I am growing increasingly frustrated. I was diagnosed with ringworm in late April. It was all over both my feet and one of my hands. (I assumed I had either gotten it from the college showers or from my dog). The nurse at my college said it was either ringworm or eczema but started me on a topical cream for ringworm. All of the rashes went away for a good week or so, then came back. Luckily I still had some cream left so I used that on the new rashes on my feet. They went away for 2 weeks, and I thought I was finally rid of ringworm. I went to California on vacation and the rashes came back (only feet)!! Once I returned home I went to my family physician who said "That's not ringworm, that's a bite." That rash went away a couple days later. 2 weeks since then, I have developed a 5th round of a rash outbreak, and this time it's on the opposite hand that was originally infected.
The rashes are always on my hands and feet, never anywhere else. They never get bigger than a quarter. They LOOK exactly like ringworm, red around the outside, a perfect circle. Neither my college roomate, my boyfriend (whom I sleep with!), my family members, co-workers, nor my pets have been diagnosed with ringworm. None of them have rashes either. Allegidly, ringworm is "extremely contageous," and considering it's always on the palm of my hand, it should be spread to everything I touch. I have mistaken the rashes for poison ivy numerous times, as I get that frequently from my dog.
What do I have? If it is ringworm, why does it keep coming back? Even when I scratch it (Which I do!!) it doesn't spread, nor does it get under my nails. How can I stop this re-occurance? Topical creams seem to work to rid me of the rash, not to rid me of the cause. I can't argue that it is something in my environment either, because I've lived at college and at my house for long periods and obtained it in both places. (Even California!) I don't have any contact with children, and I didn't work in my garden until mid May. My dog does sleep with me at home, but he wasn't at college with me where I obtained the original rash. What should I do?
Thanks in advance for your help, it is really appreciated!!