Thread: Skin Irritation
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Old August 19th, 2001, 05:30 PM
marielayne marielayne is offline
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skin irritation & other treatments

It could be Atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is an allergic skin disease of dogs which is caused by immunological hypersensitivity to common substances in the environment such as house dust mites. I donít know of any other treatment besides steroids that will be as strong/effective. Cortisone creams are possibilities. Corticosteroid medication is best withdrawn throughout the period of treatment as steroids can interfere with the dogs ability to fight infection. Essential fatty acids are now widely used for skin conditions. They are known to have few side effects and will help about 25% of allergic dogs significantly. Allergen avoidance is useful when house dust mites are known to be the problem. Exposure to bedrooms should be avoided by house dust mite allergenic patients to minimize exposure to the allergen. When pollens and molds are involved, avoidance is practically impossible as these allergens travel for miles on the wind. You should get a skin test done. Skin testing is performed to identify the allergens involved in allergic disease.

Marie
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