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Skin Deep: Home Remedies for Ringworm

Updated on July 24, 2013
Ringworm on arm (tinea corporis)
Ringworm on arm (tinea corporis) | Source

Ringworm Signs and Symptoms

Back in the day, the premise was that if you stayed away from dirt and dogs you would not catch ringworm. This old school theory turned out to be true. Ringworm skin disorder can be contracted from infected animals, soil, people and/or objects that have been touched by an infected person.

The term ringworm is a misnomer because the organism is not a worm but is caused by a fungus that lives on the outer layer of the skin when contracted. Ringworm usually appears as an itchy circular rash with inflamed red areas around the edges or an itchy round flat patch on the skin. The infected area may also blister and produce pus.

All-Natural Home Remedies

There are some easy, affordable ways to treat ringworm if you are not into prescription anti- fungal creams or using bleach. Here is a list of some all-natural home remedies for ringworm that can stop the growth of the fungus and heal the skin:

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonder remedy. It not only provides itch relief for eczema but also cures ringworm. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which stops the growth of the fungus. Soak the apple cider vinegar onto a cotton-swab and apply to the infected area two to three times a day. You may start seeing results in a little as 3 days.

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Epsom Salt

If using apple cider vinegar seems a bit harsh then Epsom salt is another alternative. Epsom salt is a mineral that is composed of magnesium and sulfate. Epsom salt softens the bathwater and the skin, reduces inflammation and is also used to remove toxins as it is absorbed by the skin. Give your child daily Epsom salt baths using about 2 cups per gallon of water and the ringworm should clear up within 3 to 7 days.

Cold Pressed Organic Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains the antioxidant vitamin E. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Apply coconut oil with clean hands three to four times a day on the infected area until it is completely healed.

Cold pressed oils provides the best quality because they are not pressed at high temperatures which preserves the nutrients and healing properties of the oil. Organic coconut oil will be a little more expensive than the other remedies listed but it is also great for cooking and has recently been trending in the weight loss community.


Lime Juice

Lime juice has an abundance of citric acid which is a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants reduce inflammation and have healing properties. It is important to test a portion of the skin to ensure that there is not reaction to high levels of citric acid. If there is no reaction, apply lime juice with your fingertips (after washing your hands thoroughly) two to three times a day until the ringworm disappears.

The fungus that causes ringworm can survive on non-porous surfaces. Cleaning and disinfecting any areas that may have had contact could reduce the risk of contraction.
The fungus that causes ringworm can survive on non-porous surfaces. Cleaning and disinfecting any areas that may have had contact could reduce the risk of contraction.


Ringworm can expand rapidly and is highly contagious. Here are some tips to help you stay ringworm free:

  • Avoid contact with any infected persons, pets, or objects

  • Do not share clothes, bedding, or towels with anyone who may have a fungal infection.

  • Shower after any rigorous sports or activities because the fungus that causes ringworm thrives in warm, moist environments.

I hope that this information will prove to be helpful. Please make sure you test any new recipes/ products by applying it to a small area on your child’s skin before applying it full on to his or her body. Remember to stay moisturize and enjoy the journey!

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      Evie Dawson 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the information.. Treatment requires a much longer period of time if it has been in the fingernails, toenails, or the scalp for any decent length of time.


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