(Closed) Has anyone here had Ringworm?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have never had it but I know lots of people that did.  It is very contagious though like your dr said and you need to make sure that you do not touch anyone with it.  How long did the dr say it would be before it was gone?  Would it be an option to just take a few days off of work?

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@SweetRose2011:

 

Ugh. Yes. I got it after I adopted my cat from a rescue organization. You can buy a fungicide over the counter (even vagisil works- or any athlete’s foot cream) and apply it to the spot up to two weeks after the spot disappears. In the meantime, be careful about touching your face and head and use a different towel every time you shower- it can spread to other places on your body, including to not-so-fun areas (when it does it’s called jock itch). Also, be sure to wash your clothes and bed linens and spray lysol on EVERYTHING. Lysol kills the fungi that causes it. But don’t put a band-aid on the spot. I know it’s hard and you’re tempted to do so, but keeping it away from the air makes the rash spread worse under the band-aid, so it’s better to just leave it as much as it’s gross and embarrassing. If you want more info you can google ringworm, athlete’s foot or jock itch- they’re all caused by the same fungus, they’re just termed different things depending on where they appear on your body.

 

Don’t feel bad about picking it up, it’s pretty common. Maybe you’re around animals a lot? It’s pretty humid (at least in NY) and the fungus lives in the soil so animals (like kittens) that live outside pick it up easily and can spread it to humans who spend a lot of time with them. Just make sure you get on it soon and be proactive about it. It’s a huge pain in the butt. Good luck!

Post # 6
Bee
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

I had it when I was 11, also from adopting my cat from a shelter – you have to put cream on it, but I don’t remember it taking that long to heal – you’re not alone!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@SweetRose2011:

 

It’s ok around food- it’s only a skin thing. It’s hard even to pass it to someone through regular social contact. There’s a possibility you could pass it to your fiancée since you guys live together/spend a lot of time together, but even then it’d be pretty difficult. I just wouldn’t go around patting any babies on the head 😉

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Personally I don’t think it’s sanitary for you to work with the general public while you have this. Talk to your boss and see what you should do, but I would think it’s a health risk. Sorry you have to deal with this. 🙁

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I would say ask the doctor about the work thing.  I have no idea if you should be around food. 

Don’t worry about your fin if you are careful and clean it is fine.  My boyfriend had it in high school and I was still around him.  Just make sure he doesn’t touch the infected area.  I didn’t think it took two weeks for it be still be contagious though. 

Good luck. 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Working in a hospital they will not even let us come to work if we have it due to the contagiousness of it.  We need to be cleared by a doctor before we can return.  So I would definintely consider contacting your boss to discuss the issue.  You obviously have contact with a lot of other people in a food business, or even indirectly have contact with others handling food.  You can be a clean person and still get it depending upon your contact with others.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I got it from my long haired cat who got it from a dog. I basically put the stuff for Athlete’s Foot on it and covered it with bandaids. It looked kinda crazy for a few days but it kept me from scratching and spreading it.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Here’s the thing with ringworm. It’s just a fungus. In fact, it’s the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot, jock itch, etc. Pretty much any time I have a red-itchy-something, anywhere, I spray it with Lotramine and it’s gone. I had ringworm all over my hands once from my hockey gloves in high school. I got a prescription ointment and put it on, washed my gloves and that was that. Start treating it right away, keep it clean and dry. If you put a bandaid on it, you’re going to keep it moist. Moist=growing fungus! Just put the stuff on there and you’ll be fine. The faster it starts to disappear, the better off you’ll be. And no worries, everyone gets a fungus at some point, it’s like getting a cold really.

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