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Clo 06-03-2014 04:28 PM

Bumps on face and head (pics included)
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I have many issues with my hedgehog over the past few months. It all began with mites and now he has a bacterial/fungal infection.The vet send samples away to a lab, I have a fungal wash (cats & dogs) from the vets that I use twice a week.

He seems to get a little better but never fully and then he looks worse again. I have been using this stuff for a month.He has become more active and friendly with this wash.

He also keeps itching his belly and top of legs until he bleeds, that also keeps differing in severity.

I starting to think he's scratching his face and stopping it from healing.

Any advice?
I do have a vet appointment coming up however, I have spent a fortune and would like some other advise as I am loosing faith in the vets.

PICTURES: First 3 taken today, one on pink cover a few weeks ago.
IMPORTANT: My old flat had mold, I have now been in a new flat for a week. (could be relevant)
Thanks Chloe

abbys 06-03-2014 04:45 PM

Oh that poor baby! If it's both a bacterial AND fungal infection, did the vet give you both and antibiotic and an anti-fungal?

A mold allergy certainly could have contributed to it. If I'm in a house with mold I'll have a pretty severe reaction within a couple hours that includes a massive itching and eczema breakout. Have you noticed any difference since you moved?

Clo 06-03-2014 04:51 PM

Thank for replying Abby. It's just fungal

He was firstly given antibiotics to treat bacterial (banana flavor) but it did not work and after his scrapping were sent to the lab he was given the fungal wash.

They had difficulties I ended up with two results from the lab both completely different. He been diagnosed with fungal and given wash however they had thought it was an autoimmune attack inside his body.

I am going to go get oil oil for his bath tonight to hopefully counter any dry skin and hopefully reduce the itching.

Since moving he is still friendly but has cut down on his wheel use again :/ however, that could be due to itching his legs raw maybe sore to run.

abbys 06-03-2014 05:00 PM

I wouldn't use oil until they're able to identify what the problem is for certain. Putting oil on his skin will trap any bacteria and make the problem worse.

The only advice I have is to ask the vet for a different fungal treatment, and perhaps another skin scraping to get a final answer. Maybe they'd be willing to negotiate on the cost of another scraping since the first tests were so different.

I wish I could help more. :(

Melanie G. 06-03-2014 06:08 PM

I had a hedgehog who had mites and after she was treated for it she was still quite sick and scratching a lot. It turned out she had ringworm. Have they tested her for that?

abbys 06-03-2014 06:31 PM

Good point, Melanie. Ringworm is very contagious, so if that's what it is everything in her cage and everything she touches will need to be sanitized, because a special soap alone won't take care of it if the fungus is still lingering somewhere else.

Clo 06-03-2014 06:33 PM

Thanks Abby , I'll avoid Oil for now.

Melanie he became lethargic with the mite treatment but wasn't scratching until after after the mite jag, I think he may have gotten dry skin, which then became infected. Then his face started flaring up in bumps.

He was tested from ringworm but it came back negative, I had been hoping for ringworm as the symptoms fit.

Freyaxo 06-03-2014 07:05 PM

what treatment for mites did you use? I've heard of all sorts of reactions to Ivermectin xx

Clo 06-08-2014 07:58 PM

Freya is was Xeno 50 Mini Spot On. However, he became lethargic (about 6weeks in) so he also received mites jags from the vet.

I have kept an eye on him, fungal shampoo and oatmeal baths and he seems to be getting better.

I think he was maybe just itching and flaring his skins up.

Thanks everyone for replying!

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