What Is Ringworm In Humans?

Some people believe that ringworm is an actual worm that enters the body but this is not true, despite the sound of the name.  The medical term for ringworm is dermatophytosis or tinia and it is a condition caused by a fungal infection.  The dermatopyhtes feed on something called keratin, which is found on our skin, hair and nails.

There are many questions asked as to what is ringworm caused by, what is ringworm and how do you treat it so we will try to answer these questions here in some detail.


What Is Ringworm and Where Does It Come From?

Looking back in history, ringworm has existed since the early 1900s and back then was treated by applying various compounds to the infection such as iodine, sulphur poultices and mercury poultices.  It sounds hard when compared to today’s treatments but that was the nature of medicine at the turn of the twentieth century.  Latest statistics in the modern world show that one in five people are impacted by some type of ringworm at any given point in time.  High risk groups would include children with domestic pets and all team sporting players.

What Is Ringworm? – The Various Types

  • Tinea Faciei(Face Fungus)
  • Tinea Capitis (Scalp)
  • Tinea Crurisroin (Jock Itch) occurs in the groin area
  • Tinea Pedis (Feet) Athlete’s feet
  • Tinea Corporis (Body)
  • Tinea Unguium (Nails )
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What is Ringworm and What Does It Look Like?

Depending on which type of ringworm the person may have, it shows itself in different ways on different parts of the body.  Skin ringworm will show a raised red ring, clear in the centre with a surrounding ring or oval shape.  Athlete’s Foot looks like the skin is flaking and cracking especially between the toes.  The nails can be rather severe and is usually noticed as they start to discolour to a light brown or yellow colour and become very brittle.

What is Ringworm and What Causes It?

Ring worm is caused by coming into contact with an infected person, pet or on some occasions animals such as horses or cattle.  You may also get ringworm if you touch an object or place where an infected person has touched.  So you honestly have very little control over how you may get this disease.  It could be something as simple as sitting on a bus seat where an infected person has sat before you.

You can not prevent ringworm as you will have been infected before any symptoms start to show.  You can however stop it spreading to your family and friends and the bigger community by taking some very basic steps, while you get treated.

Don’t share personal clothing, sport’s equipment, towels, bed linen and avoid direct contact such as kissing, hugging or handshakes with anyone.  Wash your clothes, towels and bed linen in hot water with fungicidal soap.  Stay away from any pets or animals and certainly do not pet them.

What Is Ringworm In Dogs, Cats and Other Animals

Ringworm in domestic pets or animals is different to ringworm in humans. Animals for example are not carriers of foot ringworm to humans, but they can carry and transmit the other types of ringworm.  Ringworm in dogs etc must be treated by a vet and it is likely the animals will lose clusters of their hair as the ringworm attacks the skin underneath and makes the hair die and fall out.  On both animals and humans there is a considerable itching factor. The first signs of ringworm on an animal is the baldy patches on the skin.

Treatments can be expensive but they are very necessary and this should never be left to heal itself.  The pet will usually need a clipping but again be advised by the vet.  Treatments are usually various forms of dips in a sulphur solution. It can take up to ten weeks for a full course.

What is Ringworm and How Do You Treat It?

There are any number of treatments and remedies available and if you are in any doubt or have a specific medical need consult your doctor.  This is essential to do if there is a history of either lupus or liver disease.  Usually after two week’s treatment you should see an improvement.  The truth is some of these treatments work for some people and some don’t.

Always be aware of getting infected again as it is usually more severe and always take the full course of the treatment.  Don’t stop once you see an improvement as that would be a huge mistake.  Scalp, feet and nails ringworm are often treated with pills and can take longer to work.  It can often be a year or more for this to work and cure the ringworm.

Ringworm is mildly contagious and can be spread easily.  It must always be treated and the sooner you recognise the symptoms and begin treatment, then the sooner the ringworm will go away.

20 thoughts on “What Does Lupus Skin Rash Look Like

  1. huggz

    I think it really needs to be checked out professionally. The thing with lupus is that it can manifest in various ways, and your rash may appear different from another’s.
    You cannot just assume sun damage and self treat, get the rpofessional opinion before you try anything else;

  2. Michael B.

    Unexplained medical problems?
    I am a 22 year old male. I have always been a little overweight since I was a child. I have a history of asthma and depression, but other than that I have always been relatively healthy. In the last few years I have noticed some changes going on. Some things have been happening that have really concerned me in one way or another. I usually attribute it to anxiety and choose to ignore it. Let me start from the beginning.

    About 3 or 4 years ago I noticed some odd rashes on my skin. Brown in color, oddly shaped, but it was a consistent shape. it sometimes got lighter or darker but now it has almost disappeared. A few weeks ago I noticed some similar patches around my neck and shoulder area. I figured it was odd so I did what most other people do when they have a medical question but are too broke to go see a doctor… Web MD! I know reading that stuff will give you a panic attack just thinking about what you could have but hey, it was something. After checking some symptoms I googled some images of skin rashes hoping to match up what I had with someone else who had been diagnosed with something. I came across something that looked very similar, and it told me it was a lupus rash. I did some research and found out more about it but I figured the skin rash part of it was nothing to worry about and people just lived with it. However some new symptoms have me wondering.

    Last winter was horrible for me. I don’t know what I caught but it really knocked me on my butt for about three days. I had a severe fever and fatigue, but after 3 days of rest I felt better. Unfortunately somehow I ended up with an extreme case of Bronchitis which aggravated my asthma symptoms. I started taking my asthma medication again (I had stopped for the last 5 years because I never had anymore symptoms since I was a kid) and on some nights when I felt I couldn’t breathe I also took an albuterol nebulizer and my symptoms started to improve. One day I was at my fiance’s house and some things started to happen. On top of my allergies to her cats I kept coughing because of this bronchitis I couldn’t shake. I started having chest pains which freaked me out so I drove myself to the local Emergency Room. The diagnosis was Allergy induced asthma, and bronchitis with bronchospasms. I was prescribed a steroid (prednisone) to open up my airways and sure enough I got better. However one thing I notice now is that I sometimes feel like I don’t get enough air, like I can’t breathe in deep enough. It seems to happen more when I eat a lot so I have been avoiding eating as well. This really concerns me.

    I was not feeling well last night and I was searching online as usual for an answer. Out of the possible causes list of my symptoms (of about 50 different causes), up popped that name again. Lupus. Sigh.

    So I did some more searching to lupus related to some of my symptoms. These result alarmed me. I read a few personal accounts where people who had tested positive for lupus were experiencing very similar symptoms to what I have been feeling. One story was of a 10 year old girl who DIED from complications to lupus and MRSA. That scared the crap out of me. My fiance is pregnant and due later this year so I really want to make sure I am around for a long time to take care of her and my child. I just started a new job and another thing that alarmed me was when I had a drug test the report said they found trace amounts of protein in my urine. Hmm. Did some searching and the cause of that was also associated with symptoms of lupus. I am away from home for 4 weeks out of the month as an over the road truck driver and I have little time to be messing around with doctor’s appointments. Do I sound crazy or do I have reason to be concerned?

  3. Lynna

    Possible Eczema Case?? Or is it lupus?
    Lately, I’ve been noticing that my skin has become more and more sensitive. A while ago, I noticed that after I went out into the sun for a period of time, I developed a rash on my face. Since it wasn’t very itchy, and disappeared within a day, I didn’t think much of it. I thought it might be due to an ingredient with my sunscreen. For a time I was worried that this rash was the characteristics “butterfly rash” that many individuals with lupus get, but I have no other symptoms of lupus, and haven’t had the face rash since. However, I’ve noticed that in areas on my back, specifically where my bra comes into contact with my skin, bumpy patches have appeared. They look like small rashes, but are colorless, and NOT itchy. They feel like goosebumps, actually. I also recently developed a similar rash on a patch on my face, which is only slightly itchy, and one on my shoulder. I’m extremely confused as to what’s causing these rashes. I don’t have any other symptoms of lupus, so I don’t think thats my problem. Can individuals with eczema have small, non-itchy rashes, or are they always extremely itchy? I haven’t changed any detergents, tried any new perfumes, etc!! However, I have noticed that my allergy to cats has increased. Does anyone with eczema have similar symptoms? Or could this be somehow related to my allergies acting up?

  4. Asia ♥

    Please help me figure out what is wrong with me… Could it be Lupus?
    I’m trying to figure out what I have. My doctor is terrible and doesn’t believe anything I say. All he does when I ask for a test is say “You don’t need that test.” He thinks everything is all in my head for some reason but it’s not. I’ve been feeling ill for about 4 years now.

    My symptoms are:

    On and off loss of appetite and nausea.
    Extreme fatigue.
    Dizziness (Once it felt like the whole room was spinning – it was terrifying.)
    Sensitivity to light (Camera flashes make me feel nauseous.)
    Weakness (It’s hard to hold on to things etc.)
    My toes turn purple on and off (They look like Zombie toes….)
    My cuts don’t heal well and almost always leave a scar, even small cuts.
    Hair loss (Alopecia areata)
    Pale skin
    Anxiety (I shake alot when I’m nervous)
    Shortness of breath
    Change of eye sight (I can’t focus on things as quickly and the back of my eyes feel strained)

    I just found it weird that Lupus symptoms include the purple toes and hair loss…no other disease has both of them together…

    and I have 2 autoimmune disorders, so I’m thinking it must be an autoimmune disease I have

    The only thing is I don’t have joint pain…my knee’s do hurt sometimes but not enough to bother me. And I’ve never had the common “Butterfly rash” that some people with Lupus have.

    Everyone thinks its Diabetes but I’ve been checked for that.

    Could I have Lupus without the pain?

    1. Luv2smile

      I honestly can’t tell you what you have because I am not a doctor, however I am a mother. I would go to another doctor till you get answers. 🙂

  5. MaluLanix0x

    Help! Is this a liver condition?
    Lately I have been having problems with my thyroid (swelling of the neck, shortness of breath/rapid pulse, sweating/hot all the time, insomnia, eye protrusion, hair falling out, weight loss, the list goes on), and getting the doctors to check it is like pulling teeth. My doc only checked my TSH level (I have been too antsy to concentrate in school so she said it would be good to check my thyroid but for w.e. reason she left out my T3 & T4). I am left handed/anbidexterous (a risk factor for Grave’s disease) & my LEFT HANDED paternal grandfather was a type 1 diabetic. My maternal aunt has scleroderma & hypothyrodism. I have raynauds phenomion & have flare ups of joint pain/swelling. I get white spots in my fingers, neck, & feet. (I have been tested for lupus, RA, blah blah blah but everything’s f***cking negative). My thyroid condition seems to be flaring up again, but lately despite having smooth, velvety skin, i have had itchy rashes & my skin looks yellowish. I have been INCREDIBLY hungry the past few days (and i am NOT PMSing) & despite eating a lot I have lost weight (not a dramatic amount though). (When my thyroid flares up I do loose weight despite eating HUGE portions, but I do not recall being THIS hungry!) I am eating very healthfully (that is my nature & i eat 100% gluten/dairy free). On the other hand, the past two days I have pooped 4-5X each day. This may sound like TMI, but my poops had been green, then they became yellow, and now they are really loose & grey. This sounds weird, but I smelled something funny & my sweat underneath my pits smells fruity & sweet. So yeah, is there something going on with my liver, or what could this be?

  6. sunshine_punk

    is this story of mine at all good?! :D?
    I never really had it all you could say. Most kids worried about wearing their brand named clothes, having amazing cars, and having the perfect boyfriend/girlfriend. Personally all i worried about something much bigger. All I want to do is live.
    My life was going great until i hit 14. My parents were constantly fighting, for reason i still don’t know. They were at each other throats. So much, I thought eventually the neighbors would call the police. I had to be like a mom to my sister Lilly, 12 (who was also my best friend), even though she was only 2 years younger then me, since my mom would blame us for all the arguing.
    One morning after 2 agonizing years of hell my dad walked out on us. My mother became depressed. She saw a shrink 2 times a week and hardly got out of bed. and that put an enormous amount of pressure on me.. More then was already set on me. The pain of my dad leaving was pretty awful. After he left, a new burden began to show its ugly face.
    Oh i guess i never really introduced myself properly. My name is Kailey. I’m now 16 years old, and im dying.

    Chapter 1

    “Breathe in and out deeply,” the nurse Sally said as she held a cold stethoscope to my chest. I did as I was told and answered a text message from Mona at the same time.

    “Come over tonight? My mom’s out, and we can cook something strange! bring Lilly along!” -Mona.

    “Yeah sounds great! I have to ask my mom first of course. But you know her. So I will probably be there. What time?” I replied quickly, and put away my phone as the doctor walked in.

    “Hello, Kailey. How are you today?” Dr. Highman asked.
    “Same old. Same old. I havent been having as much axiety attacks lately.” I said checking my phone seeing if the was a new text yet.
    “So, the pills are working then huh?”
    “Yup,” i hiccuped. “Excuse me, but its not a thrill having to add another pill to my daily million of them.” i said sarcastically.
    “I understand, but having Lupus, is a differicult disease to control.” He said while writing something down on his clipboard.
    Lupus is the common name for systemic lupus erythematosus, also called SLE. Common symptoms include feeling very tired and having joint pain or swelling (arthritis), a fever, and a skin rash. Over time, some people with lupus have problems with the heart, lungs, kidneys, blood cells, or nervous system. I have it really bad in my nervous system, my joints, and my lungs and heart. Not to mention, my shortness in breath and how im tired often, and get feverish every once and a while. I guess having it since i was 4 has something to do with all the symtoms.
    I nodded my head in agreement.
    “So hows your mother doing? I noticed she isnt here,” he looked up at the empty chair next to the examination table, “again,” then at me.
    I looked away from his gaze and answered, “Well she doing fine i guess, still doesnt get out much. but im making sue she eats properly and takesher meds. Don;t worry about it doc.” I smiled and looked up at him again.
    “Well that good. dont forget, her appointment is…”
    I cut him off, “Next week on tuesday, I know. I know.” I rolled my eyes, upset that i was 16 already and now had to drive her everywhere.
    He nodded, “Ok. Well, miss. Kailey, you seem to be just fine, just keep up everything your doing. and here are your medication refills.” He scribbled on a peice of paper and handed it to me.
    I looked at it and just slowly nodded.
    “See you next time.” He walked out of the room.
    I sat in the room for a while. I felt my pocket vibrate and took out my phone.

    “hmm, around 5? you guys can spend the night too, if you want.” -Mona.

    “Yeah ok sounds good. just got out of the doctors right now. heading home.” Send.

    I got off the table and walked out of the room. I was heading out the doctores office, but then turned into the restroom. i set my phone on the sink and unzipped my pants and sat down. i didnt even have to go. My eyes felt droopy. I got back up and zipped my pants back up, put my phone in my pocket and turnined on the sink. I washed my hands then rinsed my face. I looked at myself in the mirror for a while. My auburn hair next to my ears were wet from wetting my face. My hazel eyes were bloodshot from my lack of sleep last night. I rinsed my face once more, dried it off and walked out of the restroom.
    I opened the door to my old beat up mustang, and sat down.

    “Oh? how’d it go?” -Mona.

    “Ya know.. The same.” Send.

    “Nothing wrong?” -Mona.

    “Nope everythings A-OK. Well for me anyway. haha” Send.

    “Thats good. =] Are you nervous about starting junior year?” -Mona.

    I started the car and pulled out. I drove just down the road then stopped at a gas station for some snacks.
    I walked in the door and swear everyone stopped and looked at me. But I’m probably just paranoid. i walked around and grabbed a bag of hot fries, a 2 liter coke, a bag of chocolates, and some macrowaveable ravioli’s. Yum, what a lunch.
    I paid

  7. skylar

    Have you done your H1N1 (Swine Flu) shot research? Read this…..?
    My bf did research on a article….kinda long but important, just do a quick read and you see the important parts!!!

    Excerpts from TORONTO STAR article:
    Pregnant women will get a shot of Aussie H1N1 vaccine
    October 27, 2009

    OTTAWA–Pregnant women will be able to get an alternative version of the H1N1 vaccine by early next week.The Australian imports do not contain adjuvant – a substance added to the vaccine to stretch supply and boost immunity. (YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, WHY CAN’T ALL OF OUR VACCINES BE OF THIS KIND?)

    The adjuvant used in most of the 50.4 million doses being produced by GlaxoSmithKline Inc. at its plant in Ste. Foy, Que., is a mixture of squalene (derived from fish oil), tocopherol (containing vitamin E) and an emulsifier called polysorbate. (SO WHAT ARE THEY NOT TELLING US? WELL LETS DO OUR OWN LITTLE RESEARCH. LET’S LOOK BELOW

    Sweden’s Karolinska Institute found that on injection, an “otherwise benign molecule like squalene can stimulate a self-destructive immune response,” even though it occurs naturally in the body.

    Other research shows that squalene is the experimental anthrax vaccine ingredient that caused devastating autoimmune diseases and deaths for many Gulf War veterans from the US, UK, and Australia, yet it continues in use today and for new vaccines development in labs.

    Other autoimmune diseases are also linked to humans injected with squalene. “… squalene-based adjuvants can induce autoimmune diseases in animals…observed in mice, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits.
    -Micropaleontologist Dr. Viera Scheibner conducted research into the adverse effects of adjuvants in vaccines and wrote:

    Squalene “contributed to the cascade of reactions called “Gulf War syndrome. (GIs developed) arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Raynaud’s phenomenon, Sjorgren’s syndrome, chronic diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever.”

    The Washington Post also confirmed that the H1N1 flu vaccine l contains the mercury derivative thiomersal, a toxin linked with autism and neurological disorders.

    The swine flu shot ingredients also include formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and Polysorbate 80, a preservative which causes infertility in mice.

    It is toxic and should not be eaten, drunk, put on the skin or injected.

    Polysorbate 80 is a ubiquitously used solubilizing agent that can cause severe nonimmunologic anaphylactoid reactions.”

    Put in plain English, polysorbate 80 can affect your immune system and cause severe anaphylactic shock which can kill.

    so do you really want to drink the kool-aid now?

    SO my question is…how many people are planning to get this shot without knowing what is in it? What are your thoughts on the shot?

    Thanks everyone!
    Anything AFTER the LOOK BELOW is outside research not from the article, the article tells you that it is safe, yet research can show otherwise.

    1. BJC

      You have been mislead by the anti-vaccine propoganda machine. With their half-truths and inflammatory language they have been deceiving the public for too long. I also think you need to reconsider your use of the phrase “real professional research”.

      Were you aware that vaccines that don’t contain adjuvants have to have far more toxin (antigen) in them than vaccines that have adjuvants? We use adjuvants to be able to provide a vaccine with less toxin and still get the same immune response. Why can’t all our vaccines be like that? There is the answer.

      The studies you mention are being taken completely out of context and many of them cannot be applied to the presence of these substances in vaccines. (I checked up on your sources..ps. The Karolinska Institute thesis where the info was derived from does not say what you say it does…it is being horribly misinterpreted by people without a scientific knowledge base) It’s like providing someone with the toxicity information of formaldehyde in mass quantities (it can cause this and that and do this….ooooh it’s so scary) and talk about that in relation to vaccines that MAY contain microscopic traces of formaldehyde in them, and ignoring the fact that an infant has 10x more formaldehyde coursing through his/her veins produced as a metabolic intermediary than could be found in 10 vaccines. Do you see how this information is easy to misconstrue? Formaldehyde that may be present in some vaccines cannot cause cancer. Why is there formaldehyde traces in vaccines…..they prevent bacterial and viral contamination. Before the inclusion of formaldehyde in the production process (again only trace elements of it are left, if any at all, in the final vaccine product)…..people died from bacterial contamination of vaccines. The only people at risk are those who are allergic to formaldehyde and I have not heard reference in the literature to this allergy being common.

      This is one of the main tactics behind the propganda machine. Twisting things and using studies out of context, or using studies that are not scientifically sound and have not been peer-reviewed. And, the general public is not informed enough to be able to be critical of the information and so are easily mislead by the lies and inflammatory language

      Saying that squalene was responsible, or even “contributed to the cascade” with deaths/illness in Gulf War veterans who received Anthrax vaccinations is patently untrue and completely innacurate. There have been no deaths caused by squalene in vaccinations. A micropaleontologist provided that gem of a quote, I see. Are you aware of what a micropaleontologist is? Hint hint: paleontology is the study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms. She sounds super-qualified to be doing research on vaccines!

      Saying that squalene in vaccines has induced autoimmune diseases (they are referring to arthritis which is an AI disease) happened when the mineral oil was applied generously to the exterior of these animals’ mucosal membranes in quantities so much larger than what would be contained in a vaccine…..again with the twisting…..

      Oh, and ANY foreign substance can cause severe anaphylaxis if you are allergic to it…..but in the context of what you were writing it makes it seem like it is common and very scary. Squalene has not, to my knowledge, ever been associated with allergies in large amounts of people (or even a smallish number of people)

      And PLEASE, mentioning the “link” between autism and other neurological disorders……which is again, hogwash. No link has ever been established. And how is information on this being twisted by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine?. Check out the difference between methyl mercury and ethyl mercury…one of which is a possible ingredient in some vaccines and the other (VERY DIFFERENT) chemical is what causes environmental neourological disorders when a person is exposed for a lengthy time. Often when the anti-vaccine propaganda machine uses information about mercury…they forget to tell people the information they are providing is for a completely different chemical. Ethyl mercury (thimerosal) has been shown to clear the body very quickly. Methyl mercury (not used in vaccines, but found in some industrial workplaces) is a chemical that our body’s cannot clear quickly and which result in long term exposure. We know, conclusively, that mercury causes brain damage only through long term exposure. Ethyl vs. methyl…..didn’t see you talk about that in your post. The link does not exist.

      And now to address polysorbate 80. Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier and solubilizer that is used in MANY foods (including ice cream) and is used in MANY medications that are given using an IV. Ever had IV meds before?

      In conclusion, your data is bogus and at the very least, taken completely out of context. The real professional research you have done has been to visit websites created by the anti-vaccine propaganda machine and taken the bait hook, line, and sinker.

      My problem with your posting has to do with the fact that you are passing on the lies and misinformation that will end up causing more deaths and anguish. That is dangerous, unethical, and egregious. Please stop spreading lies.

  8. Alanarama

    can anyone with lupus help please?
    i have recently been diagnose with raynauds syndrome which i understand can be a symtom of lupus.
    i have been to the doctors and bloods have been taken and sent off to find the cause of my raynauds i am just waiting for the results, but i am extremely worried. i have other symptoms of lupus too i just didnt realise they were symptoms of it.
    here goes
    ranaud’s symdrome
    white patches of skin near my eyes, genitalia, hips, and underarms
    butterfly rash
    aching knees (comes and goes)
    random nose bleeds (althouh i havent had one in a while)
    really red blistered toes
    chest pain when i breathe in sometimes(can be in my shoulder too)
    feelings of nausea or being sick for aparently no reason
    fever-i always feel freezing and have to wrap up but my boyfriend tells me iam really hot but i insist i am freezing cold
    abdominal pain and wierd feelings in my stomach
    red spots on my skin that come and go
    tingling and numbness in my arms mainly but sometimes in my legs
    i have been ill several times and they found exess protein in my unrine
    i get like blisters on my fingers and toes
    mostiof the time i want to do something but just feel “whats the point” or “im too tired”

    i think really what im wanting is your opinions if it could be lupus? or could it be something else? i guess i am just looking for reassurance. any help will be greatly appreciated, and any advice too, thanks xx

  9. carol

    Is there a doctor in Chicago or Southwest Suburbs who can help me?
    Terribly ill for 33 months with burning rashes, blotches and burning skin without them. The blotches never go away, the rashes do somewhat with hydrocortisone cream, but always come back on my arms, legs, abdomen, back of thighs, and butt. Sometimes my eyes feel like someone is sticking needles in them, and they have been red for 33 months and burning and itching. Muscle spasms, muscle twitching, burning in mouth, and bad taste. Blurred vision occasionaly, nausea, severe with occasional vomiting, dizzy. Can hardly eat or even drink much so constanly dehydrated.
    Also a feeling as if someone put ice cubes on my ears and scalp. My mouth, hands, feet and ears turn so red, I almost look purple. abdominal cramps so bad I want to die, no diarrhea. Terrible fatigue, I imagine from not eating and sleeping. Only the gastroenterologist (diagnosed with hiatal hernia, ulcer, colitis, diverticulosis, liver cysts, ovarian cyst – found during a cat scan, endoscopic, and colonoscopy) and the allergist (who said no allergy, histamine level low, no lupus or thyroid or adrenal disease,- the other doctors, and many emergency visits ended up with the same thing-
    antihistamines, steroids, tranquilizers, and antidepressants that didn’t work, and a few almost killed me. I am in agony, the pain is on a scale off 1-10 anywhere from a 3-8, most of the time 7-8.
    I am constantly in the shower for the burning, probably psychological that it works, I don’t know what to do. I do have darvocet for pain, not worth taking for mild, take it for moderate pain, knock myself out with sleeping pills for the severe. I can many days barely make it to the bathroom, so I am alone with no human contact, and rarely even get to Church, which I love dearly, or spend time with my grandchildren who are my life. The other day I could not even sit in the park for more than 15 minutes watching them. If someone can help me. The doctors, took my insurance, copays, and did nothing more than repeat blood tests that were already taken 15 times, then they send a bill for copays. I am in a living hell. Of course I am agitated, right now my scalp felt like someone stabbed me with a knife. have to get off. Please, someone help me, carol m
    Also, sometimes my whole body shakes, and my thinking is ubelievably foggy. I am in front of a fan 24 hours a day.
    While I appreciate everyone trying to answer my question, I think the point has been missed; no sarcasm intended. The answer was comparable to yes there are medcines in the pharmacy. That will do me no good. I need to know if anyone knows a specific doctor who actually listens to their patients, takes tests, and really tries to find out what is wrong, The doctors I saw, gave me pills, and told me to see a shrink. In the meantime I am getting worse. Not long ago, I was in so much pain, I was standing in the middle of my bedroom, couldn’t sit, or touch anything, the pain was so bad. , crying. had just been to the emergency room two days before. They did nothing and I had to pay cabfare home. If anyone goes to or knows such a doctor I would appreciate knowing their name. thank you. I knock myself out all day or night cause I cannot take the pain, etc. anymore. Of course I get immune to the pills, as I am now, I have not slept since I don’t know when. I can’t see straight.

  10. brandons_mom

    The lonliness if feeling you’re losing your mind?
    I have this fear. I believe I’m losing my mind. All tests have attested to the exact opposite. No psychiatrist thinks that I have any other disorder other than OCD and health related anxiety. I’ve had blood work done, a brain CT and numerous in-house assessments of my symptoms at my doctor’s office. No one thinks there is anything WRONG with me!!! The thing is…I don’t even know if I care anymore. Does anyone else ever feel like they care so much, but at the same time not at all? My will to live is strong and I’d never do anything to harm myself, but these thoughts are so isolating and frightening to me. I’m now wondering if I’ve got dyscoid lupus like my mom and since the weather is getting colder in California my skin is dry and itchy with red patches which I’m assuming are the classic lupus rashes….It’s not really having the lupus the bothers me though, it’s my thinking the lupus has turned systemic and is attacking my brain and that explains my feelings of severe detachment and depersonalization. I don’t even know if I’m explaining myself in the way I want, which is frustrating in itself. I see my family and I know they’re my family, but when I look at them it just feels different now. I feel far away, almost like they’re strangers who I happen to know everything about. I miss them. Does this make any sense? I don’t ******* fear death anymore, I fear life. I fear losing people and my ability to perceive the things around me in a sane manner. I don’t think clearly and wonder if I ever will. I’m terrified, if that’s what you want to call it because quite honestly, I’m not too sure I even know how I feel anymore…but I’m terrified that I’ve already lost my mind. Where have I gone? I want nothing more than to walk outside tomorrow morning and take a deep breath of October air and thank God that I’m alive. I want to pick my son up in my arms and smell his hair and FEEL the immense love I know I bestow for him somewhere deep in myself. I want to care about stupid things like high gas prices and the blowout sale at the shoe pavilion. I want to LIVE again. I want to be able to care about things the way I want and the way I should. I want to not feel so damn selfish all the time and to help other people without constantly thinking of myself. I want God in my life again. I want to be carefree like I used to be and have a couple beers without thinking it’s the end of the freakin’ world!!! I want to smoke a fattie and not hyperventilate. Wow, I sure have a lot of desires. Maybe I should just stop whining, just not having a very good time right now. Thanks.


    1. immortal

      Hey i have subscribed to you in yahoo answers.i can understand how you feel.all those who answered you were right.its all because of LONELINESS.You may think that you have a family,friends and parents,but still you feel lonely coz you may not be open in ur relationship with them.You experience depression because you dont even know where is the root of problem.Hence you attribute the reasons to some factors in a guess (like you suspected cockroach entering your head).even sometimes you loose belief in god,feeling lonely,always mood out,but dont know why,always thinking about yourself..so that sometimes even you loose friends because of that…..i can understand your grief…because i experienced the same.After seeing your question and the answers i realise now that i hav suffered from lonliness.You have shown me the light in my life.but i am still feeling socially awkward and i am battling with it ,anyway i try to control my mind.here after i will try to communicate freely with my friends.if you dont mind feel free to share your feelings with me……

  11. Brittany

    what is this pimple/bug bite like rash that wont go away?
    i woke up on saturday and i noticed a weird patch of something, like dry skin maybe, in an oval shape, right under my bra line on my side. throughout the day i noticed i was getting a bit of a rash on my stomach. it was like little red bug bites or pimples. but it wasn’t TOO bad, and it was only on my stomach, so i thought nothing of it and ignored it. the next day the rash had worsened, and it was on my back now, too. but it wasnt itchy at all. until today. this is the 4th day ive had the rash, and its now on my stomach, back, sides, chest, and back of neck. its gotten worse and worse, and now its starting to become really itchy. ive also notcied that in water, it seems to worsten a lot. when i take a bath or shower they seem to spread. does anyone have any idea of what this could be? ive looked at things such as rosacia, shingles, lupus, chicken pox…etc. i dont think its any of those. but…please help?

    1. Hush

      It could be all sorts of different things, from chicken pox to a virus to poison oak, and it’s just not possible to diagnose over the Internet. Your best bet is to go to the doctor so you can get treatment, relief from the itching, and prevent infection. In the meantime, you can try calomine lotion or an oatmeal bath to help reduce the itching.

  12. Joyce C

    what should my niece-in-law should do?
    my niece has psoriasis and shes had it since she was 23 and now she is 43. she has two small children and does not work. she lives with me her aunt and mother-in-law. well the problem is she started getting this rash that just took of over night got really bad and she went to one hospital and they said it was just her psoriasis’s was acting up and she knew that was wrong. so she went home and had to go back the following morning because it got worse. this rash was on her hands, feet, in her mouth and painful. the other hospital took one look at her and said it could be lupus we need to admit you or you could go home and get worse and eventually die if not taken care of. well they put her in hooked her up to iv’s took blood and said they where going to take a skin biopsy. well the docs said the next day that they still don’t know what it is and since she has no insurance and no money it would be best if she just left. this hospital used to be the county hospital and everyone went there that had no way to pay. over the years they changed their policy but now both hospital has to give a patient reasonable care no matter what the circumstances. she asked well can she get some of the medication that they had her on to go home with and they asked why you could not afford it. she asked about medicaid and said she didn’t qualify. they said that her lupus test would be in tomorrow maybe and she could get the results at the health clinic and sent her out the door. i just think that the hospital did her wrong and how could they send her out the door when she is still sick with this rash that goes from the top of her head to het toes and is so painful she can barely walk. i would just like someone elses opinion. thank you

    1. Laurennn

      I dont have any information about the rash or anything. And I dont really know what the laws are like over there. But in England, all health care is free, and it is against the law to treat anybody like this. Maybe you should research about the laws put into place for situations like this

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