Category : Ringworm

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Dermatophytosis: Ringworm

Dermatophytosis : Ringworm By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx The skin disorder called ringworm is not actually caused by a worm, rather it is a fungal infection within the skin that often spreads outward from a central area and has a red ring of inflamed skin around it. The infection is caused by one of two fungal organisms, called dermatophytes. These are Microsporum canis and Trichophyton mentographytes.    These infections are quite contagious between animals and humans, so it’s wise to have the skin checked whenever a suspicious lesion appears. Infection can easily spread between pets and people Read more
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Environmental Control Measures in Treatment of Dermatophytosis (Ringworm)

Confine pets to a room that is easy to clean and disinfect. Thoroughly vacuum floors and furniture to remove infected hairs and spores. Discard or empty vacuum cleaner bag. Wash hardwood/concrete floors and other contact surfaces with detergent and water. Dust other surfaces with Swiffer cloths to remove spores. Launder (hot water wash with hot dryer) area rugs, animal bedding, and bed linens. Launder, disinfect, or discard pet toys and grooming aids. Disinfect hard floor surfacing with bleach solution (1 part bleach : 30 parts water). Vacuum and disinfect, if possible, any vehicles and transport cages used for pets. Repeat Read more
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Ring Worm

Ring Worm By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx The term “ringworm” refers to a fungal infection that can involve the skin, hair, and toenails in animals and humans. It is concerning when we diagnose pets with ringworm due to the possibility of spread to family members. There are three fungal organisms responsible for the vast majority of infections in animals, and all are transmissible to humans. These are Trichophyton Mentographytes, Microsporum canis, and Microsporum gypseum. These fungal organisms that affect the skin, hair, and nails are known as Dermatophytes; the correct term for infection is actually dermatophytosis. The Read more