General information on Eosinophilic Ulcers
Eosinophilic Ulcers, also known as indolent or rodent ulcers, are a yellow-pink or red shiny spot that intensifies and becomes an open sore. Typically, these ulcers are found on the sides of the upper gums towards the center. In fewer cases, they are toward the back molars, on the bottom gums, or even on the tongue. In the advanced, cases, the lip may also be partially worn revealing the teeth and gums. There is no known cause for these ulcers, and despite the nickname of the rodent ulcer, it has not at all been connected to rodents at all. Eosinophilic ulcers are thought to be a part of the eosinophilic granuloma complex. The ulcers are hypersensitive, but are usually found not to be itchy or painful.
Symptoms of Eosinophilic Ulcers
Some of the symptoms for an eosinophilic ulcer may be a decrease in your catís appetite, a red or yellow-pink shiny or glistening spot on the catís gums, an inflamed lesion on the gums, an eroded lip, or hypersensitive gums.
Treatments for Eosinophilic Ulcers
The treatment for an eosinophilic ulcer is usually cortisone which is initially given with an antibiotic. Your cat should be taken to be seen by your veterinarian for all cases of eosinophilic ulcers. In cases where the ulcers recur, prednisone may be administered to the cat on a daily basis. In other cases where it is difficult to get rid of the ulcers, other medications may be required and determined by your veterinarian. It is common for these ulcers to recur, so trying to find and cure the underlying cause for them is a recommended course of action. Also, many cats with the feline leukemia virus have been diagnosed with eosinophilic ulcers as well and it is recommended that your cat, should it have the ulcers tested for the virus. Although a cat with feline leukemia virus may not have eosinophilic ulcers or visa versa.
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