Bleach Ringworm – Does It Work?
Bleach Ringworm – Does It Work?
Can you bleach ringworm on your skin? Actually, you can. But, understand that there are risks involved when it comes to using bleach in this manner.
If you're looking to utilize bleach as a home remedy for ringworm, it's best to learn the proper way to use the product. Keep reading to get more info about bleach and ringworm.
What's in Household Bleach?
Household bleach has been used to kill fungi, viruses, and bacteria for generations. It's pretty much the go to home disinfectant of choice. It's very potent stuff. And has a distinctive pungent chemical odor.
What are the active ingredients in most household bleaches? Sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide. Most of the bleach used for home use contains about 3% to 6% sodium hypochlorite and a negligible amount of sodium hydroxide.
When mixed with ammonia and many other chemicals, bleach can emit toxic odors and chemicals. So, do you still want to put bleach on your ringworm?
Bleach Ringworm on Your Skin
Ringworm is a superficial fungal skin infection caused by dermatophytes. Dermatophytes invade the skin, hair, and nails cells while living off of keratinized cells.
I don't advocate that you put bleach directly on your skin. I know how frustrating ringworm can be. But, I think that there are much better options available.
Tea tree oil is a safe natural home remedy for ringworm. Over the counter topical anti-fungal creams are effective in treating ringworm.
Household bleach was never designed to be used on the body. You're putting yourself at risk when you use bleach on your skin. If it gets into your eyes, it can cause sever eye damage.
Not to mention the skin burns. Bleach is a corrosive agent. So, if it can eat through metals, imagine what it can do to your skin.
I know many people are economically struggling right now. Everyone wants to save a few pennies. Yet, is it really worth it to your skin. Better option is to spend a few dollars and get a natural remedy or a commercial anti-fungal treatment.
If You Must Bleach Ringworm on Your Skin...
First, test a small amount of bleach on a discreet hidden part of your body. Watch for redness, swelling, difficulty breathing, and any other signs of allergic reaction.
Use a cotton ball and dab a small amount of half bleach half water solution on your ringworm lesions. Just dab the solution on your ringworm spots only not the surrounding skin.
Allow the solution to dry and do not rinse unless your skin reacts poorly. The next day, bath as normal. Reapply the bleach water solution. Repeat this method daily until your ringworm is resolved.
Warning: This process will most likely cause a mild burning sensation on your skin. Household bleach is a corrosive chemical.
Best Way to Bleach Ringworm
The absolute best way to employ bleach is to put it on objects, not skin. Ringworm fungi reproduce by way of spores. Since ringworm fungi is transmitted both directly and indirectly, there many be many fungal spores around your home.
A 10:1 hot water bleach solution will kill most fungal spores on surfaces. Mixing bleach with hot water will increase its effectiveness.
Of course, you can't use bleach on colored fabrics. However, putting bleach on hard tiled surfaces, plastic toys, and bleach safe objects should be fine.
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