• over 2 years ago

    Bug Bites / Ringworm?


    About a week ago, I had what I believed to be bug bites starting to appear on my body, maybe 1 or 2 at a time. They were mainly on my chest, stomach, sides, and back, with only a couple on my thigh, a couple on my arms, and one on my neck. These bumps would just be an itchy spot, which I would try not to touch, and would start to slowly turn into a small welt that looked exactly like a mosquito bite over the course of an hour, but within maybe 6 hours or less would completely disappear, looking no different than a slight pinprick, or long-passed pimple.

    There were maybe two times that I had 6 or more bumps at a time, but typically they appear 1-3 at a time, spread out randomly, and mainly on my chest, stomach, or back.

    I searched absolutely everywhere for what I had though were possibly bedbugs, mites, fleas, etc. and even using a lint roller constantly on my couch, sheets, bed, carpet, everywhere, I never find a single bug, looking as closely as possible. I tried lint rolling on my body, checked my hair meticulously, showered and it would all be consistent, maybe 1 or two appearing every few hours and disappearing shortly after. From everything I've seen, the bumps I have are always much more mild than any reports on bug bite types.

    Now, I'm hardly getting any more bumps, today I got my first one since yesterday, which I only had one yesterday, but I have developed 3 rashes on my back, one on its own and disappearing, and two on my back currently. I also have two on my leg, one being on my inner thigh, and one on the outer thigh. They start as mildly itchy slightly to moderately red circles about the size of a dime, and over the course of a day, it becomes about the size of a half dollar, and usually around 36 or 48 hours later the center starts clearing, leaving a ring of slightly less red, more pink, typically not itchy skin.

    This looks to me a lot like ringworm, and less like Lyme disease, but I don't know if it has any relation to the welts that I started with. Is that the beginning stage of ringworm, where it doesn't penetrate the surface, but once it does I start getting the rings?

    On the rash that turns into rings, there is a hardly noticeable texture difference between the ring skin, the skin inside the ring, and the skin outside of it. Like I said, it hardly itches, and the whole rash from beginning to end runs its course in five days or less.

    I've been washing my sheets, clothes, and towel every night, applying a topical ointment, washing with tea-tree oil, and ensuring that I don't itch anything at all.

    As one last side note, for as long as I can remember, the back of both of my heels have very dry, very hard skin. It's cracked, but only on the dead skin that has built up, it has never bothered me, but if I try to file it off, it's smooth for a week and ends up coming back. It seems to me that this is a minor case of athlete's foot, again not as bad as pictures I've seen, but I know athlete's foot is in the same fungal family as ringworm, so I'm wondering if this is related as well.

    The first attached image show's the bumps/welts/bites at their worst, and this only happened once. Like I said, it's only a few at a time typically.

    The second picture is the beginning of the rash, on Saturday at 4pm. I'm not sure how long it had been there, could have been anywhere between 1 and 6 hours most likely.

    The third picture is from that same rash 45 hours later, Monday at 1pm,

    Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any more questions.


  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Bug Bites / Ringworm?

    These bedbug bites will leave red rashes of different sizes and be itchy and it is very difficult to identify. Where Lyme disease feature forms in different types of skin rashes, often ones that act insect or spider bites, dermatitis, or lupus rashes. To avoid these bites from insects like flea, bed bugs, ants, beetle, cockroaches, etc., it is best that you should consult with a professional pest control service. There are many experienced pest control services are provided by Pest Control NYC, Positive Pest Management ( http://www.positivepest.net/) , Empire Pest Control, etc., who will solve your problem quickly and in a cost effective manner. I think you should also consult with some professionals.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Bug Bites / Ringworm?

    Bed bug bites are usually itchy and are more common to be found on your arms and neck. Because these are the areas usually exposed at night. You can also see the signs of bed bugs on your mattress and around the furniture if the infestation has already started. Usually in the beginning stage bed bugs are hard to find. We have a full post on how to identify bed bug which you can find helpful here: https://nycbedbugs.org/identify-bed-bug-infestation/
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: Bug Bites / Ringworm?

    Apply a topical antifungal. Most cases of ringworm can be treated at home. Let it breathe. It may seem logical to keep ringworm covered with a bandage to prevent spreading the infection. Wash bedding daily. Change wet underwear and socks. Use an antifungal shampoo. Take a prescription antifungal.

  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Bug Bites / Ringworm?

    I’m currently having the same problem, did you ever figure out what it was/how to stop it?
  • 6 months ago

    RE: Bug Bites / Ringworm?

    Bed bug bits are really itchy.