Monday, December 19, 2016

Ringworm Week 3

Renal cat-the lesions are still scabby and shedding skin.  More lesions all the time.  She's on Terbinafine pills, weekly bath of antifungal shampoo that sits on her for 10 minutes, then a sulfur lime dip. Topical Lamisil twice a day where she won't lick it off

Litter mate-spot behind ear still growing larger. Her treatment is the weekly bath. Lamisil.

7 year old cat-spot behind ear has spread to other ear.  Weekly bath. Lamisil.

3 year old cat, both ears.  Weekly bath. Lamisil.

Kitten may have a tiny bit of hair loss around her eyes. 

Spouse has developed a lesion on his chest from being scratched while bathing the cats.

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When I had 5 fosters quarantined in a bathroom with ringworm, they were on Itraconazole, weekly sulfur lime dips, and Lamisil.  The area was wiped down with bleach weekly, walls and floor, all surfaces.  Took them 3 months to be free of it.

The litter that started this, had free run of the house, on Itraconazole and sulfur lime dips,  took 3 months to get free of it.

So there you have it.  Doesn't matter at all if you quarantine or not.  That's really just to keep everyone else from catching it--although humans (exceptions are kids or elderly or immune-compromised) won't catch it from normal contact. Spouse got it from being scratched by the infected cat, which happened while bathing them, so quarantine wouldn't have changed a thing.  If I had caught this earlier with the 1 cat, I'm positive the others would have never caught it.  They didn't catch it either time before.  The real trick is to keep the infected cat from spreading active spores, too late for me now.  To keep the spore count down, I mop with bleach weekly.  I vacuum the furniture.  I spray Lysol on the furniture and bedding. I'm not going to rip out the carpet or throw away the furniture, or even wash everything we own in bleach every day.  It won't make any difference.  Ringworm has to run it's course and it looks like that's about 3 months.  I just can't seem to get it to stop on the elderly renal cat.  It's just not slowing down at all. 


2 comments:

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

have you considered probiotics for them? help their immune system get stronger so they can help fight it off??

Cinnamonbite on Zazzle said...

Well 1 is on Fortiflora for her digestive problems and it hasn't made a bit of difference.

Is there a better bacteria to look for?