Most Effective Options for Ringworm
Study Results: Find what is most effective to get rid of ringworm that causes severe itch and scaly rashes
Contrary to popular belief ringworm is not caused by any worm but a group of fungus medically known as Dermatophytosis that grow in warm, moist areas. It is easily diagnosed due to ring-like rashes that are clear at the center. However tests like skin culture, biopsy or microscopic exams are also available.
We just concluded a study to find what works best for this contagious fungal infection of the skin, hand, scalp, groin (tinea cruris), foot (athlete’s foot) and nails. We systematically reviewed all available data to determine how well each of the various topical and oral drug regimens eradicated the infection, whether there were any side effects, and if ringworm reoccurred.
Methods used to find the best formulation:
A comprehensive investigation of all published trials on various ringworm therapies was carried out via an electronic database search, manually searching the internet, exhausting forum discussions and checking references from user reviews and other resources.
While studying the over the counter antifungal creams, lotions, shampoos and prescription pills, clinical studies behind these options where also looked into. The results of these trials involving people of various age groups were included. We not only studied the extent of relief but also the time it took to see improvement in symptoms caused by ringworm (tinea).
What’s most effective for this infection?
Below we list ringworm preparations that we found produced the most satisfactory results.
#1 – Phytozine
Upon reviewing several top ointments Phytozine came out number one because it showed immediate results in eliminating ringworm of different stages and associated symptoms. It did not cause any irritation, redness, or drying in people with sensitive skin. We choose it as the best over the counter product because it eradicated this contagious ringlike skin infection at the source, prevented it from coming back, and left behind clear and even skin instead of scars.
How does it work?
Phytozine is made from several FDA-approved ingredients that have been proven to treat ringworm completely because of their potent fungicidal properties. It is designed to work by:
- Killing the bugs causing the infection
- Raising immunity to prevent re-infection
- Healing the rashes/sores
- Restoring skin appearance and removing circular bald patches on scalp and beard.
When applied Phytozine does not merely sits on the skin. Instead, the treatment actually penetrates it and attacks the ringworm from every angle to clear the inflammation, pain and itching.
How to use it?
Phytozine is simple and safe to use on all parts of the body like face, scalp, hands, legs, feet including sensitive areas like breasts, groin, genital and anal area. Just apply the cream to the affected areas covering the edges of the rashes twice a day. In case of severe ringworm infection or excessive discomfort, the cream can be applied more frequently without any fear of side effects. Its safe for kids as well as individuals with diabetes or weekend immune system like in HIV/AIDS.
Prognosis: What kind of results can I expect?
Phytozine is a medically proven fast acting product for this condition. Although those with a mild infection will get instant relief, it can take a few days for those with moderate to severe oozing blisters to see improvement. Many users who have repeated episodes of ringworm have reported a marked reduction in reoccurring infections after using Phytozine, unlike other options they tried. Scarring at the infection site, which is another issue for people with sensitive skin, is also eliminated with Phytozine’s unique formulation.
Is there any guarantee that Phytozine will work?
We found it to work for ringworm of:
- scalp (tinea capitis): More commonly observed in children.
- beard (tinea barbae)
- body (tinea corporis): Areas like thighs, arms, legs etc.
- groin area (jock itch): Athletes both men and women who sweat a lot.
- feet (tinea pedis, also called athlete’s foot)
Phytozine for ringworm guarantees results. It has a 60-day full money back policy. If, for any reason, you aren’t completely satisfied, simply return it within 60 days of the purchase to receive a refund.
#2 Prescription Drugs
Oral and topical medications like miconazole, ketoconazole, terbinafine, clotrimazole, oxiconazole etc are designed to eliminate infections and are available through doctor’s prescription. They comes in several forms: gel, cream, spray, and tablets etc. The active ingredient is an antifungal agent that attacks the cell membranes of the organisms that cause ringworm of the skin.
It can take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month to see results depending on the form and frequency of the medication used. You’ll have to take care during that time to avoid spreading the disease to other people or pets like cats and dogs. These drugs do nothing to prevent ringworm from returning.
This therapy should be used with caution because oral pills have been linked with numerous adverse side effects including gastrointestinal problems like constipation and diarrhea, headaches, vertigo, liver inflammation, anxiety, loss of taste, hives, and fatigue. Consult you doctor or dermatologist before use.
Typically associated with getting stains out of white clothes, bleach is recommended as a home cure for skin and nail fungal infections. It is effective at quickly killing the fungus. In fact, people see results within a day or two with ringworm.
The problem is that bleach is a chemical agent that is not meant to be used on skin, nails, or hair. Not only does it burn when applied to skin, it can cause scarring.
#4 Tea Tree Oil
Its has been used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of ailments including colds, wounds, and skin problems. The oil has antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties that work together to fight off common infections like ringworm.
After the diagnosis of ringworm the oil should be applied to the affected area twice per day until the rash goes away. It can take two weeks or more to see results. Though it comes from a natural source, tea tree oil should not be ingested. You should also avoid using it, or use it sparingly, if you are pregnant or nursing.
#5 Nail Polish Remover
Another option for ringworm symptoms is nail polish remover. This is an synthetic solvent typically used to remove fingernail polish. Most polish removers are made from acetone, but some are made from ethyl acetate. Like bleach, the solvent is effective at getting rid of fungal infections. At the same time, it is harsh on the skin and nails. It may cause scarring.
This herb has antiseptic, antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties that eradicate fungal skin infections. To use, apply the juice of a half a clove to the affected area twice per day, let dry, and then cover lightly with a bandage. It can also be used for pet and domesticated animals like sheep, cows, horses etc. While effective, it burns and can take a long time to heal ringworm.
The cure rate was significantly high in case of Phytozine compared to the other options. If treatment resistance or slow results occur, the efficacy of most regimens improved with a longer duration of treatment.
Things to Prevent Spreading:
Ringworm or tinea is highly contagious and you can unknowingly catch or spread it to others. In order to prevent transmitting it to others you should avoid:
- Direct skin to skin contact with red sores (avoid hugging, sex)
- Sharing clothing
- Borrowing contaminated hair brushes, combs or other objects.
- Using public shower, pools or sports equipment like in the gym
- Common and unwashed bedding
- Scratching: It could lead to secondary bacterial infection that requires antibiotics.