I have apparently come down with an annoying case of ringworm on my left arm. I’m fairly certain it’s from shared showers in hostels, but there’s no way to know for sure.
This is the first time I’ve ever gotten ringworm or anything like it. And I hope it’s the last because it totally sucks!
I am on the east coast of the US right now getting ready to leave for Europe on my first ship. In a way I’m glad this happened now where it’s relatively easy to get a diagnosis and treatment, and I don’t have to worry about playing charades because I don’t speak the language.
A quick trip to the drugstore showed me a plethora of ringworm treatment options. I’ve also seen some home remedies online with garlic, ginger and tea tree oil.
I decided to play it safe and order a cream the pharmacist recommended from Ringworm Be Gone. That way I’ll always have a tube with me during my travels in case the ringworm pops back up, and I won’t have to worry about trying to find specific oils or ingredients for home remedies wherever I am in the world.
Of all the things I was worried about on this trip, ringworm was certainly not one of them. And I haven’t even left the United States yet! Hopefully it will go away quickly and I can stop the constant itching.