𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒎?
Ringworm is a common skin infection of guinea pigs and rodents. It’s name is misleading because it is actually not caused by a parasitic worm but belongs to a group of fungi known as 𝑫𝒆𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒐𝒑𝒉𝒚𝒕𝒆𝒔. Ringworm infections can occur in humans and in all domesticated species of animals. It also very contagious and can be transmitted from guinea pigs to other pets and humans.
𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒎?
This fungal infection is highly contagious and can be transmitted through contact with another guinea pig and contaminated objects, such as bedding and food.
𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔 𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒈𝒖𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒂 𝒑𝒊𝒈𝒔?
Ringworm presents with scaly, patchy, lesions on the face, feet, and body. These lesions are usually circular areas of hair loss that are reddened, itchy, and sometimes have crusts.
Diagnosis is based on clinical signs, ultraviolet light evaluation (Wood’s lamp), cytology, and fungal culture. Fungal cultures are required for an accurate diagnosis of species of 𝑫𝒆𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒐𝒑𝒉𝒚𝒕𝒆.
𝑻𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒎
Treatment includes oral antifungal medications, antifungal shampoos, and topical antifungal lotions and sprays.
𝑯𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒇 𝒈𝒖𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒂 𝒑𝒊𝒈𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒎
Since ringworm is highly contagious to humans and other animals, it is recommended to wear disposable gloves when handling your guinea pig and to thoroughly wash your hands after direct contact.
Cleaning and sanitizing cages regularly will help to avoid build-up of contaminated material inside the cage.
𝑰𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒑𝒆𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒔𝒊𝒈𝒏𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑹𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒎, 𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒌 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒗𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒇𝒖𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔.
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