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 would just like to say that what you are doing is exactly right. Ringworm can take a long time to get rid of. Your puppy could end up losing most of his/her hair before they get over the ringworm. You must be very consistent with the treatment and try your very best not to miss an application. I will give you one warning though, ringworm is contagious to humans. Believe it or not, the treatment for people is the same cream or ointment that you are using for your puppy. If you do happen to get ringworm and you work in a field of employment where you are cooking or working closely with other people, you should inform your doctor.
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.
Ring worm is really a fungus, not worms. Tea Tree oil is better than even prescription stuff on fungi like ringworm, athletes foot, even rashes. It is also the best topical antibiotic I have found. Wounds heal in half the time. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly. Get it at your health foods store. This oil comes from the Malaluka tree in Australia. It grows wild along the river shores and ponds. The leaves fall in the water and turn it very dark, like tea. Thus the commonly known name of Tea Tree. The natives bathe in the dark water to heal almost everything. It has a menthol odor so works great to steam your chest and sinus problems. Hope this helps. (03/25/2005)
Also from personal experience, my kids had ringworm, I used Campho-Phenique on the kids and it really worked, also. Can't hurt to give it a try. The tea tree oil sounds good, too. Tea Tree oil is good for a lot of things. (03/25/2005)
When I was a little girl, my parents had a home remedy for ringworm. They made a paste of lard and gunpowder and applied it like an ointment, daily, until the ringworm disappeared.
I was just going to write what Carole wrote! Ringworm in animals or humans can take a long time to clear up so persistence with the cream is necessary, often for months. You also need to continue it for a while even though it looks as though the ringworm has gone. In humans there is a tablet you can take, for people who are either non compliant or not getting anywhere with the cream. I don't know whether this is available for dogs though.
By Jo Bodey
Did you see "My Big, Fat Greek Wedding"? The father sprayed everything with Windex!
Well, My husband had ringworm on his right hand and had had enough when he said it started winking at him!
He took a bottle of Windex with him and sprayed it about three times a day. It was gone in a couple of days! It's been almost a year and nothing has returned. You only need to give it a small, quick spritz. (03/26/2005)
By Fran Marie
Crest toothpaste is the way to go. We used it on our horses (70 horses had it in all!). A couple times a day we would do the rounds and just slather it on. Our vet even recommends it (not publicly!). It cleared up as fast as ring worm can! (03/28/2005)
P.S Gloves! (03/28/2005)
From a past vet nurse, my first advice would be a revisit to the vet if the treatment isn't working, they need to know and reassess the condition. If the diagnoses was wrong in the first place, ask for a free consult or to have new medication for free because you shouldn't have to foot the bill for their error.
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)
I have had ringworm a couple of times as I work with animals. The best cure I've found for myself is clear fingernail polish. It burns for a second and is immediately gone (at least within a day or two)! (07/06/2005)
There seems to be a lot of cures for ringworms! When I was a little girl, I got ringworms often. My mother would burn a piece of white sheet and mix the ashes with lard. She applied it to the ringworm and put a Bandaid on it. It always worked. (07/26/2005)
By Patsie Lee
I found that Lamisil AT cream for athletes foot works really good. My kids get it from playing in the sand. Or you can use jock itch cream. I know sounds crazy, but it works. (08/17/2005)
My three year old daughter went to Jamaica with her dad and she contracted ringworm there. She took it back to the states and gave it to my husband and the both of them had it. I didn't know what to do until a neighbor told me about using garlic. Grate the garlic and the oil from it, as well as, the garlic itself. I put it on the ringworm and it burnt it right off. You should try this. It tingles a little, but it works and it is safe and inexpensive. (08/19/2005)
New Skin in the bottle works good, just apply over infected area and let dry. If you don't have New Skin, but have super glue, it works well, too. Same theory to contain it and it can't feed on moisture. (01/08/2006)
I tried adopting some cats until all 6 of them and 4 of us got ring worm. The vet gave us Malaseb shampoo to wash the cats and dogs, and gave the itraconazole for 2 months. We had to use Lotrim and I took Lotrim oral, but my smaller son takes gireofulvin because it kept coming back every 2 months. (01/09/2006)
Use Diet pepsi. It works really well. (04/11/2006)
My puppy has had ringworm for 4 weeks now and it is getting better slowly. I shampoo him with Ketochlor shampoo every other day and apply Lotrimin AF everyday to the fungus areas. The vet told me it could take up to 2 months for the ringworm to clear. It is stubborn! But I feel this is probably the best and safest way to treat the problem with a puppy. (04/14/2006)
The ringworm will not go away without quite a bit of work even if you get rid of the dog (which I do not recommend you do unless you find a good home for it). Ringworm is a fungus that thrives in soil. The spores can live for many months in your house. You will need to come up with a cleaning regime that helps you eliminate the spores in your home and on your pet or all of you will continue to get reinfected.
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 agree with Bessie and the athlete's foot cream. I had one on my thumb once and the pharmacist told me to use Tinactin for athlete's foot. It worked! (05/21/2006)
This is what worked for me:
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)
I was born in 1931 so we did not have all the medicines we have now. I had a ringworm on the back of my neck. My mother broke some milkweed and applied the milk to the ringworm. It went away and I never had any more problems. (08/20/2006)
In the equine industry this is also known as "Rain Rot". A
simple home remedy is to use a betadine solution, you can purchase this from your local drug store. This usually is in a 8 ounce bottle, mix 1/4 or 2 ounces mixed with liquid soap "Dawn" couple of drops in warm water. Bath your horse every other day until bottle is gone (4 times). I'm not sure what the result on humans would be, but is used for pre-surgical areas. (09/25/2006)
By tgr59 " horse trainer"
GSE is one of the very best cures for the ringworm fungus! That's "Grapefruit Seed Extract", and you can buy a liquid form at any health food store for about $12. GSE needs to be diluted! This is VERY important if using on your face or sensitive areas. If you don't dilute it, GSE may "burn" your skin.
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:
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)
I know this contradicts everything everyone is saying, but when I visited my vet about ringworm, he told me that without a host
(in terms of the fungus being a parasite) it can't really survive for long. He just told me to kill any living ones by putting my bed sheets outside in the sun, because apparently UV rays kill fungus, or at least aid in it. He also suggested that I go outside without sunscreen on a hot day (now that's not a recommendation you hear too often!) to help kill it.
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)
If you use bleach, don't be a meat-head and use straight bleach. Dilute to 6:1 ratio and only apply for a short time. Apply gently with a Q-tip instead of a paper towel. I used straight up bleach for about a minute with paper towel (bad, bad, bad), and the area is now scarred as hell. It got rid of the fungus, but by the time the scabs are gone, the cream would have been equally effective. (10/16/2007)
Try this: Pierce's Nu-Stock, wonderful stuff found in your horse supply stores, or order from www.jefferspet.com or visit their site: www.nustock.com (11/26/2007)
To those of you who asked if Tea Tree Oil is safe to use on animals, the answer is, unfortunately, no. The basic reason for this is that animals can't metabolise it safely nor effectively.
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)
Please go to the doctor and get a prescription for ring worm. It's not that hard to get rid of. (07/11/2008)
I read that using the skin of a walnut will work for ringworm, so I tried it. I cut the green skin of a walnut and put the juices from the walnut on my ringworm. It burnt so badly and made the area very sore for many days. It actually seemed to make the ringworm worse. I would never recommend anyone doing this. I used Monistat for yeast infections and then put Gold Bond powder over it and it was gone in a week. (08/30/2008)
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