Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 18:25:23 -0500
Subject: FYI: ringworm

When I lived in Maine, I contracted a case of ringworm. As I couldn't afford doctor's care, I called the local clinic for any suggestions of how to cure it myself. I spoke with a nurse who had cured her own 6 kids cases of it (for some reason it's common in kids, I work with kids, so that's probably how I got it?) with a simple method. It got rid of mine in about 2 weeks.

Here goes:
Soak a few copper pennies in vinegar (white or cider, doesn't matter), then apply the vinegar/penny solution to the affected area 2 or 3 times a day.

Worked for me. Can anyone explain why?

From: "Peter L. Schuerman" <plschuerman.UCDAVIS.EDU>

Copper is a fungicide. A small amount of oxidized copper on the surface of the pennies dissolved into the vinegar. Applying the copper solution poisoned the ringworm (which is actually a fungus).