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Would hydrocortisone cream help, or benadryl cream?

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Would hydrocortisone cream help, or benadryl cream?
Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Hi.

Dr. Paul Brazzell here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are we trying to fix?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Jasper has 2 spots behind ears that he has scratched to the point of bleeding. Also has no hair with the scratching. I had the suggestion of using benadryl for possible allergies. Nor convinced of this, allergies should be more abundant (at least I would think). He also has started scootering on his behind, like having worms? Help
Cat Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Thanks for the additional information.

I agree about the Benadryl. Anit-histamines rarely work.

Does he go outside?
Paul

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No. Always inside. That's why I am so perplexed.
Cat Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Thanks for update. Sorry for delay getting back to you- I fell asleep :(

Okay so we are likely dealing with either allergies (environmental or mosquito/bug hypersensitivity or food) or ear mites or otitis externa (ear infection)

Is there any debris within the ear canals?

Paul

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No. Sorry it took me so long to respond. I work 3-11 and it's been crazy
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
When this scratching started there was small "pimples" dark in color. When trying to remove to look at, difficult to remove from skin. Pimples, don't move
Cat Veterinarian: DocPaul, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Yes, I still think that we may be dealing with a hyprsensitivity

Focus on the food or other culprits (and could still be bugs even though indoors) as well as ear mites (though unlikely)

Thanks for info on the debris in ears

Probably best to have the ear scraped for cytology and to check for mites

Steroid injection or tablets

And possible food change

Paul

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