it up to the doctor. It can really drive you crazy when it flares up. I am afraid I may have a compromised immune system. Wonder if it is diet related.

Comment from: TINEA CORPORIS, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I suffered from tinea corporis (ringworm) for 1 year literally, and I cried a lot because it is very itchy and very irritating. Then I came to know about tea tree oil which is an awesome oil. Please don't follow any medications because it really doesn't help you. I used tea tree oil daily and saw the results within 2 weeks. Trust me it really helps you. Now I am free from ringworm.


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Comment from: hopethishelps, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I suffered with an awful ringworm circle right between my two breasts. I had rescued a kitten and it appeared right after that. So I assume it was from me holding her. I had it for about two weeks before a friend told me that it was ringworm. I then applied Lotrimin that I bought at Walmart. I applied it twice a day and cleaned it with alcohol, and after about a week it didn't help at all. I then went to a clinic and they prescribed me ketoconazole 2 percent cream. This cream burned but worked within a week.

Comment from: Ts1211, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

With vertigo I have extreme loss of balance, confusion, difficulty in eye focus, and have just been bedridden for 24 hours with only short periods of waking.

Comment from: Arrrhhh, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I hate ringworm. I tried antifungal medications from the chemist which seemed useless even though I had gone through 4 tubes. So then I tried white vinegar which seemed to inflame it, garlic was kind of working but new patches kept appearing. It spreads pretty fast. After months of getting nowhere I got a stronger cream from the doctor and within 2 weeks it's nearly gone, thank goodness!

Comment from: chr4282, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I tried all the natural treatments for ringworm and the only thing that was fast and effective the same day was peppermint oil and DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide). First use a cotton ball or swab to wipe the area with DMSO then use another cotton ball to apply the peppermint oil. Let it dry (mine was at my bra line under my arm pit and on my back). I contracted it digging in my yard, it cleared up within 3 days! That's after 4 weeks of every natural treatment out there along with OTC antifungal creams and gels. Apply 2 times a day.

Comment from: Morgan, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I'm 26 and just contracted ringworm for the first time. I think I got it from the nail salon or doctor's office. I've had it for about 2 weeks and it hasn't spread anywhere else on my body or to my fiance. I used Dollar General brand athlete’s foot cream for about a week and saw no change. I switched to Lotrimin brand ringworm cream today, and it's already working. Even though they share the same active ingredient, not all antifungal medicines are created equally. Spend the extra few dollars.

Comment from: James S, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 05

My sister had ringworm on her arm. Before she knew what it was she used Hyderm and Locoid, which made it worse. This fungal infection had irritating symptoms and started to become even more red and itchy. After reading online we started treating it with Finigen. This treatment helped after 4 days but wasn't cured until 2 weeks later when itching stopped. I heard that thyme oil should be effective with ringworm but didn't try or hear about any who tried. I hope this could be of some help.

Comment from: Madre, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

Cats can be carriers of ringworm without the cat having it. Ringworm on a cat will cause them to lose fur in patches. Use OTC Lotrimin cream on the cat and yourself. If the cat is a carrier they can transfer it with their claws and teeth (breaking the skin surface) a scratch will do it. I found this out the hard way, but using OTC as soon as you get scratched will lessen it greatly.

Comment from: JJreal, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 07

I had ringworm in my youth, when I was 10 years old. It never hurt or spread and finally went away on its own. Later in life I realized what it was. Recently I stopped to use a gas station restroom, I always use my shirt to open the door and always use a paper towel and then pull the door when leaving. However, I remember using the back of my hand to flip up a light switch to turn on the light. That evening the back of my hand was itchy and when I looked at it there was a ring. I knew exactly what I came in contact with which transmitted the ringworm infection. I went to my garage, poured acetone solvent on it, then lacquer thinner, an hour later I used alcohol, and before I went to bed I used a prescription strength triamcinolone cream. The symptoms went away within a week.

Comment from: Sue, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

My dermatologist thinks I have eczema but I know it is ringworm. I’ve had it for 3 years off and on. I’ve no idea how to get rid of it and where on earth is it coming from!

Comment from: FU Ringworm, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 28

I have had ringworm for 3 months on my legs quadriceps area. Finally it left and now is in my beard area. I feel like my doctor has not been very understanding and I’m about out of patience. This thing has affected my family life and work life.


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Comment from: Shital Vyas, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I was suffering from ringworm for a year. I tried various medicines and treatment for a long time but it did not get cured. My brother suggested me to apply Sapat lotion twice a day. I tried it. And my ringworm totally diminished, but one thing to mention about it is that Sapat lotion burns the skin when you apply it, so you need to be strong during applying, but the results are very good and it works.

Comment from: rignworm fyto, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

Use isopropyl alcohol to avoid further enlargement of ringworm rashes, based on my experience. Then after 6 hours put anti-fungal ointment.

Comment from: Private, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 26

My 6 year old daughter got it on her inner thigh. It is a little bigger than a quarter. It has been 3 weeks and it still isn’t gone. I have given her a prescription cream twice a day. It is very important to not put anything on it. For about a week I would put a band aid on it when I put the cream on because I didn’t want the medicine to rub off. Well that set me back a week because it didn’t get any better. It needs to get air, so then I would put it on her and make her lay there for 10 minutes before I put pants on her. I have also put Cortaid on it when it itches. She would wake up in the middle of the night and say it itches so bad I can’t stand it and it would stop the itch. It seems to get worse when she scratches it, so try to prevent that as much as possible. Good luck I've got a call into the doctor now to see what else I can do.

Comment from: Badblonde62 , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

My boyfriend recently helped clean mounds of trash and wet clothes, etc., out of a damp moldy basement. I wonder if this could have caused ringworm.

Comment from: Jenniefl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

In 2017 while pulling weeds, crabgrass, etc., I had little red pustule type bumps and accidentally scratched them. Once they were open they itched like crazy! I put antibiotic ointment on them for a week, but they didn't heal. I went to my doctor, she said it was a fungal infection and to treat it with Lotrimin or something like it. For 4 weeks I put the OTC medicine on with no improvement. She then called in a prescription for Diflucan, I took that for 4 weeks, it was mildly effective, but overall it didn't work either. In research, I found out that bat guano and bird feces can give you a fungal problem. I also found out about a tree that grows all over America, called the pawpaw tree; and that it is very effective against fungal problems. I ordered some pawpaw pills and after a couple of days I saw a huge improvement. It costs about USD 35, and will last about 2 months. I take 2 after eating breakfast and one with dinner. They can make you nauseous, but it does pass after about 30 minutes. I hope it helps you like it helped me.

Comment from: DownButNotOut, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 15

I have ignored ringworm on my upper arm just above the bicep. It doesn't itch and is not responding to various OTC creams. Funny thing is, I got this months after leaving a women's shelter and being homeless in my car for a couple of months while discovering my husband was not just mean or jealous but a man who hears voices and sees things and they tell him to hurt me. I stayed at a spotless, surgically clean house at a church, then a motel for a week before they helped me with deposits to get in a clean looking apt. The place is pet friendly, but the pet owners keep to themselves. I've went to thrift shops for clothes and wash them but I wonder if just trying them on exposed me? I'm grateful they (two) don't itch or appear to be getting worse. A neighbor alerted the management office and now they inspect my house and seem to worry about clutter and clean laundry that is not folded or hung.

Comment from: Daan, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 16

I have been a military dog handler, and have owned and loved dogs all my life. All of them seem to pick it up from time to time, and the standard treatment I have always used is Gentian Violet. It clears the infection up in less than a week with twice daily applications. Apply directly on to the infected area with a cotton wool swab, going over on uninfected skin about a centimeter. I have also used it on myself when occasionally picking up the fungus from the dogs. It seems to work even faster on humans, and it has never failed me. The purple color looks pretty bad on one but it works!

Comment from: Teresa, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 21

After getting a free kitten, the whole family got ringworm! All of us got rid of them quickly with an over-the-counter cream.

Comment from: judy, 65-74 Published: December 16

Adopted a kitten from Humane Society outlet and he has Ringworm, got two lesions on my face and he has to get dipped in sulfur solution once a week for four weeks and I'm using Lotrimin and it seems to be working. My itching seems to come the more it heals but it is doing better. I was instructed to continue the gel about a week after it has healed. Makes my nose look like Rudolf but I still love my kitten.

Comment from: Sheryl, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 09

Blue star ointment works like a charm. You can buy it at most drug stores and Walmart.

Comment from: Maddie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

Having suffered for years (on and off) with ringworm, I read a comment either here or on some similar site. I have been using Black Walnut Oil ever since and it is amazing! First I applied right to the round site itself. The ringworm disappeared in a week or two. Then the woman who submitted the tip also lived in a damp environment (Florida) and recommended a few drops in water each day to prevent recurrence. It has! Be sure it is oil of Black Walnut. It certainly worked for me.

Comment from: chanice, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 01

My son got ringworm after being in jail and he acts like it’s nothing. He went to urgent care and all they did was gave him pills for the itching.

Comment from: 25-34 Female Published: February 19

For me and my ringworm, it helped by always cleaning the infected area about 3 times a day. After each cleansing apply 91% Alcohol with a cotton ball, let it air dry and then apply the anti fungal cream DO NOT COVER. That only makes it grow with the moisture. Just put on a loose garment. After you have worn the garment, don’t wear it again until u have washed it in hot water with bleach. Change all sheets, pillow cases, etc.

Comment from: colliegirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I treated my ringworm with Tea Tree Oil. It works and stops the itching immediately. I also tried campho-phenique but did not get results.

Comment from: el mel, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 25

Have had ringworm on back, legs, trunk, chest, and arms for over two years. Scrapings have confirmed. Used several topical prescriptions: ketaconozole, betamethasondiphopionate, triamcinolone, clindamycin phosphate, ertaczo, etc. Some work temporarily lessening the appearance only to return. I have also takes lamisil internally twice. Nothing seems to knock it out. I have also taken probiotics, tried aloe, peroxide, alcohol, and anti-biotic ointments. Recently I have tried garlic oil and cider vinegar which seems to work as well as the prescriptions. I am ready to give up and accept it as a lifetime burden. My next experiment will be bleach.

Comment from: trinity, Published: August 10

This is something that my grandma did when I was little: grab a clove of garlic, cut it, and put the garlic oil on the area. This should clear up in about 3 days.

Comment from: bell, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I have had ringworms since last year August and I am still suffering for it. I have applied several tubes of over the counter antifungal cream of different brands but it is not helping. I have also been to a skin doctor who prescribes oral medication. I have been seeing him since March this year and it’s not helping. I have just got another course of pills (Unitrac) to last me the next seven days. However he warns that after this course if I wish to purchase some more Unitrac, I will have to do a blood test to see if there is any side effect.

Comment from: medarte, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I have ring worm for eight months. First the doctors said I had staph infections. I was in such pain and itching made me go crazy. I am being treated for ring worm now. I found taking a salt bath and then putting on Iodine on all lesions helped me more. This is the worst thing I have ever gone through. I am still suffering after almost a year of medicines. I hope to God I get over this and never get it again.

Comment from: okcheart, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I have had a VERY severe ongoing case and I didn't know one could get it in the scalp, and had it for at least a year and a half before realizing it. What embarrassed me the most is that nobody mentioned it or would tell me and I was so shocked that I had been scratching my head in private-crying, not knowing what it was that might be wrong.

Comment from: Patient Guy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 08

I have ringworm now, and used an over-the-counter medicine to start treating it. The medicine wasn't working, so within a week, I made a doctors appointment and was seen and given an Rx cream. So far, after one day of applying, the skin seems to be drying up and it has become very itchy but, I am not itching it. It was on several parts of my body including my right shoulder, my right leg just down behind the knee, and on my left "love handle" and right "love handle". I believe it to be getting better because it is looking better, but the itching is making me go insane!

Comment from: Hal Blanton, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 21

I rarely experience ringworm fungal irritation, but since beginning to use steam room following exercise I have found it breaks out in one area, upper left arm, occasionally. Treated with antifungal cream and 200MG of Ketoconazole it dissipates, but it requires several weeks to rid myself of it. I have quit using the steam bath for fear that the high temperatures trigger the reoccurrences. I have advised health club management that cleanliness of the steam room itself may also be a factor, although it appears clean. I know of no other treatment other than that described. However, with the oral anti-fungal, upset stomach is routine but tolerable.

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