Ringworm can be cured using many home remedies and some of them might actually sound weird. For example, did you know that you can use Listerine® mouthwash on ringworm and cure it within 24 hours? Or, did you know that people have actually tried to freeze their ringworm using ice? Let us discuss a few more quick cures for ringworm which do not require you to take a trip to the drugstore or spend any money; all these cures can be found in your home. We will also find out which of these remedies actually work and debunk the ones that do not.
Witch hazel ringworm cure
Witch hazel bark is an excellent treatment for ringworm. It is particularly recommended for itchy, inflamed skin. The Cherokee Indians used witch hazel bark extensively for fighting all kinds of skin infections, including ringworm.It is antiseptic and astringent which helps dry up the ringworm quickly.
How to use: Apply witch hazel directly in the ringworm. Let it dry naturally. Repeat application three times a day to cure ringworm quickly.
Listerine for ringworm
Listerine mouthwash contains Thymol, menthol, eucalyptol and methyl salicylate. These ingredients work on the ringworm to kill the spores causing the infection.
How to use: Apply Listerine on the infection three to four times a day. You can even use it for washing your hair in case you are suffering from ringworm on the scalp. Apply the mouthwash on the scalp and let the excess drip off. Cover your head with a shower cap and let it remain so for 30 minutes. Rinse off with water or use a mild shampoo. This remedy also kills head lice.
Epsom salts for nail fungus
Epsom salts are nothing but magnesium sulfate. Soaking in a bath tub filled with a cup of Epsom salts and warm water is one of the best little known quick cures for ringworm on the body. You can even use Epsom salts for treating stubborn nail fungus.
How to use: Use a nail file on the infected nail. File it as low as possible( until you just start experiencing pain). Next, soak the nails in a basin filled with warm water and Epsom salts. Soak for at least 10 minutes. The next day, file the nails again and repeat soaking. Do this for 3-4 days to cure ringworm completely.
Folk medicinal ringworm cures- green walnut juice and incantations!
In Southern Appalachia, ringworm sufferers used topical application of green walnut hulls. Applying the juice and following it up with a thimble to press several rings in the infected region cured ringworm quickly. Some sufferers also used the following incantation while rubbing an iron pot in a circle moistened with their saliva: Ringworm round, ringworm red, ringworm be gone, make (name of sufferer) glad!
Can I put ice on ringworm?
Ice does not cure ringworm. Some people also use Icy Hot patches on the ringworm but these are only myths and they do not do much for ringworm which is caused by a fungus. Freezing ringworm spores does help but you need to use Cryotherapy with Liquid Nitrogen (the same treatment which is used for warts) to freeze the spores.
Garlic to cure ringworm
Garlic contains Ajoene which is antifungal in nature. It is one of the best home remedies that have shown good results in curing ringworm quickly.
How to use: Peel and crush a handful of garlic cloves. Apply the juice on the ringworm. Cover it with a plaster. You can change the garlic with fresh cloves every 3-4 hours. Repeat this remedy several times a day for at least a week or until the ringworm goes away.
Coconut oil for ringworm
Coconut oil has antifungal properties. Applying a thin layer on the infected region can help soothe the skin and also fight the fungus causing the infection.
How to use: Apply oil using a cotton ball or a Q tip. Repeat application 3 times a day. Also consume coconut oil orally to strengthen immunity.
Toothpaste for ringworm
Toothpaste containing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is a surprisingly effective home remedy for ringworm.
How to use: Apply toothpaste all over the ringworm. Cover it with a Band-Aid. Repeat application several times a day for a week to get rid of ringworm quickly.
Does nail polish remover cure ringworm?
Nail polish remover is known to cure ringworm. What this remedy does is it literally asphyxiates the ringworm spores and stops their spread.
How to use: You could use any clear nail polish or even colored nail paint. Simply apply a coat of polish on the infected area let it dry. The ringworm will go away within a week.
Vicks Vaporub- does it cure ringworm?
Some people have been pleased with the results after applying Vicks Vaporub. You could give it a try to see for yourself!
How to use: Cover the ringworm completely with Vicks. Repeat application for at least 1 week to see results.
So, the next time you are dealing with ringworm, try one of these quick ringworm cures to see immediate results!