RE: [feline-heart] Re: Hair Loss?
- oooppps.....well, yes, but we pretend it's not really happening..... as in
"denial is a river in egypt!"....haha...
linda and the boys
From: gea@... [mailto:gea@...]
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2001 9:09 PM
Subject: [feline-heart] Re: Hair Loss?
Not even any male-pattern baldness? :^)
Gail & Malcolm
--- In feline-heart@y..., "Mike & Linda Irrgang" <irrgang@a...> wrote:
> no hair loss here....
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- Hi all,
Baby Boy seems to have developed a rash thingy on his nose ... only on his
nose. It started some time ago as a crust just around the hairline, this was
right after we went to Tufts (about 5 weeks ago) and he started eating again,
like a horse. I assumed it was food and he wasn't cleaning himself, so I would
just clean it off with some warm water. Now it seems to be spreading ...
being me, I immediately thought SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA! but I really don't think
that's it -- it's not really a rash per se, more like dark crusts and some
hair loss, but no sores or red spots. It began after he started the
spironolactone -- has anyone else seen anything like this? It doesn't seem to bother him,
he's not rubbing or scratching. I've been washing it twice daily and putting
antibiotic ointment on it, which seems to help.
Lisa, who will pay thousands for an echo but is hoping for cheap advice for
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The crustiness sounds a lot like ringworm, which despite the name isn't
always in rings. It can be picked up in clinics, it is rather hard to get rid
of in that setting. If you have a black light (the glowing purple ones),
about 60% of ringworm will glow under it. You could try alternating an
antifungal (ie yeast infection cream) with the antibiotic and see if that
helps. There are also some good naturopathic herbs, black walnut is
one my ex used when he got ringworm (from a patient); but I would
consult a homeopathic vet before I gave them to a heart kitty. Make
sure you wash your hands well after touching it, ringworm is contagious
to humans and a real pain to get rid of. The vet can scrap it and give
you a firm diagnosis if it doesn't resolve as you would like!!
jen, deagan and kira the dog
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, lclarizia@a... wrote:
> Hi all,on his
> Baby Boy seems to have developed a rash thingy on his nose ... only
> nose. It started some time ago as a crust just around the hairline,this was
> right after we went to Tufts (about 5 weeks ago) and he startedeating again,
> like a horse. I assumed it was food and he wasn't cleaning himself,so I would
> just clean it off with some warm water. Now it seems to bespreading ...
Sounds a lot like Ringworm. You can get some vaginal yeast infection
cream from the local pharmacy and apply it to the affected areas. You
want the 2% Miconazole preparation, nothing stronger. The vet can
prescribe an antifungal medication, but my vet wouldn't give it to my
heart kitty as it could have exacerbated other problems she had.
Another thing to do is give your cat a special shampoo treatment (only
about 10-15 dollars for a bottle from the vet or pet supply store) or,
in a more extreme case, use sulfur dip. That smells to high heaven;
if you try it, wear rubber gloves and old clothing, because it will
stain your skin yellow (as well as anything else light colored, like a
cat's hair...) You will need to keep this stuff well away from your
cat's eyes, so an elizabethan collar might be needed.
Additionally, vacuum EVERYTHING every day, and throw out the used bags
every day. No reuse of vacuum cleaner bags. Use a bleach solution to
wipe down hard surfaces that can tolerate bleach. If the cat sleeps
on blankets or bedding, bleach them too. If you can afford it, get
your carpets and furniture deep steam cleaned; explain to them what
you are trying to get rid of.
Wash your hands frequently; this fungus is closely related to that
which causes athlete's foot, and its very contagious to humans.
You'll know you have it if you get a raised, ringshaped itchy area on
your skin. The miconazole will work as well on you as on the cat.
Kathy in behalf of Angel Pele, who is finished forever with smelly
ringworm dips and is happily attacking angels' bare toes.