Skin Reactions to Drugs in Cats
Cutaneous Drug Eruptions in Cats
Cutaneous drug eruptions can vary markedly in clinical appearance and pathophysiology – the functional change that accompanies the disease. They can cover a spectrum of diseases and clinical signs, and it is likely that many mild drug reactions go unnoticed or unreported; thus, incidence rates for specific drugs are unknown and most of the facts available on drug-specific reactions have been extrapolated from reports in the human literature.
Some types of drug reactions appear to have a familial basis.
Symptoms and Types
You will need to give a thorough history of your cat's health, onset of symptoms, and possible incidents that might have precipitated this condition. The history you provide may give your veterinarian clues as to what is causing the skin reaction and whether the problem needs to be treated on a deeper level or is only an external condition. veterinarian will perform a complete physical exam on your cat. The exam will include a full dermatologic exam, with skin scrapings for lab culturing in order to rule out or confirm bacterial and fungal infections. A skin biopsy may also be indicated. Your veterinarian will also order a blood chemical profile, a complete blood count, an electrolyte panel and a urinalysis.
To be allergic to or sensitive to a certain vaccine or medication
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A type of antibody in the plasma; there are five of them
Relating to a disease of unknown origin, which may or may not have arisen spontaneously
Redness of the skin
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
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