General information on Malassezia
Malassezia pachydermatitis is a yeast infection that most commonly found on the skin of the cat. Malassezia typically can be found in the ear canal, anal sacs, vagina, and rectum areas. Normally this yeast exists without causing any problems, but sometimes the yeast reproduces in abnormal amounts causing problems. When malassezia begins to increase its production, it is usually because the cat already has an underlying condition such as immune deficiency, bacterial infection, allergy, or seborrhea with irritated skin that is susceptible to malassezia growth.
Symptoms of Malassezia
Some of the symptoms for malassezia may be hair loss, itching, chin acne, redness, moist redness, or seborrhea in the affected areas.
Treatments for Malassezia
The treatment for malassezia is to first assess what the underlying cause is to begin either localized or generalized treatment. Localized treatment is to clean the affected areas with benzoyl peroxide or chlorhexidine shampoo and applying miconazole cream twice a day. More generalized areas may be treated with oral itraconazole.
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