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My red nose pit bull puppy has a bumpy redish rash around her

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My red nose pit bull puppy has a bumpy redish rash around her eyes and on the top of her head, I thought it was fleas so I got her a flea collar just today, was wondering what it might be. Any info would help.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

Although fleas can not be ruled out with history alone - typically fleas do not cause issues in this area alone, rather the back end by the tail - not the eyes and head.

CriticalCareVet :

At this age, and this breed, the more common causes would include:

CriticalCareVet :

- Bacterial skin infection
- Mites (Demodectic Mange for example)
- Allergy

CriticalCareVet :

Often in these cases, an easy way to differentiate the causes above is a good physical examination and a skin scraping (LINK HERE) to look at under the microscope.

CriticalCareVet :

Antihistamines such as Benadryl (LINK HERE) can be considered, but being around the eyes, topical ointments are hard to use as (just like people) most have the warning NOT to use around the eyes or mouth.

CriticalCareVet :

For this reason, especially if not improving - well worth having this evaluated by your veterinarian and making a diagnosis. This way we can find the exact cause and tailor treatment before it has a chance to spread and get worse (and then maybe even harder to treat)

CriticalCareVet :

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Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Hi Velda,

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