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Bleach for ringworm, ring worm

Bleach is very good at killing the fungus that is causing the problem. Simply dab the affected are with a cotton ball that has been mistuned with bleach twice a day. The bleach should not burn you, however do look for any allergic reaction. Reports are that the ringworm will be gone in as quick as 2 days.

The following was sent in by Nick

You decide on the strength of the bleach you use. You need to be responsible. Below are some guidelines

Fast treatment (1-2 Days)
100% Bleach
- Burning
- Scars

Quick treatment (2-4 Days)
- 50% Bleach
- 50% Warm Water

Normal Treatment (3-6 Days)
- 2 Cups Water
- 1/3 Cup Bleach

Safe, Slow Treatment (1 Week+)
- 3 Cups Water
- 1/3 Cup Bleach


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Scalp ringworm Comments By: 111 on 2008-06-03
Surprising another good thing for scalp ringworm is MEDICATED Selsun Blue.. it works wonders!
Understand the lifecycle of ringworm Comments By: Anon on 2008-06-05
For proper treatment, it is important to understand the life cycle of ringworm. Most fungus live for 2 to 4 weeks and then die naturally. In order to control fungus on the skin (ringworm, jock itch, athlete's foot), you must prevent re-infestation of the spores. Since you have hundreds of fungus before you have any symptoms (a crop, so to speak), each one is in a different stage of the lifecycle. As some die off, new spores are released and sprout and start the entire problem all over again. Thus, treatment is aimed at killing the spores before they can sprout. Antifungal creams kill the spores not the fungus. Since spores are released continually, you must use it faithfully twice a day for 4 weeks. Miss even one day and spores have had a chance to sprout and these new fungus will also live for 2 to 4 weeks and you need to start counting the days all over again. Just because you can't see symptoms after 10 days or so, doesn't mean there aren't any fungus left still releasing the spores striving for an entire new crop. Diluted bleach (1:10) kills 80% of the spores on hard surfaces if left on for 10 minutes. Stronger concentrations do not kill more - 80% is all we get. Clean three days in a row and you have eliminated almost all spores as long as the environment is not re-infected. The antifungal creams are very effective at killing the spores on our body, much better than bleach and they are safe to use. Personally I find clotrimazole 1% (generic) best and can see improvement in only a few days, but I still have to use it for 4 weeks spreading the cream at least 1 inch beyond the red spot to catch all those spores. It will get so that you can't see any red, but you must continue to faithfully apply the cream. Those who don't find that in a month or two the fungus 'returns'. Really, it hasn't returned - it was never gone, it just took that long for the few spores that were left to get a big crop of fungus to grow. As far as killing the actual fungus, given the eagerness of the pharmaceutical industry to market as much as possible, don't you think that if the fungus could be killed (even with bleach) then there would be a product on the market that we could buy? Forget roaches, when the world ends, the only thing alive will be fungus.
Ringworm before beach Holiday!! Comments By: Anon on 2008-06-16
I had ringworm on the back of neck and was extremly horrified as i was goin holiday with freinds in a week so didnt want to sit on the beach with a huge ring in the back of my neck. i went out and brought as many creams as possiable finding clotrimazole 1% being most effective. I wasnt seeing much change then i came across this page, fort ill give it a try as i was reli desparate. Within 3 days the ringworm dried up and was visiably gone I continued using the Clotrimazole 1% cream throughout tho. I dulited the bleach with 9parts water then gradually increased the amount of bleach, as i was worried about burning my skin which ppl above sed happened to them, alothough i was fine. I did notice when using the bleach on the ringworm it would burn and go much more red but i carried on and it worked for me. I am stil using the cream to make sure it doesn't come back. Hope this helps....
So I've done it before Comments By: Princess on 2008-06-13
I broke out like crazzyyyy last year, the same exact day. And my mom used clorox on it, no diluting either haha. It went away like that. ^^. But this morning, I was covered in them D: So I was wondering, if I poured like a cap full in my shoewr gel, and then took a bath, would that be effective? I mean, I have them in places I didn't know existed, and they itch like crazy, I'm positive I am spreading them everywhere toooooo. Some one PLLLLZZZ answer me, I have triplets coming over soon, and they are five months, I don't want them to get it. Plusssss, I was wondering, how do I clean stuff? Lysol disenfectAnt wipes? D:
bleach works for a bit Comments By: anon on 2008-06-18
i had a very bad ring worm and i would have tried anything to get rid of it...i used bleach and it dried it up and got rid of it...i thought it was over and than it came back i use bleach and it is helping but i just wonder how long i will keep getting this..
KEEP COMING BACK Comments By: stacey on 2008-06-25
i have been getting ringworm off and on for about 2 years. The creams work but it always come back months later. I'm wondering if the bleach will kill the fungus once and for all. I'm not worried about scarring because it seems like a scar is always left from all the other ringworms i've had anyway. WELL IM ABOUT TO TRY IT! wuts the worst that could happen? This has been going on for 2 years and I will try anything cuz the creams seem to not work.
TRY IT ANDF SEE Comments By: YVETTE MCR on 2008-07-06
time Comments By: anon on 2008-07-18
im a wrestler in highschool and all my buddies tell me i should bleach it just the problem is how long would i have to leave the cotton ball on this dumb fungus?
Bleach is a proven method over and over again.... Comments By: Jon Doe Doy on 2008-07-21
Not only does bleach work for ringworm but it also works for posion ivy. Now im not saying go out and do what i do but i am highly allergic to posion ivy. It had spread all over my right side so my stepdad scraped it open and put bleach on it. It was gone a few days later and no itch or scars. I do the same with ringworm and it still works magic
BELIEVE THE HYPE - BLEACH WORKS Comments By: bleach works on 2008-07-24
I have had ringworm for a few months and its slowly got worse, not only in it's state but it's made me feel horrible. The doctor gave me a cream but I knew there was only so much a cream could do, so I took the tip of using bleach from this site, and within 12 hours the colour had DEFINATLY changed and I honestly think it's working. I was really worried about using bleach, but it didn't burn because I didn't leave it on for too long, and once it had been on for about 10 seconds I wiped cool water over it. DON'T BE SCARED OF USING BLEACH! I have made sure I use the cream as well, and I use the bleach at least 3 times a day ALWAYS washing it away with cool water afterwards to prevent scaring. will up date again in 2 or 3 days so confirm wether it has helped get rid of it completely.
Sucks Comments By: M23 on 2008-07-31
Yeah so I have a ringworm and it sucks. I put Clorox on mine and it did burn but only a little bit. I actually did it today and it has already improved.
Hey Comments By: M23 on 2008-08-01
So I did the clorox thing. Put the clorox on their then peroxide. Woke up and it is slightly gone. How ever you can also use lysol because it will kill it. On the lysol disnfectant bottle it will say that it kills fungus. I suggest that you buy some lysol disinfectant spray and spary it all over you house and everything you use and touch. Also to prevent it from coming again buy some black soap or antifungus soap. If you have a ringworm on your leg or arm then just use blue star ointment then cover it with a band-aid and it will go away it just takes awhile
Bleach works, but you must use it ALL OVER! Comments By: Fungus-Free on 2008-08-03
I suffered with it for a year (picked up at the gym) and finally started sponge-bathing with it after a shower every day and again at night. If you do not treat your entire body you will just be leaving areas for the spores to re-infect you. It took about a month and a half to completely rid myself of it. I diluted it with water about 50/50 and used a washcloth to wash my entire body except my privates. It stung a bit, but went away quickly. I never rinsed it off, defeats the barrier. My skin is not scarred, in fact it is beautiful, in great condition. I also washed my sheets every other day and used Bag Balm on it when the itch drove me nuts. It will appear to get worse before it gets better, this is just because it is deep in the skin and you are bringing it to the surface, and KILLING IT! Stick with it, it really works.
specifics about bleach usage Comments By: mike on 2008-08-07
Using bleach on the skin can be ''touchy.'' Some ppl with naturally dry skin are quite sensitive to it, others, not so much. Whenever i get athletes' foot, for example, i use a bleach pen early in the morning, let it air dry, then put socks & shoes on, and go about my day. This cured my toughest athletes' foot in 7 days, something that 30 days of lotrimin's 10-day formula couldn't even touch. but this is just me. One of my friends can't even handle a 10% bleach solution without getting a rash. I'd advise ''testing in a colourfast area.'' i.e.: somewhere that isn't vital (like the face) and somewhere that can be hidden (like the top of the foot, or bikini line) if you use it in your hair, then you deserve what's coming to you.
it really works!!!! Comments By: Melissa on 2008-08-13
I used the clortimozole cream by itself for a couple of days which wasnt working to well so I started cleaning the ringworm with bleach and then applying the cream and within a couple of days it was all cleared up. It did sting a little but atleast it is gone ;)
bleach worked .. Comments By: ray hernandez on 2008-08-24
i found out the doctor says after 2 weeks if it doesnt go away all they do is scrape it off .. so i scraped gently with a razor and kept dabbing it in bleach then once the layer of dead fungis skin was off which u can see on the razor .. i would dab it on with a paper towel. dont go too crazy with the razor i did the first time and it scarred a lil. more or less just scrape gently, stops it in its tracks

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