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How To Get Rid of Ringworms Fast - The Natural Way

Updated on October 5, 2015

Ringworm is a Fungus not a Worm!

Let me clarify first that ringworm is not a worm! Also known as tinea corporis, this highly contagious and annoying skin lesion is actually a fungus. Be cautious: this fungal skin infection can easily spread to children and pets. Once the household is infected, it will be quite a chore to get rid of for good.

There are several topical ointments, creams, and even oral medications that your doctor will prescribe. These are all very expensive and not 100% effective.

The best natural and effective way to cure and get rid of ringworms is simple: buy Apple Cider Vinegar. Get used to the smell because you will need to douse yourself and your household with this product. In no time, you, your pet, and child will be ringworm free!

Simple Solution: Apple Cider Vinegar

Steps for quick recovery: Use on skin topically, bathe in it, use on your bedding & clothing, spray your pets, and drink it!

1. Place on all ringworm patches several times a day with a cotton ball

2. Spray your clothing with apple cider vinegar

3. Drink it! Place 1 Tablespoon of this vinegar in 8 ounces of water.

** Don't be alarmed if your urine starts to smell like vinegar!

4. Spray your pet apple cider vinegar. You can even bathe your pet in apple cider vinegar. Even place 1 tablespoon of vinegar in pet's drinking water.

5. Use apple cider vinegar in washing machine

6. Place apple cider vinegar in a spritz bottle to help cover hard to reach areas ( for upper back and scalp).

7. Spray apple cider vinegar on your furniture, bedding, and carpets.

How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Work?

Apple cider vinegar will alter your skin's pH levels making it inhabitable for the fungal infection to thrive. Drinking the vinegar will also create the same effect within your system and keep you from developing recurrent ringworm infections.

Questions and Answers

  • Is it okay to drink apple cider vinegar? YES
  • Is it okay for my pet to drink/lick apple cider vinegar? YES
  • Can I apply apple cider vinegar to my skin several times a day? YES
  • Is it okay to bathe in apple cider vinegar? YES
  • Is it okay to apply apple cider vinegar on skin several times a day? YES
  • I got apple cider vinegar in my eye, is it okay? YES, but do try to flush eye with water or saline
  • Can I use apple cider vinegar to disinfect my bedding and clothing? YES
  • Where can I buy apple cider vinegar? Any grocery store
  • Does apple cider vinegar burn? YES, especially if you have active ringworm lesions
  • How often should I apply the apple cider vinegar to the lesion? As often as you can.
  • How do I know the apple cider vinegar is working? It will burn less on subsequent applications if the ringworm is healing
  • How long should I continue to apply apple cider vinegar after ringworm appears to heal? Continue another 2-3 weeks to make sure the ringworm is gone for good
  • Does apple cider vinegar smell? YES, but it is only temporary!

Other Excellent Natural Tips

  • Consider taking a bathe in Baking Soda (2 tablespoons) and Epsom Salt (1-2 cups)
  • Sprinkle Baking Soda on your carpets to kill the fungus
  • Drink and eat foods rich in vitamin C
  • Go swimming! Chlorinated swimming pools will dry up the lesions. Chlorine helps to open your pores to better soak in the apple cider vinegar. It also helps to infiltrate your scalp and hard to reach places better.
  • Go to the beach! Soaking in salty water will dry up the lesions
  • Wash all clothing and bedding in hot hot water! Bleach is not needed.

Stay away from Bleach

Although Bleach is also effective in killing the fungus/ the ringworm. Please stay away from using this harsh chemical. It really is not safe to put bleach on your skin and of course bleach will ruin your clothing and bedding. Please do not place your children or pets in reach of bleach.

Warning: Bleach in eyes can lead to permanent blindness.


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      2 years ago

      What can I spray on my pillows, beds, and couches?

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      2 years ago

      Living with ringworm for 5 years now and going through hell! This is something to fear for sure. I have been to 10 doctors and they do not help at all. I keep getting diagnosed with something different each time. They won't listen to me when I try and tell them that my dogs are infected with it and my 3 lb. chihuahua lost a lot of hair already. I have cried so much over this and have spent lots of money already. I had even thought of wanting to end my life because of this. When you first break out with it, you do have ring shaped rashes but this skin disease goes in stages because in the later stages you can develop spots. Ringworm does not always become rashes so the doctors confuse the spots for other diseases. I have began to feel like with doctors it is all about money anymore and not truly caring for the patient so I am out to do anything to help us. I will try the ACV for me and the pets and pray to God this works!!!

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      3 years ago

      Please help, does this really work? Does anyone have a success story with cats and humans? We are battling the fight and losing with 5 family and 2 cats. I'm at my wits end here!

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      3 years ago

      Calcium Hypochlorite worked for me when mixed with water as a paste.

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      Nicolas Ellington 

      4 years ago

      Looking good but what if you use normal vingar?

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      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Glad you found some relief, Chloe!

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      5 years ago

      I thank you so much it really works

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      6 years ago from USA

      This is helpful. I've noticed a few suspicious spots on my cat that I believe to be ringworm. I'm trying this first before taking him to the vet. Thanks!

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      7 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Amazing. To think I could have told my friend with 5 cats who all got ringworm and she forked out a fortune! I will tell her about apple cider vinegar. Great hub.

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      Sun Pen 50 

      7 years ago from Srilanka

      Thanks a lot for sharing. I know there are many people struggling to get rid of ringworm for months, even after spending lot of money on creams and ointments.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      Apple cider vinegar does have so many uses. For those that cannot stomach the taste of apple cider alone with water, honey can be added. I know that I drink this every morning with lemon added as a naturopathic drink.

    • harmony155 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Tirelesstraveler: Nice to meet you! Apple cider vinegar goes on my list of "super foods"!

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      Judy Specht 

      7 years ago from California

      Another score for apple cider vinegar. Good information. Nice to meet you. Will link this to a couple of my hubs.

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      Levertis Steele 

      7 years ago from Southern Clime

      Wow! Talk about useful! Really? I cannot believe that it is that simple.

      Thanks ten gallons!

    • harmony155 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      It really is that simple. I hope this hub helped!

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      Jacquie The Underground Goddess 

      7 years ago from NC

      I had no idea! Great hub! Very informative! Thank you.


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