Fungus, Ringworm, Dermatophytosis or “Had” … .. What to do?

Fungus, Ringworm, or dermatophytosis “Had” … .. What to do? 

Ringworm is a skin disease caused by a fungus and is commonly called “ringworm”.

The fungus lives on the surface of dead skin cells. With their growth it often spreads in a circular pattern which characterizes the lesion. The fungus can be found in soil, animals and people (photo on dog, cat and person).

Ringworm on the skin of man
Ringworm on cat

Your pet can get a yeast infection through one of these sources and can also transmit to other animals and even people. The fungal infection appears first as one or more areas of alopecia (hairless) which may be red or inflamed .

With the progress of the infection occurs crust formation in these areas of alopecia and injury increases in size and number and a large portion of the skin can become involved. Some animals can be carriers without any signs of the disease appear. Animal by long may be fully or only clipped at the site of injury to facilitate treatment.

The culture is the often required for disease diagnosis and to monitor treatment progress. The Use of Wood lamp (photo) can help diagnose the fluorescent characteristic feature.

The treatment include creams , and topical lotions , baths and oral medications. The frequently used type of medication, depends on the severity of the disease and the treatment normally extends over six weeks or more. All contactants should also be treated, even if not visible lesions present and the type of treatment will depend on the decision of the veterinary surgeon .

We bit handling the animal to be for 3 weeks. The contact with other animals should also be avoided as much as possible. Wash your hands every time you handle your pet. All objects of your dog or cat should be boiled. Because of the possibility of transmission to humans , it is stated seek appropriate guidance with your doctor.

The service Dermatology Veterinary Hospital Pet Care will help in the diagnosis of this and of all skin diseases that affect dogs and cats. For this is only schedule an appointment with one of our Veterinary Dermatologists at (11) 3743 2142.


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