Discussion in 'Cats - all breeds / types' started by carolclarkhill, Nov 15, 2012.
Has anyone had experience with ringworm?
Just recently actually, lol. It's a really itchy, annoying pain. For the cat, you can get a lyme dip from your vet which is very effective, but you will need to use it several times and it reeks of a sulfur like smell. Keep the cat confined to a tiled laundry room or bathroom for at LEAST a week or 2 during treatment with easily washable bedding. Awful, i know, but the other option is to board them at your vet and have them do the lyme dips for you, which can get expensive. Otherwise they can spread it about the house.
For yourself, WEAR GLOVES if you need to do any extensive handling of the cat or it's bedding. Then WASH your hands! Wash all of your own bedding every 5-7 days. If you notice any itchy, red, dry circular lesions on yourself you will need to be treated as well with a topical cream such as ketaconizole 2% which is by prescription only and treats many types of skin fungus. There is also prescription strength Nizoral 2% shampoo for you to use on your hair and as a body wash a couple times a week when you shower. You will need to get these from your own doctor, but fortunately they are not too expensive. Change your bath towels frequently. Your vet can do a culture from the affected cat to see exactly what type of ringworm it has, as there are many kinds which may respond better to different treatments. At night, it is best to apply the cream to your lesions and them cover with a gauze pad or band-aid to avoid the cream rubbing off while you sleep and spreading the fungus on your sheets. Treatment time is a minimum of 2 weeks. Don't scratch!!
Good luck! It is very annoying, but treatable.
I had a cat have a very bad case of ringworm and it took about 4 months to get it under control... the vet gave us cream that went on it, he had special shampoo we had to bathe him every day and he also had oral meds... like I said it was the worse case she ever saw... thankfully my other 2 cats did not get it and neither of us humans got it.. we covered everything with towels and sheets and washed them often and vacuumed every day...
I hope all is well...
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