感染性皮膚病

infectious skin diseases

Skin conditions can be classified as infectious or sensitive. The most common infectious skin diseases include ringworm, scabies, fleas and lice, etc. Both young and old animals have weakened immune systems or other diseases that make them susceptible to infection. These diseases cause intense itching and hair loss. Affected animals can usually be completely cured with medication.

🔹Money ringworm
One of the most common infectious skin diseases. They usually only affect animals with weakened immune systems or other underlying diseases. Having said that, the humid and hot weather in Hong Kong is conducive to the growth of ringworm, so animals of virtually any age can become infected. The initial infection of ringworm does not cause itching of the skin, but the animals may experience hair loss. Once the animal is infected, the home environment also needs to be disinfected and cleaned, especially in recurrent cases, bleach needs to be disinfected with a 1:10 dilution. It’s also a good idea to replace the animal’s blankets and toys. But in environments with long-haired cats or multiple cats and dogs, animals can easily become reinfected. Ringworm is zoonotic, and children and the elderly are more susceptible. Contact with the animal should be avoided until it is completely healed.

🔹Scabies
It is a highly contagious skin disease. This parasite is spread through direct contact. Affected animals will be extremely itchy and develop a rash of erythematous lesions and encrustations, especially on the tips of the ears, elbows, elbows, abdomen, and chest. Strict quarantine and appropriate medication are necessary. Treatment for scabies is simple and effective, but the animal may need 4-6 weeks of treatment to be completely cured. Scabies is also zoonotic, and humans who come into contact with scabies-infected animals may become infected, but the infection is usually transient and the itching usually dissipates after the animal recovers.

Flea infestations are common. Some owners overlook the importance of flea prevention. Affected animals experience extreme itching, an erythematous rash, and hair loss, often near the tail. Treating a flea infestation is easy, just use flea killer neck drops to kill the fleas. However, because flea eggs and pupae in the home can re-infect animals in the home, the home environment needs to be thoroughly cleaned and treated with appropriate insecticides.

🔹Lice infestation
Rare. But infection can also cause severe itching and hair loss. Lice are spread through direct contact. They generally cluster around the ears, neck, shoulders and anal areas. Treatment is similar to treating a flea infestation. Use flea neck drops to kill lice, clean up the environment, and replace the animal's blankets and toys.

In fact, the symptoms of most infectious skin diseases are very similar, so if you find that your animals at home have abnormal itching or hair loss, you should take them to a veterinary clinic for examination immediately.

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