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Home Treatment For Ringworm In Humans

Updated on December 27, 2012


Ringworm is a common infectious disease caused by fungus. Those who have a weak immune system are more susceptible to ringworm which risk is increased by dampness, dirt, and humidity. Ringworm is not harmful, but it is annoying. This disease is not permanent, but may take a few weeks to completely disappear. But there are ways you can treat this disease at home and even shorten the time for it to disappear.

Please not that I am not a doctor, and these are only some tips available to you to try at home to treat ringworm in humans. If your symptoms are serious, you should see a doctor.

There are two different kinds of ringworm, each requiring different treatments: scalp ringworm, and body/face ringworm.

Scalp Ringworm

Scalp ringworm is a much more serious fungal infection. It can be transmitted through accessories and hygienic tools like comb, hats, and barber instruments by sharing them with an infected person.

As recommended by doctors, it can be treated at home by using shampoos containing ketoconazole (Nizoralicon), pyrithione zinc (Selsun Salonicon), and/or selenium sulphide (Selsun Blueicon) twice a week.

Body/Face Ringworm

Ringworm can also infect the body and even the face. It produces patches that look oval or round and is itchy; sometimes, it reddens and swells. But worry not because there are ways to treat this kind of ringworm, though it may be stubborn and annoying. Some of the following might be available at home. You may also buy some of these substances in drug stores.

Here are some home treatments for body/ face Ringworm and how it is done:

  • Natural Apple Cider: Apply it using a cloth or a towel on the ringworm patch for 15 minutes several times a day.
  • Raw Papaya: Rub slices of papaya or apply dried papaya seeds on the patches.
  • Mustard Seeds: Apply paste of mustard seeds over ringworm patches after washing the skin with hot water.
  • Butea Seeds: Apply butea seed paste mixed with a little lime juice on the patches.
  • Juice of Holy Basil Leaves: Apply on the patch
  • Garlic: Mash 1-2 pieces of garlic cloves in a small sheet of aluminium then apply it on the patch. Do this for twice a day.
  • Turmeric Extract: Apply on the ringworm patch. Along with honey, it can be taken orally.
  • Raw Vegetable Juice: Take in internally.
  • Sea Salts/ Bath Salt: Apply it on the patches after wetting it with water. Leave salt for 25 -30 minutes then wash off with clean water. Re-apply after some time.
  • Iodine: Apply on the patch.
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE): Rub some on the patches and put a bandage over it.
  • Juice of Fig Leaf: Break the leaf and rub the white juice (sap) on the patch and around it.
  • Green Walnuts: Cut the green walnuts open then rub the juice on the infected area.
  • Tea tree oil: Apply few drops on infected region every day. Mix with some mild oil such as olive oil and coconut oil if itching occurs.
  • Myrrh Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil or Lavander Oil: Apply patches. Use tea tree essential oils and lavender essential oils on children and never use peppermint oil on kids.
  • Jojoba Carrier Oil. Mixed with a drop of Lavender Essential Oil, Jojoba Carrier Oil can be applied on skin for infants up to 12 months.
  • Cassia Leaves Juice: Apply it on infected area to eliminate pain, reddening and swelling associated with ringworm.

If the substances above are not available, you can also buy the following from the nearest drug stores:

  • Tinactin and other anti-fungal cream: Apply generously on a bandage and apply on the infected area for 6 hours then replace.
  • Micatin Antifungal Liquid Spray: Use twice a day on and around the infected area.
  • Desiten Diaper Ointment: Apply thrice a day.
  • Dial Antibacterial Soap: Use on face then add moisturizer such as Nivea Moisturizing Cream
  • Lamisil Cream
  • Mercy Cream
  • Blue Star Ointment
  • Clotrimazole
  • Lotrimin AF Antifungal Cream

If there are no drug stores nearby, you can try these whacky remedies:

  • Bleach: Mix 1 part bleach and 6 part water then, apply on skin with a Q-Tip for 15 seconds. Uses only bleach containing sodium hypochlorite and water. This is not recommended for those who have sensitive skin or open wounds.
  • Clear Nail Polish: Apply every day until the roundworm is gone.
  • Tobacco: Wet it then apply on infected area.


Although the above home treatments may be effective for many people, it may also cause increased swelling and reddening for some. If it is so, GO SEE A DOCTOR.


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