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My cat recently lost a small circular patch of fur on ...

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My cat recently lost a small circular patch of fur on his face, and the skin under it crusted over. This morning, this patch was larger, about the size of a 50 cent piece and the skin is pink and slightly oozing. Also, small crusty patches are developing on his head and the back of his neck. He doesn''t seem in distress. I have little money for a vet, but will take him if there is nothing I can do at home for him. Do you have any idea what this could be? Thank you...
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 8 years ago.

Hi Mae,

Im sorry your cat has this rash.

Fortunately cats do not get as many skin conditions as dogs so they are much easier to diagnose and treat. They can be allergic reactions, fungus or infection.

Here is the most common with photos:

Stud tail:and feline acne
http://www.kittens-lair.net/cat-health/feline-acne.html

http://www.fabcats.org/owners/skin/acne.html

Ringworm:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ringworm.html

Miliary Dermatitis:

www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/mil-derm.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miliary_dermatitis

granuloma:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_eosinophilic_granuloma.html

http://www.vet.uga.edu/vpp/clerk/Starnes/index.php

Scabies:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_notoedric_mange.html

Hot spots:

http://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/hotspots.html

Ringworm can be recurrent and is treated with a topical fungicide or a vaccine shot.

miliary dermatitis can come from a food allergy or the bite of even ONE flea.This is treated with one cortesone shot or neosporen it is safe it he licks a bit.

Granuloma is also usually allergic in nature and can be treated cortesone or antibiotics or both.

There is also alopecia which is usually symmetrical and can be self inflicted:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=1&cat=1338&articleid=195

A staph infection is also a possibility and can recur at times when the immune system is weakened temporarily.

Please look at the photos and let me know which best relates to your cats issues and I will be happy to discuss this further with you.

Best wishes,

Terri

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Terri Riba's Post: It looks like the mange pictures, but it's really a large hairless lesion, and it's oozing and cracking somewhat, and appears to maybe be drying a bit. There is no evidence of anything around the edge of the ears though.

Thank you
Expert:  Terri replied 8 years ago.

Hi Mae,

If it is Scabies your boy will require a shot of Ivermectin.

If its ringworm, an antifungal.

You can apply neosporen but it is best to see a vet with him.

Sincerest best wishes,

Terri

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