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Kitten with Ringworm

Hi....we recently adopted an 8 week old kitten from the Humane Society and noticed what appeared to be a scab on it's head.  When we took him to our Veterinarian a few days to have him fully checked and was healthy, we were told the scabby area was ringworm.  We were prescribed a topical cream, but I purchased colloidal silver for him instead, as I had heard it was very good for treating ringworm.  My question is, we have a small dog and another cat and, since, he only has the one spot, I'd prefer not to isolate him for his first few weeks in his new home.  I was wondering if I put New Skin Liquid Bandage on and around the spot (we already shaved the area) would it aid in the prevention of spreading ringworm spores around, especially to my other animals?

Any advice would be appreciated!
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7052683 tn?1392938795
Hi Ingenius,

Ringworm is highly contagious to humans as well. Make sure you wash your hands very well after medicating or petting this new baby of yours.

This is very common at rescues due to overpopulation. We always used Betadine on our cats and ourselves as soon as we saw the lesion. It was the least expensive treatment. Until that lesion and any others are completely gone I would not advise you to let him have play contact with your dog or cat. We also used Colloidal Silver...but liked the Betadine better.
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You otherr cat should have a different litter box, food dish, and water dish.
Perhaps you can screen a room off so the new one does not feel so isolated....but isolation is your first line of defense. In fact You should be wearing disposable gloves when dealing with your kit right now.
The reason we isolate ring worm is because the one bed, one food dish, water ,dish ,litterbox and any toys need to be thrown out after this clears up, and when you wash them during this time HOT< HOT water  should be used. Boiling water if possible.

Am I making it sound like an EBOLI outbreak??  Sorry, LOL!  It is really just a safety measure to contain this stubborn parasite. No biggy, once gone hopefully, if an indoor cat, you will never see that little round scab again.

Keep us posted.
CML

  
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Thank you for responding, CML. :)  We have been using latex gloves when handling her and especially when applying the medication.  It's very important that we not spread it to our other animals.  We have given her separate bowls and toys, etc.  but were wondering if we cover the area on him, so the spores cannot fly off into the environment and so that the other animals cannot directly touch the area, would that be an option to allow her out of the room for a little while each day?  I could not find information as to whether or not just the one localized area is contagious, or all the hairs on the kitten or where the spores are.  Of course, we will do what's best for all our animals, I guess we were just trying to think of was to subvert the need to keep him separate. :)

Thank you, again!
7052683 tn?1392938795
Ya know they should have little cat "Haz-Med" suits for situations just like this.

Then the little guy could romp around with the gang and not worry.
I think that would be what you need to keep the other kits safe, though.
We just never know where the next break-out will occur, and these parasites are microscopic, so even if you covered the infected spot up, it could be lurking somewhere else on him. Plus theses lesions should get air, not be closed up.

You could ask your vet for advice. He has seen it all.

Let us know what you find out, it can help someone else.

CML
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