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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-26-2008, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ringworm

Hi All,

I'm new here and am hoping to get some help/question answered.

I recently went on a vacation to a friend's house where one of her barn cats accidentally scratched me (it was a kitten). Since then, I have developed ringworm which I am treating.

However, my concern is - is it possible for my own housecat to contract ringworm from me? I'm guessing not but your advice/comments from experience would be appreciated.

Thanks so much!

Lexi
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-26-2008, 12:54 AM
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Re: Ringworm

Welcome, and I'm sorry to say...but yes, ringworm is contagious. However, IF you keep the affected areas cleaned, treated, covered and immediately wash clothing/bedding and/or restrict access to fabrics you've come into contact with, the chances should be minimal.
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Re: Ringworm

So, you are saying my cat can get ringworm from me?

I haven't been restricting her from anything...what are her chances of getting it? How do you treat it in cats?
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-26-2008, 01:05 AM
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Re: Ringworm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringworm

Specific info about feline ringworm:
http://www.cat-world.com.au/Ringworm.htm

You can treat yourself with OTC anti-fungals like tinactin and other products for athlete's foot. For cats, you could treat them also with the cream, but it is difficult because they can/will lick it off. I have never had a cat with ringworm, so I don't know how it is treated. I know several members have successfully treated it, but I can't recall who they were.
You could do a forum search for "ringworm" and see what the archives bring up in the way of information until other members reply.

I also wanted to say, sometimes individuals will catch it easily and sometimes they won't. It really isn't predictable. I would begin limiting clothing contact immediately, though. If your cat sleeps above the covers she should be okay, but I would probably prohibit sleeping under the covers with you unless you are able to bandage the site of your ringworm. (I don't think bandaging ringworm is advised, but I think it would be fine if you are trying to prevent the spread of it.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-26-2008, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ringworm

Thanks for the information.

This is really super bad. My cat can't catch ringworm - she's 13 and none of the treatments would affect her well - very finicky.
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Well, just watch yourself and keep contact to a minimum. The 2nd link I provided (I skimmed it) said it is usually young kittens who catch it, with not fully developed immune systems. If your aged kitty is healthy, then she may be just fine.
h

*I'm going to bed, you've been replying quickly and I didn't want to just 'drop off' and leave you hanging, not knowing where I'd gone. Goodnight.



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Thanks again, sleep well!
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-29-2008, 09:58 PM
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Re: Ringworm

We had a terrible outbreak of ringworm from a new kitten.

My physician did tell me that it is less likely for a human to give it to
an animal....more commonly the animal passes it to the human.

Of course anything is possible.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-29-2008, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Ringworm

Thanks! On myself, it is clearing up fairly quick/responding to the tinactin well.

I have high hopes and am being careful with contact.
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