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Dry patch on forehead. Ringworm?

Arwhal

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I’ve had my Mocha for a little over 2 weeks now and noticed a dry bump on her forehead Thursday May 14th that got larger in a few hours. I did some research and it seemed to match up with ringworm. I’ve been using Head & Shoulders on her and Tolnaftate after washing her down. I haven’t had a guinea pig since 2011 and I’ve never had a guinea pig with ringworm. I’m a little overwhelmed and was wondering if I’m handling this correctly? Am I wrong and it’s not ringworm? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
(I haven’t been able to get in touch with a vet due to the pandemic so I’m doing all that I can at home.)
it hasn’t spread and I’ve washed all of her things with distilled white vinegar. It also hasn’t gotten bigger.

first photo is from Friday the 15th, second photo is Saturday the 16th after washing her with Head & Shoulders before applying Tolnaftate.
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Your piggy needs to see a vet. Using a human shampoo will not do a single thing to help this but will likely only make it worse. We never advocate home treatments - st best they are ineffective and at worst they are harmful and make it harder for a vet to diagnose and make it take longer for effective treatment to work. If it is ringworm (only a vet can say) then it is contagious to humans and correct and appropriate treatment must be given by the vet to cure this along with strict hygiene and thorough and feel cage cleaning. Only a vet is going to be able to diagnose and give the correct treatment
 

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Your piggy needs to see a vet. Using a human shampoo will not do a single thing to help this but will likely only make it worse. We never advocate home treatments - st best they are ineffective and at worst they are harmful and make it harder for a vet to diagnose and make it take longer for effective treatment to work. If it is ringworm (only a vet can say) then it is contagious to humans and correct and appropriate treatment must be given by the vet to cure this along with strict hygiene and thorough and feel cage cleaning. Only a vet is going to be able to diagnose and give the correct treatment
I agree with you 100%. But like I said in my post, I CANNOT get in with a vet due to COVID-19. I am doing what I can within my power that isn’t ignoring it until something opens up.
The only reason I’ve used “human shampoo” is because of the pyrithione zinc in it, which helps to kill spores, and was recommended by multiple vets online.
Thanks for your input anyways.
 

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It is my understanding that vets are open to appointments, in fact I went to view a friends piggy the other day (social distancing) and discovered its illness, vet was called and I explained the seriousness of the symptoms and my belief of the actions required. Result: pig was driven to vets and got the treatment required.
 

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It is my understanding that vets are open to appointments, in fact I went to view a friends piggy the other day (social distancing) and discovered its illness, vet was called and I explained the seriousness of the symptoms and my belief of the actions required. Result: pig was driven to vets and got the treatment required.
And like I said above, I cannot get mine in until next week even after explaining what was going on. Glad you were able to but I’m looking for advice on what I can do in the meantime. Thanks anyways.
 

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We won’t advocate home treatments due to their ineffectiveness, you really need a prescription strength treatment to really be able to deal with it properly, assuming that it is ringworm. The dandruff shampoo is very harsh on their skin. Ringworm: Hygiene And Pictures
All you can really do yourself is practise good hygiene so not to spread it
 
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Did you manage to find a vet who would see your piggy then? You said you can’t get to the vet at all but then you can’t be seen till next week. Did you email them a photo?
 
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