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Prior to dealing with Misty's ringworm, I'd never had experience with fungal issues, and upon research I've read that piggies can get other fungal issues too just ringworm is the most contagious. So my question is, what are the symptoms of these other fungal infections? Do like look like the crusty white patches that ringworm produces?
 

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Prior to dealing with Misty's ringworm, I'd never had experience with fungal issues, and upon research I've read that piggies can get other fungal issues too just ringworm is the most contagious. So my question is, what are the symptoms of these other fungal infections? Do like look like the crusty white patches that ringworm produces?

The symptoms are very much the same. Hair is coming out whole, often several stuck in a large skin flake and there are exudations/crusts forming on the affected skin.
Ringworm is the best known because it is the most common due to it being so highly contagious and aggressive, transmittable between species and due to the tiny spores staying live for so long. It is also the only form of fungal that labs will test for.

This means that places like breeders (including commercial supply breeders) and pet shops can really struggle to eradicate it - and they provide an ideal breeding ground with young, highly stressed pets in close contact and being handled by strangers all the time.
Treatment is the same for all forms of a fungal skin infection.

In good care, especially indoors, you are generally encountering other forms of fungal not all that often and only in their mildest form, like a stripe on the nose or a slightly crusty/dusty ear.

Oral medication (itrafungol UK/ketoconazole US) is also used for internal fungal infections like oral thrush or candida, which are thankfully much rarer.

You may find this link here helpful about identifying fungal symptoms, but please do never treat on spec without a vet diagnosis; especially the early stages of ringworm and mange mites can look very similar and do not necessarily appear only in textbook places: All About Drinking And Bottles
 

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The symptoms are very much the same. Hair is coming out whole, often several stuck in a large skin flake and there are exudations/crusts forming on the affected skin.
Ringworm is the best known because it is the most common due to it being so highly contagious and aggressive, transmittable between species and due to the tiny spores staying live for so long. It is also the only form of fungal that labs will test for.

This means that places like breeders (including commercial supply breeders) and pet shops can really struggle to eradicate it - and they provide an ideal breeding ground with young, highly stressed pets in close contact and being handled by strangers all the time.
Treatment is the same for all forms of a fungal skin infection.

In good care, especially indoors, you are generally encountering other forms of fungal not all that often and only in their mildest form, like a stripe on the nose or a slightly crusty/dusty ear.

Oral medication (itrafungol UK/ketoconazole US) is also used for internal fungal infections like oral thrush or candida, which are thankfully much rarer.

You may find this link here helpful about identifying fungal symptoms, but please do never treat on spec without a vet diagnosis; especially the early stages of ringworm and mange mites can look very similar and do not necessarily appear only in textbook places: All About Drinking And Bottles
That you for this information Weikbe, I wasn't sure if they had drastic differences between their symptoms, and the fact their treatment is the same makes it very easy for the vet to diagnose if it does ever occur.
 
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