Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tiger Day 9 - new sores again



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.


A close-up.


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:

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.

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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:

mini-P3150638 mini-P3150639

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.


Chen said...

If Lamisil keeps other infections at bay and not really deal directly with the problem, why not consider Azrael's suggestion about oxygen bleach? Oxygen bleach is made of hydrogen peroxide and soda. Its key component is hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) that kills the germs and everything in its path. I've not used oxygen bleach but I do use H2O2 daily. H2O2 is a powerful disinfectant and it's by-product after oxidisation is water (we learnt this in school science class). I know that we are often told by doctors and vets not to use H2O2 to disinfect wounds because it also kills healthy cells, but I still swear by it and use it for cleaning sores and wounds and also use its diluted form as a mouthwash. Wounds and sores clear up fast with H2O2.

REAL BAD side to it is that it STINGS when applied onto an open wound because of the oxidisation process. So the cat may really hate it and hate you for it. And it foams and bubbles when it kills off the germs and gives out a bad smell. I was told by a vet that vets force feed H2O2 to induce vomiting in cats when they accidentally ate something poisonous.

Before special formulated creams were invented, H2O2 were used to clean and heal all kinds of wounds. People now use it mainly as a bleaching agent for hair colour and cleaning products (like oxygen bleaches.) So its still easily available in pharmacies in glass bottles. You have to dilute the solution to 3% or slightly less when applied on skin. Maybe you want to consult a vet on this?

chankahyein said...

I will consult the vet on this. However, the spores are lodged in the deep muscle, so the oxygen bleach won't be able to reach the spores as it only works externally....?

Chen said...

Good point about the deep muscle.

Not sure how oxygen bleach works because I never used it. Let Azrael answer this question.

I only know how hydrogen peroxide works. H2O2 will kill whatever it comes in contact though. It's like nuking the sore areas. It keeps the area disinfected and you do not have to worry about licking. It works fast. Put in spray bottle, aim at sores, spray and it will bubble and foam and give out horrid smells quickly and its all over in a few seconds leaving only water behind.

chankahyein said...

Oxygen bleach is Sodium Percarbonate. May work like H2o2 too.
Sodium percarbonate is a chemical, an adduct of sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide, with formula 2Na2CO3 · 3H2O2. It is a colorless, crystalline, hygroscopic and water-soluble solid. It is used in some eco-friendly cleaning products and as a laboratory source of anhydrous hydrogen peroxide.
I think it is effective against external sores. But I have asked the vets and am awaiting a response now.