Ringworm is a fungal infection that causes rashes to appear on the skin. These rashes are itchy and unsightly. Ringworm isn’t difficult to treat 1. Immersing your skin in a healthy bath may help treat ringworm. Knowing which substances make a great ringworm bath treatment can help you decide which is right for you 1.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
One of the cheapest and most effective bath treatments for ringworm is sea salt 1. Filling your bathtub with warm water and a cup of sea salts will give you a warm and relaxing soak. The sea salt will dry up the ringworm patches and disinfect the fungal infection. Soak for 25 to 30 minutes for maximum effectiveness. Soaking any longer will cause your skin to absorb too much salt, which can lead to itchiness. After a few days, the ringworm will start disappearing entirely. If this treatment doesn’t show any results in a few days, you may need more serious medical treatment.
- One of the cheapest and most effective bath treatments for ringworm is sea salt 1.
- The sea salt will dry up the ringworm patches and disinfect the fungal infection.
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Coconut oil is an effective ringworm treatment 1. Soaking in a warm bath mixed with three or four teaspoons for 20 to 30 minutes is all you will need for a daily treatment. Coconut oil has caprylic acid, which is a natural anti-fungal acid. It will help kill the fungus causing your ringworm in a safe and natural way. It should only take a few days for you to notice some results. Coconut oil can be used every day, as it will not soak into your skin and cause problems the way sea salts do. The only side effect is that you will smell like coconut.
- Coconut oil is an effective ringworm treatment 1.
- Coconut oil can be used every day, as it will not soak into your skin and cause problems the way sea salts do.
Vinegar is powerful oil that can be used for many skin conditions, including ringworm 1. Like coconut oil, vinegar has many strong acids that will disinfect and kill the fungus that causes ringworm. A bath mixed with three or four teaspoons of vinegar is a good treatment. This treatment shouldn’t be done every day, as the acids in vinegar are a little too strong for daily absorption. Soak 20 to 25 minutes each treatment for maximum effectiveness. Your skin may tingle slightly after soaking in vinegar. You will also smell like vinegar, which is a strong, unpleasant odor. Use this treatment sparingly.
- Vinegar is powerful oil that can be used for many skin conditions, including ringworm 1.
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Eric Benac began writing professionally in 2001. After working as an editor at Alpena Community College in Michigan and receiving his Associate of Journalism, he received a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Arts in writing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.