(Self-inflicted acute moist dermatitis)
By Dr. Karen Burgess
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Treatment for hot spots involves treating the wound and any subsequent infection, relieving discomfort, and if possible identifying the underlying cause. Because these wounds are often painful, sedation or injectable pain medication may be required. The area is then shaved to remove all fur and cleaned to remove debris over the affected area and to allow better airflow for healing. Medical treatment may involve topical sprays, antibiotics, and pain medication. An Elizabethean collar is often necessary to prevent further self-trauma. Additional testing may be necessary to better determine contributing factors to the hot spot.
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