Ringworm is a fungal infection that is spread by contact with infected, usually moist, surfaces. It causes a skin circular rash, with healthy skin in the center. Ringworm on the body is related to both athlete’s foot and ringworm on the scalp, the latter of which causes bald patches on the head. Ringworm on the head is treated with oral medication, since topical medication has an even slower effect. It is slow to respond and takes weeks to clear up. Ringworm on the body, however, is more quickly remedied. The sooner any remedy is applied, the better.
Things You'll Need
- Clear nail polish remover
- Salt diluted in water
- Small bandage
- Paper towels
Apply clear nail polish remover to a clean pad.
Hold the pad directly on one ring for a few seconds.
Repeat for all the other rings. Reapply the polish remover to the pad before applying to each ring.
Cover each ring with a bandage soaked in salty water to remove moisture and prevent the ringworm from spreading to other parts of your body and to other people.
See a doctor if you don’t see progress within a few days or if the ringworms aren’t gone within a week. The doctor will have more traditional medicine. The doctor’s medicine could easily take more than 2 days more to work, if the nail polish didn’t yield results in a whole week. Your doctor may even re-diagnose your condition. For example, sometimes the virus Pityriasis rosea manifests as circular rashes, but requires a very different treatment.