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January 9th, 2004, 12:42 PM
Can humans transmit ringworm to cats??

January 9th, 2004, 12:53 PM
Do you have it?

January 9th, 2004, 01:01 PM
I think so - my two cats were just diagnosed with it, and what I thought might be a spider bite on my arm appears it may be a ringworm lesion. Problem is, we have two "warehouse" kitties at my work, and I don't want to transmit it to them before I clear this whole mess up at home.


January 9th, 2004, 01:17 PM
Oh dear

Be careful and good luck to you

January 9th, 2004, 01:20 PM
Does it look like this:

Generally, ringworm infections are not emergencies. But if you develop fever, increased pain, swelling, drainage, or redness, which could suggest a bacterial super-infection, go to a hospital's Emergency Department.

If only 1 or 2 lesions exist, topical antifungal therapy is sufficient. You may be given a prescription for any of these topical medications:

Imidazoles (clotrimazole or Lotrimin, miconazole or Micatin, ketoconazole or Nizoral, econazole or Spectazole, oxiconazole or Oxistat, and sulconazole or Exelderm)

Allylamines (naftifine or Naftin, terbinafine or Lamisil)

Naphthiomates (tolnaftate or Tinactin)

Substituted pyridines (ciclopirox olamine or Loprox)
In addition, the doctor may prescribe a topical corticosteroid to help relieve the itching. It is never used as the only treatment in ringworm infections.
Seriously infected or deep abscesses may require surgical drainage. Bacterial super-infections usually require antibiotics.
Antifungal medication may be given as a pill for extensive infections, infections that are not cleared with a topical medicine, or infections in people with weakened immune systems. Examples include itraconazole (Sporanox), terbinafine (Lamisil), fluconazole (Diflucan), ketoconazole (Nizoral), and griseofulvin (Grisactin).
general, ringworm infections get better within 4 weeks. Possible complications include bacterial super-infection or an invasive dermatophyte infection.

Keep your cats indoors !