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Ringworm. I hates you.

Friday, August 17, 2012

I've been suffering from ringworm for about TWO MONTHS now. It's to the point where I've just about given up. We're fairly sure the initial infection came from my cat; The whole family had it, but I had it the worst. At its peak, I had about 8 marks, in really embarrassingly obvious places on my arm.

The family's are all gone, but I have YET to get rid of it. I've tried everything from bleach to OTC anti-fungals. I had FINALLY gotten rid of it, but I think I managed to reinfect myself from my yoga mat. I completely didn't even think about it, but after finding the fourth spot on my arm in two days, I realized that's the only thing I've done differently recently.

So I've decided that since I'm unhappy with the mat anyway, and it's started to show wear and tear, I'm not going to try and disinfect it. I'm going to chunk it tomorrow, and get a new one. I will have to find a nice, thick one that isn't spongy. The regular yoga mats are too thin for my needs, and the thicker, spongier one I had was too stretchy and springy, and is kinda dangerous for doing yoga.

Tomorrow I'm going yoga mat shopping!

And hopefully, getting rid of the infectious mat will let me heal, because TWO MONTHS of damn ringworm's enough to make me want to scream. At least I get a new mat out of the deal. I was wanting to wait a bit longer to get more use out of this one, though it's starting to tear a bit, but this is a good excuse to buy shopping stuff.
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    Ringworm, OMG. I had a dog back in the late 1970's who "loved" on a good neighbor friend... and shared ringworm. Not a good memory!

    There are common OTC meds that will treat it, like Lotrimin and Desinex. The name makes it sound like an actual "worm" under your skin, and that's what totally disgusted me back in the 70's. Actually, it's a fungus infection--not a parasitic worm!

    So, get the OTC and get over it!
    2132 days ago
  • KELLY122581
    YIkes. Two months is a really long time to suffer!!!

    I use an EKO mat from Manduka. They are pricy, but if you can swing the initial cost, they rock and they last forever! Since they are so durable, I think they even out in price eventually. It is made with natural latex rubber.... so the only caution I would give is if you have a latex allergy.

    2133 days ago
    I hope that you can get rid of that ringworm, soon !
    I agree with GIRLSUCCESS - You should see your Dr., soon !
    2133 days ago
  • MPLANE37
    Hate fungi.
    2133 days ago
    I had no idea people could still get ringworm. Couldn't your doctor prescribe a medication ? Surely there must be something on the market, over the counter or prescribed that would help. Two months ? That's gotta stink.

    Do you wash your yoga mat ? I always spray mine down after a session at the gym. That's because you just don't know what's on those floors. At some point, I'll toss it into the washer. Most yoga mats can be tossed in to the washer and dried on low.

    Hope you find some relief soon !

    2133 days ago
    Wow, I haven't heard of ringworms in many many years. I do know that gyms can harbor many things that can be infectious. My wife uses her handywipes on everything she touches. She also doesn't use their shower facilities, she waits until she gets home.

    If it's in your own house, then I guess you need to do more research to figure out how better to get rid of it. Keep the faith.
    2133 days ago
    I remember reading a tip from Coach Nicole about how to roll your yoga mat to keep it cleaner and I found it for you:


    Also, my mom (a nurse) always treated ringworm with plain old Iodine.
    2133 days ago
    thanks aweful but way to go in just rolling with the punches!

    I think a new yoga mat is most definately in order! enjoy and it..

    and ringworm...be gone with you!

    2134 days ago
    I appreciate your honesty on topics that I am also concerned about but usually too shy or embarrassed to blog about on SP. I feel like one giant ball of fungus at the moment. Toe nail fungus and unfortunately jock itch. Eek! My infectious source is my husband but he insists the main reason I got these is because of my increase in working out. I suppose that is true since I'm pretty sure he's had these issues on and off again since I met him but it is only the last few months that it has infected me. My problem is I am trying to get pregnant so using the OTC creams is tricky. I need to talk to a doctor about it.

    I hope we can both get rid of these! It's just creepy thinking of fungus growing on me!
    2134 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/18/2012 8:22:42 AM
    2134 days ago
    Can you get advice from a pharmacy? Horrible thing to have. emoticon
    2134 days ago
    Yes, I know what it is. :) That's why I treated it with antifungal. Unfortunately for me I no longer have insurance. I have to see if I can get in at the free clinic.
    2134 days ago
    Ringworm is a fungus and animal ringworm is the worst kind to catch. My dog got it from the vet and then infected her puppies. It took us 3 months to clear them all up. The fungus can live on carpet and other surfaces like it for up to a year. Luckily we never caught it but we used very stringent precautions. If you haven't yet, you need to go see your doctor. Good luck!

    2134 days ago
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