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This has been a long ordeal for me, 5 months and, several failed products with symptoms worsening the whole time. I will try to be concise but really some of the background story is of value to many people who experienced the same saga. Read on if you like, but first lets get to the chase...

GSE = Grapefruit Seed Extract. Just skip all other efforts and go straight to this affordable painless fast acting natural product. Seriously cant say it loud enough GSE is the absolute miracle product for me!

But wait, theres more... I used twice a day, with a multi faceted attack. Following is my remedy in full.
go out and purchase or find the following;
1. Hypoallergenic soap or shampoo, or at least fragrance free and as natural as you can afford. I alternated both 'Mane and Tail' name brand shampoo $6.00 at walmart and, 'Bronners' brand liquid castile soaps $5.59 8oz bottle at Vitamin Shoppes, I used the peppermint one at times and the eucalyptus, the unscented would be a good choice also.
2. Dennorex or Desitin coal tar shampoo, about $11.00. they have several types I used the one with menthol in it for soothing relief.
3. Bottle of Providone Iodine, about $12.00
4. 12 to 18 new washcloths. I bought an 18 pack at walmart for $3.99
5. Bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide $1.00
6. Cotton Balls or pads. Lots of them.
7. liquid GSE. I found the 4oz bottle by 'Nutribiotics' on Amazon for $13.49
8. optional; GSE tablets for oral. OR any number of other natural 'cleansers', apple cider vinegar and honey, or honey and cinnamon, yogurt, probiotics, you get the idea.. Theres many natural cleansing products for the digestive tract and health boosters, go find the stuff you like and add it to the regime.

1) Hot shower in the A.M. its a process... I washed my head first as it was unaffected by fungus, used the Mane and Tail shampoo most days, I also had the menthol dennorex coal tar shampoo which I would use if I felt itchy that day. Then a brand new washcloth wetted it and applied a heavy splash of shampoo or castile soap to lather. Used that to lather up and wash all unaffected body parts. Next, squirt a liberal amount of providone iodine on the affected areas, and follow up with a nice scrubbing with the lathered washcloth. Some days I used menthol castile for the tingly soothing action it offered. Like I said I alternated based on how I felt and what type of relief I wanted from the itch. I used as hot of water as I could stand in the rinsing process, combined with the rubbing with the washcloth for exfoliating and hot water to open the pores, I feel was beneficial to allow the next steps to get into the skin.
2) Towel dry or blow dry as others have suggested. I toweled with a fresh washed towel each day, carefully drying my face and head and other non affected areas first then pat dried the rest of my body without rubbing the area, to avoid spreading any active fungus.
3) now dried but but still with freshly exfoliated skin and open pores, time for a good dousing with the cotton balls and hydrogen peroxide. I rubbed this stuff in rather aggressively. There may be some mild burn or tingly feel, I liked it personally. But it is not a real chemical burn, no skin damage occurred as it did when I tried bleach previously.
4) Now the GSE. Apply it liberally again rubbing it in with the cotton balls. This stuff will not dry quickly, it is a vegetable glycerin based oil. I tried to get all this done early enough to have a half hour or more before covering with clothing. If you are dealing with small spots maybe a bandage covering would be a good idea. I did not have that luxury as I was beyond small single spots now. in any event I wore very loose fitting breathable lightweight clothing all throughout this ordeal. for comfort and airiness. tighter non breathing clothing would be very itchy and hot for me making things very uncomfortable.
5) mid day I would apply a anti fungal crème right over the previous treatment. I don't think this really had any benefit, but early on I thought it to help prevent spreading and to eep the skin moist and medicated. Again I think this was just a psychological placebo effect. The GSE is plenty health.
6) evening before bed, I just scrubbed the areas with hydrogen peroxide and cotton balls then reapplied GSE. I wore loose fitting clothing to cover and keep from getting the meds or fungus into my bedding.
70 as added insurance I took liquid GSE drops in a glass of juice daily. Take any extra measure you can to help cleanse and attack this stuff from the inside. I also tried Grapeseed extract (note not grapefruit) I already regularly take honey and ACV so I just made sure that stayed regular in my diet, I ate yogurt here and there for the probiotics.

As you can see this became sort of involved for me. At the peak, when I began this routine it was well over an hour each morning for me to get ready to eave the house, in addition to other morning routine.
By the time I refined this process I had tried every single brand of store product available for about a week or linger each, only to find more sores and now growing to covering measurable percentages of my body and extremely discomforting. Painful in fact. Due to the lost time messing around with previous bogus crèmes and methods I now had very deep tissue damage and deeply rooted infections. Yes I did see doctors in this period, two infact, both of whom said that its fungal and to use the OTC crèmes.. pfft!! and another who didn't really see me but spoke to me in conversation said to just apply hydrocortisone. Wow not even an antifungal just an antihistamine that by the way does nothing helpful for ringworm. Now growing weary of medicines and hundreds of dollars wasted in crèmes I was at my wits end and turned to the internet, it was this site and others like it that led me to various home remedies, several of which I tried with no luck and some of which are ridiculously dangerous and stupid, like say bleach. ah yes the chemical burn I mentioned earlier, I have multiple sore burned spots on my skin that are ever so slowly healing weeks after the event, which also by the way did not heal the fungus. It may have killed it partially but it also destroyed skin tissue. I couldn't take it anymore after just three treatments in 24 hours, enough of that. Nail polish? Didn't try it. Seems it works for some but I don't believe it will actually HEAL the damaged skin. I'm sure it kills fungus, the acetone in it will do the job. Just get acetone or lacquer thinner and rub it on a couple times a day if you like. but that's not going to go deep in to the problem and not going to rejuvenate skin. ACV? I like ACV I use it for other uses, but on the skin I had NO effect, no tingly no change no nothing. Rubbing alcohol may have been beneficial but was not strong enough in my case, I tried and think it just spread the stuff around. Hydrogen peroxide felt great and I knew it would be part of the solution. I eventually went out and bought both Tea Tree Oil and liquid Grapeseed extract (note again, Grape not grapefruit). So I figured with nothing to lose I would try each oil on a different half of my body, left and right. So tea tree oil? meh, had some visible results in 24 hours, could see the mini blistering effect of the infection being pulled out of the skin. BUT tea tree oil stinks so bad and so strong! the amount I needed to cover on my body made me walk around smelling like a turpentine soaked rag. yuk. other side of my body the grapeseed oil was having a fast good effect, in 24 hours I could see natural skin color trying to show through on terrible deep red sores, and it does not stink. So off to the store I go to buy more, and that was a bummer because a 13$ bottle lasted less than 2 days. So at the local healthfood store I ask for grapeseed oil and the girl asks, am I sure I don't mean grapefruit seed extract? well now.. so now I am questioning what I read on the internet. checked on the handy smartphone and sure enough, its GSE I need! doh! funny enough the grapeseed stuff helped greatly, way better than tea tree oil. But I switched to GSE, so I cant testify to grapeseed in the long run. Other healthy natural oils and herbs may or may not help I cant say, I found my cure all in the GSE.
I really cant tell you how bad my situation was, if you look at pictures of on the internet of some of the worst cases, that was me, it was painful and disgustingly ugly and embarrassing. I was terrified that nothing was working. I even waited a long time to write this just to be sure it is for real.. I can say the stuff that I could not heal in 4 months time was immediately healing in 24 hours, and the worst of it, the largest deepest damage areas are 100% healed and cured in 4 weeks. Try my suggested method first, It is affordable and I would bet it will work for most everyone. Go read up on GSE also it really is amazingly antiseptic, more so than bleach and no chemical burn. Even used in surgical rooms. I don't know why it is not mmore well known.. Anyhow I wish you well! if you read this far sorry for the longest write up ever, I hope it helps some of you.

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MaryCDN

THanks for this. I have caught it from my niece. She has had it for over 5 months and is seeing a doctor now. But her's are not the blistering kind like mine are. It hurts so bad. I guess part of it is also using fresh towels and pj's daily. How often do you wash your bedding? What about body soap. Could it spread this way too?

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