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Primal ringworm cure?

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Created January 21, 2011 at 3:24 AM

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!

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on December 31, 2012
at 01:23 AM

People have asked what finally worked. Eventually it went away with the clotrimazole cream and diflucan every other day.

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on December 12, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I should add - you must make sure that the garlic is not irradiated, which you can check by cutting a clove open. In the middle it should be solid and possibly showing a green shoot. Otherwise it will be hollow and possibly brown - indicating it is irradiated (and probably imported). That means it will smell and taste like garlic, but won't be active in the same way as living garlic. Buying locally grown is the best way to avoid irradiation. :)

23d34842642ceb5996949f4a68afb585

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on December 12, 2012
at 06:24 PM

This is completely correct - topical application of garlic has been shown to be esp. effective against tinea. I suggest smooshing some cloves in your mortar & pestle, leaving them out in the air 15 mins for the allicin content to potentiate and then pouring some water over it. Leave for 10 minutes to infuse and then strain out the garlic particles as you pour it into a spray bottle of some sort. Good luck to the OP, I know it felt a bit mortifying when I caught it about a year ago (on my neck) from cuddling a kitten!! (Can't seem to help self getting all handsy with the cute little things.)

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on December 12, 2012
at 05:52 PM

You're being ignorant. It doesn't work for YOU. So that is all you need to say. I know plenty of fighters who use tea tree oil products with complete success. Also, I have certainly cured fungus between my toes with it.

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on December 12, 2012
at 12:19 PM

I found acv was especially effective.

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on October 21, 2012
at 11:06 AM

^^This^^ I tried every "natural" remedy in the book for months while I was pregnant because I was so scared of using the tinactin. It kept spreading anyway. Within a week it disappeared using this stuff. I did the full course for a month but I was so irritated that I hadn't just bought some generic tanactin when it first hit me. Could've saved myself a whole lot of irritation.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on October 21, 2012
at 11:04 AM

I agree. I kept fighting ringworm I caught from my students for months to no avail. All it did was irritate my skin.

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on November 03, 2011
at 01:09 PM

Oh so this is what these red patches are called! I got tons of them on my legs, they're practically gone after eating vlc for 5 months.

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on January 26, 2011
at 03:01 AM

Thank you to everyone who has given suggestions. I'll let you know at the end of my experiment what proved most successful. Thanks for not pointing at me and jeering as well! Despite all my joking with friends and family about it, I have been really ashamed of it, as though it were a moral flaw! It's always good for me to have experience "being a patient," and it definitely reminds me to be understanding when patients are obsessed with things that I see as minor complaints.

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on January 21, 2011
at 05:06 AM

I know lol, it's not exactly the easiest treatment, kinda like self-surgery, but it's worked every time for me (three times). If you can find a better way that gets rid of it as fast, I'd love to hear about it, wrestlers need to get rid of that stuff quick cause we can't wrestle with it.

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on January 21, 2011
at 04:32 AM

@Drew, Dude, that's hardcore! Seriously, I agree with you that it may not be ringworm. There are lots of rashes that look like ringworm. Suzanna may need to see a dermatologist to sort things out.

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on January 21, 2011
at 04:28 AM

Dude, that's hardcore! Seriously, I agree with you that it may not be ringworm. There are lots of rashes that look like ringworm. Suzanna may need to see a dermatologist to sort things out.

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on January 21, 2011
at 04:23 AM

That is exactly what my original lesion looked like by the time I discovered it. The others have been much smaller, but I recognize them by their red borders and peeling centers. Thanks for the answer...I may get desperate enough that I eventually try bleach but it seems so toxic...

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Af842c68e3d07fa0e35b4274f3acaeec

on January 21, 2011
at 04:04 AM

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.

  1. Use sandpaper to carefully abrade the top layer of skin off of the infected area. Be careful not to rub other areas raw.

  2. 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).

  3. 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).

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on January 21, 2011
at 04:32 AM

@Drew, Dude, that's hardcore! Seriously, I agree with you that it may not be ringworm. There are lots of rashes that look like ringworm. Suzanna may need to see a dermatologist to sort things out.

Af842c68e3d07fa0e35b4274f3acaeec

on January 21, 2011
at 05:06 AM

I know lol, it's not exactly the easiest treatment, kinda like self-surgery, but it's worked every time for me (three times). If you can find a better way that gets rid of it as fast, I'd love to hear about it, wrestlers need to get rid of that stuff quick cause we can't wrestle with it.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on January 21, 2011
at 04:28 AM

Dude, that's hardcore! Seriously, I agree with you that it may not be ringworm. There are lots of rashes that look like ringworm. Suzanna may need to see a dermatologist to sort things out.

Bbd50c115fa066bea3ac23a4e82447ff

(558)

on January 21, 2011
at 04:23 AM

That is exactly what my original lesion looked like by the time I discovered it. The others have been much smaller, but I recognize them by their red borders and peeling centers. Thanks for the answer...I may get desperate enough that I eventually try bleach but it seems so toxic...

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on January 21, 2011
at 05:30 AM

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!

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on October 21, 2012
at 11:06 AM

^^This^^ I tried every "natural" remedy in the book for months while I was pregnant because I was so scared of using the tinactin. It kept spreading anyway. Within a week it disappeared using this stuff. I did the full course for a month but I was so irritated that I hadn't just bought some generic tanactin when it first hit me. Could've saved myself a whole lot of irritation.

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on January 21, 2011
at 02:21 PM

Check here for remedies. I go to this site for just about everything.

http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/ringworm.html

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3573f7a18ee620179fda184c7d8b7242

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on January 21, 2011
at 10:53 PM

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.

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on January 21, 2011
at 11:18 PM

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.

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on January 23, 2011
at 02:03 AM

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.

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on January 23, 2011
at 04:51 AM

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.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on December 12, 2012
at 12:19 PM

I found acv was especially effective.

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on December 12, 2012
at 05:50 PM

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.

23d34842642ceb5996949f4a68afb585

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on December 12, 2012
at 06:24 PM

This is completely correct - topical application of garlic has been shown to be esp. effective against tinea. I suggest smooshing some cloves in your mortar & pestle, leaving them out in the air 15 mins for the allicin content to potentiate and then pouring some water over it. Leave for 10 minutes to infuse and then strain out the garlic particles as you pour it into a spray bottle of some sort. Good luck to the OP, I know it felt a bit mortifying when I caught it about a year ago (on my neck) from cuddling a kitten!! (Can't seem to help self getting all handsy with the cute little things.)

23d34842642ceb5996949f4a68afb585

(380)

on December 12, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I should add - you must make sure that the garlic is not irradiated, which you can check by cutting a clove open. In the middle it should be solid and possibly showing a green shoot. Otherwise it will be hollow and possibly brown - indicating it is irradiated (and probably imported). That means it will smell and taste like garlic, but won't be active in the same way as living garlic. Buying locally grown is the best way to avoid irradiation. :)

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on May 24, 2016
at 11:15 AM

Ringworm is a kind of fungus. You this tyope of infection you need to wash your hands before touching that infceted part. Wash your clothes evryday. Need to use good best antibacterial soap to get rid from ringworm.  

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on December 12, 2012
at 12:20 PM

Apple Cider Vineagar applied to the lesions works!

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on December 12, 2012
at 06:33 AM

Any follow up results with this?

Thanks

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on October 21, 2012
at 09:06 AM

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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on November 03, 2011
at 11:38 AM

Tea tree oil does not work

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on October 21, 2012
at 11:04 AM

I agree. I kept fighting ringworm I caught from my students for months to no avail. All it did was irritate my skin.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 12, 2012
at 05:52 PM

You're being ignorant. It doesn't work for YOU. So that is all you need to say. I know plenty of fighters who use tea tree oil products with complete success. Also, I have certainly cured fungus between my toes with it.

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on March 16, 2011
at 11:06 PM

tea tree oil works well.

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