I noticed this a LONG time ago...must of been 3 years ago...
Anyways, one day when I got out of the shower, I noticed a white circular patch (kinda small) on my chest (right side). It didn't go away so I went to the docter. He told me it was ring worm and he gave me a cream to put on it. Well, I used the cream, but the white patch did not go away.
Anyways, I decided to not worry about it, and soon later I discovered another white patch on the right side of my chest...this one is not really circular...it's more like a blotch...
It's been a long time now, and no more seem to be showing up...but I am a little worried about it...like, I was thinking it may be that skin disease where you lose all the pigment in your skin or something. That scares me...do any of you know what it could be?
Just to let you know, I haven't really exposed my chest in the sun for a long time, nor have I ever had sunburn there...if that matters. I do clean myself with soap too.. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
The pigment diease your talking about is Vitiligo. There's also another one called Tinea Vericolor?(I'm not too sure of the spelling on that one) You should go see a derm. if possible, its good to catch these things early.
If a doctor looked at it and said it was ringworm, it probably is. Sometimes ringworm can be a nasty bugger to get rid of.
To get rid of it yourself, you can use over the counter medicine. Any medicine for athletes feet will treat ringworm too. Try lotrimin,lamisil, tinactin etc. The trick to getting rid of ringworm for good is to use the medicine continuously for 7-10 days AFTER the ringworm is gone because even when you can't see it anymore, it's still there.
Never hurts to get stuff checked out. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Another possibility other than ringworm could be tinea versicolor. It's a common fungal skin infection. You can also treat this at home with the nonprescription antifungal cream ketoconazole or clotrimazole twice a day for two weeks. Keep in mind that it takes the lightness several months to even out.
I had something similar to what you're describing. My doc said it was a fungus that more than likely, I had picked up from the tanning bed!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/eek.gif"> Anyway, she told me wash my body with Selsun Blue shampoo. Guess what? Within 5 days, the white patches were history! You may want to give it a try! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/round.gif">