How to ensure a successful treatment of fungal infections?
The infected area should be thoroughly clipped down close to the skin. Avoid causing any irritation on the skin to prevent spreading. Clippers and other grooming tools used by the infected pet should be cleaned with disinfectant.
✡ Always keep the infected area thoroughly clean and dry, especially in between the claws and skin fold area.
✡ If the infected area becomes itchy, use an E-collar on your pet to prevent scratching which can damage the skin further and cause spreading.
✡ Confining your pet to one room of the house until treatment has finished or fully cured.
✡ Wash all collars, combs, towels, clothes, soft toys, baskets, bedding, pet carriers, and litter boxes with disinfectant, and discard any items that cannot be washed. Do not share these items with other pets as infection can be easily spread through sharing.
✡ Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces in the house where
your pet has been. Vacuum any carpeted areas and throw away the vacuum cleaner bag once done.
Terbinafine – An Effective Antifungal
Terbinafine is an effective fungicidal against
dermatophytes, moulds and certain dimorphic fungi
and some yeast. It kills dermatophytes such as
Trichophyton (e.g. T. rubrum, T. mentagrophytes, T.
verrucosum, T. violaceum), Microsporum canis and
Epidermophyton floccosum and Pityriasis versicolor
due to Pityrosporum orbiculare.
Terbinafine is more effective than other topical
antifungals (eg. Clotrimazole and Oxiconazole)
because it kills fungus causing the skin infections
(fungicidal) and does not just inhibit the growth of
fungus (fungistatic). It has shorter duration of
treatment in comparison to other topical antifungals.
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