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Crust on guinea pig's snout

Wiggypigs03

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My guinea pig Mickey has been developing a crusty spot on the end of his nose. It's not around his nostrils so I don't think it's anything to do with a runny nose. I thought he might have gotten something on the end of his nose that dried up, but when rubbed with a wet cloth, nothing came off. It seems as though there are small growths coming from his skin. I tried looking for something similar on other websites but I couldn't find anything. My family will only take a guinea pig to the vet if it is a very serious problem, and maybe not even then. The closest vet that will sort of specialise in small animals is an hour away. Please let me know what you think113398113399113400
 

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Does she live with anyone else? I'm thinking that maybe she got bitten
 

Wiggypigs03

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Does she live with anyone else? I'm thinking that maybe she got bitten
I tried bonding him with a male I adopted, they had a big fight and Mickey ended up going to the vet for a serious bite about a year ago. I have them in seperate cages now, but it is possible that my other male could have bitten him through the bars. I don't think it's very likely that it's a bite because the crust has been there for a few months.
 

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Hi, I’m pretty sure this is a fungal skin issue. Some piggies get a fungal nose strip and this looks a lot like an expanded version of that. Is it just isolated to the nose?

I’d personally put a bit of Canesten 1% Clortrimazole cream on it twice per day for a couple of weeks although it looks a bit sore in the first picture. You can pick some up in chemists or supermarkets but don’t say it’s for a guinea pig.

I also find the Gorgeous Guineas Kwench lotion helpful to soften crusty skin.

Just my thoughts - others may have a different view on the best course of action. 🙂
 

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That said, you should probably confirm a diagnosis with a vet first. I wouldn’t like to think of cream going onto sore skin without necessity.
 

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That said, you should probably confirm a diagnosis with a vet first. I wouldn’t like to think of cream going onto sore skin without necessity.
Thank you so much for your reply, I'll be sure to take your suggestions into consideration
 
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