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Ringworm. It’s a disgusting word that makes us think of nasty things inside the body. Thankfully, it’s not a real worm, but a fungus. It’s actually the same root fungus that causes athlete’s foot and jock itch. That makes it seem a lot less freaky. It’s very common in children and not so uncommon in adults… and I got it.
It is hard for me to say that. When you think of fungi, you think dirty, old dead things. I am not dirty, old, OR dead. I’m pretty sure I picked it up at the community dog park. I pet a lot of dogs when playing at the park with Motley, and I’m pretty sure that’s where I got it. With a combination of being on antibiotics for my wisdom teeth, and being in the right place at the wrong time, my body just couldn’t fight the fungus on its own.
The moment I realized what I had, I freaked out and started researching everything I could do to get rid of it as fast as possible.
I know I don’t have to admit any of this to the world because of how embarrassing it is, but I want to write about it because I want to tell you how to deal with it and remove it from your life ASAP.
Here’s What Happened
At first, I thought the bump was just an itch on my leg, so I started scratching. After a week, it had formed into a round, red patch. I immediately knew it was ringworm. Then I panicked. I went to Walgreens and bought some jock itch/ringworm cream and began applying morning and night. After two days, it seemed like the cream was only making it angrier, so I turned to the internet for better ideas on curing ringworm. Of course, that was a bad idea.
Fast forward three weeks… I had tried covering the spot with nail polish, using traditional ringworm OTC creams/sprays, soaking in diluted bleach, and soaking with apple cider vinegar. After three weeks, I had 6 different circles on my legs and a new one starting on my arm. Needless to say, I was freaking out. You may be thinking, why didn’t she just go to the doctor?
Here is why I did not go to the doctor:
- I thought I could fix it on my own and didn’t want to spend the money.
- I was embarrassed to let anyone know my situation.
- I read on the internet (obviously) that people who went to the doctor were never healed and that it was a “waste of money.”
Why I Finally Went to the Doctor
I can say that I hadn’t felt this hopeless about a situation in nearly 4 years (when I was bit by a brown recluse). I have a wedding coming up in two months, not to mention nice weather! I wanted to be able to wear spring clothes! My fiance finally told me I HAD to go to the doctor. He was right, of course. I had tried my at-home remedies, to no avail. The fungus was completely out of control. I believe it would have continued to spread had I not went.
Upon my doctor’s visit, he identified the fungus as ringworm and gave me a prescription for a cream that costs $10 (LESS than I spent on all my homemade remedy crap). He told me to apply morning and night every day until the fungus was gone, and then to continue applying for a week after that. He said that once I started the treatment, it would stop spreading.
HE WAS RIGHT. Currently, I still have light shades of the fungus on my body, but it’s been two weeks and I’ve seen consistent healing. I finally have hope again, and going to the doctor, in this case, was the right thing to do.
If you are dealing with a ringworm…
Just go to the doctor! I beg you! Save yourself pain, heartache, and long-term embarrassment. The doctor told me that a lot of times, OTC creams won’t work on ringworm because it has become immune to them. It’s better to just buy the $10 cream from the pharmacy (as it costs about the same as the OTC creams).
Anyways… I just wanted to share my experience and let everyone know that it’s okay and you don’t have to be embarrassed about it. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.