Treating Ringworm

This highly contagious disease is transmitted by direct contact with an infected animal.

Posted: Tue Dec 17 00:00:00 PST 2002

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ringworm-free catTreating ringworm with oral antifungals and frequent bathing with antifungal shampoos is generally adequate to clear all lesions in three to six weeks. However, in some purebreds, there is little or no success in healing the lesions. In resistant cases, ketoconazole is often used but may have questionable side effects.

Generally, long-term administration of griseofulvin combined with antibacterial shampoos is the traditional approach; this practice may have to be continued for years if the cat has no immune system capability. Consider adding one quarter tablet of echinacea daily for a month to your cat's regimen as a possible immune boost. A ringworm vaccine is also available; ask your veterinarian for advice.

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Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

12/27/2013 11:20:05 PM

Good to know.

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

11/29/2010 8:10:42 AM

important information, thanks

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

9/27/2010 5:48:42 AM

good article, thanks

Lonnie    San Diego, CA

3/26/2010 2:27:35 PM

If your vet recommends grisolfluzin, find another vet.
So many better meds & methods to treat ringworm now days. Flucanazole is a much better oral medicine to treat ringworm. But may not be needed for minor/simple cases. Lyme dip & Micanazole/ chlorahexidine shampoos are still the most cost effective & succesful treatments

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