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My otheriwise healthy, 4yr old cat has two small(half a dime)

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My otheriwise healthy, 4yr old cat has two small(half a dime) bald spots. What is the best form of treatment? I tried an antifungal cream, thinking it may be ringworm, but after a week of twice a day treatments, it hasn't improved.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 2 years ago.
Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 15 years of experience. I look forward to working with you. Where are these bald spots? Do you by chance have a picture (you can attach using the paperclip icon)?
Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 2 years ago.
As you are suspicious these lesions could certainly be ringworm, and sometimes this does resolve with an appropriate topical medication (such as miconazole cream) but in some cases it will not and will require oral medication (itraconazole) as prescribed by your veterinarian for 4-12 weeks. Diagnosis of ringworm requires a fungal culture which your vet must do. There are certainly possible causes other than ringworm including focal mite infection, focal bacterial infection, eosinophilic granuloma plaque and the list continues. There are not a lot of other easy over-the-counter medications I can recommend. You are at a point that a veterinary visit for some testing (skin scraping for mites and bacteria) and fungal culture would be very useful.

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