View Full Version : Skin Problems Losing hair around nose, looks irritated. PICTURES ATTACHED !

11-26-14, 01:14 pm
I got a friend for my other guinea pig about 2 weeks ago and I noticed yesterday the newcomer suddenly has a patch around her nose that does not look right. My Guinea pigs do occasionally bicker back & forth and "rumblestrut" but it's never caused bloodshed and it's not constant. I'm not sure if my New Guinea pig (winter) is a victim of barbering or maybe mites or something else? any insight would be great thanks !

11-26-14, 01:17 pm
Whenever I see stuff around the face like that, I think it's most likely fungal in nature, or cheilitis.

11-26-14, 01:22 pm
My first guess would be a fungal infection. I'm no expert though.

You can read about it more here. http://www.guinealynx.info/fungus.html

If it indeed a fungus, it's very treatable at home. You just need to get some of the ringworm/jock itch (1% clotrimazole cream) or Monistat-7 (micanzole nitrate 2% OTC human medicine) cream to treat it.

I'm currently battling a fungus on my two piggies, and purchased the 1% clotrimazole cream from Target. It was just on the shelves where they carry anti-itch creams. (Side note, they probably have two brand name ones that say ringworm for $12, a brand name that says jock itch for $8, and then a Target brand yellow boxed one that says jock itch for like 6 bucks. As long as it says clotrimazole 1%, you can get the cheaper yellow tube one. I asked the pharmacist, and they are all the same, just different labeling since most people don't know that ringworm and jock itch can be treated with the same stuff. She told me to get the Target brand one, since it has the same exact ingredients, and is cheaper.)

You apply it 2-3x a day (using a q-tip or cotton ball, as fungus are very contagious, even to humans), making sure to rub it in REALLY well.

11-26-14, 01:47 pm
I have miconazole nitrate 2% already so I'll give that a try thank you !

12-23-14, 03:01 pm
Welp it's been a few weeks and winter's nose is looking back to normal after using miconazole (: thanks

12-23-14, 03:06 pm
*****update pics ****