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Ringworm, I need advice!

post #1 of 15
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Ok this is sooo embarassing to me.... I have never had ringworm but today I noticed I have two spots on me. (I will go to the doctor on Monday but I think it is pretty obviously ringworm) I have 3 cats and that is the only place I can think of that I got it. I don't go to the gym or any other place that I can think of that I possibly got it so I am pretty sure it is the cats.
I put some gloves on and looked all over the cats and I can't find any spots. How should I go about getting them treated? It will be a huge hassle and expensive to take all three to the vet (although I will if it is absolutely necessary). Do you think the vet will just take my word for it and give me an antifungal for all three of them?

How can I go about getting this fixed? What is the best way?
post #2 of 15
If they cats had it, they could have given it to you.

If you got it elsewhere, you will probably give it to them.

Basically, doesn't matter from where, it's there!

When the rescue suspected that the cat I was fostering had ringworm, their vet gave me a tube of Lamisil (an anti-fungal lotion), which you can buy over the counter, and told me to put it on the affected areas 2x a day.

You might want to put that on your yourself to try and keep it from getting worse or spreading more to others or the cats.

They also gave me a pill to break into 1/4's and give each of the cats here (just a 1-time dose) to keep the from getting it.

If the cats begin to get it, you might be able to keep it under control until you can get them to a vet, or get rid of it completely if you catch it early enough with the Lamisil.

However (and this is what the rescue group I'm with does) if it's something like ringworm, and it's obvious that all of them have it, they will take only one of the group to the vet, and once it's diagnosed, ask them for enough medicaiton for all 3 (or however many you have). That will save you a LOT of money in office visits.

If you know the vet and he or she understands your financial situation, usually they will work with you.

Good luck.
post #3 of 15
I found out three weeks ago that my two fosters have ringworm. They were living with my Ophie & had contact with Twitch & Lily. Twitch has had ringworm once. None of my three have gotten ringworm yet. I don't think they will. The HS gave me Fulvicin liquid to give them 2x a day for 3 weeks & Conofite cream to put on the affected areas 2x a day for 2 weeks. Tomorrow is the last day of the treatment. Let me tell you, it stinks.

I would recocmend treating all of the cats just as a preventative measure. It is tought to get rid of & not fun for the cats to get treated.
post #4 of 15
I got ringworm from my kittens. There isn't anything stronger htan what they have at the drug store (what my doctor told me). Just get a good anti-fungal cream. I think the one I got was for athletes foot but you could probably ask the pharmacist or call your doctor, probably not worth a visit though (if you are sure its ringworm, they could easily give you a name for something over the phone to get at the drug store).

As far as the kitties, get a black light (they sell them at petsmart) and look at them in the complete dark. It dosen't sound like they have it if you couldn't find any but the black light will floresce ringworm, but it will also floresce fuzz, pee, and poo bits so check the color on the packaging or the net as they all glow a different color.
post #5 of 15
Hi,
First of all please don't panic, ringworm although can be very annoying and sometimes difficult to get rid of, is not that bad or expensive to treat. A little over a year ago my fiance (now husband) and I got a little kitten from the shelter. I found a ringworm spot on his head shortly after he had been home. I took him to work with me ( I am a veterinary technician) and confirmed it, and after a few weeks of baths 2x a week with Micodex shampoo and an anti fungal cream that you can either get from your vet or over the counter I am happy to say it was gone. Ringworm can be tricky though and keep reoccuring if you do not get it fully cleared up. Talk with your vet and see what your best options are. Shortly after my other kitty came up with ringworm (right before my wedding) and I treated her with Ketaconazole liquid, which can be expensive and is also damaging to the liver, so you have to be careful, but it did the trick. Good luck!
post #6 of 15
I had this so much as a kids that I can spot it from the beginning. What I found works best is Lamisil extra strength cream several times a day and I also bout the spray which I used when it did itch. That was alot. Mine was almost all gone in 3 days but I used the stuff until it was gone or almost gone. I did not want to chance getting it again. I have done this and never seen a doctor for it but when I got it the first time at 6 years old. I am 30 and I have had it at the least 5x. I am a cat lover.
post #7 of 15
Unfortunatly, the hardest to get rid of ringworm does NOT flouresce under a black light.
Very rarely will an adult get ringworm, usually their immune system is compramisied some way. Tho about 4 years ago a couple of fosters got a form that is REALLY contagious! Ringworm everywhere and on everyone!
Oh, sperm also glows under a black light!
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Lucinda
Unfortunatly, the hardest to get rid of ringworm does NOT flouresce under a black light.
Very rarely will an adult get ringworm, usually their immune system is compramisied some way. Tho about 4 years ago a couple of fosters got a form that is REALLY contagious! Ringworm everywhere and on everyone!
Oh, sperm also glows under a black light!
I was watching Animal Plant and this 7 yr old girls bet Guinea pig got ringworm also and then the whole family. The poor thing had to be put down Poor girl loved the pet and she had it all over her face.

Sperm glows under the blacklight....I am not sure I want to know how that was discovered.
post #9 of 15
I was told that people dont get the same form of ringworm that cats get, or any animal I assume. Any know if that is true? So when people get it from an animal it will be gone in just a day or 48-72 hours...the lady who told me that was psycho controlling woman I used to work with, who was either very knowledgable or completely made things up. She convinced me to put 2 cats to sleep because ringworm is very very hard to get rid of. I was pissed especially that it took the euthanization of two cats before I researched it myself and found her to be completely wrong.

RIP Bitsy and the beautiful orange and white rescued Persian
post #10 of 15
It is hard to get rid of in cats but if you stick to treatment and clean thoroughly it will go away. It is cross-contagious though.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
It is hard to get rid of in cats but if you stick to treatment and clean thoroughly it will go away. It is cross-contagious though.
Yep, definately cross-contagious. It is a fungus and they don't seem to care who they live on...
post #12 of 15
Nope I'm not psycho, I have found through a whole bunch of research and personal experience...i am the Ringworm Queen. That you can harbor it in your bowel inside parasites. Do parasite purge, voila, no ringworm. There are several different ones on the market. I used one from ebay because they said it wouldnt cause cramps..it didnt . It cost about 20 bucks. 3 pills 3 times a day for 21 days. It made symptoms worse for a week then they just were gone. Main ingredient is actually oil of oregano
There are also products for cats and dogs that work the same way. I dont know about cats *new cat owner for the first time since December* but have always owned dogs.
We used a liquid on the dog . It was mild and there was supposed to be no problems with liver. I got it from dog and gave it to my husband and son *i share*
Upside is we havent had ringworm in two years. I know more about parasites now then i care to know about anything. The CDC actually has a website about parasites...creepy thangs
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by reddicequeen
Nope I'm not psycho, I have found through a whole bunch of research and personal experience...i am the Ringworm Queen. That you can harbor it in your bowel inside parasites. Do parasite purge, voila, no ringworm. There are several different ones on the market. I used one from ebay because they said it wouldnt cause cramps..it didnt . It cost about 20 bucks. 3 pills 3 times a day for 21 days. It made symptoms worse for a week then they just were gone. Main ingredient is actually oil of oregano
There are also products for cats and dogs that work the same way. I dont know about cats *new cat owner for the first time since December* but have always owned dogs.
We used a liquid on the dog . It was mild and there was supposed to be no problems with liver. I got it from dog and gave it to my husband and son *i share*
Upside is we havent had ringworm in two years. I know more about parasites now then i care to know about anything. The CDC actually has a website about parasites...creepy thangs
Yep they do I used them for my collage sciense class. I was learning more then I wanted to also.. YUCK.
post #14 of 15
WOW! ya learn something new every day! In our bowel???
post #15 of 15
this site is informative i have never used this brand because its rather pricey. I will find the seller of the other one from ebay
http://www.drnatura.com/?ovmkt=U9ED9...OVMTC=standard
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