Ringworm is a rather unpleasant fungal infection that can appear on the body, scalp and nails. Also known as Tinea, it is very contagious. Once thought to come solely from cats or dogs we now know that it can be caused by prolonged wetness of skin and minor injuries to the area it appears. It can be transmitted through direct contact.

Mustard seeds are a popular home remedy in treating ringworm. Make a paste and apply liberally directly on the ringworm. This can also be done using dried papaya seeds.

Castor oil, coconut oil, raw turmeric juice, or tea tree oil rubbed directly on the ringworm has had some success.

A combination of carrot juice and spinach juice can be made and rubbed on the affected area.

Apply a light mudpack to the ringworm twice a day, allowing it to sit for half an hour.

Betadine solution and Isopropyl alcohol mixed in a 1:1 ratio can also be applied to the ringworm. This stains the skin and is not the most attractive home remedy.

Make a paste using salt and apple cider vinegar. Apply heavily, then cover with plastic and hold it there for 15 to 20 minutes.

Clear finger nail polish, Listerine mouthwash, toothpaste, white vinegar or very lightly applied bleach are other methods that some people swear by.

Selsun Blue or Head and Shoulders shampoos have also been touted as a successful ringworm cure.

A piece of peeled garlic rubbed on the affected area 4 to 5 times a day has been known to help.

If you have access to walnut trees, peel the green hull from a ripened walnut and rub the inner side of the hull on the ringworm.

Wash the area with Sulfur soap.

Athlete’s foot cream or yeast infection cream applied thickly and left on can aid in ridding yourself of the ringworm.

New-skin Liquid Bandage can be found in most stores. Coat the ringworm with it, being sure to cover a bit of area around the ringworm itself.

Avoid foods with high sugar content for the duration of your ringworm infection. White flour products should also be avoided.

These are just some of the suggested home remedies out there. To avoid future occurrences avoid direct contact with others who have it. Do not share combs or touch clothing that hasn’t been washed after an infected person wore it, and be cautious when using public showers and pools. If possible, wear shower shoes or flip flops to avoid coming into contact with the fungus.