There was good sun today, so after breakfast, Tiger was taken out for a sunbathing session. Since he was being carried, I was able to use the small scissors to trim off some of the fur around his sporo sores. That's when I noticed new sores...on the right front paw and on the tail.
These are the original sores on the left hind leg. There hasn't been much change on these. I suppose "no change" is better than getting worse.
This is the new one on the tail. I've noticed Tiger biting this spot on the tail for the past few days. Maybe it's because of this sore.
And Tiger keeps licking the Lamisil cream off until the sores on the left front paw get all inflamed. Sigh, looks like this calls for the e-collar, at least for half an hour after application of the Lamisil cream.
By the way, I was told by the vet that Lamisil cream (terbenafine) does not destroy sporo spores. It is effective against other types of fungal infections, but not sporotrichosis. In fact, I did ask the vet what destroys sporo spores and he said, "Nothing." No wonder sporotrichosis is so hard to heal. The spores would just have to go through their life cycle and the body has to fight the disease. Nothing destroys the spores. But the body can fight the disease.
Then how does Sporonox work?
This explains it: http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/infections/medicines/sporanox-capsules.html
How does it work?
Sporanox capsules contain the active ingredient itraconazole, which is a type of medicine called a triazole antifungal. It is used to treat infections caused by fungi.
Itraconazole works by preventing fungi from producing a substance called ergosterol, which is an essential component of fungal cell membranes.
The cell membranes of fungi are vital for their survival. They keep unwanted substances from entering the cells and stop the contents of the cells from leaking out. Without ergosterol as part of the cell membrane, the membrane is weakened and damaged, and essential constituents of the fungal cells can leak out. This kills the fungi and hence clears up the infection.
Itraconazole is used to treat a number of different types of fungal infections, including those of the genitals, mouth and skin. It is also useful for treating systemic (whole body) fungal infections and to prevent them from developing in people with an underactive immune system (for example, due to AIDS).
Sporanox capsules are taken by mouth. Alternatively, itraconazole may be administered via a drip into a vein (intravenous infusion) depending on the type and severity of the infection. The length of treatment will also depend on the type and severity of the infection.
So, nothing destroys the spores. But Sporonox can eventually "kill" the fungus by preventing the formation of the fungal cell membranes.
Two new sores have appeared on the right front paw.
These are the original 4 sores on the left front paw.
Tiger didn't like the e-collar and was extremely stressed out. It was removed after half an hour and by then, he did not lick the sores anymore.
We caged him after putting the e-collar on him.
I've been sanitising the area with these two products:
Both are extremely effective for eliminating odours too, and both are natural and organic. The deodorizer is made from fruit and vegetables and the cats don't mind the scent. I've been using this for quite sometime now and I find both very effective. The natural cleaner has no odour at all.