Any cures for recurring ringworm?

Sonja - posted on 03/26/2012 ( 56 moms have responded )

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My oldest son keeps getting ringworm & the cream works for awhile & then it comes back with a vengence...he is a typical 7 yr old boy...is there anything else out there that can make it go away for good.

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John - posted on 04/07/2013

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Best remedy ever use apple cider vinegar mix with baking soda, mix to a paste cover with gauze and give it two days works for me and my son and he's super adventurous so he's gotten it upwards of about 4 times good luck
As a side not Heinz unfiltered works best but the store brands good too

Ranita - posted on 03/26/2012

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I used clear nail polish on my daughter when she got it and it dried up quickly and hasn't returned. Good luck!!

Mellissa - posted on 10/16/2012

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I have been to the doctor/dermatologist numerous times over the past couple of years for my insanely itchy, scaly, flaky "dandruff" issue with no help. One doc thought it was eczema so he had me use protopic ointments and triamcinalone. After using for a couple months, this did not provide any relief at all. Another doctor thought it may be a fungus so she gave me a prescription for Ketaconizole. Didn't work either. Whether I wash my hair daily or go for 3 days without washing it, my scalp always becomes insanely itchy again and light crusts form and extreme flaking. I have tried many dandruff shampoos with no relief and head and shoulders actually exacerbates the problem. I have also put coconut oil on my scalp overnight, which does help quite a bit with the itching, but by no means does it make the crusty "dandruff" issue stop (comes back within a day or two after I wash out the coconut oil). I tried coconut oil for almost two months. I also was drinking apple cider vinegar as I heard this can help. Nope. I do take a multi vitamin every day as well and I eat healthy and I'm a slim person who does yoga and ballet a few times a week. PLEASE, can someone here suggest anything else that has actually worked (not just something you have read might work). I can't take this itching and flaking anymore. It's extremely embarassing and I can't wear darker clothing at all because there is always tons of flakes all over the place. It's gross.

Chiqrita - posted on 03/27/2012

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A cap full of bleach in your bath water everynight will keep the ringworms away!!!

Lynne - posted on 10/23/2012

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stop all sugar and white foods, buy black walnut tincture from the health food store and check with them on how much to give him orally. I used it topically too and mine are gone and have not reoccurred. Ringworm is in the blood and is difficult to get rid of without staying on top of it daily for 30-45 days. The sugar and yeasts keep it going by feeding it,

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KJ - posted on 02/03/2013

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DO NOT USE TEA TREE OIL ON A PRE PUBESCENT CHILD! It has weak estrogen properties and has been known to cause breast buds in boys, and other precocious puberty symptoms in both boys and girls. I speak from first hand experience. After treating my 3 year old with tea tree oil for almost a year for scalp ringworm, she developed underarm hair and body odor. Upon discovering the side effects and not using the oil, the process reversed itself. Tea Tree Oil and Lavendar oil have these properties, just because it is natural, doesn't mean you can throw caution to the wind. Also, the internal antibiotic is called Griseofulvin.

Tonya - posted on 12/11/2012

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Let's keep in mind that this is a blog format. People are allowed to give their opinion- key word (OPINION). With that being said, people can take it or leave it, and true maturity and respect for others opinion is demonstrated through diplomatic expression or words. I am more than confident that the lady asking for options or opinions on how to help her son will do what is best for her son. This was just an attempt to see what others' may have experienced. I wish her and everyone the best on this website, because it is a means of sharing and helping; not bashing or condemning others. Leave the anger for war, not the Circle of Moms blog :-) Blessings to you all- prosperity, peace and success. Notice the signature stamp below (powered by RESPECT not THUMPS)- There is meaning to that :)

Anne - posted on 12/11/2012

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"This becomes a great way for individuals to try out non-chemical methods of dealing with medical problems."



Do you people not understand that EVERYTHING you touch is made of chemicals, whether its grown or manufactured. If any of you had basic highschool science you would recognize the ridiculousness of these staements. Do you have any idea what the "black walnut" might be doing to your seven-year olds tender liver or kidneys. All of these "natural" remedies have chemicals in them that affect your particular ailment. The difference is that no research has been done on them so you have no idea what you may or may not be doing to you child. Go see a doctor and keep nagging them until you get what you need.

Tonya - posted on 10/24/2012

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Tea Tree Oil or Camphor oil( apply either one 3x daily or as needed) or Fresh Garlic clove (cut a clove open so that the juice is available, make sure you were glove so it will not spread. Rub the garlic clove on the ringworm in a circle motion and then discard it. Do this at least 3x a day or as needed. never reuse the garlic clove.)

Hope this helps

Mellissa - posted on 10/23/2012

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No, not psoriasis... Was diagnosed as psoriasis and eczema but the medications do not work (used them every day for months).

Lynne - posted on 07/19/2012

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Try Fresh Green Black Wormwood Complex and Oil of Oregano internally - check out this webpage for information and amounts to use, then the Tea Tree Oil or WO oil externally! Worked for me! I had it in my hair and until I treated it internally, it kept reoccurring! Plus there are added health benefits and no drugs!!!

http://www.abundanthealth.ws/htrybohi.ht...

Hope this helps!!!!

Valerie - posted on 03/29/2012

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I think I remember getting it as a kids & we put clear nail polish over the spits to suffocate it & keep it from spreading. It was a long time ago but it went a way fast.

Brooke - posted on 03/29/2012

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I would try essential oil like melaleuca and frankincense , from Doterra essential oils and have him wash body with the on guard foaming wash

Debbie - posted on 03/28/2012

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Sounds like the environment you child is around needs to be treated for ringworm too. Consult someone from your local heath dept to see about the best ways of treating your yard and home. Plus, find out from your local vet what to do to treat any pets that maybe carriers of ringworm.

Rita - posted on 03/28/2012

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dont have an answer but when i was a child i got ringworms from the dog we had. animals can some times carry it.

Michelle - posted on 03/27/2012

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I agree, I can't believe it has taken this many posts for someone to suggest bleach. Put Clorox bleach on a cotton ball and dab the area with it a couple times a day and it will go away. Also, ringworm gets all in your carpet, your sheets, your mattress, etc. You need to get a bug sprayer and fill it with a solution that is one part bleach to 10 parts water and spray your whole house down with it to treat. You could also use a plastic spray bottle but I suggest the bug pesticide sprayer. Test it on a hidden area of carpet first. Spray a fine mist on your mattress, your pillows, your couch and chairs, etc. Wash all the bed sheets and his clothes in hot water with a little bleach, not enough to bleach them out, just enough to kill the fungus. Clean the bathroom and shower with bleach too.

Jessica - posted on 03/27/2012

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I had the exact same problem with my daughter until I went online and read the product monograph for the medicated cream. She was using Ketoderm, and I learned that if the product is used longer than a couple of weeks, she needed to be weaned off of it. So I used it every other day for a week, then I stopped cold turkey and knew to expect a flare up. I did not use the medication on this final flare up and then it was all over and she hasnt had it since. After nearly a year of battling the rash I was so surprised that we kicked it with such a simple solution, but it worked.

Kimberly - posted on 03/27/2012

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My son kept having that issue about two years ago, so I ended up having to just take him to the doctor and having them give him something that would work from the inside out. The OTC items were becoming expensive and after a year of the ringworm going and coming it was starting to have an affect on his self- esteem because it was causing his hair to fall out. So I would suggest having him go and get a prescription for it because it has probably gotten in his bloodstream, which is why it keeps coming back.

Sandra - posted on 03/27/2012

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Do you have a cat? I got ringworm from our cat and even though it went away, it came back. The Doc said the cat probably has it. If you don't have pets... I'm not sure what to do. I had to get my cat taken care of then I didn't get them anymore. Also, the cream I took had to be taken for a full 2 weeks, twice a day. I didn't stop taking it even after it looked ok. Ringworm is fungal and can live deep in the skin. IT takes some time to kill all of it.

Kimberley - posted on 03/27/2012

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My son is 3 1/2 he also suffers from recurring ringworm. The creams do work but everytime you use them the fungus builds up a stronger resistance to it. A few months ago my doctor told me to try Canesten and honestly I was really sceptical about it. Why would I put yeast infection cream on it? It worked like a charm!!!! He says that it changes the PH balance of the skin to create a less appealing enviroment for the fungus to live on. It hasnt been back since. I think its worth a try. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 03/27/2012

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My brother wrestled all throughout school, and those mats are notorious for it. He got it once and then after that used Selsun Blue (dandruff shampoo) to get rid of it and after every match to keep from getting it again. I say you need to find the source, and then you can prevent it.

Gretchen - posted on 03/27/2012

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my daughter had it on her scalp from a kid at school and they gave her an oral medication that cleared it up and it didnt come back. they also make lamisil oral pills that are highly effective.

Helen - posted on 03/27/2012

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When my son got it from his new kitten I had to treat both of them with cream & tablets.

Rachel - posted on 03/26/2012

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I would recommend a few essential oils I use. Melaleuca (tea tree oil) from doTERRA is SO much more effective than any other brand I have tried! It is naturally anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, so it'll help knock this out! There is another product doTERRA makes, called GX Assist, then you follow it with their PB Assist +, which is for cleansing the body of yeast and other nastiness. I've been using it and it works GREAT! And the great thing is, because of the purity, it would be safe for kids too! :-)

Shoot me an email, and I can send you some of mine so you can try it too!

rachel215@hotmail.com

Felicia - posted on 03/26/2012

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Go to the DERMATOLOGIST! My story. December 2011. I noticed the ringworm in my son's scalp, but was not sure that is what it was. At his well child checkup, asked the pediatrician representative who conducted the checkup, (they were some type of allied professional that did his wellness checkup), and well, she said it was not ringworm.



Fast forward January/February 2012. Went to urgent care for his strep, and told them to look at the patches in the head, which had gotten bigger. I was referred to a dermatologist-they did the scraping, looked under the microscope-ringworm! Ringworm is a fungus. My son is taking oral a daily antibiotic medication, has to use a daily medicated shampoo, and now has a cram cream. The dermatologist says my son will be on this regimen until at least May; so that will be about 3-4 months for this whole thing. The dermatologist told me from day one that it is not an overnight solution, so be patient. So as others have said, I reiterate, get to a dermatologist because you have temporary solution which is causing the fungus to linger. And yes, I can see improvements. Good Luck

Eleanor - posted on 03/26/2012

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It also can be transfered by sandbox if animals are using it as a litterbox. Always cover sandboxes

I also agree my daughter has eczema and it looks just like ringworm.

Lorinda - posted on 03/26/2012

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this is what i did and it works 1/2 cup vinagar and 3 or 4 copper pennies older than 1982

soak pennies in vinagar for a few days and appied the vinager to area 2 or 3 times and it kills it.

Bekah - posted on 03/26/2012

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Ringworm isn't a virus, it is a fungus and it could be any number of different fungi.

It is contagious so if he keeps coming into contact with it he could keep getting it.

One super important thing to remember is just because you can't see the rash doesn't mean the fungus isn't there. Wash everything he comes into contact with - Everything, bedding, clothes, Sports Gear!!!, no reusing towels, etc and keep using the creams and medications for the full length - don't stop when the rash disappears.

Any pets you have should be checked out for infections because they can be carriers.

Also a oral antifungal - think Diflucan - is a great treatment that lasts a longer time than creams and is much more thorough in treating the fungus wherever it may be on the body.

Unfortunately it is very common, but fortunately it is fairly easy to treat and doesn't have lasting effects.

Good luck!

Chasity - posted on 03/26/2012

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drink 1 teaspoon of red orgnic apple cider vinegar. also disinfect toys. wash linens in hot water.

Tena - posted on 03/26/2012

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Like JJ said take him to a dermatologist if you have not already. Nummular eczema can look like ringworm sometimes.

Cindy - posted on 03/26/2012

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If you have not taken him to a doctor you should. The doc can give you a prescription that will work on the inside killing it off and use the topical on the outside. This worked well for my daughter. Do you have animals that are leaving it where your son is making contact? We had ferrel cats that were coming up to our porch to eat the dog's food. We brought the food inside and the cats no longer come to the porch.

Brianna - posted on 03/26/2012

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Must be hard trying to find something that can help the little guy and painful for you to have to see him in pain constantly. There is a brilliant company out there that helps families with their health and from what I've found there are 3 different strains of the fungi that cause ringworm. 1 of which is household pets such as cats & dogs which carry the fungi on their fur and skin. Not sure if this applies here.

However prevention is better than cure as it is reoccurring.



Those in contact with it have to be very cautious as it's highly contagious, perhaps using gloves. Flip flops in the shower (for him in public shower and locker rooms as its more readily grown with cross strains.)



http://www.buzzle.com/articles/ringworm-... has some brilliant info.

I've found that Melaleuca Alternafolia is the best and most effective method of treatment (soothing) and for further outbreaks.

Tea Tree Oil: Another remedy is to mix tea tree oil (few drops) with olive or coconut oil and then apply it to the affected region. This combination can work wonders to destroy the fungus. Ointments that contain tea tree oil as an active ingredient are also very helpful to treat ringworm naturally. Basically, tea tree oil promotes skin dryness and also prevents the formation of pus and blisters on the rash.



Let me know if this was any help. As i said there is a company that helps with all sorts of health for the family. gGood luck hun and I'm hoping for the best outcome for you guys.

Bonnie - posted on 03/26/2012

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Lite wooden kitchen match blow out and take the soot which is sulfur and rub on area. My ex boyfriends family swears by it

Clare - posted on 03/26/2012

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Dr Lucas Paw Paw ointment in the red tube/tub. Works for everything!
My 4 yr old had a ringworm once on his back and I used the anti fungal cream prescribed as I had never came across ringworm before,so even a combo of both?
Clean,wash & disinfect bedding/clothing,bathrooms,household surfaces etc check that pets don't have it

Remember its a FUNGAL infection, not a virus as some have said,so treat it as such. Had a huge outbreak here(fostering kitty's) and Grisovin tablets cleared it up in no time

Amie - posted on 03/26/2012

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Its a virus and once they get it they will continue to get it no matter what you do . My daughter has gotten in more times than I can count. When she gets it I put rubbing alcohol onit a few times a day its the only thing that makes it go away quickly I've tried the antibiotics creams and tee tree oils. Good luck to ya .

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/26/2012

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The reason I ask, is that their fur is the perfect carrier for ringworm. If you do have a new pet, you may want to bring them to the vet to get tested. Treat the pet and your son,...also all his bedding and toys.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/26/2012

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Just saw that you are using tea tree...sounds like he may keep getting reinfected. Do you have a new kitten or cat at home?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/26/2012

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Tea Tree oil. It is an antifungal and natural. Works like a charm.

Jj - posted on 03/26/2012

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Have you taken him to the dr to find out for sure if it's ringworm. I had a severe type of eczema that looked just like ringworm, that's why I'm wondering.

Joey - posted on 03/26/2012

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I had the same problem, I ended up going to a dermatollogist to have it cultured then went on oral and topical medication.

Tonya - posted on 03/26/2012

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Hi, try going to the health food store and getting him some a bottle of tea tree oil (usually $3-5 a bottle and last a while) put it on there 3-times a day. Also, get some goldenseal in pill form- it is a Natural antibiotic w/o the nasty side effects of stripping his body of the good bacteria needed to fight off infections . Also, until the ringworm is gone- if he eats sweets, stop or limit to Very small amounts( if he has to let it be fruits because the body will absorb and use it oppose to commercial sweets which sit in the bloodstream for too long; due to the fact that fungus, ringworm conditions feed off of sugar. Hope this helps



From your Naturapathic Mom :-)

Marsha - posted on 03/26/2012

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It sounds like it's in his system, instead of treating it on the skin when it shows up have him take black walnut. They sell it in little dropper jars at health food stores and it is a fungal fighter from the inside out when injested. It doesn't taste bad, and mixed with grape juice I doubt it would be noticable. After a week or so of taking as directed they should stop showing up and even if he's being exposed to it at school or someplace you can't control he shouldn't get it again as long as he's taking it.

Jamie - posted on 03/26/2012

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My step-daughter got one on her upper leg from lying in bed with her dog. I never knew it could transfer that way, but it does. She used oral medication and a pill.

Lisa - posted on 03/26/2012

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Disinfect your bathtub regularly. Throw away the rubber bathmat and replace often as they get moldy or have bacteria on them. Disinfect anything his skin comes in contact with. Because it is contagious, check with his teachers/school to see if there is a problem with ringworm in his class.

Katherine - posted on 03/26/2012

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Here are some more ideas:



Though avoiding public shower and beach is the best way to get rid of ringworms, have shower at such places only by wearing flip flap, sandal or sleeper.

Monistat-Derm lotion also is effective enough to help you get rid of ringworms much faster. Apply it two times a day, up to complete twenty days. It will make you bid adieu to your ringworm complication.

Apply Lamisil, Monistat, Mycelex, and Nizorol over the affected skin as topical medicines in order to get rid of ringworms. Though effect of these applicants may vary from person to person, such branded drugs are used at large by all the people affected from ringworms.

Oral medicines such as Sporanox, Diflucan and Lamisil also can be used as oral drugs to get rid of ringworm problem.

Do not share your garments, towels, bed sheets, pants and sports stuffs with any one else.

Wash your clothes and garments with hot water, containing fungicidal detergent or cleaner if you suspect a possibility of ringworms in your surrounding area.

Do not walk barefoot over the beach, swimming pool, public shower or locker rooms. It’d better for you to walk at such places by wearing shoes, sleeper or sandal only.

Even if you’ve visited some places, not conducive for your barefoot walk, have bath immediately after coming from the area with antibacterial/anti-fungal soap, containing tea tree oil profusely.

Application of miconazole or terbinafine two to three times a day also will help you, to a great extent, get rid of ringworms efficiently.

Keep yourself dry and do not let covered parts of body remain wet with perspiration.

Do not wear tough clothes over your bdy.

Sonja - posted on 03/26/2012

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Thanks for the suggestions I am currently trying tea tree oil but i get rid of one spot and three more show up...right now I am so fed up with this My next step is to bathe him in something to see if i can cure the whole body...his peditrician just want to do cream but i feel as though i need something stronger.

America3437 - posted on 03/26/2012

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Try putting a green walnut on it. Sounds funny I know but my grandma swore by it. cut the green walnut in half and take the juicy green part and rub it on the ring worm...I also heard taping a penny to itwill make it go away but never tried that one.

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