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Angels Mama & Katy Mom Of 1
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« on: February 26, 2016, 08:44:20 PM »

My Dr. Today said I have a fungal infection that may have come from Rusty my cat. Should I be taking him Rusty to Vet Ive read some things online so I'm freaking out right now Huh About these infections and weeks of treatments and all these tests.  Shocked Shocked Please someone help! a lot of these words are complicated to me I've read so I'm NOT sure what the deal is.I can stick a pic of my infection up in here if that would help . I didn't think about Rusty right away and didn't think to ask Dr what this is so I have NO clue !!! thank you Ak&mmo3
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2016, 10:17:15 PM »

I think we need more information.  You need to get more details from your doctor about exactly what the infection is caused by and why he thinks you may have gotten it from Rusty.  Where is the infection on your body?  What kind of treatment did your doctor recommend for you?  Your doctor should be able to identify the fungus (if that is what it is) with the appropriate skin test.  Maybe you need to see a dermatologist for a more definite diagnosis.  Too many questions to give you any definite answers.  Do you see any signs of any kind of skin problems on Rusty?  You shouldn't be able to get any kind of infection from him if he does not have any kind of infection himself. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2016, 10:28:05 AM »

Well, if it's ringworm, it's not a big deal.  Annoying, but not terrible.  Did he say it was ringworm?  Or give you any name at all for it?
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2016, 03:13:40 PM »

The infection is on lower leg close to foot. Dr gave me 2 creams 1 for itch and 1 for fungal infection but can't get them already used allotted meds for Feb so pharmacist suggested a athletes foot for infection and cortisone for itch said they were as good as script. No visible skin problems on Rusty but since he's Main Coon lots hair hard to tell for sure. It doesn't look like cat scratch fever as far as I can tell it looks like Ringworm I'll attach pic if someone even thinks they know please let me know I'm so worried about Rusty! I would of been here earlier but had to buy new device cord hey when it rains it poors


No specific name just fungal didn't think about Rusty UNTILL I got to looking freaking out after looking on net
PS Trying to post pics Not posting will continue to try.
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2016, 05:38:46 PM »

I'm so sorry that you are so worried and that the forum is so slow today. That does not mean that the members here don't care about you and Rusty.

I care, but I have no answers to give you.   Kiss

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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2016, 10:23:31 PM »

Your doctor really should be able to identify the fungus with a skin scraping and a look under the microscope.  It is not fair to you to just say a fungal infection and not give you more information.  If Rusty is an indoor cat, I am not sure how he could have acquired a ringworm infection, and, if he did, I would think there would be something that you could see on him to give a clue about it.  You should first talk to your doctor again to see if he can identify the problem.  But, if you are really worried, you might have to let the vet look at Rusty as well.  Treatment for both you and Rusty (if that becomes necessary) is effective, so try not to stress about it.  Even if you post a picture, I'm not sure we are qualified to identify the problem.  Many skin infections would look very similar. 

One thing that I did read said that it was fine to use the athlete's foot preparation for a fungal infection, but it also said not to use a cortisone cream for the itching if at all possible if it is ringworm.  We don't know if that is the case for sure, but maybe if the itching isn't too bad, you can not use or limit the use of the cortisone.
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2016, 11:06:53 PM »

Agree that there isn't much we can help with without know what type of fungus it is.  But if he's just giving you some creams to deal with it, & based on what the pharmacist recommended, I suspect it must just be ringworm - easily treated for you, and maybe a little less easily treatment for Rusty because of all that hair.  Actually, I'm not sure what they are treating ringworm with in cats now.  The rescue cats I worked with had ringworm a lot, & we applied cream to the spots several times a day.

Definitely get back in touch with the doc to get an exact name for it.  If the pharmacy is open tomorrow, maybe they can tell you since they came up with an alternate plan.  I think most of the other fungi that cats get are a lot more serious, & you wouldn't just be rubbing cream on your ankle.  Do an image search online to see what ringworm looks like & compare to what you have.
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2016, 07:11:10 AM »

Sorry to see this so late ! Why do you think you got it from Rusty ? He's an indoor only cat , it's much more likely you got it somewhere else . Keep an eye out for unusual scratching by him & see the vet if needed . I got ringworm on my arm once while taking a long bus ride . The otc creams usually work fine , they just may take  little longer .
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2016, 10:14:40 AM »

Mandycat I agree not fair ! Dr must know or at least have an idea I would think since he gave meds. Rusty IS INDOOR has not set paw outside in about 3 yrs ( he did sneak out then) Will call Dr Mon try to get more answers. I'll try to limit cortisone maybe use at night cuz it literally woke me up with itch the other night and more than once. I sent pics to a friend and she said what I've been thinking it isn't round and possibly NOT ringworm but she said hard to tell by pics. Thank you amkmo1
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2016, 10:23:01 AM »

Petslave  Pharmist didn't want to say said there were many things it could be. DID image search doesn't look like ringworm but the ways it kinda wraps around my leg it's hard to see it I may ask around at church tonight a friend of mine does a hiking group she may know. DEFINITELY calling Drs tomorrow. Thank you amkmo1
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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2016, 10:35:10 AM »

Leslie It's ok I just been stressed with this plus another issue also .Dr said can get from pets. I didn't think about Rusty till I came home and researched it. SOME OF THE RESEACH RESULTS IS SCARY! Yes RUSTYS indoor only I been thinking same thing got somewhere else I hope it's NOT serious for him. I HAVE NOTICED RUSTYS been grooming a lot more his back side so much that he made huge mats. Not so much scratching. I'll keep an eye on him. WILL see vet if needed trying to wait see from Dr UNLESS I see him acting different than usual.  Thank you amkmo1
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2016, 01:45:28 PM »

Last night when I saw your post with the tiny picture attached, my thoughts were that it could possibly be what I had on my forehead a few years ago. It was late and I was so tired, I did not want to look it up then. I was not sure last night if a yeast infection was indeed a fungus. But it is:

Candida (fungus)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candida_%28fungus%29

I'm in no way saying this is what you have. I'm just sharing my experience with you.

I got my candida from eating way too much sugar - caramel apple dip - in the fall. My forehead itched and developed raw sores. I used Hydrocortisone Cream on it. But it only healed up when I quit eating any starchy and sugary foods. I ate mostly tomatoes and lettuce salads at the time. I also ate lots of meat (without the bun).

It is caused when you get an overgrowth of Candida in your system. Candida feeds on sugar and multiplies. And since starchy foods turn to sugar after you eat them, I had to change my eating habits a lot. Even now, if I eat too much starch or sugar, I begin to itch.

So this is just something you can ask the doctor about when you talk to him next time. It is very common and if you have it, don't worry about it. That will also make it get worse. The main cure is changing your diet.








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Angels Mama & Katy Mom Of 1
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2016, 02:44:54 PM »

Cayley Thank you hmm interesting I have been known to like sugar although I have cleaned up my diet but this thing has been here a while just thought it was eczema but it really started to itch that's when I had it looked at . I will mention to Dr when I talk to him or office tomorrow. I understand just passing info on and sharing experience on thank you amkmo1  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2016, 03:15:15 PM »

I hope it helps.

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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2016, 11:41:49 PM »

Ringworm is round.  If it "wraps around your leg", that doesn't sound like ringworm.  Hopefully, whatever it is, the cream will heal it.  Caylee mentioned a picture, but I didn't see a picture and don't know where it is.  Did you post one somewhere?
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