I'm embarrassed to have to ask this question but am hoping that someone may have some suggestions for curing ringworm. I picked it up from a kitten while traveling in early December, and despite all my treatments, I keep getting new little blotches on my abdomen, chest and face. I tend to have just one or two small ones present at any time, but just as I'm hopeful it's gone, a new one will pop up. It's like playing Whack-a-Mole.
Here's what I've tried: 1) washing all clothes/sheets/towels I've touched every day in hot water and drying on high (my clothes are the size of Barbie clothes now) 2) Fungicide soap, which is a tea tree based-soap 3) clotrimazole ointment 4) terbinafine (Lamasil) cream (massive allergic reaction, so this was discontinued) 5) Diflucan once per week week 5) 90% primal (some heavy cream, butter and cheese, no grains/legumes, good sleep, etc.)
I work in healthcare but I'm not a dermatologist. Currently working crazy hours, so I'd rather not take the day off to go to a dermatologist, but realize I might have to soon. Hoping that someone may have some suggestions, especially as there lots of MMA participants here. I've looked a lot on the web and some of the solutions seem really crazy or dangerous. Is coconut oil really antifungal? Should I cover or uncover the lesions?
Thanks for any tips!
This is not primal, but it works every single time for me. I have gotten ringworm a number of times from various pets. If you go to the doctor or vet, often the medication they give has the same active ingredient as in Tinactin athlete's foot medication. This ingredient is tolnaftate 1%. I figured this out the first time my cat got ringworm. Since then, I solve all outbreaks by buying Tinactin and outbreaks in other people have also all been cured by Tinactin. Getting ringworm is common for those who handle a lot of dogs and cats. Also, if you read the instructions, it mentions on the Tinactin can in small print on the back that it "also cures ringworm." Spray Tinactin over affected area 2 to 3 times per day and then cover with a bandaid to keep the medication from easily rubbing off. In my experience I see the beginnings of improvement at the end of the third day of treatment. I stop spraying once the skin looks fairly normal. Tinactin costs about $7.00 and is available in all grocery stores in my area. You will only need a small portion of the can to kill a small outbreak of ringworm.
I vastly prefer this topical spray over any systemic pill. I have heard some people had to resort to a pill though, but so far, Tinactin has always done the job quickly for me. I also found, before discovery of Tinactin, that applying petroleum jelly type products or other antibiotics will typically drastically slow the spread of the fungus, but nothing else has ever killed it off. I should also note that the appearance of the fungal ring has varied a bit from time to time, sometimes being clear normal skin in the middle and other times being bumpy in the middle. One time, it looked different enough that I was worried it was not actually ringworm, but then treatment with Tinactin cured it so good enough for me! My advice would be to hose with Tinactin but if you don't see immediate 3cessation of spreading and then clear improvement of the rash area by day 3 or 4, then you might have something else besides ringworm.
Edited to add: Forgot to mention, when I researched how Tolnaftate works, interestingly I found that it is believed to interfere with the fungus's ability to manufacture vitamin D. Interesting that even a fungus needs vit D!
Are you sure it's ringworm? It should look like a small ring of red dots (around the size of a dime often) It usually looks like this: http://www.herbalgranny.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/ringworm.jpg
I wrestled for four years, and I've got a trick that always worked instantly when I got ringworm and needed to get rid of it within days for a match. It's not fun, but it'll work. I don't know if this technique is good for you, probably not, but again, it works.
Ringworm only infects the top layer of the skin. So this technique works by directly exposing and killing the fungus.
Use sandpaper to carefully abrade the top layer of skin off of the infected area. Be careful not to rub other areas raw.
Take a small amount of bleach(rubbing alcohol worked once as well) and dampen a paper towel with it. Make sure not to get bleach on other areas, and press the dampened paper towel onto the affected area for maybe 15 seconds(30+sec if with alcohol).
Wash off the affected areas with clean cold water and dry with clean towel. Apply bandaid or other covering and perhaps an antibiotic, as it will probably be raw skin.
If it's a last resort, this works fast; but it might leave a slight scar(very slight, mine are unnoticeable).
I've been happy with HomeHealth antifungal lotion. It's 1% tolnaftate, no perfumes, no petroleum, no artificial colors. About $7 for 4 fluid ounces. My local coop sells it, so in my case it wasn't difficult to obtain. Probably pretty much the same as Tinactin, I just somehow felt better about using this version (I'm pretty sensitive to perfumes/odors). It's a cream, so I also find it a bit easier to control the application than a spray.
Anyway, thanks for asking this question, I'm interested to see the responses.
My home remedy is to keep de-tinctured iodine on hand and paint the ringworm with it. Since it is de-tinctured no one can see it on my skin. The ringworm usually goes away with one or two paintings.
Scrub gently with salt, baking soda, body scrub whatever just something to rough it up and open it up a bit. Then dab it with white vinegar. Stings like heck but it dries it up and it goes away usually in one application, but I usually apply it two times a day for about three days or until it stops itching. Works for me and mine.
Vinegar - very effective. Soak a piece of gauze in vinegar and put it over the area. Get some wide dressing tape and leave it on for about 1/2 hour. (Rinse and then apply anti-fungal cream, optional) Soak in vinegar every day and it soon clears up.
For pretty much any blemish I'll slice open a garlic clove and squeeze it to sweat out the oil. Rub it on.. presto!! I'll almost guarantee doing this 2x/day for two days will kill anything trying to hitch a ride under your skin. Ringworm included.
I've read making a borax solution works well. a tablespoon or two of borax per pint of water. I use it as a shampoo and body wash. Boron is a pretty amazing mineral most of us are deficient in, and it is one of nature best anti-fungals. I've heard of people rubbing borax on feet wet out of the shower for athletes foot.
People claim it is "toxic" but after researching the history of borax/boron, I am convinced it is safer than any of the alternatives.
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