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My little one year old sphynx Bryson has developed a rash which is covering his body like scars. It appears like dry patches of skin when then leave scars behind.

Haven't made any changes that I'm aware of.
- Same detergent
- Same food
-Same litter

Took him to the vet where he was treated with antibiotics and steroids injections which made no difference! I don't think she knew what was wrong with him, she also prescribed ear spray which made his ears more congested than normal. He's always had greasy ears, I'm no longer using the spray and just cleaning as normal.

Poor little guy doesn't seem too bothered but I'm worried about his health.

 

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How long has this been going on? Can you show us a pic of a newly formed spot? Does it actually scab on the new spots? Did your vet say anything about ringworm? We had a girl years ago and our vet back then had never seen how ringworm looks on a Sphynx. On ours it never looked like a ring. It was small spots that scabbed and left small scar spots. We only figured what it was because I got it 2 weeks after bringing her home and it was a true ring. Your spots look bigger than my girls did, but I do t know how long yours has had issues. I’d get a second opinion. @FrannyDee
 
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Hey Thanks for getting back to me.

I assumed it wasn't ringworm as he doesn't go outside and he was vaccinated sometime last year but worth double checking. The first picture is how they look when the marks first arrive, but less dark. The red fades and the skin becomes grey. This has been going on for about a month now.

Ill book him into a different vet this week.
 
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Sure, I will keep you posted! Hopefully can grab a spot for him with another vet tomorrow. I'll be upset if they didn't diagnose ringworm but I guess most vets don't know too much about the Sphynx.
 

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@FrannyDee they usually do a black light test, but only 50% accuracy so they might want to do a skin scrape. Again , I am just sharing our experience. Usually cats loose they hair around the spots, so vets do not think it it ringworm. Will look for your update, please tag me...and good luck.
 
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Hey Thanks for getting back to me.

I assumed it wasn't ringworm as he doesn't go outside and he was vaccinated sometime last year but worth double checking. The first picture is how they look when the marks first arrive, but less dark. The red fades and the skin becomes grey. This has been going on for about a month now.

Ill book him into a different vet this week.
We are dealing with RW right now and it looks exactly like that. Remember you can bring it in the house quite easily from other people or pets you encounter. Or sadly at the vet if a cat or dog is a carrier and the vet doesn’t clean an exam room throughly. We’ve had good luck so far with a lime dip (1x week), Duxone mousse (EOD) and apple cider vinegar on her daily. It hasn’t been even a week and the red rings are really faint already. Also, quarantine until diagnosis, and clean, you don’t want to make the contamination zone bigger than it already is.

Also we were told at the vet that hair follicles are important to whatever glows under Woods Lamp so if they shine and it is non-glowing you can’t rule it out you need the scrape which can take weeks.

Melissa
 

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I hate to alarm members, but I thought this is something to consider/share. It just takes a single infected hair follicle. It can live up to 6 months...hoping you get a solid diagnoses to share...you got this.
 
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Interesting hearing everyones experiences!

We've just got back from the vet (second opinion) he was convinced its ringworm too. Vet was very upset that Bryson was given steroids at the other clinic without a proper diagnosis, apparently this is what could have caused the flare up and spread of the rash which happened after the first appointment. Vet has prescribed a bath with once every other day with MALASEB(leaving on for 10 mins) and then on the alternate days using Surolan to the rash. We're to do so for 10 days until we return to the vets. First bath today, went ok he doesn't hate bath time but waiting ten mins with the solution on is difficult, don't want Bryson getting cold.

We've been told to clean and handle him using gloves. Especially myself since im currently pregnant but according to NHS website not too much to worry about.

Will keep you guys updated!

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Glad you did get a second opinion. Hoping it clears up fast. Yes use lots of antibacterial wipes and cleaners etc. it can be stubborn to get rid of. Cleaning/disinfecting blankets, trees, any surfaces that follicles might have shed. We bought a steam cleaner (you can probably rent one) and really get any carpeted areas cleaned etc. Happy your baby is good with baths...what a plus for you. We also washed our sheets daily because she slept with us and the other 2 Cats we had got it from her. It was a circus back then lol.
 
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Nightmare! Vet even gave us gloves to handle him but I'm sure I would have caught it already if it was going to happen. He's so used to sleeping in the bedroom and lying with us on the sofa I don't want him to feel isolate.

Its been a stressful day, he was so scared at the vets he made a mess. One more night in our bed I think before I strip everything off and disinfect everything.
 
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@Yoda mom @Catzzzmeow

Hi ladies!

Good news is rash seems to have left, it’s not longer red and silvery but it’s scarred his skin. Any idea how to promote healthy skin again?

He was had such clean looking skin up until about 4 months ago. He now looks dirty of his belly and obvious scarring where rashes were left. I’ll post a pic tomorrow when it’s day light outside.


Many thanks again!
 
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