Ringworm is a fungal infection that forms on the body in the shape of a ring. It spreads by direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or animal. Ringworm can form on the skin, scalp, feet or groin. (1) Conventional ringworm treatment involves medication to treat the infection. Home remedies for ringworm can help kill the fungus naturally.

Ringworm Causes and Risk Factors

  • Close contact with a person or animal that has ringworm
  • Living in a warm climate
  • Sharing towels, bedding or other items with someone who has ringworm
  • A weakened immune system
  • Engaging in physical activity that involves skin-to-skin contact
  • Wearing tight clothing

Ringworm Symptoms

  • Red, scaly, itchy and/or raised skin patches
  • Patches of skin that may be redder on the outside edges, resembling a ring
  • Skin patches with defined and raised edges
  • Skin patches that develop blisters or start to ooze

Ringworm Treatment

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an effective treatment for ringworm thanks to its natural ant-fungal properties. Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can help fight fungal infections, including ringworm. As a ringworm treatment, use a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar to dab the affected area 2-3 times a day until the infection clears up. (2)

ringworm apple cider vinegar

2. Collodial Silver

Home remedies for ringworm include collodial silver. Collodial silver has strong anti-fungal properties that can help kill the infection responsible for ringworm. To use collodial silver as a ringworm treatment, clean the area, spray on some collodial silver and let the area dry. Repeat this treatment for ringworm 2-3 times per day until symptoms clear. (3)

3. Oregano Oil

Ringworm home remedies include oregano oil. Studies have shown that oregano oil is just as effective other anti-fungal treatments, including some antibiotics. To use oregano oil as a treatment for ringworm, dilute the oil with a carrier oil then apply it topically to the affected area. While oregano is an effective ringworm treatment, it is powerful. You only need 1-2 drops to treat the infection. (4)

ringworm oregano oil

4. Myrrh Essential Oil

Ringworm home remedies include myrrh essential oil. When combined with a carrier oil like coconut oil, myrrh oil can help treat stubborn fungal infections. To use myrrh essential oil as a treatment for ringworm, combine a few drops with coconut oil and apply it to the affected area.

5. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil is one of the top home remedies for ringworm. Research has shown that tea tree oil has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral activities. To use tea tree oil as a ringworm treatment, combine it with a carrier oil and apply it to the affected area. For stubborn infections, combine tea tree oil with oregano oil as a ringworm home remedy. (5)

ringworm essential oils

6. Grapefruit Seed Extract

Home remedies for ringworm include grapefruit seed extract. Grapefruit seed extract is an especially effective ringworm home remedy for scalp infections. For ringworm on the body or scalp, combine 1-3 drops of grapefruit seed extract with 1 tablespoon of water. Apply it to the affected area 2-3 times per day as a home remedy for ringworm. (6)

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