Patient Comments: Ringworm - Is it Contagious?

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Comment from: Rehan, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 11

I think the ringworm’s come from my dog, because I have seen her with such kind of rashes like this. I am trying to find out which cream and tablets are best for this ringworm.

Comment from: Claudia, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I got ringworm on my right elbow three months after I got my guinea pig. Probably from him I was infected though I also have a cat that might carry this fungus. Read that ringworm is a contagious infection and could also originate from soil or other humans. I hope it will be gone soon because it is very itchy.

Comment from: Charm, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 08

I adopted a cat that was a stray and had him neutered. I was told he had ringworm and roundworm. I understand ringworm is contagious. He has stayed out in the hallway but I have brought him in on my lap for a short time.

Comment from: tmb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I got ringworm on underneath my breast after taking a hot tub soak in my gym. I wondered why my nails were green. That was because the gym knew that fungus thrives in warm moist areas.

Comment from: ringworm what!?, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 29

For days I had noticed sores on my dogs and kept messing with them. Then I turn up with ringworm on my neck. Turns out our 2 dogs and kitty have it. From the sizes on the dogs, they had it first. When explaining to my vet that they only go in our backyard or my car, he explained that they can get it from the dirt. Since the weather has been warm, they have been rolling in the grass/dirt like crazy! They gave it to my kitten (indoors only) and to myself and my oldest son. Our other cat, who does go outside, has not gotten it. He doesn't roll but does snuggle with the dogs and kitten. So I guess what they say, 'some can fight it off' is correct. Because he's certainly been exposed to it. I read that after 2 days of treatment it's no longer contagious, seems to be accurate since neither the toddler nor my husband have gotten it (and they handle all the animals and are exposed to myself and other son).

Comment from: gloria arnaiz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I got flu and was very sick. Suddenly my scalp started to itch so much that I feel like dying if I couldn’t scratch my head, and there were pimple like things coming out. It goes down to my knees, hips and back. I didn't understand until now that I still have this ringworm, already 9 months. The dermatologist gave me many medicines but it never responded. I’m still scratching and I even cut my hair short now.

Comment from: RINGWORM, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 13

I have had ringworm since 2 weeks. I have applied many creams but no change.

Comment from: tips101, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

I got my ringworm from volleyball. To save money we re-use our knee pads. The person who had these knee pads before me had ring worm. And I now have it.

Comment from: MacDoll, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I may have come in contact with ringworm from trying on clothing at Macy's. Once I got home, I noticed the ring circle on my stomach.

Comment from: dtily, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 26

I caught ringworm because a stranger used my towel.

Comment from: Dogwalker, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I’m not 100% sure, but I believe I caught this from either 1) one of my client"s dogs that I walk or 2) one of the rescued feral kittens that I"ve helped capture recently. It started as a burning sensation under my right arm. It felt like razor burn at first, then a few days later I had the ring of fire. I am on day 3 of OTC treatment 2 to 3 times a day. It"s starting to calm down a bit and isn"t growing, so that"s a good sign. I might have to continue with the antifungal creams and powders for a few weeks.

Comment from: Elizabeth, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I'm 45 and looking back over the last decade I seem to get ringworm when I am at a low ebb, either severe stress or post sickness. It is now returning again on my hands. I have spent the last 4 days in bed with a nasty cold with high temperature and general malaise. Last September was the last time it reared its ugly head; then I was under an enormous amount of personal stress. It is always one or the other with my bouts of ringworm.

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Comment from: bwlr37, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 20

We are not sure but we think we got it either from our dog or when he got his back shaved.

Comment from: Coleyna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I had ringworm as a child. Someone told my parents about gentian violet. It worked but it makes you look like you got in a fight with blue ink pens. I got a kitten recently. She scratched me a lot at first. And everywhere she scratched I got a spot. I am using the gentian violet again. It does work but the purple spots are hard to explain.

Comment from: hachi, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 01

We got a new puppy from a breeder. I found a hot spot behind his ear. Now my daughter and son have what appears to be ringworm.

Comment from: nena, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I woke up and had a little spot that itched so I thought I got bit in the night by something. Then over the next few days it got round so I started anti-fungal cream now the ringworm infection is getting better.

Comment from: krazzy k, Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I caught ring worm and honestly haven’t got a clue how I got it. I noticed it in the shower, it was on my left upper arm. All the time I am at work or around, I have my t-shirt and it covers that area.

Comment from: member, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I caught ringworm at the beach of Waikiki.

Comment from: jel, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I caught ringworm from a public pool.

Comment from: Tdallas, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

No idea how I got ringworm. I have been fighting the nail fungus and athlete’s foot for some time and HIV + so don't know if that has anything to do with it. I am on a 5 day pill and topical cream treatment.

Comment from: chef, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I caught ringworm from a hotel room.

Comment from: weight lifter, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I caught ringworm from the mat at my workout facility.

Comment from: Softball, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I have itchy red skin that starts as blisters and ends up looking like ringworm and discolor my skin. The patches of red take a long time to go away. I'm also starting to have abdominal cramps and diarrhea and hope this is not attributed to a GI disorder.

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