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    Is this a fungal infection? Please help!!

    I have two little piggies named Blooky and Chen who are a bit over a year old. About a week ago I noticed The area around Blooky's whiskers was really red. He started scratching a lot and now it's pretty gross looking. Chen also as of yesterday has developed a little scabby thing under his eye. I've looked all over the Internet and it kind of looks like a fungal infection. Is there any sort of medication I could use to treat them without having to take them to a vet? The closest vet to me is 40 minutes away and I'm in a city without a car. Also, they're nails are incredibly sharp but they don't look long enough to cut.
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    Re: Is this a fungal infection? Please help!!

    Yes, it probably is fungal. The one around the nose can be treated with over-the-counter medication, but anything that close to the eye really needs something that's safe on the eye, and you can probably only get that from a vet.

    See http://www.guinealynx.info/fungus.html for the medications you can use. Lotrimin, Nystatin, and Monistat creams are all possibilities, available at any pharmacy. Apply sparingly with a q-tip, and rub in well. Also wash your hands well afterwards, and it wouldn't hurt to change clothes. Fungus infections are freely interchangeable in all warm-blooded species.

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    Re: Is this a fungal infection? Please help!!

    Looks like it. You don't need a vet visit for most fungal infections. You can get Monistat at a drug store and apply it twice a day. The one near Chen's eye may need vet attention, though, since you can't apply Monistat that close to the eye.

    Here's the Guinea Lynx page on fungal infections: http://www.guinealynx.info/fungus.html

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    Re: Is this a fungal infection? Please help!!

    Thank you both so, so much! I'm gonna go pick up some medicine for their faces today :)

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    Re: Is this a fungal infection? Please help!!

    My pigs had the same thing i treated it with an over the counter cream, but there are also shampoos that are anti-fungal that can help

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    Re: Is this a fungal infection? Please help!!

    Shampoos work better when the infection is on large patches of the body, where it's hard to get the cream on it. But the creams have more of the antifungal agent. so if you're dealing with a small lesion, they're more effective.

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