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Ringworm is a fungal infection that develops on the top layer of the skin. It is a red, circular itchy rash that appears in a ring-like form. The name comes from the ring shape as there is no actual worm under the skin, so nothing can be killed, simply treated. Ringworm is caused by small fungal infections that become parasitic. Patients can become infected by other humans, animals, objects or soil.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Traditional Treatment for Ringworm
Traditional treatments for ringworm include over-the-counter topical anti-fungal medications. However, if the infection becomes difficult to get rid of, prescription-strength lotions, creams or ointments can be used. Doctors may prescribe one of the following topical treatments: Butenafine, ciclopirox, Econazole, Miconazole, Oxiconazole or Terbinafine. Oral medications may also be prescribed; these include oral Terbinafine, Traconazole, Fluconazole or Ketoconazole.
Other alternative treatments for ringworm that have proven successful include:
- Vicks Vaporub
- the liquid inside green walnuts
- drinking or applying apple cider vinegar to the skin,
- Absorbine Jr.
- which is a blend of botanical extracts
Other alternative treatments for ringworm that have proven successful include Vicks Vaporub, the liquid inside green walnuts, drinking or applying apple cider vinegar to the skin, and Absorbine Jr., which is a blend of botanical extracts. To treat ringworm, soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and douse the area until it is wet. The name comes from the ring shape as there is no actual worm under the skin, so nothing can be killed, simply treated.