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To be sure I would call the vet and ask. If there is hair growing back and no new lesions I would think you are there. Children are allowed back in school when lesions are covered and meds have been started for at least 24 hours. But research it or call to be sure!
 
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It does look better, but still glows yellow when I check him with the black light. There are hairs growing back, though. No new lesions. I wish I could be sure because I want to take the cone collar off of him so bad, but am so paranoid that he will spread it when he grooms himself. Maybe give it a couple more days. Thank you for caring. Toby’s mom
 

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Contaminants on the surface of the lesion will also glow, ringworm typically glows green. I saw something interesting, it is said the fungus can survive for up to two years in the carpet. If you have carpet or throw rugs you might want to get a steamer and steam them or spray disinfectant and be sure to disinfect your dust cup on your vacuum, maybe even steam the bristles on the roller. I hadn't even thought of that!
Use a strong light and check the lesion on his nose closely, if you see spikes of hair growing back across the surface, it is healing in that area, good luck!
 
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I’ve shampooed carpets twice with rubbing alcohol added to the water. And am shampooing again tomorrow. It’s not a steamer. Just a regular shampooer. I will be boiling the water. I know I am paranoid as heck of reinfection. I know these spores can live forever. I feel so defeated. Like it’s never going to be over.
 

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You are doing all you can, and much more than most. I have a feeling it will all be over soon. Watch for that hair growing back!
 

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Have you taken him to a dermatologist? I hear that ring worm treatments need to be systematic to be effective.. key word being “I heard” don’t know much about it other than a brief discussion with the Derm when we thought my kitty had it.
 
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A dermatologist? For cats? Never heard of such. He’s been to the vet. He gets better, appears to be healing, then it gets worse again.
 

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yeah, its a thing. dermatologist for cats, they exist. they, like any specialist, are costly, and at times difficult to book an appt with. not sure where you reside, but may be difficult to get an appt with one in the near timeframe (assuming you can find one). I'm not sure how long this has been going on, but would be cautious of it become medication resistant. we thought my cat had ring worm and she was getting lesions everywhere, and I too had ring worms, which I quickly treated. despite all the "signs", i took her to the Derm and it turned out to be food allergies. she had gone through 2 rounds of medication and both times it came back quickly so our PCP vet referred us to a Derm.
 

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yeah, its a thing. dermatologist for cats, they exist.
:yeah: I wholeheartedly agree.

Our regular vet referred us to a Veterinary Dermatology Specialist who not only diagnosed our dog's autoimmune illness but gave us 13 more wonderful years with him. The Dermatologist literally and figuratively saved our dog's life, and in so doing, mine too. :rbheart:

Please consider the possibility of looking into this helpful suggestion from K Katdog . You can locate a Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist here: acvd.org | Home | Veterinarians with specialized training in skin, ears, and allergy
 
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yeah, its a thing. dermatologist for cats, they exist. they, like any specialist, are costly, and at times difficult to book an appt with. not sure where you reside, but may be difficult to get an appt with one in the near timeframe (assuming you can find one). I'm not sure how long this has been going on, but would be cautious of it become medication resistant. we thought my cat had ring worm and she was getting lesions everywhere, and I too had ring worms, which I quickly treated. despite all the "signs", i took her to the Derm and it turned out to be food allergies. she had gone through 2 rounds of medication and both times it came back quickly so our PCP vet referred us to a Derm.
yeah, its a thing. dermatologist for cats, they exist. they, like any specialist, are costly, and at times difficult to book an appt with. not sure where you reside, but may be difficult to get an appt with one in the near timeframe (assuming you can find one). I'm not sure how long this has been going on, but would be cautious of it become medication resistant. we thought my cat had ring worm and she was getting lesions everywhere, and I too had ring worms, which I quickly treated. despite all the "signs", i took her to the Derm and it turned out to be food allergies. she had gone through 2 rounds of medication and both times it came back quickly so our PCP vet referred us to a Derm.
It was ringworm. We fought it for 3 months. It was a nightmare and I about lost my mind. But we are well now. It’s finally over. Thanks to everyone. Toby’s mom
 
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It was the most horrible situation to go through. I never want to see or have ringworm again. Thank all of you for your caring advice. It took 3 months. The vet ended up keeping Toby for a week while my daughter and I thoroughly cleaned house with bleach. Walls and all. And Toby got over the ringworm and I got to decompress from the stress. And so far all is well. Thank you! Toby’s mom.
 
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