Even if you think your pet has ringworm, don't start looking through your medicine cabinet for antifungal medication without consulting a vet first. Skin allergies and bacterial diseases may look like ringworm infections, but they require a completely different treatment. If your vet pinpoints ringworm as the cause of your pet's frustration, he will prescribe an oral or topical antifungal medication appropriate for the situation. Keep your pet out of reach of children and other pets until the infection is gone.
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A fungal culture is the only means of truly monitoring your cat’s response to treatment. Many animals will improve clinically with treatment, but may remain fungal culture positive. It is advisable to repeat fungal cultures toward the end of treatment, and continue treatment until at least one culture result is negative. In resistant cases, fungal cultures may be repeated on a weekly basis, and treatment continued until two to three consecutive negative results are obtained. Complete blood counts should be performed weekly or biweekly for cats receiving griseofulvin, an anti-fungous antibiotic. Also, blood work to monitor liver changes may be indicated for cats receiving ketoconazole or itraconazole, two types of anti-fungal medications.
or more and fungal cultures rechecked periodically
To prevent reinfection from other animals, the use of a quarantine period and fungal (dermatophyte) cultures of all animals living in the household are necessary. Treatment of exposed animals should be considered to prevent repeated development of infection. The possibility of rodents aiding in the spread of the disease should also be considered. If you suspect that your cat has access to rodents, or that rodents are in your immediate environment, it is highly advised that you take the necessary steps to eliminate the pests.
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Ringworm is a common fungus in cats. can be very successful in treating ringworm. Creams can be applied to the affected skin area to cure fungal infections. It may be necessary to shave the affected areas for treatment to be productive. Be aware that fungal spores are contagious and can readily spread. Be sure to clean the area, and any instruments used for treatment. Prescription only, as well as over-the-counter topical creams are available for treating most mild or moderate fungal infections.Systemic fungal infections are often more serious and require more aggressive and long-term treatment. Itraconazole is a fungus medicine often used to treat severe fungal infections such as blastomycosis, histoplasmosis and onychomycosis, which may affect the brain, bones or lungs. Itraconazole is usually administered by capsule or oral solution. In more severe cases, itraconazole can be given intravenously. This drug is off-label, meaning it is not approved by the FDA for use on animals, however it is legally prescribed by many veterinarians, as it is an effective treatment of many kinds of fungal infections, and does not have many of the adverse side-effects seen in other more aggressive fungus medicines for cats.