Ringworm doesn’t really care who it affects – you, your dogs, or your cats. And since it spreads easily, if you’ve got kids in school, you may find yourself treating it.
It’s not really a worm. It’s a fungal infection of the skin that usually shows up in humans as raised red patches with defined edges… looking like a worm curled under the skin. It doesn’t always look like a ring when it affects your pets, but it does make their hair break off over the affected area.
Ringworm can be transferred back and forth between pets and humans – pets and pets – or humans and humans. The fungal spores can live for a long time in the environment, so it’s important to do a good anti-fungal cleaning if your home has had it.
But – I promised some home remedies, not a lecture on house cleaning, so here they are. Use most several times a day.
1. Aloe Vera 2. Tea tree oil 3. Honey and olive oil in melted beeswax 4. Apple cider vinegar 5. Listerine mouthwash 6. The oregano herb – mix with olive oil 7. Epsom salt solution – soak once a day 8. Nail polish – if you use it on pets, make sure it’s dry before you turn them loose 9. Chewing tobacco – any wet tobacco. Use as a poultice and wrap it. 10. Diluted lime sulfur – one part to 16 to 32 parts water. Will stain! 11. Grapefruit seed extract 12. Raw papaya 13. Fresh garlic 14. Bleach – one part bleach to 6 parts water 15. Bag balm 16. Pure virgin coconut oil – also good for diaper rash!
Remember that everyone – pets and people alike – has a different system. Watch for allergic reactions and discontinue if they appear. Remember that allergies can take many forms – including headaches and muscle aches.