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Acne (Pyoderma)

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12/30/01

Etiology

Predisposing factors can be: infection, metabolic disorders, immune deficiencies, endocrine imbalances, allergies. Excessive feeding of grain can also leading to temporary episodes of acne. Several of the common organisms such as Staph and Strep may be found in the pustules.
Symptoms

The little pustules may start in hair follicles. Generally it is found on the abdomen, groin, thigh, and udder. The pustules may rupture and form crusts. If the infection becomes severe, it may lead to fever, anemia and enlargement of the lymph nodes, but this is rare. In goats, the udder is the most frequent location of acne. To read more, visit the page on Udder Care.

Treatment

Povidone iodine (Betadyne) is an excellent remedy for acne. If topical treatment does not cause improvement in three or four days, one should consider injections of penicillin for 4 - 7 days. Crusts can be softened with mineral oil or udder balm. Nolvasan udder washes are great for treatment of that area. Deep abscesses can be lanced and treated with antibiotic ointment if care is taken not to make matters worse by improper sanitation. If the patient has been receiving a moderate or high grain diet, temporary reduction or even cessation of grain may bring about rather sudden improvement.


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