Ever since I started Grappling I have been hearing about ringworm being a nuisance to anyone and everyone in the grappling community. Its a very contagious fungal infection that affects everyone from humans, to animals and most importantly combat athletes. The reason why I put combat athletes and humans in 2 different categories is because the strain that affects combat athletes is a little different. That strain is called "Tinea Gladiatorum".
The grappling community has a lot of misconceptions towards treatment of ringworm. The first time I caught ringworm I was told to "bleach" it. Being a young grappler that just wanted to train, I did just that, put bleach on it and then suffered the consequences of a chemical burn for a few months, and then still having to treat the ringworm. One thing I learned from that experience and a ton of research is Do Not Use Bleach!. It is highly carcinogenic!, causes chemical burns and skin discoloring you would not believe.
The second time I caught ringworm I treated it with prescription medication. I wound up missing one ring that was right above my lip, while shaving my face and neck I spread it all over the place... I believe I had 25 or 30 rings on my neck from that incident. I covered it up, told girls at bars that I was deep sea diving, got attacked by a barracuda and my uncle speared it. That time took almost a month and a cycle of Lamisil antibiotics to clean up, thanks colorblindness.
Then I started using the lamisil method and the worm started going away a lot faster, about 10 days. Until my professor for Microbiology told me to alter it a little bit and see how it works. Apparently the acidity of lemon juice works wonders on that type of fungus.
This is the treatment for Ringworm. I take alcohol and scrub down the rings so the medication seeps in better. Then I mix regular starch with Lemon juice and put it onto the rings for a 2 hours. After I take off the starch I start Spraying it with Lamisil AT (the pump spray) every 1-2 hours, I spray it religiously. When I am going out I cover it up with a bandage and bring the spray with me to spray it every 1-2 hours. I cover it up at night for 3 days when I am sleeping so I don't itch it and spread it to other parts of my body. This takes about 7-10 days for the Ringworm to go away.
The biggest issue is people not being hip to knowing that those nasty rings on their body are ringworm or not caring. So please if you have Ring worm stay away from the gym! Ringworm is just like karma if you give it to someone they will eventually give it back to you and in no time the whole gym will be infected.
Take a shower directly after training, don't soak in your own and other peoples sweat!
Call someone out if they have ringworm in the gym!
Tell your trainer!
Clean your mats!
Stay clean and jits hard guys!