A beauty influencer on TikTok went viral for getting ringworm after someone else allegedly used her makeup kit.
She then shows three pictures of how the flare-up progressed just days after she first noticed it.
The first picture shows what appears to be burn marks on her face, followed by the second and third pictures that show what appear to be large rashes.
Louaira says the doctors she consulted did not know what the issue was and believed it could have been either discoid eczema or Steven-Johnson syndrome.
“I’m in pain. I can’t smile or laugh because it hurts,” she says in her video. “I was crying on the bus on my way home, and because my tears are obviously salty, they started to sting them, and I was just crying and crying and crying.”
In her subsequent video updates, Louaira shares that the flare-ups spread to the rest of her face and are “burning,” adding that she still cannot laugh or smile because of the pain.
In a video reply to another TikTok user, Louaira says the flare-ups on her face were caused by ringworm, which she believed she got from someone who had previously used her makeup kit. Her video reply has since gone viral, garnering over 279,000 views and 23,000 likes.
“I know sharing is caring but best believe I’m not letting anyone touch my makeup brushes, or my sponges, or any form of makeup again, because this is ringworms from someone who has clearly been using my stuff.”
“So if you’re going to take anything from this video, go clean your makeup brushes, sponges, all of that,” she says at the end of the video.
Louaira’s skin eventually started clearing up over a week after her first post about the issue, which she reveals in her more recent TikTok videos. She shares in one of her posts that she used terbinafine cream to help her skin heal.
Although it is commonly known and referred to as ringworm because of the circular rashes it causes, the medical terms for it are “tinea” and “dermatophytosis.”
Other names for the disease change depending on where it is in the body. “Athlete’s foot,” for example, is used when ringworm is on a person’s feet.
Treatment for ringworm varies depending on the body part that is affected. Prescribed medicine and over-the-counter antifungal cream can typically help clear ringworm up in two to four weeks.