Ringworm Look-Alikes

My son, Jerimie, is seven years old. Ever since he was two he has developed a skin condition that looks similar to ringworm. We have taken him to the doctor for a diagnosis and they have diagnosed him with ringworm. We treated the area with Lotrimin and the condition did not go away. The area is not red, simply raised bumpy skin in a circular form. It has not spread to anyone else. With time (2-3 months) the condition simply disappeared. At times it comes back in the same area for a month or two. The area does not itch or bother my son at all. I was simply curious as to what it might be.
Kyra McBrayer – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Two boys flexing their muscles in the summer outdoors. Ringworm Look-Alikes

Dr. Greene`s Answer:

When ringworm is treated with an appropriate antifungal medication, such as Lotrimin, improvement is usually seen within 7 to 10 days. Treat it for at least one week following the clearing of the rash to make sure that all of the fungus is gone.

Rash that is a ringworm look-alike. From A.D.A.M. image collection.

 

If the condition does not go away with 4 weeks of treatment, then it was probably not ringworm in the first place.

Many other skin conditions look similar enough to ringworm, ringworm look-alikes, for the diagnosis to be commonly confused.

Ringworm Look-Alikes: Granuloma

Granuloma annulare is a common skin condition with raised, flesh-colored bumps that appear in a ring. It may occur on any part of the body (though most commonly on the sides or backs of the hands or feet). The bumps may be red at the beginning, but this disappears as the ring forms. There is no itching or scaling. The rings vary in size from about 1/4 inch to 2 inches in diameter.

No one knows for certain what causes granuloma annulare. It is not an infection. I believe it is probably a slow hypersensitivity reaction that some individuals develop to different types of minor trauma. It may, however, be related somehow to diabetes. Most children with granuloma annulare are healthy and don’t go on to develop diabetes, but diabetes does occur more commonly in people who form these rings than in those who don’t.

Granuloma annulare usually disappears spontaneously within several months of appearing (though it can take years). In almost half of cases the ring comes back for a while, usually at the original site. Sometimes localized lesions may respond to topical steroid ointments. Some physicians recommend treating this condition with steroid injections, or even stronger medications. Since the ring is usually not bothersome, and usually disappears on its own, I do not routinely recommend treatment. Often these rings will disappear following a small injection of sterile saline, so if treatment is chosen, I would consider this simple, safe method.

Ringworm Look-Alikes: Nummular Eczema

Nummular eczema is another common skin condition that is often mistaken for ringworm. This is a coin-shaped patch of dry, scaly skin. Itching is variable. Nummular eczema is aggravated by bathing, soaps, and irritants such as wool. Treatment involves limited bathing, generous use of alcohol-free moisturizers, and topical steroid creams. This can keep the patch under control, but it is not unusual for the condition to flare up again at the original site.

Occasionally patches of nummular eczema disappear when someone is taking an antibiotic for some other reason. Bacteria can invade the skin in these dry, scaly areas. If a patch of nummular eczema is stubborn, try treating with an antibiotic ointment.

Ringworm Look-Alikes: A Host Less Common Culprits

Other conditions that occasionally look like ringworm include seborrhea, psoriasis, pityriasis, contact dermatitis (such as poison oak), drug reactions, tinea versicolor, vitiligo, erythema migrans (a rash seen in Lyme disease), and even lupus. Your physician can differentiate these from ringworm by a skin scraping or biopsy, if necessary.

Your question, Kyra, touches on an issue of profound importance. The take-home lesson is that a “feedback loop” is a critical part of your relationship with a doctor. When a doctor looks at a raised ring on the skin (or any condition), it is appropriate to make the most likely diagnosis based on the available information (and any testing that might be indicated). If things don’t improve as expected, make sure to tell your doctor, so that this new information can be used in setting a course from here.

This living cycle of observation and reevaluation allows the most accurate insight into the mysterious workings of Jerimie’s unique body. Whatever issues arise with his health, let your experience with this ring remind you to keep the loop connected.

Do you need more information on ringworm look-alikes? Let us know below.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

  1. Ola Akin

    I had dis ringworm-like growth, is not itching me but when it disappears it leaves a black spot at its location and eventually reapears at another spot. No treatment has proven useful since i started experiencing it and its more on my stomach and other areas too . Please help.

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  2. Tatiana

    I have a red outlined perfect circle that doesn’t irritate and it looks like a red marker lid pressed against my skin but we tried to rub it off and it didn’t come off so I don’t know what it is and I’m concerned

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  3. Lori Hartley

    I started out with a small itchy circle rash on my upper arm. About 3 days later I got another one right next to it and the very next day after that I got 2 on my leg and then 1 day after that I got one further down my leg. All spots are from the size of a nickle to the size of jelly bean. They are all on my left side and they all itch like crazy.

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    • franny

      I have the same thing and can’t figure it out I have been trying to apply tea tree oil on my and it doesn’t seem to help so i’m not sure what else to do about it b/c i have them the same spots as you

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  4. Danielle

    Hi
    My 4yo has a white round patch on top of her leg only on the left side it has now developed in groin area and down around her knee and lower leg, I have taken her to doctors and they keep giving me creame and it’s not working she has dark skin as her father is Fijian Indian o am Australian, I just have no idea what to do as it’s getting worse I would upload a pic but there is not a link

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  5. Linda Daines

    my great niece has the particular type of look alike that are upon this discourse but she still has them and she is still getting more. They are about an 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches across and it has been said that it is not ring worm. we live in a house where there were dogs but cannot say that this is what it is the cause. the sensitivity is a great thought and that the fact of a minor trauma( what kind of minor trauma do u mean?)

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  6. Lexa

    My developed these huge areas which almost look like welts and some that are small 2 inch diameter circles that do not itch I recent had taken him to the hospital where they said he has hives and treated him with Benadryl. The Benadryl seemed to have worked until they started appearing on his skin in other locations. I took him back to a pediatrician and they said the same thing hives and prescribed him a steroid. With the steroid the same thing happened when given the recommended dosage the spots go away but appear somewhere else! Please help me what is going on! I have pictures as well

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  7. Mariah Jordan

    My best friend went swimming in a creek today, has a rash from her leg to her ankle. None of the doctors know what it is. It looks like ring worm but isn’t.

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  8. ANDY

    Up near my bicep there is a redish pink small circle. It looks dry and it doesnt itch. I have tried dry skin lotion for 4 day and nothing changed then tried anti itch cream hydro cordizone 4 days nothing and now been using lomitron 4 days as of today and still no change. Not sure what this is.

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  9. Christina

    After being in the hospital for 11 days and having a mid-line iv. I now how a place that looks like ringworm. Two circles of red itchy blisters, some flaky, raised, inflamed. Arm is swollen from a blown vein, fluids filled my arm, but this area is the area of concern. Is it something to have looked at or will it go away?

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    • Hi Christina,

      Do you have a follow-up visit scheduled soon? If so, this would be important to bring up with your doctor. If not, certainly worth a call today to your doctor’s patient line. A nurse there may know you, your history, and be able to give you specific information.

      Hope that helps,
      @MsGreene

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  10. Klare

    How about a spot that looks like ring worm (one single spot) that doesn’t itch or anything and its been on someone’s back for a month or more. Not raised, no bumps just a red oval area.

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    • howard robbins

      I was in the hospital for a heart cath and I am allergic to the die I have broke out all over my back and chest at least 3o places it looks like ringworm but all the creams ive used for it Lamisil has not helped at all I need help

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    • JEN

      My son has the same issue, same place. We’re you able to find out what it is?

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    • JEN

      My son has the same issue, same place. Were you able to figure out what it is?

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    • Vandi

      I have a spot like this on my inner thigh. Just the one spot and it doesn’t bother me at all. Did you find any info out?

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  11. Kol

    Culprits Is what I think I have how is it treatable

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  12. Anna

    Hi! For the past 9 years I have been breaking out in these small bumps that eventually get bigger. There are multiple ones at a time all over my body. I had a punch test at the dermatologist and it came back as allergy related but I’m not buying it. They usually last about 6-8 weeks however this round is going on 12 weeks. They show up every 12-18 months. They don’t hurt but they itch like crazy. Any suggestions?

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    • Terri

      ANNA,
      Try looking up photos of auto-immune rashes. I got one twice a about a year apart. My sister got it 5-6 times for a few years, months apart also. Turns out we were both taking the same medication occasionally. There are types of auto immune rashes that come from an auto immune diseases but this type is unrelated to any type of disease. It just caused our body to attack itself. Insane itching.

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  13. kelly

    my son is 11 years old for 2 years he had a small ring worm shaped spot on his fore head right on the hairline and one in the center of his forehead it never goes away. He got tiny ones on his cheek, under his eye and his ear and some dark spots on his hand right after the elbow which is black cause he picks it and it keeps growing back. The one in the middle of his forhead is growing with about 5 little circles aroround it to form 1 i would really like to know what this is and how it can be treated.

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  14. Rachael

    I’ve had a rash in a circle kind of pattern, not perfect, but close enough. It’s only a ring. It’s on the back of my thigh right under my butt cheek. At first it was small and the doc gave me something to help with the itching but it got bigger and more annoying. He then gave me something else and it went away. But about 2 weeks later, it game back, bigger than ever and even more annoying. It itches sometimes, it stings sometimes, and sometimes it’s just extremely uncomfortable I can’t even sit correctly. I put the cream they gave me back on it whenever it’s really annoying me because it kinda numbs it. But it never actually goes away. I’m confused.

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  15. pippy

    im 19years old.i have some things that look like ringworms on my body and are very itchy.whenever i scratch the affected area then scratch an area not affected,the ringworms then appear on that area.they are so many on my body..my doctor gave me xtraderm but there are no much changes..they are increasing..please help me..they are painful too

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  16. Jason

    My wife has ulcerative colitis and currently has infusions of remicade every 8 weeks, but has been on this medication for 18 months or so and her rashes have only recently surfaced. They look very similar to ringworm, and the doctor she saw diagnosed her with ringworm, however her medication prescribed to her hasn’t reduced the rashes at all over the past 2 weeks. The rashes started on her back and stomach and have since spread to nearly her entire body including her face. The big indicator to me that it is NOT ringworm is that she’s never itched. I think it is worth mentioning that I have not gotten any of her rashes even after skin to skin contact, so I don’t believe it is contagious. Thoughts?

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  17. Brooke

    I’m 18. I have a raised ring on my inner wrist. It started out as a tiny bump, then grew into a ring that is now 3/4 in. It only itched once when I put an antibacterial creme on it with a bandaid for an entire week. Then it peeled a few days after I stopped. I used to wear watches all of the time and now I quit because maybe they caused it. I don’t know what it is.

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    • Brooke

      Oh. And the tiny bump began back in August

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      • mlks

        I have a similar spot on my watch hand, stopped wearing my watch for almost 3 months … Spot still there. Itchy and flaky but no change in size … ?

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  18. taylor wudinich

    I have a similar to ringworm rash as well. Not raised, not itchy, not scaly, not bumpy.. just a ring. It’s on my neck, and There is another one on the opposite side of my neck

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    • Janet

      I have this exact issue.. Started last Dec through March, went away and now came back this Dec and of course I still have it…does not itch, is not raised or scaly

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    • jacqui

      I had these. One appeared on my ankle then another on my opposite ankle they spread out into quite large rings and took a very very long time to go. My doctor said that they were due to some kind of trauma but couldnt elaborate. They never bothered me but they just looked unsightly (I used to cover them with foundation!). Hope you get to the bottom of what caused yours.

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    • pam

      I have th same thing, it’s on the inside of my arm. Right below where my arm bends. Mine is a circle a little bigger than a quarter. It’s red and raised but doesn’t itch or have any bumps. It came up about 5 months ago about the size of a dime. My Dr said it’s eczema but the cream she prescribed didn’t do anything. And eczema itches, this don’t. I just hate it. Everyone thinks it’s a ringworm but it hasn’t spread to anyone or anywhere else on my body. I just want to know what it is.😞😞😞

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    • Vick

      Hi did you find out what it was? I have the same thing on my chin, not raised or bumpy just a round circle???

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  19. Morgan

    I have ring like irregular shapes on my body and they itch but they aren’t rough or flakey. I have been told by two different people that it’s two different things. One said it was eczema and the other said it could be ringworm. But since I haven’t been diagnosed with anything yet, I am unsure of that they are. They come and go all the time and they are red as well.

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  20. Bill

    Example pictures would be helpful but I do feel more informed after reading this. I used ketaconizole cream for 6 weeks which didn’t work so now they’ve given me terbinafine which is quite toxic, all without any skin or blood testing so I’m considering a second opinion

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    • Gloria

      I dot know what this is i am going to make an app with my Dr it started off as small bumps in a circle like shape. More like a rash my husband said it was ringworm so I tried Garlic and Vaseline bandage it and it seem to worsen. Now it is white bumps and inflated I want to show a picture

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  21. shah aalam

    i have ringworm from more than three years it heal and return .but from last day 18 hours continue itching .when it dry ,it will be burned. please sir tell me what is that ? now i am getting afraid that it can be skin cancer ? please sir reply me.

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    • Pk

      I have had similar problems on my body for the past 10 years. various sizes but no more than a quarter sometimes in diameter. ….had as many as 10 and sometimes maybe just 2. It looks like someone to the lit the end of a cigarette and stuck it on my body and burned me. However there’s never any pain, and there’s never any itch. It’s just a flaky crusty circle. Been to numerous dermatologists in the all guess something else. disappear almost completely within months only to reappear in different places.

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      • tammy

        I have had the same thing for over 15 years. Nobody knows what it is! Right now I have more circles than ever—at total of 17 (usually only have 1 or 2 at a time).

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      • charlotte

        similar thing keep on appearing on my skin for over 12 years now. it comes and after i apply some creams, it vanishes and comes back again after few days. it normally comes at my back shoulder, face, legs, arm etc. have seen skin specialist but it keeps on coming back. seriously needed help

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  22. Ashley

    I have a similar problem. When I was 16 I started getting these spots all over my body that looked exactly like ringworm, however they were not itchy and they never pussed. They were dry and flaky, very red and had a raised ring on the outside that sometimes looked green. They seemed to get worse in sun light, but they always went away on their own after a few months. When they healed they sometimes left a “white” spot on the skin where it seemed the pigment of skin was gone. I’m now 25, sometimes years go by without any spots, and then all of a sudden they’ll show up again. Sometimes it’s just one, and it’s never been more then 3 at a time. I saw many doctors and a dermatologist and wasn’t given any answers. I was given 4 different types of topical creams but none seemed to work. Anyone else having the same problem or have an answer?

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    • Amanda

      Ashley, I have the same exact problem! Have you found out what they are yet?

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    • Genielle

      My 1 year old has this too. Thought it was a ringworm, but the white color skin and apparent lack of itchiness or spread to other kids makes me think it’s not ringworm. Still using anti fungal cream just in case.

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  23. Aden

    Thank you Doctor. Your way of explanining the child’s potential conditions is highly admirable. I salute you for this

    My wife has something similar but relieved to know it’s nothing serious. I’ll take her to a doc anyway. Thank you

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  24. Zac

    Hey hey,
    So for about 2 weeks, I’ve had this circular (more oval) rash near my elbow. It started about the size of a pencil eraser, now its about 1 inch in diameter. Its completely red all the way across, bumps all through out it, but it only itches every now and then for a few minutes, then it kind of burns. If I scratch it, no matter how lightly, the skin breaks and its starts bleeding. I thought it was ringworm, but everything I read keeps telling me its not, usually its smooth and normal in the middle, but this is just bumpy and dry skin all throughout. Too lazy to go and get it looked at, so maybe the internet can help? :D

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    • Patricia Shepard

      I have the exact same thing, right on the inside of my arm by my elbow. Been there for 6 weeks at least. Any insight?

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  25. Ghada

    My 7 year old started developing ring shaped rashes on all his body about a year ago. The rash usually starts as a red itchy plaque which then becomes a red ring and spreads on the entire body in few days. He becomes covered with itchy red circles, a litlle protruding. The rash take 3-4 weeks to clear by itself. The 1st episode occured a year ago. The dermatologist said it was a kind of eczema due to weather changes and dryness. He gave him some topical creams (dermovate and tacrolims) and told me to make sure he takes short showers and be well moisturized with lipikar cream When the second episode occured 3 months later, i only used the lipikar as i felt the other creams wern’t very helpful. He is konw having his 4th rash in 1 year and i still don’t know what he has. I think the speed at which the circles spread on his body doesn’t look like eczema.
    I appreciate any info i could have on this issue
    Thanks

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    • Anna

      That sounds like me, just not as often as him. Did you get any answers

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  26. Jill

    I have been treating (with chlortrimazole cream)what looked like a small ringworm on my elbow for the past 2+ weeks. Since I started treating it, it has doubled in size. It is also pretty itchy. It’s border is round & scaly and the inside is smooth and pale in color ( compared to my skin color). Any notion on what this could be or how to rid myself of it?

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  27. crissie

    Approximately 2 years ago I was dx with breast ca. I had a small rash on my shin. Oncologist wanted me to see derm. He said it was ringworm(from scraping). I was put on Naftin it never went away. Chemo started and rash didnt bother me so I didn’t pay much attention to it. I then got rash on other shin, it is now just spreading across my lower legs. It has changed the pigment of my skin to white with a brownish red pattern around it. When it begins its slightly raised red patch, it does not itch, it has not spread to any family members. I was then put on ketoconazole for 2 months with no improvement. The rash gets redder with exercise and really gets redwith exposure to sunlight. I do have hip and knee pain and my fingers hurt real bad when exposed to cold. ( thought this was from chemo). I have recently started having seriously flushing of the cheeks to where I look like a clown witoo much makeup on! Tthought this was from stress of new job??? Im trying to put all this together….any ideas??

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    • Christine

      I have recently been diagnosed with an Autoimmune Disease. Although I am not a doctor I have done a TON of research on all my symptoms. Obviously, I can not tell you what you have – I would simply be guessing. You sound pretty classic for a Mixed Connective Tissue Disease – not sure which one or could be a combo. What I can say is that I HIGHLY (and I can’t stress this enough) recommend you go see a Rheumatologist. One from a major city hospital – not some suburban Doc. Trust me – wasted my time there!
      Good luck in your quest for answers. Just know that AI disorders often take time to fully ‘present’ themselves and therefore a diagnosis is not easy to get – even IF you find the right and qualified Doctor! In your case, I suspect a really good panel of bloodwork might provide some answers; think like 16 vials! (And that was just one of 4 series of multi vial draws!)

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      • Susie

        Interested in what your other symptoms might be. I’ve been having severe abdominal pain for months on and off with no explanation. Have had blood work and tests and even a colonoscopy and everything comes back perfect. Now all of a sudden I have what appears to be looking like ringworm ALL over my body. I am treating it as such so we will see if it goes away. I KNOW there is something wrong with me but everyone thinks it’s stress.

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        • Lisa

          I’m having the same thing I been having stomach pain for two months and now I am getting bumps and what looks to be ringworm that don’t itch or burn at all with red bumps appearing all over my body. I am scared and don’t know what it is from.

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  28. Allyssa Waler

    About a week ago I noticed one spot on my leg that looks like ring worm. It does not itch and never bothers me, it’s just the fact that it’s there that scares me. Today I found 3 more on the other leg that are much smaller, again they don’t bother me. I’ve looked up everything I can and have myself freaked out a little. Diabetes runs in my family so I thought it could be granuloma annulare or ringworm – but they don’t itch, they are not raised or scaly, they are just there. I’m afraid to go to the doctor because most likely they are going to give me an anti-fungal and treat it as ringworm and that’s probably not what it is or charge me a lot to do some skin tests, or give me bad news, what I don’t know won’t hurt me. What should I do?

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    • Jaclyn

      I am not a doctor At All, but have you gone to a doctor and explained all of those symptoms like you did just here?

      I’ve been trying to figure out my own medical condition over the past couple of months. I’ve done a lot of research on lupus and it shares a lot of the symptoms you just posted. It could be ANYTHING and I am NOT a doctor so please do not read to much into this.

      The symptoms that jumped out to me were the hip/back pain, the rash everywhere (especially on the face) and the sensation in your hands and feet in the cold. I have Renauds syndrome, and that for whatever reason is common accompaniment to lupus.

      I don’t know anything about lupus other than the symptoms I listed above and that there are several different type of lupus- all extremely manageable with treatment.

      Again, it could just be eczema and a mattress, but it can’t hurt to rule it out. Good luck!

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  29. Taylor

    When I was 13 I developed what we thought was ring worm, had just a few spots. Next day, I was covered from head to toe. I saw a dr and was treated with a cream which did nothing. As they went away, they scarred my body. They just come and go. I then proceeded to see a dermatologist who scraped it and said it came out positive for ring worm. Gave me another cream. Still hasn’t worked. I’m 21 years old now and I’m getting them worse than ever. They do not itch. They literally burn. They’re ring shaped and they’re very scaly. They do scar most of the time after they “go away”. Wondering if it would be anything else ? They get irritated by anything that touches it. And they’re EVERYWHERE.

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  30. Bridgette

    im breastfeeding and have been eating everything. past two months I have developed some kind of rings all over my hands (back/front) my thights mostly in between them and feet, we just moved in a place last 3 months .this started like 1 ring and pimples which I went to the clinic and they said it was allergy reaction, I took allergy pills n used calamine lotion after a week or two they started itching and grew everywhere,went to a dr he said they are fungul infection gave me antibiotics and cream didn’t work as I type this now they keep me awake at night, I have tried everything. im starting to think they not what they say they are! I thought it looked like some kind of excema cs it got worse when I wash laundry or bath or if I get sun burned while walking outside. pls help I have run out of options

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  31. Bethany

    I’m 28. I recently started a new job and moved into a new house. The new job definitely has a mold growing in the basement, which causes me to break out in hives and itch. I don’t go down there without benedryl. My new house is old (1930) and required a lot of work. At some point in the springtime when we moved in I developed a small red rash, oblong shaped, about 2 inches long on my upper left thy, just an inch or so from my leg joint/pelvis. This turned into a grayish scaly thing and has not gone away. It has not spread, it does not itch. I’m currently pregnant, so a lot of treatments are not an option right now. My OB GYN doesn’t think it’s serious, but she also said I should ask a dermatoligst. I do have vitiligo, in small spots on my hands, genitals, face and underarms, which I developed after my first pregnancy. I don’t have time to go to yet another doctor appointment right now and was going to wait until I’m no longer pregnant when more treatment options are available. This article was very helpful, but I am not sure if I should put more effort into identifying it or just carry on with my life. I’m concerned it is either a reaction to mold or a Granuloma annulare. But would love some advice!

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    • I would be concerned about living in a house with mold while pregnant. Have you had the house tested to find out what kind of mold it is?

      @MsGreene — not a doctor, just a concerned mom.

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  32. Brit

    Hi! I’m 19 years old and I’ve been battling this persistent rash since I was about 14 or 15. It looks like ring worm, but it doesn’t itch and is only slightly raised. It is disc-like and shows up in all different sizes. It is a few shades darker than my skin tone. It’s never dry or flaky, it’s just there. It goes away with calamine lotion and selsum blue, but always returns. I was just wondering what that might be because lately I’ve been having issues with fatigue, ankle pain, wrist pain, muscle soreness, horrible insomnia, daily head aches, brain fogginess, confusion, anxiety, heart palpitations that last for hours, itchy scalp, hair loss (not handfuls, but not noticeable), brown spots, swollen lymph nodes in my neck, nausea when I eat, diarrhea, night sweats, nail changes (started out as a tiny, raised, horizontal ridge across on all ten nails, now turning pale), periodically hot skin, and hives that just seem to appear out of no where. And it only occurs every so often, but my sweat sometimes smells strongly of urine. Also, my skin has been super sensitive to sunlight. I was in the sun for like 20 minutes yesterday, and I noticed a rash beginning to appear on my neck, chest, and arm. It wasn’t raised at all, but it burned and looked like a thousand tiny red spots covering my skin. I was wondering if that’s just anxiety and me being a hypochondriac, or if I should be worried.

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    • Brit,

      I’m guessing with all these symptoms you’ve seen a doctor or several doctors. What does he / she or what do they say?

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    • Jules

      Brit, Hello, I as well have had every one of these issues! I recently have found out that I am hypothyroid. I’m not exactly sure if all of the symptoms are linked to thyroid, but some definitely are! So, your best bet would be to have your tsh, t3 & t4 tested. Good luck:)

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    • Sheilla

      My sister is 60 years old and started breaking out in different areas of her body with what looked like a ring worm with no itching or oozing about 4 years ago. It usually breaks out on her legs, arms and hands. She too is having problems with headaches, pain in her joints, and issues with fatigue, ankle pain, wrist pain, muscle soreness, horrible insomnia, daily head aches, brain fogginess, confusion, anxiety, heart palpitations, swollen lymph nodes in her neck, nausea, diarrhea, and night sweats too.
      She is in so much pain that she cries and says she can’t take it anymore. The doctors have not been able to tell her what she has or how to treat it. If anyone one else has heard of this, please inform me so I can help her.

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      • nikki

        I was having the same issues. My doctors couldn’t tell me anything. Got a sleep study which was pretty much inconclusive. I finally went and saw a bio-identical hormone replacement specialist who said all my hormones were low causing insulin resistance and i also had alarmingly low iodine levels which of course you need for all of those things to function properly! Iodine deficiency can cause every single one of these symptoms. Needless to say i was treated for these things and am no longer suffering from these ailments! Good luck!

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    • Sam

      Sounds like Lyme disease to me. If the Lyme test comes back “negative”, you could still have Lyme. Good luck.

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    • Anne F.

      It sounds like a few things, Lupus and Fibromyalgia are two things that come to my mind. Because of all of the strange places you are hurting plus the insomnia and fatigue accompanied with sore muscles. All of these symptoms are present with fibromyalgia which I have had for 15 years. Also lupus has some of these symptoms. I have a friend who has both of these. She did not know for quite awhile that she had fibromyalgia until she heard me describe some of my symptoms. The Dr. Who treats her for Lupus diagnosed her Fibromyalgia. Needless to say she was not happy, . As for your rash you will have to see a Dr. I am having problems with something that looks exactly like ringworm, however I have type2 diabetes so I’m not sure if that is the culprit. I am treating it with an anti fungal cream, have only used it for three days. So I will have to wait and see.

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    • Rai

      It sounds like you’re a host for internal parasites. Look it up, all these symptoms occur in people who have parasitic infections.

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    • Lisa

      Same is happening to me right now idk what it is or what to do

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  33. Kristen

    I am not sure if I got bit but all of a sudden I had a red bump on my arm and it hurt..came on all of a sudden..it then just went into a red circle almost like a horseshoe but doesn’t itch or hurt. Not sure what it can be

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    • Ringworm is not a bite, it is a fungus, so if it’s ringworm you wouldn’t have felt a bite. Have you compared it to photos of ringworm?

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    • Private

      You could have been bitten by a horsefly when they bite u it shows up as a horseshoe like thing and it hurts when they sting you but after a while it doesn’t hurt nor does it itch

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  34. Diana

    So I had gotten a ringworm on my arm it got huge after that went away I got this bumps well started off as that then they some how spread they did a biopsy and said it wasn’t a ringworm that it was dermatitis and gave me a cream that did not work it spread on my thighs and in my arms up to my wrist. All the creams the docs have given me never worked so I went looking and found a cream got rid of ringworm a and the other bumps that became bigger dry obvious more in light .(embarrassed of showing my arms ) I got it I. Huntington park in a Mexican store that sells cream GELMICIN they are now all gone last time I went I got 3 tubes for 20 $ I won’t need all of them but just in case . I am very happy that they are gone wish o could post pics :(

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  35. Lisa

    I am also from Oklahoma and may suffer from the same condition. I thought it was ringworm, but it reoccurs in the exact same spots. Is this common with ringworm, as well? I’m beginning to think mine may be psoriasis.

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  36. DAYA

    FIRST OF ALL DONT SCRATCH OR PUT NAILS ON IT… IT WILL GET WORSE

    SECOND DONT MAKE INFECTED AREA WET OR SWEATY…. KEEP DRY

    USE KETTY SOAP (FUNGUS REMOVER) AND CLEAN BEFORE APPLYING CREAM …. WASH WHEN EVER ITCHY

    THIRD APPLY CREAM AND MASSAGE GENTLY WITH FINGERS ATLEAST 5 TIMES A DAY…. ONABET+ZYDIP*-C OR ONABET+NADOXIN

    DONT SHARE YOUR CLOTHES OR SOAP … OTHERS MIGHT GET INFECTED

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  37. nthabiseng

    My right side of my body was so painful past 3 days then on the 4th day I noticed that I have ringworm like. …what can it be?

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  38. aviral

    I think it was ringworm but did not treat it as I am not in this department insured. Its been left for two months untreated and I am now afraid its psorosis as it has not spread to family members or my friends . thanks for sharing.

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  39. Lilly

    My younger cousin recently went on vacation to Orlando and came back with these ringworm-like spots on her back and upper arms. She thinks it has something to do with the change in water used for bath or perhaps the pool. No one else on the trip has contracted these spots. It has been a week now and she complains of itching. Some are coin-sized while others are about the size of a pea. What’s wrong?

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  40. Lea McCleary

    I’m 60 year old female in excellent physical shape…bicycle everywhere (no car) and bicycle recreationally around 100 miles/week. May have some mild type of auto immune condition (have +ANA) but no firm diagnosis or treatment. Mild hypothyrodism for years…use Levothyroid for this. Mother had severe RA but I have neg. Rheumatoid factor. So, I have had a mystery skin rash at belt line of abdomen left of midline for about 2 years. Well circumscribed, oval “ring”, pink, edges of “ring” about 3/4 cm , mostly clear in center,not itchy or scaly, about 20 cm (tranverse) x 8cm (longitudinal )size, not spreading outwards. Seems a little redder and more prominent after a hot shower. No change whatsoever with antifungal creams (prescibed by PCP for tinea corporis) or with hydrocortisine ointment (prescribed by dermatologist for contact dermatitis). Incidentally was using oral antifungals (terbinafine) for about 4 months to treat “fungal” infection in R index finger nail….unsuccessfully. Nail removed in the end because of chronic pain and inflammation in the surrounding flesh. No change in skin rash either so unlikely to be fungal right??
    I am really curious about this rash; thoughts are erythema migrans but how long would this rash last after tick bite infecton…not 2 years surely? Perhaps skin manifestaion of SLE? Or is it granuloma annulare with no known cause or treatment. It’s not pretty but no one really sees it and it doesn’t bother me as long as I can be assurred it’s not a sign of some underlying condition of concern? Advice please.
    Thanks, Lea

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    • Sam

      Have they biopsied it for dermatitis herpetiform? With other autoimmune conditions for you and family…it’s a possibility. It’s not a herpes virus at all–it’s the skin manifestation of celiac disease, another autoimmune condition that is also more common in people with autoimmune thyroid conditions.

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    • nikki

      Do you wear pants with buttons such as jeans or something similar? My sister had that for years and finally found she has a nickel allergy so she has to put tape between the button and her skin!

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  41. cassandra

    About 2 months ago I got a tiny red bump on my forearm right under my wrist, a week after it appeared it looked like it went away but a days later it came back a little raised and a bunch of tiny dots the color of my skin, now a month and a half later it’s gotten bigger still in a round circle but not once has it gotten red or itched or became dry and scaly. I was wondering if you might be able to tell me what it could possibly be.

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  42. Dee

    Hello dr.

    Just returned from dermatologist any my 21 month old has granuloma anulare on her ankle. You say and I quote below that “diabetes does occur more commonly in people who form these rings.”
    “It may, however, be related somehow to diabetes. Most children with granuloma annulare are healthy and don’t go on to develop diabetes, but diabetes does occur more commonly in people who form these rings than in those who don’t.”
    My question is what is the increased chance that she may go on to develop diabetes or is it a symptom of already having it?
    Thank you,
    Dee

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  43. shagun rana

    Respected sir
    My son who is 15 months old has a rash on his neck which reoccurs again and again I hv tried many treatments but of no use allopathy ,homeopathy .It first appeared when he was 15 days old than I applied a steroid cream it disappeared than again came back after few months
    Next time when I used steroid cream it did not work and my son became very serious because of streptococcus bacterial infection his skin started coming out and he was given antibiotics through iv now at 15 months his height is 76 cm and weight 9 kg.Sir but that rash is coming again earlier he nvr had itching but from last 2 days he has itching at that spot what to do I m worried please suggest something .

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  44. shaan

    Dear Dr Green

    When i was in grade 2 i got a rash on my stomach that looked like a ringworm and was treated as one. As time went buy it grew and grew until it was almost the size of my palm when i was 13 it started popping up on my legs my mom took me to a dermatologist who diagnost it as some kind of skin diseases that should go away on its own but the doctor gave me an ointment to try but i can’t remember the name. Almost 7 years later the rashes are back on my legs and now on my arms as well. If you can help me i have pictures of the rash on my left leg i can send you.

    Kind regards
    mashaan

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  45. Shontae

    Dr. Green,

    My 6 month old was diagnosed with ringworm about a month ago I completed the treatment but the rash hasn’t gone away what should I do

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    • Jay

      You need to take your child to see his/her pediatrician.

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  46. Jacob

    Hi, I have acquired what at first my mother, father, an I thought was ringworm. It had happened shortly after getting my first job that a currently work, a food joint called Boston Market, and it started out as a small bumpy ring that I thought was a burn because it was red and later turned flesh colored so I ignored it for weeks and then I noticed that the ring was getting bigger an bigger. And now the ring is gone and the back of my hands and fingers are just a bunch of small flesh colored bumps that formed the ring. But the thing is that it’s not itchy unless near an open. Wound on the hand or near sensitive areas on the hand. It is also on the bottom of my wrist where you can see the veins but once again nothing really itches at all. I wanted to know if you had any idea what it could be.

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  47. Dianne

    Hello, I have these red spots too….been using tea tree oil and coconut oil…going away slowly but comes back – same spot.
    Do any of y’all have memory foam pillows or mattresses? I am beginning to wonder if we are all having allergic reaction to new materials used in our bedding and furniture.

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    • Diana

      Just wondering what kind of laundry soap I started using tide a few months ago well the drop in ones . Hmm I’m trying to figure it out as well

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      • Ann

        I developed 3 spots in different areas that looked like ringworm. My dr did a bacteria culture and it came back negative. Waiting on the fungal culture. But one of the spots was crusty and oozing yellow liquid, would even soak through a bandaide. That one was hard under the skin and hurt and itched. The others scabbed a tiny bit and do it. Not sure what this could be and he put me on a Sulfur antibiotic and a ointment. One of the 2 seemed to dry the one spot up…but they all still itch. Other places itch but no spots. Was wondering if it was Tide too. Changed awhile back. But so confused.

        Frustrated! !!
        Ann

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  48. Arun

    Hai Dr,i had a skin problems look like ring worm.for last one year.i took Tab .Herbin 250 mg(terbinoide.anti fungal.it goes completely and came back with in a short time) ,i consult Dr ,they told that its not,They named as ACH ,it look like a ring but not a proper ring ,some times it will enlarge and got itching mostly in nite time.i took citracine ,and now am taking levocitracine as per Dr.but still now it didn’t supersede,plese give your valuable advice

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  49. Brittany

    I just recently developed a pink circle just over my wrist bone on my left arm. It is around 1 inch diameter. Not raised in the slightest, simply looks like I rested my elbow on it for too long. However it has been there for a couple days now. I also get a very painful itch in the middle of my forearm (The part the leads up to the palm) that only lasts 10-20 minutes. It is so bad that I almost scratched a layer of my skin off trying to get it to stop. I am a 15 year old female and my mom is going out to get me ringworm cream just in case. Any ideas as to what it might be? (This has also never happened before)

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  50. CC

    I’m 27 and I started getting these last year. My first one started last year under my left arm. That has not gone away yet — the bumps are gone, I’m just left with a brown unshapely circle. Also, last year I got a few patches on the inside of my right thigh. Those were a little itchy and my thighs rubbing together didn’t make it any better. This year I have one on my lower left leg. This one has almost gone away. I have been a little heavier on the thick lotion. I didn’t use any types of ointment. However the ointment I was prescribed did work on the thigh region and that one hasn’t returned.

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      What ointment did you use?

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  51. Julia

    Hello I got ringworm back in January it was a perfect red circle and white in the middle. It slightly itched. Its right in the middle of my thigh. I used an antifungal cream assuming that’s what it was based off research and the n it started to go away. It finally seemed gone then for the past couple of months since them little red bumps keep coming back in the same spot, doesn’t make a circle they don’t itch or even have feeling but they come then go then come and go. Right now their back. I am super frustrated and my chiropractor did a muscle test over it said it was testing for yeast infection gave me natural stuff to take to kill it but it’s come back redder now. Please help me.

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  52. Glinda

    I have these ringworm like circles on my feet.They start out with a tiny red dot and then start making a circle. I have had these for about 4 or 5 years just can’t get rid of them. About 15 years ago I had them on my hands the doctor said it was from stress and she froze them and they went away. This doctor was IN N.C. The doctor I’m going to now doesn’t seem to know what to do and keeps writing prescriptions for different creams. Please help!!

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    • David Mcgivern

      I have similar symptoms as Glinda. (3/16/15). They begin as dots and then form rings. I am traveling in Asia. The heat definitely seems to intensify them.

      Any suggestions?

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      • Deborah

        I have this exact same condition. Have been to three doctors, two dermatologists. They did a biopsy, excluded ringworm, and the most recent doctor said he just didn’t know what they were.

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      • Donna

        I have the same thing, I mainly get them on my hands. They are definitely worse in the heat. Does anyone else find that after about 2-3 weeks after they have gone the skin in that area peels? I don’t find them itchy but they can be tender and if really bad, quite sore. Has anyone managed to get a diagnosis?

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  53. Jamie

    I have little sores that appear mostly on my backside and thighs, but sometimes it spreads in other areas too. It looks like ringworm but the ringworm treatments don’t help, in fact it aggravates it further and makes the sores bigger.

    I tried using Aristocort ointment (which I use on my psoriasis) on them and it seems to work, but while it works, it leaves scarring once the sores heal. It’s very embarrassing because now I have small red spots (scarring) scattered on my body.

    I still don’t know what the sores are, but I do presume they are some sort of psoriasis or eczema? They are scaly, sore and occasionally itchy. They also spread quite quickly, I have spots all over the place. New ones showing up every week or so.

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  54. Durke

    i woke one day to notice a quarter sized Circle on my left side of my neck it is almost centered around a mole I’ve had for as long as I can remember but the skin in the circle is dry doesn’t itch and has been there for at least 2-3 months with no pain or discomfort in any way also it doesn’t seem to be contagious and I only have this one spot on my body for the entire time it also is not raised at all.

    Should I be concerned about this or is it just my body changing? I’m age 27 and have very little medical problems. If you need pictures I’m sure I can get you one. Thx sincerely, Durke

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  55. Chelsie

    Hi there, a few months ago my boyfriend noticed red rings on his chest, scalp and hip area. After going to the doctor and receiving a biopsy, he was told that he had ringworm. I am still unsure as to whether this could be ringworm… Him and I are together on a daily basis and no one who has been in contact with him, myself included, has had any symptoms. I have been told ringworm is highly contagious. Could this possibly be seborrheic dermatitis? He has been using prescribed medication since August, and much has cleared up with exception to the rashes on his scalp, which won’t seem to go away. Are there any more natural remedies that have worked previously for anyone else? I would love to hear feedback, thanks!

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    • Anne F.

      I have heard of an iodine shampoo to get rid of the ones on the scalp. I think you have to get a prescription. Hope this helps.

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  56. Pam Stanley

    I am 48 and have gotten sores that I’ve been told were ringworm for my entire life. I can not remember an entire year going by without one. NOTHING works no matter what I use or get prescribed to me!! They do not spread to anyone else and come one at a time. They get as big as 3″ in diameter. I’m tired of going to Dr after Dr and getting the same results — nothing. What can I do?? I have them for 6 to 9 months at a time. Sometimes they go away for a month or two but then right back!!

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    • Justin Kahal

      I feel like you kind of match what I have and I know the frustration. Back when i was 16 I developed a red oval-ish circular patch that is about 1.5 inch diameter and just to the left of my bellybutton. It can fade out from time to time, but you can always kind of see it. My skin will just sort of look discolored there. Whats more is that over time the red patch started to spread to random places on the left side of my abdomen (I’d say 5-6 patches in all now), all of them being smaller than the first patch. I got kind of worried when I saw them spreading like they were so I did some research and it looks like its just Pityriasis Rosea (http://www.skinsight.com/adult/pityriasisRosea.htm) which is harmless. But I am not a doctor so I am going to be asking my doctor anyway just in case it is a sign of something else.

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  57. Shona Moilliet

    I to have a ring, well almost full circle, looks like ring worm but not, had it once before in the exact same place and it was there for ever then one day it was just gone. I am 57 years old. My doctor told me it was mostly seen in children.

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    • jude

      I have had ringworm since 1998. I have been taking ketoconazole tabs and tube for six months, but after 2 week of completion it has occured again in the face. Help.

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      • Danny

        Neem oil kills all kind of fungus and can be found in any hydroponic store and is organic. I’ve used it to successfully rid a bad case of athletes foot I had for years. It also cured my toenail fungus.

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  58. Bre

    Hi I’m Breanne. I’m 17 and I have noticed a ring on my right arm 8 months ago. (It is a diameter of 1.5 inches) It started out like a bruise then lightened out. It is raised around the rim of it. One month after I noticed the first one another one appeared on my left leg just above the knee ( iris a diameter of 1inch) the same thing happened as the first one then 2 months after that another one appeared on my right wrist (it is a diameter of 1mm) it did the same thing as the first two did. A week ago another one popped up on my right knee (it is a diameter of half an inch). None of them itch. There just there. There not scabbing. They are all still there. I don’t know what to do. It doesn’t fit ringworms symptoms.

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    • ashley

      I have them two popping up on my foot my knee and on both hands. They are red burn then stop that day then a day or two later I feel burning and they are back. All I can find is ringworm but its not scaly or scabbing, just a ring pops up burns and then its gone. I’ve had them for a month almost now.

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  59. Crystal

    I have a ring looking rash on my neck for over a year now. It is red scaly looking raised skin on the outside. Clear skin in the middle. But its only like a 3/4 ring. It doesn’t connect. It itches and burns sometimes. I have been to the hospital and doctors, they say its just its just ringworm. I have had steroid shots and on a cream and on pill steroids all at the same time. It took the scaly/scabby look away but never truly went away. I’m scared they are going say it is cancer, because I have had so long. It started when I had an allergic reaction at work. I worked in a factory for Toyota. It itches worse when I get hot and sweat. I don’t know what to do. I have tried home remedies. They haven’t worked.

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  60. blanca

    I’m 21 and ever since I was little I’ve been getting these patches that look like ringworms and it hasn’t come back till now but worse I’ve gone to the Dr and they gave me meds I’m not really sure there ringworms because they have never done tests on me to be sure they are and for about 4 months I’ve been getting them all over my body I’ve tried almost everything from apple cider vinegar man I burns and yet it didn’t work I took meds for ringworms that I’m supposed to drink for 7days and they didn’t work I used cream and it took me like 2 almost 3 months for them to go away and now its a month later and it looks like there coming back they for into small itchy bumps that tend to burn at times all over my body that’s how it started the first time and it seems to be coming back worse what could it be and how can I treat it because it spreads to my baby please?

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  61. Bernadette

    Hi
    I have a rash on my upper torso some big circles some small circles pink in colour
    What could this be?

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  62. Cassandra

    My boyfriend of three years has continuously broken out in pimple like sores his scalp mainly in back of his head in what seems to be the place of very open pores and they become very sore to the touch,he also has red ereas around his nose more around winter time and recently has what looks like ring worms all over his face it never goes past his face and head not even reaching his neck. I know that after i cut his hair then what we call treat it which is a home remedy of mine a splash of seabreeze and then a cream for acne and a little anti fungal cream mixed and hes fine for at least a month if we do this for a week or two after his hair cuts but he is also an everyday hat type person,its a must for him. what does this sound like to you he also gets a skin discoloration on the top of his feet

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  63. Brian

    I have a pair of round red raised skin on my back towards the right side. The raised red patches are moist and do not itch. Inside the affected red areas there is no ring or consistency except that they are redish pink. Plz email me and i will forward some pictures. I am worried!

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    • Deeanna

      Did you ever figure out what it was? I seem to have the same problem. I can send pictures. They are circles of red, no itching but getting bigger. Ive had them over a year. Ive tried the ointment my dr gave me and the over the counter ring worm meds. Nothing is helping.

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      • Dustin

        Need help with this to I have 2 reddish pink circles on my hand I thought was a ringworm so I used over the counter ointment and just seemed to get bigger it is solid no clear spot in the center about 1 inch round and not raised doesn’t itch nor hurt

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  64. theresa glass

    I have lesions that appear around ears in the nasal as well as lips, Herpes and everything that every Dr has tested Mr for and treated. No cure or relief since 2009. I feel that it is Lupus since I am .the daughter of a parent that had it and died. Although, at times swelling of lesions leak what looks like worms. Have no hope anymore.

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  65. American Citizen

    In Santa Fe NM, In march 2010 I stepped on a piece of cactus that our dog had brought in. Shortly after I got this skin condition that itched like crazy, it was a very painful itch. For several months I tried everything I could think of, anti-biotic creams, and things we had for the horses, various oils, Aloe Vera, you name it I tried it. I think stress was also a factor. I went to the ER the pain for so bad, and they told me it wasn’t ringworm because of the small satellite ring nearby. but they gave me a steroid which helped, but didn’t cure it. Then a friend who’s a botanist gave a a product she makes called trementina , this worked, but now it’s come back with a vengeance, its been 4 years now and I am scared. There are many nights I cannot sleep because of the intense itching. Please help. I can send you pictures.

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  66. NewGal_InTheCity

    Hi I have developed a red scaly round patch of dry skin which when touched seems very dry. It started off as a small spot, developed a ring shape later on with middle part normal and then turned on to be a single patch. I thoght it was ringworm but didnot treat it as I am not medically insured. Its been left for two months untreated and I am now afraid its psorosis as it has not spread to family members or my husband. Also I have developed some red very dry small circular patches on my torso, which i thought was just dry damaged skin caused due to the extreme winter conditions (I live in canada). Also none of my skin conditions have been itchy, rarely once maybe i felt an itch but i when i put cream on it it disappeared. Can you tell me whether its psorosis or not, i hope is not because its a chronic ailment

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  67. brashrash

    Hi. My wife first noticed a rash on her left hip that looked like ringworm, but it wouldn’t go away. Soon, it started to spread to her buttocks and all down the back of her legs. There is a little irritation on her back and arms, but it is mostly her legs and buttocks. She went to a dermatologist and was initially told she might have Lupus. However, after a biopsy, it was determined that she didn’t have Lupus after all. She was prescribed Prednisone and given some topical steroids. Neither seemed to make much of an impact on her condition and she had been back to the dermatologist twice before being sent to an allergist. Ringworm was ruled out and nobody seems to know exactly what she has or how to treat it effectively. Her latest prescription is Levocetirizine.
    There is cause for concern because this rash has lasted for nearly 5 months. Does anyone have any advice that could help? We’re not really sure where to go from here. Thanks.

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      I have the same thing it went away for a few days after a steroid and benadryl shot , but now its back. I’ve had it for three months. Ive went to the doctor and they keep given me cremes and prednisone. They are in all the places you described and my armpits.

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    • Brian

      It could be as simple as tinea versicolor try taking a shower amd before she dries off covering infected areas with head and shoulders. Allow the shampoo to sit for ten minutes before rinsing off in the shower. Repeat that fo a week if it goes away for a while it is indeed tinea versicolor.

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    • jon

      I have developed the same thing and I have put some lotramin 2% liquid spray and they seem to be going down I was only looking on here for maybe something better. But in two treatments in 24 hours, some have disappeared and the big ones are going away.

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  68. Tracy Spencer

    I had a quartersize red circle appear on my back leg then small ones on legs then another bid one on other leg and thigh and small one one belly what is this

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  69. Dolly

    My 7 months old baby has ringworm like red circular raised at the edges and plane in the middle patch on his cheek. This developed when he was 2 months old and went when he was 5 and half. But now again its coming on the same area of the cheek. It seems its now coming on one of his leg too. Can you tell me what it can be.

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      Hi – Did u ever find a solution?

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  70. Candy Lutz Rosenbaum

    I would love opinions on my photos below. For about 2 years, I have been back to the dermatologist. He took a scraping and just told me it’s not cancer.. not sure if he looked for anything else. He is quite sure it is either eczema or psoriasis. I asked him about ringworm but he said “no that’s not it” in his confident “I know more than you” voice so I didn’t bring it up again… I have tried several topical prescriptions for both eczema and psoriasis under his care. But the spots are only getting larger and spreading. right now the problem spots are all on my legs below the knee, though the first one I had was on my arm and it eventually went away (sun exposure?) Now that they are getting bigger they are starting to itch more (especially when covered) looking at photos of ringworm, it really looks like what I have. I don’t want to argue with my doctor, but whatever he is prescribing is not working and I am miserable. Please look at the photo and tell me what you think. I am thinking to try treatment at home for ringworm and see what happens. At this point, what could it hurt?

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    • MartiaR

      try using using mometasone furoate cream, .1% and ketoconazole 2%, i mixed them together and wow it killed the them with the first application, I used it from head to toe, works great, it doesnt stop the spreading but it quickly kills what you can see.

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    • karen sheean

      Hi Candy,

      Did you ever find out what your rash was? I have the same rash! Sow of them have dryness in the middle…

      Thanks,
      Karen

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      • Candy Lutz Rosenbaum

        Hi Karen,
        I think mine is psoriasis. it was getting really bad so I went back to the doctor. he suggested I go on an oral medication Methotrexate, that sounded pretty scary.. I would have to have my liver checked every week. yikes! I told him I didn’t want to start it until after the holidays. So, in the meantime he prescribed Halabetasol Proprionate (aka Ultravate) ointment.. which is a steroid… Well, after 2 weeks, the rash was gone. All that’s left now is some patchy coloring similar to odd tan lines. He now has me on a vitamin D ointment to prevent it from coming back. I still have had a couple spots pop up on my arms and back of my thigh, but if I put the ointment on them early, they go away in a matter of days. Hopefully I can wear shorts this summer! I hope you figure out what yours is.

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  71. tamara tyler

    My son in the past two weeks, has a circular thing on his wrist. It began right after football started. So at first we thought it was ringworm..maybe got it from shared football pads. It was one now it has developed into several smaller circles. no pain, no fever. He is healthy. I have treated with antibiotic cream, cleaned it with alcohol. I just can’t figure out what it could be? I’ll try to send a picture. thanks!

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  72. fragilesongbird

    my 7 month old has had a ring rash on her chin for over 6 weeks off and on now. I originally treated it with lotramin and it disappeared in about a week. Then it returned with a vengeance. I decided to try something I had been prescribed that I knew was a prescription anti-fungal nystatin triamcinolone acetonide ointment. Which helped immediately, within 24 hours it looked clear. But I continued to treat the area for 2 weeks to be sure it was gone. After 2 weeks I stopped and she seemed to be rid of it. Then the other day I noticed tiny bumps in that area and I couldn’t find the nystatin so I put the lotramin back on it, and it has just grown into the big pink spot again, it’s at the stage before the distinct ring with white center. Right now it looks like a big pinkish red jagged edged circle on her chin. She is teething so her chin stays wet which I know helps it. But, I don’t know what else to do. I have sprayed tinactin anti-fungal spray all over her stuffed toys and bedding then washed them in hot water and wiped down anything she has chewed on with bleach. I thought I had cleaned enough that it wouldn’t return. Why is she continuing to get this?? I know the nystatin triamcinolone acetonide has a steroid in that probably helped it look better but that is why I treated it for 2 weeks even after it appeared to be gone. She hasn’t spread it to anyone or herself. It is only this one spot on her chin. Please help!!

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    • Bela

      Hi – I am in the same boat. Red round rings that doctors think is ring worm but my kid is not responding to anti fungal medication. DId u find a solution?

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      • JJ90804

        Did you find a solution? I have a feeling this is about to be my experience too! Child is 6 and I thought ringworms itch. They don’t itch for him. So skeptical about this diagnosis.

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