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MeddyDuo
04-24-2007, 12:10 PM
A year or two I had a couple small patches of ringworm, but I read that if you leave it alone for 2 or 3 months it will go away. And it did.

But now I have more ringworm. I've had it for probably 6 months, I never really kept track of when it started. I was hoping it would just go away again, but it hasn't. I have probably like 10 patches of it (chest and arms, possibly one on my leg), but only a couple of them are distinct. When my skin gets dry, it's easier to see where the ringworm is. So whenever I have an itch, I don't want to scratch it because I don't know if it's ringworm or not.

I don't want to put athlete's foot powder all over me, but I don't want to go to the doctor's to get an oral medication. Actually I do want to because that would be the easiest, but I don't like doctors.

So I was wondering if there are any good home remedies. The swimming pool will be opening soon, so maybe the chlorine will get rid of ringworm?

FreedomGUNDAM
04-24-2007, 12:15 PM
think u need to see a doctor. My wife told me she had ringworm as a kid and had to be on medication for 3-4 weeks.

BTW: Just found our our dog has ringworm. Vet gave just some pills and spray.

theNEOone
04-24-2007, 12:16 PM
tweezers.


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JM Aggie08
04-24-2007, 12:17 PM
tinactin. ringworm is a fungus. tinactin will get rid of it quicker than anything else.

skace
04-24-2007, 12:18 PM
Originally posted by: MeddyDuo
Actually I do want to because that would be the easiest, but I don't like doctors.

I've got a solution that you won't want to hear but may save your life some day. Start liking doctors.

deerslayer
04-24-2007, 12:18 PM
Originally posted by: JM Aggie08
tinactin. ringworm is a fungus. tinactin will get rid of it quicker than anything else.

Fast Actin' Tinactin!

OpenThirdEye
04-24-2007, 12:20 PM
Originally posted by: JM Aggie08
tinactin. ringworm is a fungus. tinactin will get rid of it quicker than anything else.

<madden>BOOM! Touch actin' Tinactin!</madden>

MeddyDuo
04-24-2007, 12:21 PM
Yeah but since all the ringworm patches aren't distinct all the time, I would have to put Tinactin all over me.

Captante
04-24-2007, 12:22 PM
The only thing I know of that will help is Athletes foot medication like Micatin or Lotrimin ointment & according to WebMD slightly more potent versions of these medications are the first line of defense a doctor will often try too.

However if you have more then one or two lesions and/or stubborn recurring infections, they may be an indication of a more serious underlying condition & you really should seek medical treatment before they become worse.

E-Medicine link (http://www.emedicinehealth.com/ringworm_on_body/article_em.htm)

Web MD link (http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/Ringworm-of-the-Skin-Topic-Overview)

mundane
04-24-2007, 12:22 PM
Originally posted by: OpenThirdEye

Originally posted by: JM Aggie08
tinactin. ringworm is a fungus. tinactin will get rid of it quicker than anything else.

<madden>BOOM! Touch actin' Tinactin!</madden>

The helpful hardware place ... err ...

dullard
04-24-2007, 12:49 PM
I thought I had ringworm a couple times as a child. A simple antifungal cream took care of it. A couple years ago, I thought I had it again. It looked and behaved exactly like ringworm. But this time, it didn't go away with any form of antifungal cream.

Went to the doctor, and it was diagnosed as eczema. I have strange ring-shaped patches that look just like ringworm. A prescription steriod cream solved it almost instantly, fluocinonide. (http://health.howstuffworks.com/define-fluocinonide-topical.htm)

panipoori
04-24-2007, 12:51 PM
I had a ringworm for the better part of a year it would itch all the time and I thought it was just some weird patch of skin, it went away when i used some anti-fungal cream.

AMCRambler
04-24-2007, 12:58 PM
WTF do they call it a worm if it's a fungus? Why don't they call it ring fungus? Ring worm sounds like you have a parasite!

spidey07
04-24-2007, 01:00 PM
Originally posted by: AMCRambler
WTF do they call it a worm if it's a fungus? Why don't they call it ring fungus? Ring worm sounds like you have a parasite!

Because the patches are shaped like a ring and it was orginally thought to be a parasite and not a fungus. Ring-Worm.

Best bet is to go to the doctor, medicine will clear it up quick in a couple weeks. Otherwise you'll never cure it and it will just keep showing up. It is HIGHLY contagious to please don't go to the pool and spread it. If you have pets, they already have it as well and you'll have to follow a strict regime to treat them and keep them from re-infecting you or each other.

Bryophyte
04-24-2007, 01:20 PM
How do you know it is ringworm? What you described doesn't sound like ringworm, it sounds like either psoriasis or dermatitis. Go see your doctor or a dermatologist.

JD50
04-24-2007, 01:28 PM
I really hope that you are joking about going to the pool.

cscpianoman
04-24-2007, 01:34 PM
Originally posted by: JD50
I really hope that you are joking about going to the pool.

I don't think I will be going to the pool anytime this year. Ugh! (Shudders!)

MeddyDuo
04-24-2007, 01:35 PM
Well I read somewhere that the chlorine will get rid of ringworm.

ViviTheMage
04-24-2007, 01:39 PM
how do you not like doctors? they didn't do anything to you...I hope.

Linflas
04-24-2007, 01:40 PM
I had to take the medicine to get rid of it when I had it. That was some nasty medicine, gave me headaches and made me feel sick until I got used to it.

jagec
04-24-2007, 01:42 PM
Originally posted by: MeddyDuo
Well I read somewhere that the chlorine will get rid of ringworm.

"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."

goatjc
04-24-2007, 01:47 PM
I was a wrestler in high school and caught this stuff all the time (well, maybe 3-4 times). I always had luck w/ lotrimin.

Steve
04-24-2007, 01:48 PM
You must throw the ring into the fires of Mt. Doom.

djheater
04-24-2007, 01:57 PM
Originally posted by: Captante
The only thing I know of that will help is Athletes foot medication like Micatin or Lotrimin ointment & according to WebMD slightly more potent versions of these medications are the first line of defense a doctor will often try too.

However if you have more then one or two lesions and/or stubborn recurring infections, they may be an indication of a more serious underlying condition & you really should seek medical treatment before they become worse.

E-Medicine link (http://www.emedicinehealth.com/ringworm_on_body/article_em.htm)

Web MD link (http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/Ringworm-of-the-Skin-Topic-Overview)


Opportunistic infecitons like ringworm and jock itch that persist can often be the sign of a dpressed immune response. At 6 months of ringworm it's worth checking out. You may be able to find a Doctor who will be comforting and not 'scary'. Go see a Dr.

Bryophyte
04-24-2007, 02:08 PM
Originally posted by: MeddyDuo
Well I read somewhere that the chlorine will get rid of ringworm.

I'm going to ask again, why do you think you have ringworm? Have you had it diagnosed by a doctor?

MeddyDuo
04-25-2007, 09:50 AM
Originally posted by: Bryophyte

Originally posted by: MeddyDuo
Well I read somewhere that the chlorine will get rid of ringworm.

I'm going to ask again, why do you think you have ringworm? Have you had it diagnosed by a doctor?
There are a couple distinct ring patches. That's why.
I'm thinking about going to a doctor though. Actually I think she's a nurse practitioner.

MeddyDuo
04-25-2007, 10:01 AM
Originally posted by: djheater

Originally posted by: Captante
The only thing I know of that will help is Athletes foot medication like Micatin or Lotrimin ointment & according to WebMD slightly more potent versions of these medications are the first line of defense a doctor will often try too.

However if you have more then one or two lesions and/or stubborn recurring infections, they may be an indication of a more serious underlying condition & you really should seek medical treatment before they become worse.

E-Medicine link (http://www.emedicinehealth.com/ringworm_on_body/article_em.htm)

Web MD link (http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/Ringworm-of-the-Skin-Topic-Overview)


Opportunistic infecitons like ringworm and jock itch that persist can often be the sign of a dpressed immune response.

That's weird because I can't remember the last time I got sick, and I only eat healthy foods.

Bryophyte
04-25-2007, 10:30 AM
Originally posted by: MeddyDuo

Originally posted by: Bryophyte

Originally posted by: MeddyDuo
Well I read somewhere that the chlorine will get rid of ringworm.

I'm going to ask again, why do you think you have ringworm? Have you had it diagnosed by a doctor?
There are a couple distinct ring patches. That's why.
I'm thinking about going to a doctor though. Actually I think she's a nurse practitioner.


Ringworm isn't the only thing that can cause ring shaped rashes. Talk to a doctor or nurse.