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Meishkas Acne

post #1 of 14
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Meish has been using the special shampoo for 5 days now and it doesn't look like her acne is getting better. I try to leave it on for the 5-10 minutes that is reccomended but that is really easier said then done. I do my best to rinse it all off with a wash rag. I only have to clean her chin so I don't want to wet her down fully. I didn't see anything on the bottle that said it would be harmful to her if she got it in her mouth and the vet said not to worry... but I still do. I have stridex pads that I can use on her but they seem to burn her when I put it on (she has a few open pimples) and I hate doing it to her. The vet said to use the shampoo for 10 days and if no improvement then she will have to take an antibiotic. I dread that... she is horrible to give medicine to. Bites, scratches... ugh. Anyone have any tips about helping the acne to go away with just the face wash?

She has lost more fur on her chin and the acne has spread... even with the face wash.
post #2 of 14
Sorry I can't help, but I know how frustrated you must feel and I'm sorry... hugs to you and Meish, I'm sure her little acne will clear up in no time!
post #3 of 14
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I'm so upset about this. What if it doesn't go away? What if she needs medication and its really expensive??!!! Its just one thing after another with her.
post #4 of 14
Or... what if it goes away after you start using the Stridex pads? What if it clears up completely and she doesn't have to go to the vet again, except for her yearly visits? What if she turns into one healthy kitty that doesn't have another health problem again?

Sorry, my boyfriend wants me to think positively on my test, and I can't do that - but I can think postive thoughts on other people's problems!
post #5 of 14
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Okay you think positive about it because I can't I worry constantly.
post #6 of 14
I'll think positive thoughts about Meish and her acne if you think positive thoughts about my test. Deal?

Now I gotta go to bed and dream those positive thoughts for you, unless you want me to fail that test!
post #7 of 14
Beth, I know how torn up and worried you are. I can't really offer and advice either so here's a hug instead

I am sure there are other acne medication options out there. I will hope that there will be one out there that works perfect for Meish that is also a reasonable price.

Try to stay positive and smile!
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by pinkdaisy226
I'll think positive thoughts about Meish and her acne if you think positive thoughts about my test. Deal?

Now I gotta go to bed and dream those positive thoughts for you, unless you want me to fail that test!

LOL Deal. I'm sure you'll pass.
post #9 of 14
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Thanks Beryl. I'm just so tired of her having something wrong with her. The acne doesn't seem to bug her one bit. I just don't want it to turn into something really bad.
post #10 of 14
When Bear was fighting an allergic reaction to plastic that manifested partially as scabby acne and then a swelling on his chin, we tried a number of different topical washes and solutions to help. It didn't go totallly away until after I removed his collar - which is made with a synthetic fibre - but one of the washes that did the best job was a boiled tea made from the herb pau d'arco. We started off with betadene washes but I found better results after the pau d'arco tea that I started to use that instead. I would make a fresh tea (boiled for several minutes) of pau d'arco root (available from most health food or natural food stores), leave the herb in the water as it cooled, and then was it was luke warm rinse his chin with the tea. He also enjoyed lapping it up, and as it is also used as a drinking tea with no reported toxicity (although lconsumption of large amounts can cause nausea), I would put some down for him as well.
There have been quite a number of tests down on pau d'arco as it is one of the herbs that is supposed to help with cancer so there is quite a bit of information available. Here is some information about it's use in North America (it is used internationally even though it originates in South America) :"In North American herbal medicine, pau d'arco is considered to be analgesic, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and laxative, as well as to have anticancerous properties. It is used for fevers, infections, colds, flu, syphilis, urinary tract infections, cancer, respiratory problems, skin ulcerations, boils, dysentery, gastrointestinal problems of all kinds, arthritis, prostatitis, and circulation disturbances. Pau d'arco also is employed in herbal medicine systems in the United States for lupus, diabetes, ulcers, leukemia, allergies, liver disease, Hodgkin's disease, osteomyelitis, Parkinson's disease, and psoriasis, and is a popular natural remedy for candida and yeast infections. "

There have no reports of toxicity in human or in controlled lab testing on mice. The complete information is available here on an herbal database:

I have no hesitation in recommending it as it really did work with Bear. It is also relatively inexpensive as a little goes a long way. Good luck.
post #11 of 14
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Thanks for the advice. I just put a call into my vet and I am currently waiting for a call back from her. I'll talk to her about a was with the tea and she what she reccomends
post #12 of 14
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Just got back from the Vet. Meishka is now on Clavamox Liquid twice a day for her acne. They said that this should clear it up but if for some reason it doesn't then I need to take her back in. I am also to keep washing her face for while she is on the antibiotic. Thursday when hubby gets home from the field we'll start her on the drops. It would be messy and hard to me to do the medication alone and I want to make sure she gets the entire dose of the medicine. I ran this by the vet and they said it wasn't a problem because they weren't expecting me to call back until friday anyway
post #13 of 14
Do you feel better or worse now? I'm glad you've got a different med to try and I hope it clears it all up real fast!
post #14 of 14
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I feel much better now that I have spoken with the vet and the vet techs. They have had cats with acne as well... it is just nicer to chat with someone who had the same issue. (Not that ya'll don't help... but I just love chatting with my vet)
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