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    Oh I have applied everything to my 'red' bits...... from natural phytoseptic creams (natural antibacterial), to canestan cream (yep the stuff for thrush), to benzoate peroxide creams, I've had IPL treatment, we've done oral antibiotics, hormone treatment (through contraceptive alternatives etc) nothing works... it comes and goes as it pleases, it's been around for approx 10 years (I'm 25) and no one has any idea what it is. It's strange. It was a joke with the vet that he fits in to our 'weird' lil family with unidentifiable skin conditions, LOL!

    I love the 'thank dog' comment, have read it a few times now, took the first couple to realise it wasn't a typo..... very cute!

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    Photo as promised, however I had already scrubbed them to clean them before putting the antifungal cream on so they look very red compared to what they normally do, I forgot about the photo before I attacked them.


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    Looks like ringworm to me.

    But it could be insect bites gone yuk too. But they wouldnt have the dandruff effect as much.

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    I'm still tipping ringworm?

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    Am treating as such, so we'll see how that goes. Looks to me like it's spreading too. As in the spots are multiplying?!?!

    Is this a ringworm thing too?

    Edit: The vet thought insect bites gone wrong to start with, that was the antihistamine/steroid treatment, but that didn't work. Do ringworms get puss in them? Some of them have oozy stuff come out when I squeeze them. Not much really for the size of the lumps/spots but still pussy stuff.

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    The lesion will often have scaly skin in the center. Small pustules are often found in the lesion. The lesion may start as a small spot and continue to grow in size. The lesion may or may not be irritated and itchy.

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    Molly sounds just to me like what they are, especially from that description.

    I picked all the scabby/scaly skin kinda stuff off and wiped them down with a puppy wipe, then applied the fungal cream to all of them tonight. Will bath in the medicated wash in the morning and repeat application of cream.

    If they are ringworm, i'm on a mission to get rid of them!

    Thanks guys!

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    yes ringworm can spread. That's one of the things that makes it so horrible.

    I don't know about pus. My dog's spot was dry. But if you break the skin - it may get infected. Pus is usually a bacterial infection being fought off and the pus is the dead bacteria and white blood cells.

    Not sure that squeezing it is a good idea. Ie that can spread the infection too. It's different to draining a cut or injury wound.

    Could be both. Could be ringworm that got infected when you started picking at it? And then got pus? Pus lumps / pimples can also be caused by allergies or stress.

    So antibiotics should work on the pus, but you may need to get a culture of the pus done to find out which antibiotic. Steriod cream should work on allergy itches but not pus or ringworm.

    Ok this is theoretically for humans but it covers what you describe... Ringworm: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
    ie you start off with red spots, you scratch or poke or peel them etc and they become infected with bacteria. So you may need both the antifungal and the antibiotic. Blech. I do not envy you one bit.

    This bit says that dogs can get infected hair folicles -ie pus without skin being broken or poked around.
    Ringworm a persistent fungus

    It also explains that there are several different fungus involved - I think only some of them glow under the UV light.

    Have you got a cat? I'd be checking it too. Any other furry animals in the house? Out the house?

    Birthmarks may come and go. My former landlord's adult son had one on his lower lip and chin and it would vary in colour and intensity from time to time. Confused the hell out of me. Sometimes it was hardly noticeable and other times it was bright purple.

    I think you can get birthmarks lasered, like tattoos. but you would need to see a skin specialist to find out if your mark was a candidate for that. If it bothers you enough to want to do something about it.

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    Wow Hyacinth thanks heaps.....

    The steroids/antihistamines are oral, they are a combined tablet. These were given as to start with they looked liked bites the immune system had overreacted to. When this didn't work we went back to the vets. This is when she squeezed them for the first time to see if there was pus. As there was, antibiotics were prescribed. The antibiotics are oral also. The vet had asked I keep an eye on the pus, to see if the antibiotics were working. So yes I've poked picked and squeezed, but until tonight I had only done it to the one she was having me check. Tonight though I descaled all of the spots (using the puppy wipe) and squeezed 2 others to see if they were pussy too. Then I rubbed the cream in to all of the 'clean/open pored' sores. The tube of antifungal cream says to clean away the spot before applying.

    The more I read the more I think you guys are right.... not so sure why 4 vets are so happy to 'look else where' for an answer. Hopefully we see some improvement in the next few days with the medicated wash and cream. He has 2 more full days of antibiotics and the antihistamine/steroid tablets as well.

    Touch wood thus far they aren't irritating him which makes it easier to deal with.

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    I think it takes a couple of weeks to be sure the ringworm is on the way out, maybe longer. It's not an instant thing. In the meantime - cleaning up all the sores, checking everybody else for sores (and washing hands very carefully before and after each check), and cleaning up the environment. (Can you shoot the cat or possum?).

    And that's if there is no re-infection somewhere (which is what happen to my friend's family in their feral environment).

    It's possible the sores wouldn't be itchy anyway, but the antihistamine/steroid would also reduce the itchiness. Antibiotic (so long as it targets the right bacteria) should also help, though I'd be inclined to add a topical one as well. Honey has antiseptic properties. Apparently - so does ear wax. Aloe vera - goo from the cut leaf may have some antiseptic properties - google is a bit wishy washy on that, but I know heaps of people and myself that have used it. Stops dog licking too cos it's really bitter.

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