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Laucol

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Hi everyone,

On Wednesday, I noticed a small orangy mark on Ila's skin. It was just a small mark. Ive been monitoring it daily. Two days ago, it looked like a piece of dry skin came off the center of the mark, so I thought maybe it was just a patch of dry skin. Then today, I notice that the mark seems to be getting bigger. You can see in the picture attached that the center of the mark is where the flaked skin came off (it looked like a piece of dried glue). There is now a raised ring around where the flaked skin came off.

Does anyone know what this could be?

I've used Johnson&Johnson baby shampoo to wash him, and some unscented baby wipes (the natural care ones) to remove the occasional dirty bit. There are no other marks on him.

I'll bring hi, to the vet if this doesnt get better in the next few days but I was hoping that someone may have some advice or know what is causing this?
 

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@Laucol It looks like ringworm. I would isolate your baby so spores do not get spread and get to a vet. I have been down this road when we rescued a girl years ago. I am hoping I am wrong, but at least if it is it is treatable. If so feel free to reach out for tips.

Patti
 

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I'm just wondering if it could be ring worm?
Maybe someone here can help more.
 

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@Laucol It looks like ringworm. I would isolate your baby so spores do not get spread and get to a vet. I have been down this road when we rescued a girl years ago. I am hoping I am wrong, but at least if it is it is treatable. If so feel free to reach out for tips.

Patti
Thanks Patti - he is an only cat. Should I take any precaution in terms of isolating him then?
 

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Yes isolate, It is highly contagious even to humans. I got it...only hubby did not arghhhh lol. Less places for spores to be left the better. Wash hands etc. and try to keep from clothing etc until you see vet. Vacuum and keep things as clean as possible. I might be wrong, but by pic it looks pretty classic. Don't panic. It is not a worm it is a fungus (like athletes foot) can be stubborn but not life threatening and can be treated. If baby slept in your bed, clean sheets etc. to be safe. Set up a vet appt tomorrow. Best to air on the side of caution and please let us know.
Patti @Laucol
 

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Only one spot? If so that is great if it is ringworm you want to keep it that way :)
 

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Here is one link from a past thread on ringworm. You can search many more on the site.

http://sphynxlair.com/community/threads/sphynx-kitten-with-ringworm.9492/

Your vet will most likely do a blacklight test but only 50% show positive. But when your vet looks they will probably have a pretty good idea what is going on. They might do a skin scrape if questionable. It was 2 weeks to the day we rescued our girl that is showed up. Did you reach out for your breeder? They might be of help as well.

patti
 

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Thanks for your ultra quick and helpful response. Im at the animal hospital now! Ill update later.
 

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I read on an other thread that you said that it took you over six month to get rid of ringworm in your home. How do you know when you're rid of it?
 

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We slept without blankets so I could wash sheets daily. We had 2 other cats and one of which is hairy and that complicated things. All 3 cats and myself got ringworm. We ended up, buying a steam cleaner and having our Bengal shaved to lessen chances of shedding spores. We bathed them in prescription shampoo and washed sheets surfaces and vacuumed etc. we never really knew when it was gone...just did our best to stay on top of it and we saw no new spots we assumed we had it under control. Multiple animals made it harder.

Patti
 
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Sending healing vibes your way.

If I may ask, how does ringworm happen with cats? I've seen a few threads in the Lair since I came here, but don't quite understand it all very well. Thanks.

And Patti, goodness, what you endured!
 

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Sending healing vibes your way.

If I may ask, how does ringworm happen with cats? I've seen a few threads in the Lair since I came here, but don't quite understand it all very well. Thanks.

And Patti, goodness, what you endured!
They get it through skin contact with another infected cat, it seems. Mine is still young. Apart from his family, the only other cats he may have encountered were at the vet when he got fixed. It seems unlikely, but I don't know where else he would have got it from. The breeder tells me that none of her cats have it. I trust that she is very attentive to this type of stuff, and I know that she is very careful with the health of her cats and kittens.

An update: I brought Ila to the vet today. They ruled out a yeast infection, and mites. They said it looks like ringworm so they will treat it as such. I had to buy a shampoo from the vet which I am supposed to wash him with one a week and they told me to buy miconazole at the pharmacy and apply it twice a day. The vet suggested that if that doesn't work, we will try to give oral medication (at which point he would have to go through a battery of blood tests?) Anyway, I am hopeful that it works and Ila gets better soon.

The mark was actually a bit smaller today than it was yesterday. The vet told me that sometimes, these issues will resolve themselves in kittens, as their immune system gets stronger. It is much redder tonight, but that's because they scrapped it at the vet today to take skin cells for eventual testing if it doesn't get better. He is doing very well apart from that, he is eating well, and playing and drinking lots. Hopefully, he gets nice and strong and this thing leaves him quickly!
 

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I posted last week about a mark I found on Ila - I went to the vet and the vet I saw suspected ringworm. She gave a medicated shampoo, told me to buy a cream from the pharmacy and I've washing and applying as prescribed.

On Monday, I found a new mark on the kitten, on his paw. I went back to the vet on Wednesday to see if Ila would do better on oral medication. I saw a different vet this time who said that he really didn't think it was ringworm to begin with. He tested the skin for fungus both on the back (which had begun to heal) and the new spot. He said there wasn't fungus on either of the spots.

He said it is difficult to know what the mark is, but he suggested it may be a result of the vaccination. He said that if it is an intolerance to the vaccine, it would take a week or so to show up (which fits the timeline). He said it could also be a burn or there could be another reason, but he strongly doubts that it was ringworm.

That is great news, of course. Except that I'm wondering what could have cause the sore. Has anyone had a sphynx react to a vaccine like this?

I'm attaching a photo of the mark on is back as of yesterday. There is some serious hyperpigmentation around the sore, caused by the medicated cream. The vet said that it'll take several months for it to clear. (so be it, as long as he's healthy) The mark on his paw is barely visible at this point. Its in the fold of the paw and the vet thinks its just irritation.

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@Laucol : glad to hear the second vet doesn't think it's ringworm! I don't know if this marks can possible be from the vaccine, I'm to unexperienced to know. Hope others will chime in!
 

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What medicated cream did the vet prescribe that caused this pigmentation issue? It would be great for members to know this if issues in the future. It is a relief it is not ringworm, but is he sure it was vaccination related? It seems very high up on the back and not the rump area where mine get theirs.

Patti
 
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Laucol

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Im using Micatin. Its an OTC medication. It has miconazole 2%.

Should i be concerned about the hyperpigmentation?
 

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Looks like ringworm to me. My dog had it on his tummy and the vet said it is something some pets carry and when their immune system is down it will surface.
 
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