Ringworm in Cats

Ringworm or Dermatophytosis is an infection caused by a particular form of fungus that has the ability to grow on the skin uses the superlayers skin nails as a source of nutrient.

This is a contagious infection during infection thousands microscopic spores are produced around infected hairs and these are the main source of infection for animals, infected hairs and spores are shed into the cats environment so other cats can become infected by direct contact or exposure to a contaminated environment like bedding, grooming tools these spores can remain infectious for up to two years and are difficult to kill.

Spores will adhere to the skin which can cause a new infection, although if skin is intact it is quite resistant to infection, any damage or abrasion to the skin will allow infection to develop more readily. Infection is more common in young cats because they have poorer natural skin defences and is less well-developed immune response, long haired cats because they groom less.

Typical skin lesions are discrete roughly circular areas of hair loss particularly on the head ears or legs. The surrounding areas may be broken the affected skin is often scaly and may look inflamed. Ringworm can look very similar to many other feline skin diseases including the flea allergy dermatitis scaling and itchy.

There are certain remedies you can use to treat infection for example Garlic  often used to treat infection including Candida, Torulopsis, Trichophyton and Cryptococcus.

This is a combination of topical therapy like creams, ointments, or shampoos and systemic oral therapy bear in mind all environmental contamination must be eliminated for the solutions to be affective.

To make a treatment, make a paste of crushed garlic cloves by blending the garlic with some olive or coconut oil. Apply a thin layer of paste to the affected skin and cover with gauze. Repeat twice daily until symptoms resolve.

Soapy Water wash with medical shampoo suitable for cats.

Apple cider vinegar has demonstrated antifungal properties against Candida, other fungal infection, to treat soak a cotton wool pad in the undiluted vinegar and wipe it on the affected area, repeat 3 times daily.

Aloe Vera contains six antiseptic agents that according to research has exhibit antifungal antibacterial and antiviral activities, apply the gel three times a day.

Coconut Oil has certain fatty acids found in coconut oil may kill fungal cells by damaging their cell membranes, some research suggests is good for mild skin infections apply three times a day

Grapefruit Seed Extract with a teaspoon of water applying to the skin twice times a day kills fungal infections

Turmeric is a popular spice with anti-inflammatory properties, which has extensive antimicrobial abilities mix it with a small amount of water or coconut oil until it forms a paste and apply twice a day may turn skin yellow. Leave it to dry before wiping off.

Powered Licorice an Chinese medicine, demonstrates antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties, good for ringworm and other fungal infections, mix with 3 tablespoons of powdered licorice root into a cup of water bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, once liquid is cooled it should form a paste apply twice a day before rinsing off.

Tea Tree Oil for many bacterial and fungal skin conditions for almost a century Australians has used this dilute and follow instructions be careful not to overuse.

Oil of Oregano is made from wild oregano contains two strong antifungals called thymol and carvacrol, research has shown that oil of oregano can stop the growth of fungus.

Lemongrass Oil can reduce several types of fungus mix it with a carrier oil and apply twice a day with a cotton ball.

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