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My sphynx has rashes, please help! :(

Liliana Marques

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Hi! My boy Tobias has rashes every now and then. They come and go and are very intensive for about one hour. The doctors have not figured out what it could be and we can´t seem to associate the rashes to the food he eats. He has had 2 shots of cortisone which help, however it is only temporary. Has this happened to you? Do you have any comments? Picture is attached. Any help is welcome... thanks :(
 

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Hm those look like hives. Could he be allergic to maybe the detergent you use?
 

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Hi! My boy Tobias has rashes every now and then. They come and go and are very intensive for about one hour. The doctors have not figured out what it could be and we can´t seem to associate the rashes to the food he eats. He has had 2 shots of cortisone which help, however it is only temporary. Has this happened to you? Do you have any comments? Picture is attached. Any help is welcome... thanks :(
It looks like hives to me too. You need to figure out what keeps on causing this. Whether it's a food allergy or something topical. It could be anything like your laundry detergent, the material on your couch or throw pillow, whatever you are cleaning her with or even your own hand lotion.

Did you ever try Zyrtec to clear up the rash? Also, did the vet give her prednisolone?
 

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Welcome to sphynxlair, good to have you.
Oh my, your baby either has a yeast infection, or allergies.
I would have blood drawn have them test for anything your baby
could be allergic to. Drawn blood is more expensive, but worth it.
The best. There is never anymore wondering.

Plus, I would have the skin scraped and checked for yeast infection.
Otherwise, your spending money on vet visit and medicine that isn't
working. A guessing game. Vets that doesn't know much about Sphynx
will try everything and it's costing you and putting your baby through all this
suffering for nothing.

Keep us updated.
 

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Welcome to the Lair.
It looks like hives to me too.
Something he is coming into contact with?
I had a very sensitive girl and she would break out from contact allergies and food allergies. It would be very severe and then go down bit she had to be on special food and a daily dose of steroid.
As mentioned before I would switch to a free laundry detergent and no scent dryer sheet. Also if you use any plug in scented things like glade or the such get rid of them.
No scented litter.
I would also recommend you look at a therapeutic shampoo. Look at the the Douxo shampoos. You can generally order them on amazon. Maybe the Calm shampoo would help with breakouts.
Also, talk to vet about blood serum allergy test.
 

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Welcome to sphynxlair, good to have you.
Oh my, your baby either has a yeast infection, or allergies.
I would have blood drawn have them test for anything your baby
could be allergic to. Drawn blood is more expensive, but worth it.
The best. There is never anymore wondering.

Plus, I would have the skin scraped and checked for yeast infection.
Otherwise, your spending money on vet visit and medicine that isn't
working. A guessing game. Vets that doesn't know much about Sphynx
will try everything and it's costing you and putting your baby through all this
suffering for nothing.

Keep us updated.
Agreed

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Welcome to sphynxlair!
Sorry to hear your sphynx has rashes. It's always so difficult to find out what is causing it. I agree with the advice above! Hope you can figure out what cause the hives
 

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@BusterTheCat @GoldHazel @Hairless Blessing @NinaGato @ambi121488 @Toa and Ross

Thanks everyone for the advise. I took Tobias to the vet this morning and mentioned all these hypothesis you suggest (sometimes vets are not that familiar with sphynx problems, in Portugal Sphynx are not that usual...).

The vet strongly agrees it is some allergy. For the time being I am starting with Z/D from Hills so we will try to see if it is a food allergy. About this, everyone in the house seems happy to have some taste changes around here :)

Tobias also received a shot of cortisone to get better from this specific belly rash and we´ll start from here.

We´ll be watching over him more closely this week to see how it develops.

Thanks for your kind words again, I´ll keep you posted!
 

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@Liliana Marques ,Healing vibes sent! Looking forward to good news updates!
Let us know how the food works for Tobias
- with our sensitive sphynx babies we are always looking for food advice to pass on

Head smooches and all paws crossed for Tobias!
 

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@BusterTheCat @GoldHazel @Hairless Blessing @NinaGato @ambi121488 @Toa and Ross

Thanks everyone for the advise. I took Tobias to the vet this morning and mentioned all these hypothesis you suggest (sometimes vets are not that familiar with sphynx problems, in Portugal Sphynx are not that usual...).

The vet strongly agrees it is some allergy. For the time being I am starting with Z/D from Hills so we will try to see if it is a food allergy. About this, everyone in the house seems happy to have some taste changes around here :)

Tobias also received a shot of cortisone to get better from this specific belly rash and we´ll start from here.

We´ll be watching over him more closely this week to see how it develops.

Thanks for your kind words again, I´ll keep you posted!
@Liliana Marques I hope everything begins to clear up this week. Best of luck and looking forward to hearing back.
 

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Good to hear. Looking forward to updates.
 

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@BusterTheCat @GoldHazel @Hairless Blessing @NinaGato @ambi121488 @Toa and Ross

Thanks everyone for the advise. I took Tobias to the vet this morning and mentioned all these hypothesis you suggest (sometimes vets are not that familiar with sphynx problems, in Portugal Sphynx are not that usual...).

The vet strongly agrees it is some allergy. For the time being I am starting with Z/D from Hills so we will try to see if it is a food allergy. About this, everyone in the house seems happy to have some taste changes around here :)

Tobias also received a shot of cortisone to get better from this specific belly rash and we´ll start from here.

We´ll be watching over him more closely this week to see how it develops.

Thanks for your kind words again, I´ll keep you posted!
Thanks for the update! Hope the rash will stay away:)
 

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Hope all is going well, and your baby is better. One suggestion I did not see though is carpet freshener/ deodorizer. We had a HUGE issue with that with our toy fox terrier. We were using the Hartz pet fresh on our carpet and it was really irritating her skin. We steam cleaned a couple times (no cleaners, just steam) and it cleared up. No more 'sprinkle on, vacuum up' stuff for us!! Just a thought!

@KansasSphynxMom
 

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Hope all is going well, and your baby is better. One suggestion I did not see though is carpet freshener/ deodorizer. We had a HUGE issue with that with our toy fox terrier. We were using the Hartz pet fresh on our carpet and it was really irritating her skin. We steam cleaned a couple times (no cleaners, just steam) and it cleared up. No more 'sprinkle on, vacuum up' stuff for us!! Just a thought!

@KansasSphynxMom
@KansasSphynxDad I had the same thought a few minutes ago just before I signed on!
 

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@BusterTheCat @GoldHazel @Hairless Blessing @NinaGato @ambi121488 @Toa and Ross

Thanks everyone for the advise. I took Tobias to the vet this morning and mentioned all these hypothesis you suggest (sometimes vets are not that familiar with sphynx problems, in Portugal Sphynx are not that usual...).

The vet strongly agrees it is some allergy. For the time being I am starting with Z/D from Hills so we will try to see if it is a food allergy. About this, everyone in the house seems happy to have some taste changes around here :)

Tobias also received a shot of cortisone to get better from this specific belly rash and we´ll start from here.

We´ll be watching over him more closely this week to see how it develops.

Thanks for your kind words again, I´ll keep you posted!
so what was it? I have nigel on z/d also but its not really helping ... did you rash go away ?
 

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Ok so the first shampoo came in it's the hylyte. Should I use that or wait for the other one?
 

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@Nigelthomas , The Hylt is very soothing - a little goes a long way amd it rinses easy
It's up to you but I wouldn't hesitate to use the Hylyt
first
There are several online reviews mentioning Vet amd pet dermatologist recommending it

I actually mix both - Hylyt with Avenalyt once I got both in my hands
And I love using baby face clothes
 

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@Nigelthomas I'd wait another day since you'll probably receive it tomorrow. I just wouldn't want you to use the HyLyt today and then when tomorrow comes and you may receive the AvenaLyt Shampoo, you might get the urge to try it and bathe him again too soon.

I use both shampoos at separate times and love them both, but when someone is having a skin issue, hands down, I use the AvenaLyt for the calming affect on the skin because of the oatmeal.
 

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it says that its not coming for a few more days but either way I'm going to wait for the oatmeal one .... now here is my next random question ... when he gets the little scabs it means that the places are healing but if I give him a bath then the scabs come off when im washing him ...its it just a shitty cycle then ? I am thinking after I do the bath with the oatmeal shampoo I am going to do the cone of shame to let those spots heal without being touched for a few days
 

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@Nigelthomas did you get the Vetericyn VF yet? I wipe my sensitive boy down with a cotton ball and the Vetericyn VF when he's got funky stuff going on with his skin. It helps so fast and then the healing process really speeds up.

Just be gentle when bathing him around the scabs and when drying him, be gentle too. If any scabs fall off, then they were pretty much ready to fall off and don't worry about that. Just use the Vetericyn VF a few times a day and right after the bath.
 

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@Nigelthomas did you get the Vetericyn VF yet? I wipe my sensitive boy down with a cotton ball and the Vetericyn VF when he's got funky stuff going on with his skin. It helps so fast and then the healing process really speeds up.

Just be gentle when bathing him around the scabs and when drying him, be gentle too. If any scabs fall off, then they were pretty much ready to fall off and don't worry about that. Just use the Vetericyn VF a few times a day and right after the bath.
Spray is still a week or two away. I'll wait till I get it and use it with the cotton pad. Am I ok if he licks it right ..... I just wish this stuff would come already!!!
 

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@Nigelthomas it dries rather quickly and I've never had a problem here. Someone is always trying to lick medicines of any kind off of their siblings here and it's fine. They couldn't make it for pets if it was dangerous to lick off. And the amount they'd be licking off wouldn't be a problem. Like I said, it dries rather quickly. You can wait a 1/2 minute if you wanted to before releasing Nigel.
 

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ok I got the avenlyte shampoo yesterday and gave nigel a bath ... redness went away but the bumps are still there ... he made new ones on his head and they were harder to wash as he gets mad if I get his face wet... I am interested to see how he is doing today when I come home from work ... just waiting on that vertericyn spray to come and hopefully I will get this under control. either way yesterday I booked an appointment with a dermatologist for him ... she doesn't have an appointment until November... I was told the appointment would be no less then 1000.00 ... I assume they would do bloodwork and a skin scraping ... the appointment with the specialist is 130.00 its self ... Im hoping I can make it all better with the shampoo and spray once it comes in before the appointment ..
I also realized he badly needs his nails cut so im assuming that's what did the damage yesterday... this is a bad cycle...

another question about the shampoo ... do you let it sit on their skin before you rinse it off ? and how often are you bathing with it?
 

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@Nigelthomas how was Nigel's skin when you got home from work?

No, I don't really let the shampoo sit on the skin before rinsing it off. More or less, you'd do that if you had some sort of medicated shampoo. I bath them quickly here...1, 2, 3!

I don't bathe often anymore. For the longest time, I used to bathe them once a week. Then one winter when they had URI's, I put off bathing them until they felt better and it wasn't so cold. I found I was able to go longer in between baths. Lots of members that used to bathe once a week are no longer bathing as often. Use your judgement: Do NOT bathe more than once a week and certainly see if you can go longer. I find with these two recommended shampoos, that I can go longer with them staying cleaner and less "rust" coming out shortly after spa day.

When there is a skin issue here and I use the AvenaLyt Shampoo, I just use a soft, baby washcloth, no exfoliating gloves and make sure that I wash every inch of them (including the bottom of their feet and in between their toes)! :)

Even though this shampoo rinses very easily, I still rinse and rinse like there's no tomorrow.

The Vetericyn is great and within a few days, you really should begin to see great results.
 
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