Treating Dog skin Fungus

Dog Ringworm: Symptoms and Treatments
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Ringworm in Dogs

Ringworm is a fungal infection that invades the hair and hair follicles. Most cases are caused by Microsporum canis. Ringworm in dogs is primarily a disease of puppies and young adults. Typical areas of involvement are the face, ears, paws, and tail.

Ringworm is transmitted by spores in the soil and by contact with the infected hair of dogs and cats, typically found on carpets, brushes, combs, toys, and furniture. Humans can acquire ringworm from pets, and vice versa. Children are especially susceptible.

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Ringworm takes its name from its classic appearance: a spreading circle of hair loss with scaly skin at the center and a red ring at the periphery. Note, however, that many cases of circular hair loss thought to be ringworm are actually localized demodectic mange or hair follicle infection. Black fly bites in the groin area in the spring will also have this ringed appearance. Atypical ringworm is common, with irregular areas of hair loss associated with scaling and crusting.

Ringworm by itself is not an itchy skin condition, but secondary bacterial infection with scabs and crusts can provoke licking and scratching. Ringworm can invade the nails. This results in nails that are dry, cracked, brittle, and deformed.

A kerion is a round, raised, nodular lesion that results from a ringworm fungus in combination with a bacterial infection that invades the roots of the hair. In most cases the fungus is Microsporun gypseum and the bacteria is a type of Staphylococcus. Kerions occur on the face and limbs. Therapy involves treating the bacterial component, as described in Folliculitis.

Ringworm mimics many other skin diseases, so an accurate diagnosis is essential. Hair infected by Microsporum canis may fluoresce green under an ultraviolet light (called a Wood’s light), but false positive and false negative results are common. Ultraviolet light is used as a screening tool only. Microscopic examination of hairs plucked from areas that fluoresce can sometimes provide an immediate diagnosis, but the most reliable method of diagnosing ringworm is by fungal culture. Some hairs from the abnormal area are plucked and placed on a special medium to grow out any fungus that is present. Results may take up to two weeks.


Hair, finger and toe nails grow twice normal

2011-09-09 14:55:54 by govno

Rates. Documented by beauticians thru 2010 and I see it over the years. Is this a growth hormone abnormality, still in my early 60's? I don't get nail fungus,instead just keratin overgrowth under toenails which I clip out, and use tea tree oil daily under toe nail beds. Tea tree oil helps some to prevent.
I also use a presription triple strength cortisone ointment, although it gives slow healing.
How can I stop all this tissue overgrowth? Any advice? I am at energy end with the chores of cutting away.
However, found barage oil lotion to be very helpful to the feet, elbows, hands, legs

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