Tuesday, January 27, 2009

We are fighting RINGWORM!

Gross, I know. Started back in December. And I just can't shake the darn things. Not on me. On my children. All three of them.

Okay, so the first child I noticed one on was Miss Missy. She got one on her face, right above her lip and I immediately took her to the doctor. He prescribed her Nystatin Cream, which didn't seem to be doing the trick. The rash would simply dry up in one area and keep moving across her lip to her jaw.

For those of you that are not familiar with what a ring worm actually is, it's not an actual worm. It was thought to be a worm when first discovered, but is actually a fungus that spreads.

About a week or so later, I noticed a LARGE round spot in Sir-Talks-A-Lot's head. I'd been looking at it but thought it may have been a cowlick of some sort or that he had some grease in that spot that made his hair lay funny. Finally I took him in to be seen too. At the doctor, I noticed another place on his forehead that looked suspect. The doctor assured me that the spot in his hair was NOT a ring worm but the spot on his forehead looked like the beginning of one. He gave his the exact medicine.

As the days went on, Miss Missy's spot wasn't clearing and Sir-Talks-A-Lot's dry cowlick-looking spot in his hair was surely a ringworm, contrary to what that friggin' doctors said! Hubs looked online and found that the best and quickest home remedy cure for the fungus was BLEACH, so I stood back and let him do his thing, applying Clorox to my babies' faces and hair, praying that Sir-Talks-A-Lot didn't end up with a bleached blond circle in the front of his head and Miss Missy didn't come out of this looking like she had Michael Jackson's skin disease!

And Guess what! Miss Missy's spot cleared right up, didn't even leave much of a scar as I'd expected.

Sir-Talks-A-Lot, on the other hand.............. My child is now infested with ringworm of the scalp, also known as Tenia Capitis. The best cure for this is an oral antibiotic and an antifungal shampoo. I have a feeling that we all are going to need this antibiotic, which is supposed to work farely quickly, because one website I read said that adults could be carriers once they come in contact with the fungus and not have any signs.


Oh, and this demon didn't leave out Runnin' Man. OH NO! The creature has taken all of my children captive! Noticed a spot on him yesterday that is undoubtfully a circular rash. This thing is like cupid's arrow on Valentine's Day! No one is safe!

So back to the doctor I go tomorrow ASAP to DEMAND this magic pill. Then comes the extreme sanitizing of everyithing I can think of that could have been touched by the culprit or one of my kids' infected, germy hands. I'm itching everywhere just typing about it my skin is crawling and I'm seriously grossed out!

OMG! What the heck is this spot in the middle of my forehead!!!!!!!!


Jenni Jiggety said...

Oh noooooo! I hope the doctor has an answer for you!

maitlandmommy said...

we had our own fight here with a fungus amongus - not ring worm, and i can't remember the disease except to say that it looked like tiny blisters and i FREAKED OUT. The virus was harmless it turned out - but had a 24 MONTH run - and i every time i thought we had it beat - the boys would share a towel or they would swap pillows in or climb into bed with each other int he middle of the night and BAM that damn thing would jump to the other kid. I'm so glad that's done...hang in there.

Kristin said...

Aghh! I'm itching too just thinking about it! I hope you can find something that knocks it out. There's just so much stuff now that kids can bring home, there's just no way to prevent it all. Good luck!!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Girl, get some tea tree oil and see if that won't get rid of it. Tea tree oil is good for all kinds of fungi and things.

I'm itching right along with you. Good luck!

Ms. Bar B: said...

Damn... are there any more vacancies at Cootieville??? Lol.

Good luck with getting the kiddies cured... hope it doesn't cause them too much discomfort.

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Bleach and Neem oil. The bleach will kill it and Neem oil will keep it from recurring until everyone is carrier and active fungi free.

My husband works with troubled adolescents-after 30+ years of never having a ringworm, chicken pox et al-he decides to bring his occupational hazards home. Ick.

Rachel said...

Oh no I hope it heals quickly!

HeatherY said...

OH NO! There is a fungus amongus. That is awful! I feel for you. I hope there is a magic pill to get rid of that mess. Poor babies!

Heinous said...

Wow, you're getting hit hard. I hope it clears up for you soon. My sympathies.