I have a four month old Basset Hound puppy that the vet says has ringworms. I have bathed him in the medicated shampoo and used the cream she gave me, but he just doesn't seem to be getting better. Does anyone know of something to get rid of these things?
Miconazole nitrate 2% anti-fungal cream works & is very inexpensive. My vet suggested it when we where on vacation.Tthe red spots were gone the next day, but you have to use it for 2 weeks.
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I have a four month old Basset hound puppy that the vet says has ringworms. I have bathed him in the medicated shampoo and used the cream she gave me, but he just doesn't seem to be getting better. Does anyone know of something to get rid of these things?
I have had first hand experience with ringworm and so therefore am telling you from true experiences, not hearsay. When I left home and moved into my own apartment, I got myself a new kitten named Mischief. Unknown to me he had contracted ringworm from his "cell mate" at the pet store. I loved him very much and even though enduring the ringworm myself and having to treat him was very time consuming and inconvenient, I was persistent and after he (and myself) got over the ringworm he ended up being a very healthy cat that lived to be 17 years old. I was also employed at a fast food restaurant (I was a full time high school student so this was my after school job) and had to take a leave of absence as my ringworm outbreak was on my hand. I was not allowed to work as it is contagious. As I said before, be persistent and consistent and you and your puppy will make it through it just fine. Just remember that he/she is a baby and it was not his fault that he/she got it. All the best.
By Jo Bodey
By Fran Marie
Be very CAREFUL with applying anything to your puppy's skin! Always use the correct dilutions (more is not better). Dogs are not little people and their skin has a different pH and is sensitive to different things. I would definitely not be using Windex on an animal (it's made for cutting through grime on windows!), Tea tree oil is worth a try, but dilute with water. Always check for concentrations with manufacturer or look for their material safety data sheets on the net (never use an essential oil neat). I haven't heard about toothpaste, but I would dilute this too or only apply a very small amount. I know what it is like to get toothpaste on my skin, it feels warm (thus irritates a little). Gunpowder ?!?!? Whatever you do, do not blend home remedies with medication from the vet. Good luck. (03/28/2005)
By Patsie Lee
There are several good vet websites that will give you good information about this fungus and suggestions about eliminating it in your home. Vacuuming several times a week if not daily and using a bleach solution to clean are the only ways to remove and kill the spores.
Your dog should be treated with a prescription cream. Some people also use tea tree oil or Vicks mentholatum rub on the spots. Be careful as your dog can get sick from licking. If he/she has a lot of spots or very large areas of infection she might need to go on oral anti-fungal medication. I inspect the cats I foster twice a day for new spots to stay on top of the spread. Spots can show just as small bare spots before you see any crusting.
So, your regime should include cleaning the house, applying/administering medication to all infected all at the same time and continuing beyond when all symptoms are gone. The fungus continues to shed spores as long as it is alive and you will continue to become reinfected until you kill the fungus and rid yourself of all the spores.
Even if you get rid of your dog, if you or members of your household come into contact with infected soil you will now be the carriers of the fungus.
Good luck! (04/26/2006)
I got ringworm from using a public sauna about five months ago. I noticed it on the back of my thighs and I used a combination of Lamisol, Epsom salt baths (occasionally putting the salt right on the infected areas for about ten-fifteen minutes), and the clear nail polish idea. It worked really well. But it came back after a few months (albeit very lightly), so I just used Lamisol. Again, worked well.
However, it came back with a vengeance about a week, all over both of my thighs. My prior treatments weren't working as well, so I spent an evening taking long Epsom salt baths and using Lamisol. Before I went to bed, I spread clear nail polish all over the infected areas and wore a pair of loose pants to bed. When I showered the next morning, the polish came off easily and with no irritation (NEVER PEEL IT OFF!). I managed to get to the doctor that day and even he could barely see it anymore.
However, I would recommend that recurring cases go to the doctor, because I am now taking anti-fungal pills and using the prescribed cream (with insurance, it's not expensive). I can't afford to risk it coming back in my profession.
Also, I threw out my thick comforter (which I tend to sleep on) and yoga mat, because I figured those were the places that it was the most concentrated. I also washed all my sheets and towels in hot water, along with all my pants.
So in my experience, the clear nail polish works wonders, but keep using the creams and stuff for the four weeks they say. The nail polish got rid of the ugliness, but I guess the fungus still lingered when I would get too lazy after a few weeks. Good luck! (08/10/2006)
By tgr59 " horse trainer"
A warning for those with liver disease:
Do NOT use GSE in any form if you have Hep C or any other form of liver disease as it can cause damage to your liver. It can even cause damage to your liver by just putting it on you skin. (a side note: If you have liver disease, don't even drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit. This is because grapefruit makes your liver put out different liver enzymes. This is why you shouldn't mix grapefruit juice with certain medications.)
mechanism of Grapefruit-Drug interactions: http://www.powernetdesign.com/grapefruit/
If you don't have a problem with your liver, GSE is great stuff!
Here's more info about GSE:
How GSE works:
Also a note from a MD about fungus infections:
I talked with a medical doctor who was also a Naturopath, she said that any fungus is not gone until 2 weeks "after" the symptoms are gone, and you should keep using the medicine for 2 weeks "after that"! (because there may be tiny fungus "spores" lurking in and beneath the skin)
If you can cover the ringworm fungus area with clothing you can bleach, do so! (wear a T-shirt under your clothes if that will cover the area, or wear white socks if the fungus is on your feet or ankles). Remember to bleach your pillow case (at least every other day) if the ringworm is on your face, head or neck.
Use "Selsun Blue" shampoo to clean the ringworm area, especially the scalp and beard area. Many dermatologists recommend applying Selsun Blue to the ringworm area. Selsun Blue is an "over-the-counter" dandruff shampoo. (The active ingredients differ from other dandruff shampoos.)
This is a very good article about getting rid of ringworm:
You can also add about 1 tablespoon of bleach to your bath water and soak for about 20 minutes or so. This is like swimming in a pool with chlorine. The chlorine bleach helps to kill the fungus and also opens the pores to accept your fungus cream or GSE.
USE CAUTION: only use a "small" amount of bleach, a "tiny bit" will do the trick, more will kill you! (06/25/2007)
Also, on animals make sure you scrape all of the fungus flakes off before applying "anything". I use a stiff toothbrush or eyelash/eyebrow comb.
I'm not sure if you can get pills for yeast infections OTC, but my doc prescribed oral meds for that purpose and it cleared it right up.
Best of luck! (07/22/2007)
For everyone suggesting bleach, while it may work, it will cause chemical burns on the skin so if you're game to try it, at least dilute it a great deal first. Since what the bleach is doing above and beyond anything else is drying out the affected area, there are far milder solutions kinder to your skin. Tea Tree Oil (for people only, remember!) and/or vinegar will achieve precisely the same thing, do not contain synthetic chemicals and are excellent disinfectants.
One of the main reasons ringworm comes back after treatment is stopped is because of: a) the clothes and bedding worn during the time of infection still carrying the fungi, and b) the body still carrying spores more or less hidden away.
The best thing to do is to wash your bedding and clothing with either a bleach, vinegar, or over the counter anti-fungal wash in very hot water and, also, continue to treat the affected area on your skin for at least two weeks after the red marks go away to ensure you've killed off all of the nasties.
Hope this is helpful :) (11/30/2007)
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