Why Spot Treating Doesn’t Cure Ringworm in Cats

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Many people think spot treating is effective at treating feline ringworm. Spot treating is when you apply something only to the lesions instead of doing oral medication or shampooing/dipping the whole cat. In this video, I will explain why spot treating, even with something proven to work, has major problems.

If you want to know what the best treatment for ringworm in cats is, I cover that in this video:

Here are the sources for this video:
M20: Moriello, Karen. “Dermatophytosis.” August 2020. Cliniciansbrief.com.

M17: Moriello, Karen; et.al. “Diagnosis and treatment of dermatophytosis in dogs and cats.” May 2017. Veterinary Dermatology. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/vde.12440

M14: Moriello, Karen. “Feline Dermatophytosis.” May 2014. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4361704/#bibr16-1098612X14530215

Crawford: Crawford, Cynthia. “Ringworm.” Shelter Animal Physical Health. University of Florida. https://ufl.pb.unizin.org/shelteranimalphysicalhealth/chapter/ringworm/
— “Ringworm Treatment” https://ufl.pb.unizin.org/shelteranimalphysicalhealth/chapter/ringworm-treatment/

DeTar, Lena. “What’s going on with Lime Sulfur? What should I do about my RW cats?” Sept. 2021. Association of Sheter Veterinarians. https://sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu/wordpress/files/2021/10/ASV-LS-Guidance.pdf

Studies:
2020 Moriello Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/vde.12842

1981 Clotrimazole Dog Study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7021507/

1993 Guinea Pig Study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8396203/

2008 Enilconazole Study https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/document?repid=rep1&type=pdf&doi=7ff77def00797a1edb731e2c7401896055a938cc

Other important Sources:

UF Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program. “Feline Ringworm in Shelters.” https://ufl.pb.unizin.org/app/uploads/sites/51/2021/05/Feline-Ringworm-Infections-in-Shelters.2021.pdf

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