What is a natural cure for miliary dermatitis?

Question by Gypsy: What is a natural cure for miliary dermatitis?
He is 4 years old, had this last year and it cleared up. he has longish hair, and had a real bushy tale, but it has lost much hair from constant licking, He also threw up 6″ hair balls, but not lately. Now he throws up food occasionally, right after eating it. I started giving him a raw egg yolk, organic and free range. Is that good? also a little avocado, separately. His mother was feral and very sick while precgnant but I was able to cure her. My other cat who was feral, won’t touch those items

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  • August 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm
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    Feline miliary dermatitis is not really a specific disease itself but a set of symptoms which can be caused by a vast number of diseases. The causes include:

    Allergies, e.g., food allergies, atopy – such as allergies to pollens, and flea allergies
    Bacterial infections
    Fungal infections
    Yeast infections
    Parasitic infections of the skin, e.g., mites, lice
    Hypersensitivity to intestinal parasites
    Autoimmune diseases
    Nutritional disorders e.g., biotin or fatty acid deficiencies
    Hormonal abnormalities
    Unknown causes
    The hard part is determining the cause of the problem. Sometimes, the location of the lesions is helpful. If the lesions are at the base of the tail, fleas are a common cause. If the lesions are around the head, there is a stronger possibility they could be caused by mites. use a flea comb and careful examination to determine if the cat has fleas, the most common cause of miliary dermatitis. In addition to fleas, flea dirt (feces) may be found on the cat. The feces, or flea dirt will dissolve into a red color when moistened; this is because it is primarily digested blood.

    Fleas, lice, and some mites could be treated with a product containing pyrethrin. In addition, the environment should be treated as part of the flea control. Injections and special dips may be used for the other types of mites.

    Ringworm would be treated with oral and topical medications containing a fungicide, and again the environment would need to be treated.

    If intestinal parasites are found, the appropriate medication will be given.

    If it is found that the cat is allergic to certain foods, the diet will be changed to eliminate those foods. The cat will need to be on that diet for the rest of its life.

    If bacteria or yeast are causing the feline miliary dermatitis, antibiotics or antifungal medications would be given, and the cat may be bathed in special shampoos.

    If the cat is scratching or the cause of the dermatitis is an autoimmune or allergy problem, steroids like prednisone are usually given. The cat may need to be on a high dose at first, and then it can be tapered down. Additional treatment for allergies can include antihistamines, fatty acid supplements as described below, and baths or sprays. Additional testing can be done to determine what the cat is allergic to and then ‘desensitize’ the cat with regular injections.

    A fatty acid supplement is often recommended as part of the treatment. In addition, extra biotin may be added to the cat’s diet.

    If you are still reading this, hopefully you see that it is not a one dimensional issue……hence no simple answer.

    Get rid of fleas if present, get a different hypo allergenic food to feed (Lamb and Rice is no longer considered a hypo allergenic diet since it is available everywhere.), get the reccommended supplements. None of this is quick, it takes weeks if not a month or 2 or 3 to get to the bottom of it all.

    Good luck trying this on your own.

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