Ringworm is a common skin infection that's actually caused by fungus, not worms. It's the type of fungus responsible for infections like athlete's foot and jock itch. Apple cider vinegar is renowned for its antifungal properties and is used to treat ringworm infections with reported success. Regular treatment with vinegar can both cure current infections and prevent future ones.
Signs and Symptoms
Ringworm presents itself on the skin as a circular or half-moon-shaped infection. It can be accompanied by itching, inflammation and other irritation, and is often painful. In the case of athlete's foot, it's usually a red, peeling and cracking infection with intense itching. Ringworm is spread by touching an infected person, but it can also be carried by pets. Because it's so easily spread, it's common for outbreaks among children.
The recommended dosage for treating ringworm on the skin is to apply pure, undiluted apple cider vinegar to the infection site using a cotton ball or gauze as many as six times per day. For athlete's foot, apple cider vinegar might sting too much, so it may be better to soak the feet in diluted warm water and vinegar solution until the skin heals enough to apply it directly. This will kill the fungus that causes the ringworm infection. It can be used both to treat infections and to prevent infections where they're prone to occurring. For prevention, apply apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball and swab the areas once or twice daily.
Treating Clothes and Pets
The fungus that causes ringworm can live on clothes and in shoes for small lengths of time. In the case of an athlete's foot ringworm infection, for example, treating the infection might be futile if it still resides in the moist, dark insides of your shoes. To kill fungus, wash fabrics in the hottest water you can and wash them often while you're treating the infection. Bathe pets regularly in warm, soapy water daily as you are being treated. You can apply apple cider vinegar directly to most fabrics.