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Upon examination of the photos, which were quite useful, I must agree my top concern would be this is a severe infection. However, it could be infection due to bacteria (pyoderma), mites (demodex in particular), yeast or an atypical ringworm
infection. However, if upon examination and then a skin scraping by your veterinarian (done for both mites and bacteria/yeast) nothing is found, then if there is truly blood seeping from the whiskers, then it really is indicated to check coagulation parameters to ensure there is not an underlying bleeding problem which can come from a variety of underlying problems.
I do highly recommend you have your veterinarian do an exam and the skin scraping BEFORE you start any medications, especially prednisone because if this is a mite infection, administering prednisone could make it a lot worse.
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