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Home Remedy For Ringworm?

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I'm searching a bit about treating ringworm because I suspect that Aurora has it and the vets just keep telling me it's skin problems she's been pigeon holed as having >:(.

While researching I've come across this Guinea Pig website that states using anti dandruff shampoo and anti fungal creams like for athletes foot,
Just wondering what peoples opinion on this is, is it truly an alternative treatment that works or is it all nonsense?

https://abyssinianguineapigtips.com/ringworm-in-guinea-pigs/

And I knowI know I should take her to the vets, but I have an they're not helping me at all.
I'll probably take her to a different clinc but just came across this and wondered what people's thoughts who know about this kind of thing, please don't slaughter me for linking it and saying I'm a bad owner I'm already stressed about about her not getting any better!
 

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I tried all sorts with Bramble to get rid of her fungal, nothing the vet gave me would keep it cleared. We discussed athletes foot creams and decided to try her on Daktarin cream and the Daktarin oral gel as both were piggy safe and to my amazement they actually cleared it. It's been a few months now and nothing. The oral stuff didnt have nearly as much affect on her dodgy digestion as what the vet gave her either, although I did make sure she got a lot of probiotics as well which might have had something to do with it.. but it did work which I guess is what is important. Worth trying if you've tried all other options.
 

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Amazing!
I'm kind of pulling out my hair here because my vet isn't being very helpful, I suppose it's worth trying!
 

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I'm searching a bit about treating ringworm because I suspect that Aurora has it and the vets just keep telling me it's skin problems she's been pigeon holed as having >:(.

While researching I've come across this Guinea Pig website that states using anti dandruff shampoo and anti fungal creams like for athletes foot,
Just wondering what peoples opinion on this is, is it truly an alternative treatment that works or is it all nonsense?

https://abyssinianguineapigtips.com/ringworm-in-guinea-pigs/

And I knowI know I should take her to the vets, but I have an they're not helping me at all.
I'll probably take her to a different clinc but just came across this and wondered what people's thoughts who know about this kind of thing, please don't slaughter me for linking it and saying I'm a bad owner I'm already stressed about about her not getting any better!

We do NOT recommend using cream for fungal infections. It is not the most effective way to treat ringworm as the infected area is much larger than the one you are treating, and it can cause problems in sensitive areas. Please be also aware that while products like Nizoral work, they are very harsh on both human and even more so guinea pig skin. A one-off bath is not a major issue, but a full course of a bath every 3 days for at least 3-4 times is another matter altogether as I know from my own experience about a decade ago before better products like imaverol/enilconazole have become available!
Please have a look at our own ringworm guide; we have tips and recommendations in there, including a dip which is much milder and available online. Our care tips also work: Ringworm: Hygiene And Pictures

However, please see a second vet and make sure that you are really dealing with ringworm or a fungal infection. If you treat on spec before you see a vet for any skin problem, you are basically wiping the crime scene and make a proper diagnosis very difficult to impossible. Are you sure you are dealing with ringworm? Once a piggy has it, it will spread quite quickly and be very sore; you also get further bald patches coming up in other areas as spores spread and infect other patches. It will also spread to other piggies and to you (unless you used good hygiene). The time between infection and outbreak is 10-14 days.
 

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I know that feeling well. Bramble had had it on and off from July until January time, it's an absolute nightmare. At first all they wanted to give her was Surolan cream which is a steroid, given how my own hands are after having to have so many steroid creams I started refusing. If you're not already, I also recommend cleaning everything with f10, saved it spreading to the rest of the pigs too, treating one was bad enough, last thing we need is it to spread!
 

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In Canada they do sometimes suggest Nizoral (human anti-fungal shampoo) and things like that. There are fewer small animal alternatives available here as far medication products go. However, if there's any chance of seeing a more experienced vet and getting something targeted to an animal of that size, I think that would be the best and safest thing.
 
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