One of our cats, Mr. Man, was a mangey stray when we first got him. He showed up on our balcony one day, scratching at our glass door. We took him to the vet because he had horrible patches of skin with no fur on them. It turns out that he had ringworm. For a month, we kept him in our laundry room, medicating him and always being sure to wash our arms, hands, and legs well after touching him. He was such a sweet kitty, and I felt so bad for him. We had to keep him locked up so that he wouldn't infect Kitty.
Well, you can probably guess what happened, but I ended up with a small patch of ringworm. It was on my leg, so Mr. Man must have brushed up against me and I didn't get it washed off well enough. Ringworm isn't as gross as it sounds, but it's still pretty foul. And it itches like nobody's business. If you're not paying attention (or you are asleep), you'll scratch it and then spread it to other parts of your body. Or you'll shave your legs, not thinking, and then a week later you've got ringworm in your armpit. There is no rhyme or reason to its spread, and it's nearly impossible to treat it well enough so that it doesn't spread. (Incidentally, ringworm is just athlete's foot or jock itch on different parts of your body. I mean, if the fungus is on your stomach, it's called ringworm. If it's on your foot, it's athlete's foot. If it's in your crotch, it's jock itch. They're all treated the same way.)
For me, though, the creams were not working. I went to the doctor who just prescribed a stronger cream. I knew there was a pill, but the doctor did not even mention it. Needless to say, the new cream didn't really work that well either, but I decided to give it a shot.
Now, seven months after I first got ringworm, I am down to one lonely patch. I haven't treated it in a few weeks -- it seems all healed except that it is still red there.
Somehow, I telepathically gave ringworm to Sparklehead. She too tried treating it with the cream, but she just ended up with more and more spots. Finally, she went to her doctor and demanded the pill. The doctor said she is very adverse to prescribing the pill, but that she would as long as Sparklehead promised to report back immediately if she started turning yellow. Apparently this pill can affect the liver hardcore. Sparklehead promised and promptly went to fill her prescription. The pharmacist was so floored by her prescription that he had to special order it. It's only used for ringworm, so they don't stock it.
The other day, I got a picture message on my phone from Sparklehead. The caption read, "Ringworm pill done gave me the shits." I'll let you sort out what the picture was of on your own.