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I did a search of this forum for ringworm treatment and I found people recommended grapefriut seed extract, tea tree oil, and acidopholus. I bought some of all of that today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> and I need to know how to use it... and how much. do I dilute it? or apply directly? how often? the GSE says not to apply directly at full strength and it also says can be taken internally - so do I apply it to the ringworm? or give it to him in water to drink?<br><br>
this is for my 4.5 year old son and the ringworm is on his head and he's had it since late may. it looked like it was getting better for a while and now it looks worse.<br><br>
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My friend went thru this recently with her 4 yr old. She started out using Neem oil.......but her son was alergic to Neem, so it didnt help, but she even used it on her two cats who had it and it worked for them.<br><br>
Ill email her this thread and ask her to post.....as she did use natural remedies to cure him before resulting to western medicine. (This went on for months)
 

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My son gets ringworm on his bottom. We can't figure it out. We tried all the OTC stuff, but the only thing that worked was Tea Tree Oil straight. The first day it gets really red and angry looking. Then it whitens up and flakes off.<br><br>
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I should mention we've been using the perscription stuff for a month now.<br><br>
how much tea tree oil and how often? I just put a littlw on a cotton ball and rubbed it on his head and he's complaining that it itches a lot
 

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Our bottle comes with a little drop opening so we put a drop or two and rub it in about 2-3 times a day. I wondered if it was itchy. My ds is only 2 and he wears a diaper over the ringworm, so I am not sure if it itches. It does look itchy to me when it gets red and flares up before it dies.<br>
One time he got it on his scrotum and I diluted the TTO in K-Y jelly before applying it. (I had read about using this for yeast infections in a natural healing book).<br>
When I have used TTO on my own skin, it did itch for about 15 minutes if the skin was broken.<br><br>
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yeah he was pretty emphatic that it burned and itched. thatnkfully ha's asleep now. maybe I'll put 2 more drops on before I go to bed while he's sleeping so he doesn't feel it. I might even be able to do two more in the morning before he wakes up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
i guess the skin was open b/c he's been scratching it all along.<br><br>
I don't think I have any kyjelly - I used to use it to hold the probes on his heart moniter when he came home from the nicu! sigh... but i do have aquafor someplace I think... can I use that? is that just to suspend it in so it's not being applied directly to sensitive skin? because this is on his forehead just at the hairline<br><br>
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Do the tea tree oil several times a day. There is no strict rule about it, just do it often, maybe every hour or couple hours.
 

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I think the jelly was just to make it a little less intense for very sensitive skin.<br><br>
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I'm only able to do it while he is sleeping because otherwise he is complaining that it burns and itches <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'll try doing some kind of suspension
 

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If the tea tree oil is burning, you can mix it into some olive oil. Like a few drops of tea tree oil into a teaspoon of olive oil (or whatever you find comfortable). I've used this method in the past for vaginal yeast infections, where you definitely cannot use straight tea tree oil!!<br><br>
When I had ringworm it was on my scalp. I used straight tea tree oil but I also mixed it into my shampoo in the shower as a convenient way to apply it. It got rid of it within a week.
 

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We just went through this last winter and into the spring. Tinnea is the fungus that causes what is commonly called ringworm. When it is in the scalp or hair folicles of the head it is called Tinnea Capitis. It is particularly difficult to get rid of because topical treatments generally can't penetrate to the hair folicle. My son started out with a dry itchy bald patch on the back of his head. We started with tea tree oil, wether I didn't use it often enough and it became restant to it or it just didn't work we switched to a salve with antifungal properties. Doc said it looked like a secondary infection from scratching. The salve spread it all over the back of his head in little patches and bumps.<br>
Then I read about Neem oil as a miracle antifungal used neet. And when used with systemic immuno boosters - Neem tincture, zinc, vit C, echinacea, it has been known to clear up infections within 72 hours. The tea tree and the Neem worked really well on one of my cats, my son however developed an allergic reaction. The Neem oil has a nutty garlic smell and is less irritating to the skin undiluted. These also work amazingly well on tinnea in other parts of the body.<br>
We tried a topical antifungal scrip cream after that and since ringworm is so contagious unless completely covered, can cause permanant scarring/balding, we decided to talk to a dermatologist - This is the short version - the first doc we talked to tried to prescribe a dose for a 150 lb adult of a medication that hasn't even been proven safe to use on children - Lamisil.<br>
We did however decide to use meds for my son which is a really big deal - we don't even use Tylenol. This just went on for months and was very difficult for him and myself. The meds worked although he was on them for a month and required lab work to make sure they were safe to for him to use. We also used a scrip shampoo.<br>
I also found on the web a business called Forces of Nature and they make essential oil blends, one specifically called "No More Ringworm". Unfortunately this becomes very expensive if it has to be used for more than a few days. One could try to make their own blend of oils. Tea tree is one of the strongest, Neem, Thyme linalol, Lavender. It is suggested to use the blend neet and then once the infection is cleared to continue using a diluted blend to keep it from reoccuring.<br>
Things like using nail polish to smother the infec or shaving the hair is not recommended. The shaving spreads the ringworm and is somewhat traumatic to the child. Tinnea thrives in dark, warm, moist areas, so salves also are not recommended.<br>
Probably most helpful for us was the use of a black light or wood lamp. Tinnea Capitis glows flourescent green under the black light and makes it much easier to be sure the infec is gone or that it isn't spreading to unnoticed areas. We use the black light once or twice weekly now just to make sure it doesn't come back.<br>
My heart goes out to you and your boy. I hope this helps. Feel free to let me know if you have other questions about using these treatments.
 

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Forgot to mention, it is of the utmost importance that you are relentless in your treatment including, changing bedding daily, washing everything your child wears daily, towels, his favorite spot on the couch, anywhere there may be contact, even vaccuuming daily. We used bandanas when we went out and pretended to be pirates.<br>
I'll try to post a few websites of interest.
 

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Sorry this is so choppy. Here are a few sites of interest. Good luck.<br><br><br><a href="http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic420.htm" target="_blank">http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic420.htm</a><br><a href="http://store.yahoo.net/forcesofnature/ringwormnomore.html#9" target="_blank">http://store.yahoo.net/forcesofnatur...mnomore.html#9</a><br><a href="http://www.abchomeopathy.com/c.php/164" target="_blank">http://www.abchomeopathy.com/c.php/164</a>
 
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