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i am really trying not to freak out. it is a fungus that our doc seems to know very little about, and the online info is SO scary. apparently it is highly contagious and difficult to get rid of, only likely cure is a drug that is very toxic to the liver. so i guess dd is not supposed to play with other kids (indefinately?) which will be very hard on her because she is so so social- not to mention we have just made several appointments to look at preschools this week, and now i doubt that dd will be welcome at any of them. online info also suggests that infection is likely due to poor hygeine, which really makes me feel like a crummy mom, but i dont know what i have done wrong or could have done differently. but maybe she got it from a horse or cat, which is apparently possible, i just know so little. and i have to contact everyone we have played with recently to warn them that they have been exposed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> . dd and i are gonna be so isolated. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> has anyone deal twith this? please tell me you lived through it (and how).
 

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Mama,<br><br>
I am so sorry you and poor DD are going through this. I know I read your message this morning and couldn't think of a thing to say--I imagine many other mamas are having a similar response. This must be so scary for you. However your dd contracted this, it has nothing to do with being a less than terrific mama. Little kids get dirty, they touch dirty stuff--you certainly don't want to keep her in a bleach-filled bubble, you know?. Keep us posted about how things are going. Sending healing vibes your way...
 

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is the rash only on her scalp? i have tinea versicolor, which is a scaly rash on the body. it is NOT contagious & not harmful.<br><br>
also i read this about tinea capitis: Have patience. Tinea capitis may unfortunately drag on far longer than you anticipated but at least it´s treatable!<br><br>
go here:<br><a href="http://www.dermadoctor.com/pages/newsletter75.asp?AID=1067" target="_blank">more about tinea capitis</a><br><br>
it doesn't look too terrible to me! i hope this reassures you a little bit!<br><br>
love, jenny<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 

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Tea tree oil is very good for the tinea that gets under the toes and jock itch. If this is the same maybe you could try it, two to three times a day, it does sting the first couple of times so maybe dilute it mildly<br>
HTH<br>
Linda
 

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You poor thing- hang in there! I freaked out too when both of my sons had ringworm on their scalps.<br><br>
A good friend of mine who had just gotten over it encouraged me to accept the toxic meds the dr. was offering because she had battled it for months, using tea tree oil, everything she could and nothing worked except the griseofulvin (meds.) It requires a blood test before beginning to make sure liver function is normal. Also, taste is pretty bad and we found getting tablet form and crushing it in food was easier for my boys to take. It is extremely contagious but the medicine takes effect quickly, in my experience. We also washed their hair in Selsun Blue 2x a week, which reduced the flaking, which I think would make it less contagious.<br><br>
My younger son healed quickly but my older son took 2 rounds of the medicine, then a small patch came back, but this time it was so small, I've been using over the counter Lotrimin to spray on the spot 2x a day and that is working. It seems to me that once the hair begins to grow back in, it's gone.<br><br>
Discourage hat, brush, jacket sharing and itching the spot, and encourage hand washing. You are not a crummy mom- this is SO common! You will make it through this, it will eventually go away but yes, it does suck.<br><br>
Christie
 
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