I appear to have ringworm, and I think I got it from my new kitten. I know how to treat ringworm for myself, and I'm taking the kitten to the vet on Tuesday...but is my apartment now extra-plagued with spores? And what should I do about it?
I have read this previous question
. But in that case it seemed like a very mild case and the contagious cat wasn't in the home.
I brought home a darling two-month old kitten from the shelter three weeks ago. Right as I was leaving, adoption papers all complete and kitten in carrier, the employee there casually mentioned "Oh, her littermates all have ringworm, but she hasn't shown any signs of it, so you should be fine." I obviously wasn't about to un-adopt at that point, so I just shrugged it off despite being a bit miffed that it hadn't been mentioned earlier.
Well, I've now got what is pretty unmistakeably ringworm (I had a single patch of it diagnosed several years ago by a doctor, so I'm not just basing this on pictures or descriptions from the internet). As soon as I suspected it was ringworm I got some 1% clotrimazole cream and by now the first spot has cleared up completely. But I'm breaking out in new patches all over, a half a dozen so far. Icky and itchy! I'm diligently applying the cream and have an appointment at the vet on Tuesday (I don't see any visible patches on kitty or I would just try applying the cream...).
But here's my question. Is just applying the cream and giving kitty whatever treatment the vet prescribes going to be a losing battle in the face of the contamination of my apartment with ringworm spores? I seem to be quite prone to infections (though not a compromised immune system or anything), so I think I should try to fight this aggressively through cleaning and disinfecting. I don't intend to go crazy with it. But if kitty and I both continue to be infected for a while, at what point do I try to decontaminate the apartment? Now, even though I assume we'll both just continue spreading spores? Once we've both cleared up our patches--if that's even possible as we pass this back and forth through contact and the shared environment? Or is this going to have to be an ongoing process?