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The Best Way to Get Rid of Ringworm

By Perry Piekarski ; Updated July 27, 2017

Contrary to its suggestive name, ringworm isn't actually a worm at all; ringworm is a type of fungus that's both itchy and contagious through direct contact. The same type of fungus that causes jock Itch and athlete's foot, ringworm is fortunately easily treated at home without the need for prescription drugs. Keep in mind that it may take several weeks until the ringworm is gone completely, and treatment should continue for several weeks after symptoms cease.

Locate the areas on your body afflicted with ringworm. Ringworm is circular in shape and varies in size. Ringworm is typically red in color and may appear blistered. According to WebMD, "Ringworm of the hand looks like athlete's foot. The skin on the palm of the hand gets thick, dry and scaly. And skin between the fingers may be moist and have open sores."

Apply a miconazole or clotrimazole cream to the afflicted areas according to the directions printed on the label. These creams can be purchased over-the-counter at any pharmacy or general store. Always follow the directions printed on the packaging, as they vary slightly depending on the product.

Cover the afflicted area with a bandage so the ringworm doesn't move to other areas of the skin. Avoid itching to prevent further spreading.

Apply the miconazole or clotrimazole cream to the afflicted areas even after the ringworm appears to be gone. This is to guarantee the ringworm is completely removed from your body so it doesn't come back.


According to WebMD, "If your child is being treated for ringworm, you don't have to keep him or her out of school or day care."


Visit a doctor immediately if treatment remains ineffective after several months. Your doctor may prescribe an oral treatment for the ringworm.

Untreated ringworm could lead to infection.

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