Archived Q&A and Reviews

Sept 2000

Our 5-year-old has ringworm on her foot. She's had it for a couple of months now, and it doesn't seem to be going away. We have been applying a special cream (don't remember what it's called) prescribed by her pediatrician, but it hasn't helped much that I can tell. We did get a referral from her pediatrician to a dermatologist (the pediatrician is stumped too), but of course, the earliest appointment we could get is still a month away. Anyone have any experience with this? Any alternative cures? I've looked it up on the internet, but haven't found much useful information. Colleen

For people who don't know, ringworm is a fungus, not a worm! I had ringworm a few years back. I went to a dermatologist, and he recommended applying an over-the-counter dandruff shampoo to the rash - Selsen Blue. It worked within a few days. I don't know if it's still on the market but it sure did work. Ginger
Hi. We just had good luck clearing up ringworm (a 4-month bout) on my daughter's bottom with chiropractic and using clay powder from Whole Foods. You could also try gobbing it with Desitin--that was our second-best near-cure--maybe overnight would be most tolerable, or I have also read of putting Selsun Blue on it and leaving it on overnight. If all else fails, there is an internal anti-fungal medicine that is supposedly effective, although I was reluctant to use it for what was for us only a mild problem. Good luck! Meg