Ringworm is a highly contagious, unsightly and irritating skin condition. It is caused by a fungus that can affect any part of the body, including the face, the toenails, the beard, scalp, groin, neck, arms and pretty much everywhere on the body. The resulting ringworm rash appears red, raised and circular; it is also very itchy and normally takes several days to heal and clear. Many people use Bleach as a home remedy to cure ringworm, apart from their use of over-the-counter standard anti-fungal treatments.
In this guide, we will study how you can use bleaching as ringworm treatment. But first let us briefly study the symptoms of typical ringworm infections.
Symptoms of ringworm: Can bleach cure them?
Ringworm infections are typically characterized by the following symptoms:
- Circular red lesions-These may be present anywhere on the body, including the scalp and beard in men
- The area that is affected might experience hair fall- the hair shaft bends at an angle and the central skin within the lesion is clear, smooth and hairless.
- In case of ringworm of the scalp, there may be dandruff like flakes in the surrounding region. The scalp itches terribly.
Most people wish to know if bleaching ringworm can treat it for good. According to many users, bleaching ringworm treatment indeed works very well.
Let us see how to use bleach to cure ringworm infections fast:
How to use bleach to treat and erase ringworm fast
You will need standard bleach solution (with 6% Sodium Hypochlorite) that can be easily obtained from laundry section of the neighborhood general store.Concentrated bleach tends to irritate the skin. So do use diluted bleach. Simply add some distilled water to the bleaching solution to dilute it.
You can use sterile cotton balls or Q-tips to apply the diluted bleach to the ringworm infected area. Simply dip the swab in the diluted Bleach and apply it all over the ringworm lesions. In case of scalp ringworm, you can take help of family member to apply the bleach. You will need to really press and apply the bleach as hair in the area might prevent the bleach from going to the infections’ roots. You can also dip the swab again in the solution (or use a new and clean one each time) to apply a fresh layer of bleach to the affected region.
Leave the bleach on the infected skin for at least 6-8 hours or overnight. You can even cover the lesion with clean and sterile cotton bandages in case of larger areas of skin having the ringworm infection.
Wash off the next day using anti-fungal ringworm soap, or shampoo. You can re-administer the bleaching solution a couple of times when needed throughout the day.
Alternatively, you could add a cupful of bleach and few drops of tea tree oil to the tub bath water and soak in it for a few minutes.For ringworm on the feet (Athletes’ Foot) add a cap-full of bleach to half a bucket of hot water and soak the feet for at least 20 minutes. The ringworm will go away within a few days of following this bleach treatment.
Some precautions when using bleach to cure ringworm infections
- If you find your skin getting irritated, dilute the bleach further using distilled water. Conversely, if you do not see any change or improvement in the rash, you could increase the concentration of bleach before application. If, despite bleaching, the ringworm rash continues to spread, do not hesitate in seeing a doctor. Some recurrent and severe ringworm cases are best treated using prescription strength oral and topical anti-fungal medicines.
- If your pet is suffering from ringworm, make sure you consult the vet before using the bleaching ringworm home remedy. That being said; many pet owners have safely added it to their pet’s bath water and seen good results.
- Likewise, in case of very young children having Tinea/ringworm infections, test the child’s skin for sensitivity to bleach. If reaction occurs, avoid usage and seek help from pediatrician.
- Avoid using bleach for ringworm on the eyes.
- Make sure that, along with this bleach for ringworm treatment, you follow other precautions given below to keep ringworm at bay.
Precautions to avoid ringworm infections
- Wash all bedding, towels, pillow cases, sheets etc in hot water. Add bleach when doing this, where acceptable for the fabric in question.
- In case one of your family members is suffering from the ringworm infection, avoid sharing of towels, combs, and other personal items with them.
- Also follow all precautionary measures to avoid contracting ringworm when using public shower rooms, swimming pools etc. Wear shoes/slippers when walking on wet floors near the pools and take a bath immediately after contact sports like wrestling etc.
Bleaching ringworm treatment is one of the best ways to get rid of ringworm fast. As long as you dilute the bleach properly and use a good quality brand along with aforementioned precautions, there is no reason why it should burn your skin. We hope the bleaching ringworm treatment works for you!