Friday, February 14, 2014


It started a week or so. We noticed a mark on Mica's neck. We just assumed it was eczema.

Both boys battled eczema when they were babies on their heads from all the antibiotics that were pumped down them when they had their major illnesses (Mica had a staph infection in his neck and Isaak had meningitis). We gave them probiotics and the eczema decreased big time.

I decided to try probiotics once again. Mica took them. Usually eczema starts to fade soon after, but doesn't go away until you take them for a few weeks.

Mica's spot didn't diminish. In fact it got worse. I was starting to wonder what to do with this stubborn eczema spot?

Then that night I noticed the spot was a perfect circle. The raised area went down, and it had a ring and circle inside the ring. Ringworm came to my mind right away when I saw that. Take a look at his neck.

By the way I had to educated myself. Ringworm isn't from worms.

Ringworm is common, especially among children. However, it may affect people of all ages. It is caused by a fungus, not a worm like the name suggests.

Many bacteria and fungi live on your body. Some of these are useful, while others can cause infections. Ringworm occurs when a type of fungus called tinea grows and multiplies on your skin.

I imagine with dry chapped skin, you can get bacteria and fungi pretty easy.

Daddy spent the morning taking Mica to the doctor's office. I called the school to let them know. It is contagious, but the doctor didn't seem too concerned. It's not like Mica will be rubbing necks with other kids. He didn't go back to school. They only had a 1/2 day today anyhow. 

I never knew it was a common thing among kids. I also was also mislead by its name. Seriously...why did they have to add worm in the name?

Mica has an over the counter cream to apply 4 times a day. I'm glad we had him go to the doctor. Even if it's over the counter meds, I feel better that we're treating him for the right thing.

Have you are anyone you know ever had Ringworm?


Masshole Mommy said...

I've heard of it, but I have never knows anyone that had it. I think it's pretty common, though.

~ Noelle said...

I don't know anyone that has had it, but I have heard of it before...

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Hey Alissa - ringworm is indeed one of those childhood things (like nits) which can cause consternation and used to carry a stigma...certainly in the UK...

As a homoeopathic physician I can tell you that children respond particularly well to h'pathic treatment and particularly for acute manifestations such as this. Should it interest you to follow up on such a possibility, than I suggest you CLICK HERE. A face-to-face consultation should always be set up at initial contact. No one should be prescribing via electronic/telephonic means without at least that first physical investigation.

it is one of the great dilemmas for the modern parent; how much of the gross chemical treatment to permit and how to balance it with alternatives. Either way, I trust Mica's patch will soon be history! YAM xx

mail4rosey said...

We like to swim in the lake in the summer. This summer my youngest got ring worm, and we thought it must have come from the lake? I don't know if it's true or not, but we didn't go back in the water, and now we're kind of scared to...not that it matters this time of year. ;)

I'm sorry your boy got it on his neck. :( I agree, putting 'worm' in the name makes it sound much grosser than it is, who thought of that anyway???

Theresa Mahoney said...

My dog got it when he was a puppy. I also thought he might have "worms" but the vet educated us pretty quick. Such a gross name!

Terra Heck said...

I have a couple nieces who've dealt with ringworm before. I had no idea, though, that it wasn't actually from worms. Good to know!


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