How to Get Rid of Persistent Ringworm Like Farmers Do
It started on a patch of skin that was already damaged, which tells me maybe the "roots" (Yuk!) of the fungus called ringworm, which is not a worm at all, like it where there is "soft soil" to sink into. It had been a tough couple of years for my skin. Ringworm itches, causes a reddish blotch or blotches, and sucks because you are ashamed to take off your shirt at the beach or wear a bikini. I tried the non-prescription creams at the drug store, specifically Lotrimin, and Tinactin. Tinactin is actually a spray. Neither worked, although they were both very uncomfortable and seemed to aggravate the itch while I had them on.
This is after I had already gone through the natural remedies I read about, which is my first impulse. I tried tea tree oil, made some garlic paste (which gave me black marks on my skin where chunks of raw garlic were pressed up against it under a bandage.) Also tried oregano oil, peppermint oil, and combinations of these. The tea tree oil stung and made it itch all day also.
Ringworm is a drag. Always itchy, hard to sleep. You take for granted having clear, trouble-free skin but after having these things, never again.
It was going on one year that I had this crap, and started getting worried. Nothing was working. Some of the cures seemed to beat it back a little for a while, but it would never disappear.
In my course of research on these kinds of health issues, I have learned to ask one question: What do farmers do? Animals get funguses too, like horses and cows, and they are expensive property. Farmers need something that works, but can't afford 60 dollar pills from Big Pharma companies that just want your money, and lots of times don't work anyway.
So here's what I did. First, I read somewhere that wrestlers swore by putting bleach on ringworm each day, which I also tried, but it wasn't going away, at least not doing it once a day. Maybe burning the hell our of your skin three or four times a day would do it, but most people have to work and this is a problem. You can smell bleach.
But bleach did seem to help. So every morning I put some bleach on a sponge and slapped it against the ringworm, covering it, and eating the burn for about 15 seconds. It's all you can do. The good news is the burn goes away quickly, and you will feel how it stops the itch for a while.
Then the thing that worked. I bought veterinary pine tar, Bickford's brand, which is used for animal skin infections, parasites, and funguses, and coated the patch of ringworm with it, and cut out a piece of plastic shopping bag that fit over it, and taped that in place with first aid tape, all around the edges, to keep the gooey stuff in and off your shirts and t-shirts. I kept it there around the clock. I think with ringworm there is a persistence factor. It seems good at recovering from hits and then coming back. So with the pine tar right up against it 24/7, except for your bath or shower, I think the viscous, medicinal agent gets right down into the roots, and smothers the blasted pest. First bleach, then the pine tar patch. it's like a one-two punch against the little bastards.
Amazingly, I felt no discomfort, burning or itching, when wearing the pine tar, like I did with the other "cures."
After three days I could feel my skin getting flat and smooth again where the patch of ringworm was, and there was no itching. Hallelujah. The Native Americans also knew about pine tar. It is amazing that nature provides what we need, but people suffer unnecessarily because we are no longer connected with nature.
Bleach you can buy anywhere. Bleach is bleach. The kind of pine tar I used, Bickford's, is below, at my Amazon affiliate link. There may be other good kinds of pine tar or even better ones. But this worked so I will never be without it. It's about 12 bucks for a 16 ounce can, which is how it is packaged.
It is really interesting stuff. It smells "farm-ey" and if you like farms that's a nice smell. Pungent but by no means unpleasant.
I am now healing my damaged skin where the ringworm was by giving that area plenty of sunlight, almost to the point of mild sunburn, because I understand fungus does not like ultraviolet rays, which is why it grows in dark, danky places. Like between your toes and - ugh- jock itch! Also a little tanning restores the evenness of color with the surrounding skin.
I am enjoying working out at the gym and getting a beach body back now that I can even think about taking my shirt off again. Thank you God for all the good things you put on this Earth. Let's take care of it.