Off the beaten path

By Turtle Latest Reply 2009-09-28 13:27:25 -0500
Started 2009-09-27 23:08:35 -0500

Hi everyone,
I think I have developed ring worm near my surgical knee site. I have an appt. coming up w/ my doc in a week or two and I will show it to her and ask her. What causes this? Is it contagious? Should I wear long pants until my doc can tell me more?
Thank you for your help…

8 replies

Harlen 2009-09-28 07:39:54 -0500 Report

I dont know I never had it
but isnt ringworm on the head?
I realy dont know I would get it looked as ASP mybe even the ER?
let me know how your doing ok?

Turtle 2009-09-28 00:30:40 -0500 Report

Thank you for your suggestions

Alicia039 2009-09-28 00:50:58 -0500 Report

Yes, it's contagious. If you touch it you need to wash your hands right after. Hope you get a prescriptions soon for it. Wonder if they have anything over the counter for this.

Alicia039 2009-09-28 00:57:06 -0500 Report

So I just answered my own question lol. If it is ringworm you can get over the counter medication. Lamisil is one,Tinactin is another.
I found this info online
Ringworm of the Skin - Medications

Most ringworm infections of the skin can be treated at home with nonprescription antifungal creams. The rash will usually improve within 2 weeks. But most antifungals need to be used for 2 to 4 weeks to get rid of the fungus.3
Medication Choices

The most common antifungals used to treat ringworm of the skin are:

* Allylamines, such as terbinafine (Lamisil). Allylamines come as creams, pills, and gels. Terbinafine also comes as oral granules, which are little grains that can be sprinkled over food and easily swallowed. Lamisil is available as a cream without a prescription.
* Azoles. Oral prescription forms include fluconazole (Diflucan) and itraconazole (Sporanox). Some of these medicines are available without a prescription. Brand names include Micatin, Monistat-Derm, and Lotrimin.
* Griseofulvin (Fulvicin U/F, Grifulvin V, Grisactin). Griseofulvin comes in pill form and requires a prescription.
* Other antifungals such as tolnaftate (Tinactin). Tinactin is available without a prescription and comes in lotion, cream, gel, and spray forms.

Clotrimazole/betamethasone (Lotrisone), a combination antifungal and corticosteroid, is sometimes used to treat ringworm that is burning, itchy, and inflamed. This prescription medicine should be used with caution and for no longer than 2 weeks, because complications can occur with long-term use of corticosteroids.

Here is some more info :)

Ringworm infection is caused by a fungus. Fungi (plural of fungus) that cause ringworm live and spread on the outer layer of skin. Ringworm is not caused by a worm or other parasite.

Fungi are present everywhere in our environment, including on the human body. They thrive in warm, moist areas, such as locker rooms and swimming pools, and in skin folds. You can get ringworm of the skin by sharing contaminated towels, clothing, and sports equipment, and by direct contact with an infected person. Ringworm is common among wrestlers, probably because of the skin-to-skin contact.1

actually here is the website I was getting this from :)

Hope this helps a little.

imsuzie2 2009-09-28 00:19:56 -0500 Report

I got it once from a cat. Do a search on the web so you can see pictures of it check to see if Sunny has it and gave it to you. Debe is right about the fungus, the doc gave me an ointment for it.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-09-28 00:16:06 -0500 Report

I know when I worked in the ER we got a lot of patients with this. It is a skin infection from fungus. I'm pretty sure it is catchy. I now a few of us got it from patients. Thats all I can tell you from my experiences…Debe

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