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    Question skin infection? Mites? Fungal?

    Ok, My kids got 2 guinea pigs for Christmas, not a spur of the moment thing, they've been asking for months. So the smaller one got a sore on his back. At first we thought it was bite marks from the other (He's kind of a butt) so we separated them but seems to be persistant. He seems to be active, eating well, drinking, etc.

    This is our first experience with guinea pigs so not sure. I ordered some anti-fungal stuff from amazon but not sure if that's it.
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    Re: skin infection? Mites? Fungal?

    I think fungus is a good place to start. What is the medication you got? Monistat is one OTC medication that does the job. You just apply it to the entire bald spot with a q-tip twice a day.

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    Re: skin infection? Mites? Fungal?

    That may be a classic ringworm hair loss pattern. So start with fungus, but if it doesn't work, you may need a prescription strength cream for it. Just don't get an oral antifungal unless absolutely nothing else works -- that stuff is hard on all living things, pigs or human or whatever else.

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    Re: skin infection? Mites? Fungal?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePigAlchemist View Post
    I think fungus is a good place to start. What is the medication you got? Monistat is one OTC medication that does the job. You just apply it to the entire bald spot with a q-tip twice a day.
    This one... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0037Z6VLM..._bCMeEbVR0HY27

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    Re: skin infection? Mites? Fungal?

    If you use a spray, put it only on the skin, and not the hair around it. And take a q-tip and rub it in well. You don't want the pig to ingest any of it when they groom themselves.

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    Re: skin infection? Mites? Fungal?

    That is ringworm and is easily treated. My two boys used to have ringworm and got treated with anti-ringworm cream and head and shoulders shampoo. One of my Guinea pigs Oso is in the middle of a ringworm treatment and is clearing up, but Oso has really stubborn ringworm so it is taking longer to clear up than my other Guinea Pigs :/ But, be patient as some ringworm may be more stubborn than others. I hope this piece of information helps! If you have any more questions on ringworm feel free to ask me as I have had to sadly deal with it many times with my pigs :/ Have a nice day! :D

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