Monday, January 3, 2011

The worm inside me

Three weeks ago as I was showering and shaving my legs, I noticed this red spot on the back side of my lower leg.  It was a pretty good sized red circle. My first thought was that maybe some little critter had bit me as I was sleeping. I showed it to my boyfriend, and he thought it was a spider bite as well. So yesterday I caught the culprit, who was hiding behind my wooden chest, and vacuumed that sucker up because I didn't want to be bitten again. Well, this morning, as I was showering at freakin' 6:00 am in the morning, I noticed that the red circle was still there. And then it hit me. Maybe it isn't a spider bite. The red circle looks exactly the same as it did three weeks ago and I mean, do spider bite marks last that long??? 3 weeks...without changing?? So I thought back on my Microbiology class were we learned about microbes, fungi, poop and all that good stuff and remembered a picture that looked exactly the same as what I had on my leg. I went to WebMd, looked up some pictures, read some, and after all that, my diagnosis is that I HAVE RINGWORM!!!!

This is exactly what it looks like except maybe not so thick or scabby.
I would take a picture of my leg but my camera has no battery and is charging. 
Going to the doctor to confirm my suspicion would be too expensive since I don't have health insurance. But ringworm is treated with an anti-fungal cream that you can get at any store and that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'll keep you updated.

Have any of you had ringworm before?


  1. So sorry! You are quite the researcher.

  2. :( Looks scary at the first sight! I haven't had ringworm but as far as I know it's harmless.

  3. Ringworm is the worst! I have never had it before but a lot of people that have had it. Hope it goes away soon!

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth

  4. @Mandy Haha I guess I am, or maybe it's just the nurse-to-be in me. ;)

    @Susi Yes, it is harmless but i promise it doesn't look that scary. it's pretty small.

    @Chelsea Elizabeth Thanks! I hope so too! And i'm a little glad to hear that I'm there's many who've had it. I just wonder how I got it. Maybe because it's boot season... who knows.

  5. oh my, i am so sorry to hear this dear :(


    ps. your comment about "snow in the crack" made me laugh sooo hard... i had to call my sister in the room & read it to her :)

  6. I have had ringworm before! Sorry to say! After I used the anti-fungal cream it went away pretty fast. Thank goodness. I hope it clears up soon for you!