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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog suffers from skin conditions around her flank which

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Hi my dog suffers from skin conditions around her flank which she's prescribed medrone v for . It doesn't always completely heal . But I've noticed some cradle like cap clumps down her back ! My daughters just had a baby could this be harmful
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Marg
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Marg, if you aren't seeing complete resolution of Bramble's skin condition following methylpredisolone (Medrone) therapy, there's a good chance that bacterial infection is present in her skin. A steroid such as Medrone can make infected skin look better but it can't address the infection and, in fact, tends to "bury it" until the Medrone wears off - at which time inflammation and other evidence of infection arises once again. If the "cradle cap-like clumps" are more indications of bacterial infection (pyoderma), yes, the baby is at risk. Pyodermas aren't necessarily contagious unless humans are immunocompromised by age (infants, the elderly), disease, or chemotherapy.

Ideally, a more definitive diagnosis for Bramble's skin condition needs to be made. This is done by skin scrapings, cytology (microscopic exam of a small sample of her skin surface looking for abnormal numbers of bacteria and yeast), and a fungal culture. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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