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Old 12-08-2017, 11:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello! I am new to the forum and I am seeking advice from any knowledgeable hedgehog owners. Hadley is 6 months old, and I have had her for 4 months. For the past two months she has had extremely dry skin (big flakes falling off) and has been itching like crazy (waking me up about every hour in the middle of the night from the constant scratching). I tried flax seed oil in her food, applying vitamin E oil to her skin, and placing a humidifier beside her cage, but nothing seemed to help. One morning I woke up and noticed that she had scratched herself so much that she was bleeding on her side, so I immediately took her to the vet the next day! The vet tested for mites, the test came back negative, but we treated for mites anyway. Also at this time, the vet prescribed her with amoxicillin (antibiotic) to heal any secondary skin infection. During this treatment, she stopped scratching, but her flaky dry skin continued to get worse. About a week after her antibiotic treatment was finished, she began constantly scratching again. I called our vet and they decided to prescribe her with fluconazole to treat any fungal infection she may have. This prescription provided the opposite results that the antibiotic did, the fungal medication cleared up her dry skin and there were no longer flakes falling off! However, she continued to scratch constantly and now her white belly hairs are beginning to fall out (not enough to leave any bald spots, but a noticeably large amount). Also, she has not ran on her wheel in four nights. I don't really know what to do, I'm just wondering if anyone else has ever experienced this? I should also mention that she is not losing a lot of quills. I want to help her get better! I keep her on fleece (washed in sensitive detergent), and clean her cage and wheel everyday! Any suggestions would be appreciated! I just want Hadley to be healthy!!

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Old 12-09-2017, 11:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How many times was she treated for mites? What did they use?
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She was treated for mites once with Revolution.
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You need to treat three times about 2 weeks between treatments. This kills any mites that hatch before they have a chance to mature and lay eggs.
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I'm sorry Nikki, I misunderstood your question. She went through the mite treatment process once, which was 3 doses of Revolution at 2 week intervals.
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Ok then I would be looking at having a skin scraping done and have it cultured to see if there are any bacteria present. A plain skin scraping and looking under the microscope won't alway detect the presence so bacteria or fungi. If that comes back negative then I'd starting thinking of allergies.
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