Imagine my frustration when I woke up the morning before a big meeting to see a round scaly and red patch on my shoulder that itched like the devil! Ringworm! Urgh!
I just knew I should have avoided going to my friend’s house since she has cats who wander all over the neighborhood. Cats and other pets are supposedly carriers of ringworm.
Okay, so I know that ringworm isn’t really a worm—it’s a fungus, and it’s not much fun at all.
Those who can’t stomach the idea of calling it ringworm tend to call it athlete’s foot, which sounds much more sophisticated, I suppose.
All I knew was that I wanted this gone, fast. So I began to look for something to treat this itchy, flakey, and fast-reddening patch with.
I didn’t have any medication for fungal growth in the house, no apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil, or any other home remedy I had heard about, but what about clear nail polish?
Would this work?
Does Clear Nail Polish Treat Ringworm?
Yes, clear nail polish treats ringworm on skin, nails, and scalp. When ringworm appears, simply apply several coats of clear nail polish to seal in the fungus. The fungus that causes the “ring” appearance is aerobic in nature, meaning that when it is sealed off and deprived of oxygen, the fungus will soon die. The skin will shed dead cells, removing the remaining fungus roots to return a naturally healthy skin.
Reasons Why Clear Nail Polish Is an Effective Home Remedy for Ringworm
Ringworm is a fungus that thrives on the keratin in the skin.
Like other skin-eating fungi, ringworm tends to favor spots where it can spread from like hands, groin areas, and feet—hence, the name athlete’s foot.
Nail polish is an unlikely home remedy for ringworm, and most people don’t think of it as a possible solution, but it is an effective way to treat ringworm and prevent reinfection. Here’s why:
Reason One: It Seals the Ringworm In
Since the nail polish makes for a water-tight barrier, it can seal off the infection of ringworm, isolating it from the rest of the skin.
A fungus, like other organisms, needs to have areas to spread to if it is to reproduce and continue. By closing off the area, you stop the spread, limiting the fungus’ resources.
Reason Two: Polish Starves the Fungus
By applying nail polish to the affected area, you can also isolate the fungus, cutting it off from the rest of your skin, where the fungus digests the keratin in your dermis.
This will help stop the fungus because it will starve.
Reason Three: Polish Suffocates the Ringworm Causing Fungus
As mentioned, ringworm is a fungus that needs to breathe. It can only survive in aerobic conditions.
When you cover the infection with polish, you stop the fungus from getting access to oxygen, and it will stop reproducing and finally die.
Reason Four: Polish Stops Reinfection With Ringworm
One of the worst problems with ringworm is that it so easily spreads and reinfects the same spot you just treated.
By isolating the ringworm the nail polish can prevent more fungal spores from growing on the skin or regrowing where these have just been removed.
How to Apply Clear Nail Polish to Treat Ringworms
Correct application will help with better ringworm treatment with nail polish. These are the steps I followed:
Step One: Clean the Area and Let It Dry
Wash the affected area with soap and water. If you have antibacterial soap, this is even better.
Be sure to dry the area well with a separate towel that you launder as soon as you have dried off with it.
Ringworm fungus creates spores that spread through touch, so if you share or reuse towels, you will spread the infection to your body or to others.
Step Two: Air Dry
Your skin needs to dry past the surface dermal area. Letting this area air dry or even letting it get some fresh sunlight can help dry out the dermis, making the keratin less appetizing to the ringworm.
Step Three: Apply the Clear Nail Polish
Using Q-tips, apply the clear nail polish thickly to the affected area, plus an area as wide as a match stick around the rough area of the ringworm. This will effectively seal in the fungus.
Be sure to use a fresh Q-tip for each application. This means you dip the Q-tip, apply, throw that Q-tip away, take a fresh Q-tip, dip, and apply. Repeat this until you have thoroughly covered the affected area.
Allow the nail polish to dry.
Step Four: Wash Nail Polish Off or Don’t
You can choose whether you want to remove the nail polish after about an hour using water or nail polish remover.
Some people have even reported that they leave the nail polish on for the whole day. Either way, you should do what feels comfortable for your skin.
Applying clear nail polish to your skin is not for everyone. Some people have sensitive skin, and the chemicals in nail polish can burn them.
If you have an allergic reaction to the nail polish, you should immediately stop applying it and remove it.
I also discovered while I was reading up on using nail polish as a treatment for ringworm that you should never apply nail polish to sensitive areas such as on your face, your groin, or on your armpits.
Be Patient and the Ringworm Will Clear Up
Ringworm can take as much as a year to fully heal. This means you need patience. For ringworms that have a resistance to some medical treatments, a home remedy like nail polish can be a real blessing.
If you have a proclivity to ringworms, you need to be alert to the formation of any fungal spores. If you start to see the red and flakey circles, then you need to apply nail polish as soon as possible.
The smaller the ringworm outbreak, the shorter the time for the fungus to proliferate and spread. It will also be much easier and quicker to heal the infection.
Does Clear Nail Polish Treat Ringworm FAQs
What instantly kills ringworm?
Ringworm is traditionally treated with medication like Desenex and Lamisil. Applying home remedies like nail polish and tea tree oil are also useful for killing off the fungal spores of ringworm.
Does nail polish kill ringworm and toe fungus?
Nail polish will kill off ringworm and other fungal infections that are aerobic in nature and that need to have access to their food source (your skin). By isolating them, you can help your skin heal and possibly kill the fungus at the source through starvation and suffocation.
The Final Fungus
Ringworm is no fun. When I went for that meeting, I felt really self-conscious, so I applied a layer of clear nail polish, and then a layer of base-coat makeup.
I was careful to use clean Q-tips all the way to not spread the spores, and I managed to avoid anyone noticing the tell-tale red ring that the fungus makes. Have you tried nail polish to cure fungal infections?