Dermatophytosis is caused by various fungi. The name is there because of the formation of a ring like structure on the skin with a defined border by fungus and intact skin in the middle like a ring. If a rash like a ring appears on your skin, nails, scalp etc you can treat this with some effective home remedies for this specific disease. If you visited the doctor, he might use the term tineacapitis (a scalp ringworm), or tineacorporis (body ringwarm), or tineapedis (feet ringwarm) etc. You can try some of this home remedies that can help you get rid of this common fungal infection on the skin.


Besides being good for the health it can help with ringworm. The antifungal compound in the garlic can help the fungal infections on the skin. You can use the garlic in any form, a clove or pressed, and you can add something more to the recipe. Here is what you need for the recipe:


  • Garlic clove ( 1-2)
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Honey


  • Crush the garlic with a mortar and pestle.
  • Mix the garlic with olive oil and honey.
  • Apply this mixture on the affected skin and leave it for about an hour.
  • Wash it off with warm water.
  • You need to repeat this procedure for 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks.

2.Apple Cider Vinegar

The vinegar can help the fungi infections due to the acidic qualities. The apple cider vinegar can help eliminate the fungi completely if used regularly for a longer period of time. You can use it for kids or pets, because it has non toxic nature.


  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • cotton ball or hand towel


  • Clean and dry the affected area.
  • First you need to test your skin in case you get allergic reaction. Apply just a little on a ringworm and wait to see, if it stings a little it`s ok, but if it burns then that means you are sensitive to Apple Cider vinegar.
  • If you pass the test you can apply the vinegar using cotton ball. Repeat this 3-4 times a day.
  • You can even soak a towel in the apple cider vinegar and leave it on the rash for half an hour. Repeat this twice a day.
  • You might have to repeat this 3-4 weeks for the infection to get away.

3.Raw Papaya

This fruit can destroy the dead cells on the skin replacing the ringworm fungi and let the skin grow. The young skin is unharmed and can continue growing. The enzymes like papain and chymopapain are found in the papaya destroy the defense shield of viruses, yeasts and many fungus types. They help cure the inflammation and heal burns. If you have ringworm you can use papaya to help.


  • Only raw papaya


  • Cut green raw papaya in pieces.
  • Rub these pieces on the rashes
  • You can even grind the papaya and use it as pasta.
  • You can apply this pasta on the rush as well.
  • Leave it for 15-20 minutes
  • Wash it off with warm water.

Repeat this procedure 2-3 times a day.

4.Coconut Oil

The most effective and the safest thing to use is the coconut oil. It can completely eliminate fungi and the host on the skin. The MCFA (Medium Chain Fatty Acid) in the coconut oil especially Lauric acid can help many kinds of fungi infections including the ringworm infection as well. The antiviral and anti-fungi Lauric acid can dissolve the fatty membrane of the microbe killing them at instance.


  • Coconut oil ( the best one is the unrefined and not hydrogenated)


  • Apply the coconut oil directly on the ringworm.
  • Massage it gently for couple of minutes and leave it on
  • Repeat it for 3-4 times a day.
  • Apply coconut oil before going to bed at night and leave it overnight

Repeat it daily for couple of weeks and see the effect. Continue applying for another week so that you are sure it is removed completely.


It is natural anti-bacterial and anti-septic. It has been used for medical purposes in countries like India, Sri Lanka, China and Brazil. You need to consume it as tea or apply it in the form of the oil or paste directly made with the lemongrass herb. It can help heal wounds and prevent infections. For this kind of infections its best to use the lemongrass oil or lemongrass pasta.

Ingredients for Lemongrass paste:

  • Lemongrass leaves
  • Buttermilk


  • Grind or crush the leaves
  • Mix the leaves with the buttermilk to make a pasta
  • Apply this pasta on the rashes
  • Leave it for 20-30 minutes and wash it off.

Ingredients for Lemongrass Oil :

  • Lemongrass essential oil 3-5 drops
  • 2 tbsp Carrier oil ( sweet almond oil or jojoba oil)


  • Mix the lemongrass oil with the other oil(by choice)
  • Apply it on the infection

Repeat this process 4-5 times a day until its fully disappeared.

6.Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera is well known around the people. It has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is perfect for infections and skin problems. You can use the Aloe Vera gel and use the substances in it to cure the ringworm infections.


  • Aloe Vera leaves


  • Cut a slice from a leaf.
  • Open the leaf to find the gel inside it.
  • Apply some of the gel on the ringworm
  • Leave it for 20-30 minutes
  • Wash it off with water

Repeat it 2-3 times a day.

7.Turmeric and its oil

The turmeric is being used in the Thai medicine to cure skin infections for a long time. India use it for anti-fungal, anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties to treat skin diseases. There are substances like turmerone, atlantone and zingiberone help against the ringworm. There is an option to use turmeric oil or roots to get rid of ringworm.


  • Turmeric root or powder or oil


  • Crush or grind the root to make pasta.
  • For powder use water to make pasta
  • Apply it on the ringworm and leave it for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with mild soap and warm water.

If using oil use few drops on the infection.

8.Grapefruit seed extract

This extract comes from the seeds, pulp and the white membranes from the grapefruit. You can use the healthy benefits internally to boost the immune system. You can also use it on the rashes to treat them. If you have sensitive skin you can mix the diluted Grapefruit seed extract with water.


  • Grapefruit Seed Extract 4-5 drops
  • 3 tbsp Lukewarm  water


  • Mix the seed extract with lukewarm water and apply it on the ringworm with a cotton pad.
  • Repeat it 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks.

Here are many choices to help the infections and I hope some of them will help you.