Ringworm, or dermatophytosis, is a fungal infection that appears on the skin as a circular, raised red rash. The fungus is similar to what causes athlete's foot. The ring will often appear scaly, and it can be extremely itchy and difficult to get rid of. While no remedy clears ringworm from your skin in minutes, many of the remedies available will clear the ringworm quickly and take only minutes to prepare and use. In most cases, you can avoid a trip to the dermatologist by treating ringworm at home.
Try an over the counter anti-fungal cream. Apply the cream generously with a cotton swab to avoid infecting your fingertips. Cover the area with a plastic bandage. Change the bandage and reapply the cream at least every eight hours, or if the bandage becomes wet. Ringworm usually responds to this treatment within a week. Even when the rash dries up and begins to flake off, continue to apply the anti-fungal cream for another two weeks to prevent recurrence.
Use a cotton swab or cotton ball to apply clear nail polish over the affected area. Reapply the polish every few hours for two to three days until the rash dries up and flakes off. Swab the area with nail polish remover and warm soapy water to remove the polish before reapplying.
Swab tea tree oil with a cotton ball onto the skin to avoid recontamination. Ringworm should disappear within a week. Tea tree oil can be applied to ringworm every few hours.
Apply vinegar to the blistery rash every few hours for about one week. The ringworm will dry up and become flaky. Once the ringworm flakes off, apply anti-fungal cream twice a day for another two weeks to avoid a recurrence.
- "Salt in Your Sock: And Other Tried And True Home Remedies"; Lillian Beard, MD, Linda Lee Small; 2003