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post #1 of 13
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The kitten that I posted about a while ago with the cuterebra (sp?) up his nose and in his neck has broken out with ringworm over the past two weeks . He has about 6 hairless patches. We are treating him with chlorehexadine, anti fungal cream and he gets a bath in Medicated shampoo twice a week. A couple patches are doing better and healing up getting some fur. But I was wondering if there was anything else I can do. I have Rio seperated from the rest of the kittens in the bathroom. None of the other ccats go in there and he never comes out. But....

Carolina I discovered last night has it on her ear! Ive started treatment on her. And Ive seperated her. But now Im wondering if maybe all the kittens might be carriers of it? Since they have all been in contact with each other up until I noticed the patch on Rio's head two weeks ago. Im wondering if I should just start giving them all baths in the shampoo just to be on the safe side or what?

Also how can I get rid of it in the house? Ive been reading about spores and junk is probably all over my house! How can I clean up to get rid of this stuff!
post #2 of 13
Aloe Vera along with the ringworm cream will speed things up. Sulfur is great for ringworm, I have used it on my previous dog. Sulfur kills fungus including warts. (even thought doctors say warts are a virus)

The following article mentions a sulfur shampoo:

http://www.peteducation.com/article....&articleid=223
post #3 of 13
I am in the process of treating ringworm right now for an adult rescue kitty.

I am using Lamisil cream, Malaseb dip, and Lamisil pills, orally, for six weeks. The vet wanted us to use Itraconazole but it would be 175 bucks!

Vacuum daily. And change your vacuum bag and filter (some people say throw out your vacuum). The spores survive a long time (some people say up to two YEARS). Change your furnace filter. Wash all bedding frequently.

Wash your hands with benzalkonium chloride. Spray all hard surfaces with 10% bleach solution or 1% benzalkonium cholride spray.

And when you are DONE doing all that, let me know

I just gave you my vet's recommendations (oh AND she said to isolate the affected cat in a cage, for TWO WEEKS). I just cannot keep things that clean in my house. There is not enough time. Are her recommendations overkill? I do not KNOW -- we are working on getting it out of here.

It is MILDLY contagious to humans and between humans. I checked daycare rules locally and child may attend if under a doctor's care. Recommended human treatment is topical. only (like over the coutner Lamisil cream or other athlete's foot meds). It is worse for immunocompromised humans, or pets, including the very old and very young.


That is the result of hours and hours of internet research ... and little actual experience.

Please let us know how your case goes!
post #4 of 13
My first suggestion is to never use anything unless your vet tells you to!!

How old are the kittens? I suggest starting baths on all of them with the anti-fungal shampoo. Are they old enough for an oral medication? Fluconazole is easy on the digestive system & can be used as young as 6 weeks. And it works well. The catch is that one bottle is good for 2 weeks & costs $30.

The thing with ringworm, is if the infected kitten touched you clothes, then you touched the healthy ones, they've got it. You've also got to wonder how long he had ringworm before you noticed(they can be contagious for weeks before spots show up).

Ah....I love ringworm! I think Damita & I are technically on bout 9, officially on bout 4 still.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Well ages vary and Rio has been seen by the vet and he is the one who told me to treat him like I am. Carolina is going in tomorow but I did talk to the vet and he said treat her the same as Rio. The cats and their ages I have here right now are.

My cats
Calamity 2 years
Skye 1 year

My fosters
Luna and Koko 6 months
Sundance 5 months
Fig, Berry, Tennessee and Cookie 4 months
Rio 14 weeks
Carolina, Jersey, Montana and Dakota 10 weeks.

Rio and Carolina both have had their medicated shampoo which is antifungal, antibacterial and something else I cant remember. The vet our rescue uses gives it to us free. He donates most of the meds and stuff.
post #6 of 13
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My foster kittens are kept caged most of the time.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
My first suggestion is to never use anything unless your vet tells you to!!



Ah....I love ringworm! I think Damita & I are technically on bout 9, officially on bout 4 still.
I absolutely agree -- especially with KITTENS. But ... I independently researched different meds, and then asked my vet if she would prescribe -- and it is costing much less.

ROUND 9??? UGH. Poor you, and poor Damita!
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by 4meezers3kids View Post
I absolutely agree -- especially with KITTENS. But ... I independently researched different meds, and then asked my vet if she would prescribe -- and it is costing much less.

ROUND 9??? UGH. Poor you, and poor Damita!
Round 9??? Something's not right.

I still highly suggest getting some sulfur cream and applying it to the cats.
My vet said whatever works when I told him and IT DOES WORK FAST. Flowers of Sulfur (yellow sulfur powder) can be bought at a specialty pharmacy, not CVS or RiteAid or Walgreens. Use equal parts of the sulfur powder and mix it with equal parts of anything unscented; cream or vasaline.

Sulfur is used on plants to combat fungus.
post #9 of 13
Nothing's right with Damita. She's been sick the entire 1 year 7 months I've had her. I gave up on trying to "cure" her. Instead, I intend to provide a quality life as long as she lives. Meds obviously do not help Damita, so I won't force them on her....I will do what I can.
post #10 of 13
dd if you are talking about that sulfinex cream ... I used it ONCE on Choochie, and it HURT his back. However, no more ringworm outbreak.

I also used it on my feet though, and would you believe I broke out WORSE? Ao no idea if the stuff helped either of us ... but the pine oil in it smells STRONG and on broken skin ... it DOES sting!
post #11 of 13
No, I am not talking about:

INGREDIENTS: Methyl Sulfonyl Methane, proprietary blend of essential and non-essential oils



I am talking about buying your own pure sulfur from a specialty pharmacy and mixing it with an unscented cream or vasaline or even bacitracin oitment.

The above listed has essential oils which are irritating!
post #12 of 13
Okay, good! on the pure sulfur.

And not only are those oils irritating, pine oil is not non-toxic ... is it?
post #13 of 13
Oi Ringworm is not fun... I had it... I still dont know why I got it, but I did.
Just wanted to wish you good luck with getting rid of it!
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