How to get rid of ringworm without going to the doctor?

How to get rid of ringworm
Medically reviewed by Dr. Mandy Liedeman


You can handle ringworm, a contagious fungal infection, from home through virtual healthcare. Online experts can check your symptoms and prescribe creams like Clotrimazole or Terbinafine or oral medications like Terbinafine, Ketoconazole, and Fluconazole based on how severe and where the infection is. Over-the-counter choices include creams and powders like Clotrimazole or Miconazole. Some people try natural remedies like coconut oil, but their effectiveness is uncertain. If symptoms last, see a doctor online promptly, as touching can spread the infection.

How to get rid of ringworm without going to the doctor?

Ringworm infection is mainly caused by contact with an infected area, person, or any useable item. You can treat it without going to the doctor by getting a consultation and examination virtually by healthcare experts online. Going to the in-clinic, booking your appointment, and waiting your turn can be skipped. You can connect with an online healthcare expert who will further ask about all the presenting symptoms and the medication history. After describing your issue, you can get the diagnosis and prescription

You can now treat ringworm without going to the doctor by connecting virtually!

Prescription treatments for ringworm

Prescription treatment for Ringworm infection can be both oral and topical. Your healthcare providers can determine both routes after considering the severity and type of your infection. It also depends on the area where the infection symptoms appear. 

Topical treatment options 

Antifungal creams or ointments are commonly prescribed for topical application directly on the affected skin. Some of the commonly prescribed topical creams with antifungal properties of different strengths are as follows : 

The dosage strength and frequency of medications depend on the type of ringworm infection and the severity of this medical condition.

says Dr Richard Honekar 

Oral treatment options 

Oral medication is usually prescribed in cases where topical treatments cannot treat the infection completely. In more severe cases of ringworm infection, medications like Terbinafine, ketoconazole, and fluconazole antifungal agents are prescribed as per the severity of the medical condition. 

Terbinafine comes in the brand name Lamisil, and its tablets are prescribed to be taken once daily. The usual adult dose is 250mg given for 2-6 weeks. Itraconazole with the brand name Sporanox in capsules is also prescribed to treat ringworm infection with strength 200mg for 2-4 weeks, taken twice daily. 

Similarly, the dose of oral tablets or capsules depends on the nature and severity of your medical condition, specifically the type of ringworm infection. 

Over-the-counter treatments for ringworm

Only topical creams and powders are available and can be taken over the counter without a healthcare provider’s prescription. Some of the widely used over-the-counter treatment options are as follows: 

  • Clotrimazole (Lotrimin)
  • Miconazole (Micatin)
  • Terbinafine (Lamisil) Cream
  • Tolnaftate (Tinactin) powder 
  • Miconazole (Zeasorb-AF) powder 
Get connected with an online doctor for a well-suited prescription!

What are the natural remedies for ringworm?

People have tried several home remedies for ringworm for decades. Unfortunately, no proper scientific evidence backing these, but they have proven effective. 

Some treatment options include:

  1. Coconut oil: You can apply coconut oil to the affected skin area. Usually, coconut oil is used on the site several times a day.
  2. Apple cider vinegar. Cotton balls soaked in apple cider vinegar are another remedy to treat ringworm. It also relieves inflammation and redness. 
  3. Turmeric: Turmeric paste is used for its antifungal properties on the affected skin area several times a week for treatment. 
  4. Essential oils: Tea tree oil for ringworms is a popular remedy many people use to check for infection. Some essential oils people use to treat tinea infections include tea tree oil, oregano oil, and lemongrass oil.

When should I see a doctor?

Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection that needs topical and oral prescription treatment. It can only be prescribed to you in consultation with your healthcare provider. You can get the best treatment and preventive options by connecting with an online doctor. 

FAQs about ringworm treatment

What kills ringworms quickly?

Home remedies like topical coconut and other essential oils can treat ringworm infection quickly. You can also use over-the-counter topical creams to resolve your itching, redness, and patchy appearance. 

Does touching ringworm make it spread?

Yes, it can spread not only to other parts of the body but also to other people. It’s beneficial to avoid touching it and separating the useable to avoid and prevent the spread to other parts of the body and other people. 

Your Doctors Online uses high-quality and trustworthy sources to ensure content accuracy and reliability. We rely on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions and medical associations to provide up-to-date and evidence-based information to the users.

  • Smith, Alder. “RINGWORM (OF THE HEAD): DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.” The Lancet 115.2941 (1880): 52-55.
  • Redden, W. R. “Control of Ringworm Infection of the Feet: With Recommendations for Personal Hygiene.” Research Quarterly. American Physical Education Association 3.2 (1932): 73-80.
  • MacLeod, J. M. H. “An Address On Ringworm And Its Treatment.” British Medical Journal 1.3511 (1928): 656.
  • Payne, J. F. “A Lecture on the Treatment of Ringworm.” British Medical Journal 1.1273 (1885): 1031.
  • Burnett, James Compton. Ringworm: its constitutional nature and cure. Boericke & Tafel, 1892.

Get started today

Talk to online doctors now and get medical advice, online prescriptions, and referrals within minutes. On-demand healthcare services at your fingertips.

talk to online doctor 24/7 free

See a doctor now