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What is Fungal Infection Of The Skin?

Fungal infections occur when fungi present in the environment is inhaled by your cat or it enters his system through a break in his skin. Fungi are found in the soil and in the feces of infected animals. These infections can affect cats of any age or breed. Certain types of fungal infections attack cats that are sick or have immune deficiency diseases.

There are a variety of fungal infections that can affect your cat’s skin. Some may not cause serious problems and clear up with medication. However, there are certain types of fungi that can damage your cat’s skin and put his health at risk.

Symptoms of Fungal Infection Of The Skin in Cats

Fungal infection of the skin can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the type of fungi present. Here are some symptoms seen by veterinarians most often in cats:

  • Redness of skin
  • Scaly skin
  • Hair loss
  • Greasy skin
  • Skin lesions that can emit a foul odor
  • Thick skin
  • Hyperpigmentation of the skin in patches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Organized lesions known as granules
  • Nodules underneath the skin 
  • Lesions inside the nose
  • Fever
  • Lack of energy
  • Depression
  • Draining masses on the head, chest and limbs

Types

There are many types of fungal infections that can affect your cat’s skin. The following is a list of some of the most common in domestic cats:

  • Malassezia pachydermatis
  • Cutaneous sporotrichosis
  • Disseminated sporotrichosis
  • Rhinosporidiosis
  • Phaeohyphomycosis
  • Mycetomas
  • Cryptococcosis
  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Candidiasis

Causes of Fungal Infection Of The Skin in Cats

The cause of fungal infections of the skin in cats depends on the type of fungi responsible for the infection. Here are some things that doctors have identified as the primary causes of these skin infections:

  • Flea allergies
  • Cancer of the pancreas or liver
  • Exposure to high humidity and heat
  • Contact with infected feces
  • Exposure to infected soil
  • Inhalation of fungal spores outdoors
  • Contamination of wounds

Diagnosis of Fungal Infection Of The Skin in Cats

Your veterinarian will need some information from you to diagnose your cat’s condition. It is important to let him know when you first noticed symptoms and if you cat takes any medications for pre-existing health conditions. After taking a medical history, your doctor will examine your cat thoroughly. He will observe his mannerisms, gait and neurological function. Your cat’s heart rate, respirations and temperature will also be taken and recorded. 

Your doctor will likely take a blood sample to see if infection is present. A biochemical profile and complete blood count or CBC will be sent to an outside laboratory for testing. A urine sample will be taken for urinalysis, as well. If your cat has lesions on his skin, your doctor may take a skin scraping. He will examine it underneath a microscope to determine if yeast is present. Lesions that are draining may be biopsied while your cat is under anesthesia. These samples are sent to an outside laboratory for diagnosis. It is important to accurately diagnose fungal infections of the skin because some types can be transmitted to humans. 

Treatment of Fungal Infection Of The Skin in Cats

How your cat is treated for his fungal infection of the skin will depend on the type of fungi present. Some skin infections can be treated with special antifungal creams or ointments or oral antifungal medications. Infections that are caused by yeast may be treated with special shampoos or dips. Cysts or lesions under the skin may require surgical removal. In some cases, these cysts recur with frequency and are often difficult to treat.

If your cat develops bacterial or secondary infections as a result of his fungal infection, your veterinarian will treat these as needed. Cats that are very sick or contagious may be kept in the hospital until the symptoms improve. Your doctor may give you instructions on how to avoid becoming infected before you take your cat home.

Recovery of Fungal Infection Of The Skin in Cats

Recovery time depends on how severe your cat’s symptoms are and the type of fungal infection present in the skin. Certain types of antifungal medicines take weeks before you can see an improvement in symptoms. It is important to give your cat his medicine exactly as prescribed. Your doctor will most likely see your cat every few weeks to monitor his progress. It is very important that you report any changes in your cat’s condition quickly to your doctor. This includes any changes in the appearance of the skin or in his behavior. If your cat had surgery to remove nodules or lesions, his recovery may take a bit longer. Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on how to care for his incisions and how to administer any medications sent home. You will be given an appointment for suture removal if necessary. Sutures typically come out 10 days after surgery, depending on the size and depth of the wound. In rare cases, fungal infections of the skin can cause secondary issues that cause serious health issues or are untreatable. Your doctor will recommend the best course of treatment in these cases.

Fungal Infection Of The Skin Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Layli
Himalayan
9 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hair loss and pink skin

Layli had some redness over her eyes plus ear infection. Vet diagnosed yeast infection on the skin and bacterial infection on her ears. Since she is 8 weeks old, Dr. Didn't give medication, instead prescribed shampoo treatment for 3 days. After 3 days, she lost a lot of hair over ears, chest and belly while having very pink skin. Is she showing worse symptoms or shall I wait? Should she take oral medicine because Dr. said it will damage her lever?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Layli, I'm not sure whether she is improving or not, but it does sound like her hair loss is progressing, and it would be worth a recheck with your veterinarian to have her assessed and make sure that she doesn't need antibiotics. Antifungal medications can be hard on young animals liver function, but antibiotics can be safely given, if she needs them. I hope that she recovers soon.

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Felix
Egyptian Mau
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Hello! A week ago my cat, Felix, fought with a stray cat, and he got some minor cuts in his head. I started to notice since then something like a dandruff and when I took him to the vet he said he's beginning to have a fungi infection. He told that it's alright to touch him,, but I read online that fungi could transmit to humans by touch. Can I pet my cat without fearing to get infected? He only has the fungi on his head.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Different fungi act differently, and some (like ringworm) are zoonotic, and transmissible to humans and other animals. It would be a good idea to call your veterinarian, ask what type of fungus they believe that he is suffering from, and whether you need to worry about contagious disease. If your veterinarian thinks that he has ringworm, you should limit touching him until it has resolved, and wash your hands and his bedding frequently.

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Grace
Unknown
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling , Spreading , pus , Raw
Swelling

Medication Used

none

I'm not sure if it is a fungal infection, I don't know how to describe it, But it looks swollen and is spreading, And it always raw and pusy. Almost like a blister.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Grace, I am not sure what might be going on with her skin, but possible causes might be a bacterial or fungal infection, or a parasite. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her, determine what might be going on, and prescribe any treatment that might be needed. I hope that all goes well with her!

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peace
domestic short hair
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Scaly
scabby skin
Redness
Scaly Skin
Itching

Medication Used

Dexamethasone
tresaderm ear mite treatment #43
prednisolone syrup 15mg/5ml
Depo-Medrol
convenia antibiotic injection
bnt ear ointment

My cat has had a yeast infection for almost two years. I have taken her to the vet four times. The first one was about her rear she had pulled out almost all of her hair. The vet said get her spayed should clear up and gave her a shot to calm the itching. I got her spayed and it did clear up, only to return with more on her face. So I took her to the vet a second time got her seen and was given eardrops to use said to finish them. I did, it cleared up just to come back. The third time I took her in she got a btn ointment put on and was told to come back in in two weeks for a second application. Due to money at the time I wasn't able to take her in for the second application. It went away for a while then came back. This last time I took her in I was given an oral liquid I finished it. It didn't come back until about a month ago. I can't take her to the vet due to money and I don't have a ride. What can I over the counter I has spread from head to tail and I am afraid it will get to her stomach or worse? I believe it all started because the sister I was living with at the start of it all had had a beagle that had a very very bad yeast infection and the dog had infected the yard, the dog wasn't there when I lived there but had not to long before I did I believe. The vet has diagnosed my poor peace3 times each time differently. First ringworm then pustular acne then the last one was yeast not specified.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Peace is having these problems. Unfortunately, without examining her, I can't recommend any OTC treatments, and there may not be any that will work for her. Her skin condition needs to be diagnosed. If she has allergies or an underlying condition causing these recurrent infections, she may need further care. Yeast is not contagious between animals, and tends to cause infections if the underlying skin is unhealthy. It would be best to have her examined and try to find the cause of her problems. I hope that she does well.

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Chini
Persian
3 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Fungal infection

I have a persian kitten she have a skin deases I don't know but it also affect humans give rashes and my kitten all hair falls and not growing back what should i do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Kittens can get ringworm infections and can have parasites that will also cause lesions in people. Both of these conditions, as well as many others that can affect kittens, are treatable with medication that your veterinarian can prescribe. Chini should be seen by your veterinarian to have an examination, determine what is causing her hair loss, and get treatment for it. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Lucy
Persian
3 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fur Loss

My kitten (Persian) 3 months old is diagnosed with fungal infection in skin 17 days back and started treatment immediately, ivermectin injection and an oral tablet was given to Continue for 10 days. And a cream was also prescribed to apply on a daily basis. I have continuously done the same for 10 days and today being the 10th day the kitten again lost fur from a different place. What could be the reason for continuous hairloss despite providing the treatment?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Lucy, I'm not sure what might be happening with her, but if she has parasites in addition to a fungal infection, or a bacterial infection as a result of her skin conditions, sometimes things can look worse before they get better as her skin heals. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to make sure that she is healing as expected and doesn't need additional therapy to help her skin heal normally. I hope that she does well.

Thank you so much. I guess she is also having parasites. There is small black dots in the patches( fur lost areas) . Anyways can you suggest how long will it take for her to grow back the fur if provided with proper medicines.

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Unnamed
Bombay
2 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wound
Puss

Can I just bring in a stray cat to a vet's office? It's been living in my backyard and does not h ave a tail. It has an open wound with puss leaking. The spot where tail once was bleeds and then it dries up into scabs. Then it peels and bleeds again. Have seen it go through that for a couple of months now. Afraid to take it in because of bleeding

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2010 Recommendations

People bring stray cats to Veterinarians all the time, sometimes there is a disagreement between the Veterinarian and the person bringing in the cat on who will pay. Before you take the cat to your Veterinarian’s Office, call them first as they may have a policy on stray cats (no vaccination record or medical history). A charity clinic may be more accommodating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 3 weeks kittens have a fungus infection from their mum and I took them to the vet but she said she cannot treat them until they are 6 weeks old and it is so bad all over their body and specially eyes and even worst than the one on their mum. what can I do?

You must take that cat in immediately! How you could let that poor cat live like that for months is cruel. Pure cruel.

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Moon
British Longhair
3 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Redness
Skin Lump
Skin Swelling
Skin Loss

My 3 weeks kittens have a fungus infection (Ringworm) they had it from their mum as she get it when she was pregnant and All the Vets I took her too said they cannot do anything until she give bearth and now the kittens had this infection badly than their mum. I already took them to a vet and she said she cannot do anything until they are 6 weeks old and the infection become worst and worst by days and it is all over their bodies specially the eyes. What you recommend me to do? And is the Lime Sulfur dips effective and safe to use on them or not?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There are topical therapies that can be used on kittens, different anti-fungal medications are available. Lime sulfur dips are harsh for young kittens, but topical medications can be used until they are old enough for oral medications. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to ask about topical anti-fungal medications that they will be able to prescribe. I hope that they are all okay.

Thnx dr king for your response. I will visit another veterinarian to ask about something suitable for them. My best wishes and regards.

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Kiko
Turkish Angora
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Redness
Itching

Medication Used

Terbinafine HCl 1% cream

Is lamisil cream (Terbinafine HCl 1%) an enough medication for skin fungi in cats?
I found a small red batch on my cat's skin few day ago, and today it's a little bit larger and the cat is itching it all the time... I'm afraid it's going to make a wound.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Depending on the cause of the lesion that is affecting Kiko, he may need antibacterial, anti fungal, or anti inflammatory therapy. Without seeing him, or the lesion, I can't recommend a treatment. It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, and they can assess the area and let you know if Lamisil cream would be appropriate or if there is another therapy that would be more appropriate. Any ointment that you put on him is going to end up in his mouth, as cats groom so thoroughly, so you want to make sure that it is an appropriate therapy. I hope that he does well.

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Wanda
Sherazi
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Inflamation
Alopecia
Depression
Loss of Appetite

Hello my cat suffer from alopecia in she specific areas in her skin with inflammation in these areas...1st it appeared on her left leg then I found also one under the tail and at 2 corners of her mouth...I paint antifungal ointment on them but I afraid if they are contagious for me and my family !!!
And how long they will stay??
...
The cat was ill for 2 weeks and was taken Augmentine and mucogel

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Wanda, I am not sure what type of lesions those spots might be, if they are contagious and how long they might be there - it would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian and get treatment for the lesions, as your veterinarian will be able to diagnose the spots.

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Tammie
Cat
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itchy

Hello, my 10yr old cat Tammie started itching, licking, biting herself in spring last year. Ever since then she got steroids about 4 separate times (it worked each time, but I was told steroids can't be permanent as will do damage to liver). Despite having regular flea treatments I thought I use insecticides on the whole house (did it in June). After that she was itch-free for about 2 or 3 months. Of course I thought "that's it". When she started itching again, I did insecticides again in September. But this time it did not make the slightest bit of difference. So back to square one. Vets kept telling me I need a full allergy work up etc... I had that done in December. Costs over a £1000. Now results are back and apparently Tammie is allergic to 6 kinds of tree pollen and some funghi spores (Candida Albicans). Vet asked me if I had guinea pigs. I said no. He said these spores are all around in nature and can get inside with an open door or window, and can't clean them because they get into every nook and cranny. He said I could have same "anti-allergenic" specific to Tammie developed to desensitize her. (Probably won't be covered by insurance, have no idea what that would cost). But, thinking logically, if pollen and funghi spores were the culprits, how come she was itch-free for 2 or 3 months this summer?? I'm not sure I trust the results. What do you think?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Tammie is suffering from environmental allergies, desensitization therapy is one way to treat that problem - there are other injections and medications that can be quite effective, that you can talk withyour veterinarian about as an alternative to desensitization therapy. Apoquel is one that has shown positive effects in cats. She may have seasonal allergies that include these fungi and spores, and just show more severe signs in certain seasons. i hope that you are able to figure out her allergies with your veterinarian.

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