Hair Loss/Skin Rashes

Loss of hair, dry scalp or scaly skin indicates a serious problem in guinea pigs. Here are some explanations for these symptoms.

Lice and mites live in guinea pig hair and skin. Check their scalp and skin for signs of lice, which look like tiny white worms. Mites show up as small bumps along strands of hair. Ordinary fur mites are relatively harmless, though they do cause itching and eventual scratching that might make hair fall out. When faced with this sort of problem, ask your vet for the right kind of shampoo to use and follow the bathing instructions in the previous chapter. Bathe all of your guinea pigs even if only one of them shows signs of lice or mites. Also, clean out the cage thoroughly.

Hopefully, you will never have to deal with mange mites. Mange mites live in a guinea pig's skin and cause them a lot of pain. When in pain, a guinea pig will often stop eating and/or drinking. Also, mange mites itch terribly and open sores develop where the guinea pig has been scratching. The sooner that you speak with your vet about a mange mite problem, the easier it will be to cure the problem.

Guinea pigs are not born with parasites, but they can pick them up from wood chips, visiting animals and outdoor sources.

Ringworm on a pet manifests as hairless and scaly spots on the guinea pig's body. Ringworm is a fungal infection that is contagious to other pets and to humans. If your guinea pig has ringworm you need to wear gloves when handling her. Let your vet examine your cavy and make sure that ringworm is what is causing the problem.

He or she can then recommend a good treatment.

Scurvy or Hypovitaminosis C is a Vitamin C deficiency. You know that your pet has scurvy if you see loss of hair, lethargy, loss of appetitive, diarrhea and eye and nose discharge. While you might be tempted to treat your guinea pig at home by giving them more Vitamin C, you should also talk to your vet.

Longhaired guinea pigs shed a lot of hair anyway. If you think that the hair loss is more than normal check with your vet. Some cavies like to chew other cavies' hair. While this might be irritating to the other guinea pig, it is not a sign of health problems. Try keeping the chewer away from the others for a while.

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  1. icantwait48

    What is lupus and how does one get lupus?
    My annoying ex-boyfriend and I got into a huge argument over what lupus really is. My dad, a physician for very sick adults, told me that lupus could be anything because it disguises itself as other diseases. My ex told me, his source being a doctor, that lupus was a skin disease and that it starts out as a skin disease. Any medical information?

    1. Anonymous

      The cause of lupus is unknown. It falls under the category of autoimmune diseases, which are noninfectious diseases where the body is believed to be, for some reason, attacking itself. There is one type of lupus which is called “discoid lupus erythematosos” which affects only the skin and is usually not very serious. The other lupus can attack MANY different areas of the body and its seriousness can go from mild to extremely severe. There is not one specific test for lupus and it can be hard to diagnose since its presentation may differ greatly from person to person and it may appear differently at different times even in the same person. Some of the more common presentations may include joint pain and swelling, chronic or intermittent low grade temperature, severe fatigue, red skin rashes (the “classic” lupus skin lesion is a red rash appearing over the nose/upper cheeks in the form of a butterfly–but of course not everyone gets that)–lupus can also affect the kidneys, the cardiovascular system, can cause blood disorders and may cause many other symptoms as well. In some cases lupus patients may experience head hair loss. If lupus is suspected, the best type of doctor to see would be a rheumatologist who would be familiar with the group of blood tests which may indicate that a person MAY have lupus–since there is no one blood test. If a person is diagnosed as having lupus, treatment would be directed at stopping the abnormal body response that is causing the patient’s symptoms–there are a number of very different types of medications which can be used to try to achieve this.I have given a very general description of a very complicated disorder and would suggest you read up on it –perhaps WEBMD would be a place to start.

  2. dirtysnookums

    Does anyone know the symptoms of Lupus, does the skin become very irritated?
    I was told I may have Lupus, MS, or Arthritis, after my ANA test returned positive

    1. brenda4ever

      Red rash or color change
      Painful or swollen joints
      Unexplained fever
      Chest pain with deep breathing
      Unusual hair loss
      Pale or purple fingers or toes
      Sensitivity to sun

  3. Ashley

    Does anyone have any information on lupus?
    Well I went to my OB yesterday and they told me that my baby was in the 16th percentile.They had drew some blood a couple of weeks ago and told me that my blood was thicker than normal and they now have me taken one 81mg baby aspirin a day to help thin my blood. They told me that i dont have lupus but to see if i have a family history of it.And i have no clue what it is can anyone give me some information on this?

    1. pibe

      Do you have any of this symptoms:
      If your answer is no, you don’t need to be preoccupied.

      The symptoms of lupus differ from one person to another. Some people have just a few symptoms, while others have many. In addition, there are many different symptoms of lupus because the disease can affect any part of the body. Some of the more common symptoms include:

      * Achy joints (arthralgia)

      * Unexplained fever (more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit)

      * Swollen joints (arthritis)

      * Prolonged or extreme fatigue

      * Skin rash

      * Ankle swelling and fluid accumulation

      * Pain in the chest when breathing deeply (pleurisy)

      * A butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose

      * Hair loss

      * Sensitivity to the sun and/or other light

      * Seizures

      * Mouth or nose sores

      * Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud’s phenomenon)

  4. catherine

    Does human hair molt in the spring?
    I am 42 yrs old, I have noticed that I am losing a lot of hair in the past few weeks. I still have plenty of hair but wouldnt have the thickest head of hair in any case. I am a little concerned by the amount of hair thats going out. My hair is also quite dry and not looking to good lately. I think my diet is ok and also am not ill in any other way. Any advise??

  5. aimsley

    I’ve been using Yaz for 5 mos. and have gained weight. Has anyone else had this side effect?
    The Yaz website mentions weight LOSS, not gain. Other posting sites also, for the most part, mention loss. I have seen a major reduction in all other negative PMS symptoms and have all but eliminated my period (reason for going on the pill in the first place, not pregnancy prevention) so I don’t want to stop using the pill if the weight gain is due to the holidays and stress. Please help!

    1. palimole

      Side Effects & Drug Interactions
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      An increased risk of the following serious adverse reactions has been associated with the use of oral contraceptives (see WARNINGS).

      * Thrombophlebitis
      * Arterial thromboembolism
      * Pulmonary embolism
      * Myocardial infarction
      * Cerebral hemorrhage
      * Cerebral thrombosis
      * Hypertension
      * Gallbladder disease
      * Hepatic adenomas or benign liver tumors

      There is evidence of an association between the following conditions and the use of oral contraceptives:

      * Mesenteric thrombosis
      * Retinal thrombosis

      The following adverse reactions have been reported in patients receiving oral contraceptives and are believed to be drug-related:

      * Nausea
      * Vomiting
      * Gastrointestinal symptoms (such as abdominal cramps and bloating)
      * Breakthrough bleeding
      * Spotting
      * Change in menstrual flow
      * Amenorrhea
      * Temporary infertility after discontinuation of treatment
      * Edema
      * Melasma which may persist
      * Breast changes: tenderness, enlargement, secretion
      * Change in weight or appetite (increase or decrease)
      * Change in cervical ectropion and secretion
      * Possible diminution in lactation when given immediately postpartum
      * Cholestatic jaundice
      * Migraine
      * Rash (allergic)
      * Mood changes, including depression
      * Reduced tolerance to carbohydrates
      * Vaginitis, including candidiasis
      * Change in corneal curvature (steepening)
      * lntolerance to contact lenses
      * Decrease in serum folate levels
      * Exacerbation of systemic lupus erythematosus
      * Exacerbation of porphyria
      * Exacerbation of chorea
      * Aggravation of varicose veins
      * Anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions, including urticaria, angioedema, and severe reactions with respiratory and circulatory symptoms

      The following adverse reactions have been reported in users of oral contraceptives and a causal association has been neither confirmed nor refuted:

      * Acne
      * Budd-Chiari syndrome
      * Cataracts
      * Changes in libido
      * Colitis
      * Cystitis-like syndrome
      * Dizziness
      * Dysmenorrhea
      * Erythema multiforme
      * Erythema nodosum
      * Headache
      * Hemolytic uremic syndrome
      * Hemorrhagic eruption
      * Hirsutism
      * Impaired renal function
      * Loss of scalp hair
      * Nervousness
      * Optic neuritis, which may lead to partial or complete loss of vision
      * Pancreatitis
      * Premenstrual syndrome

      The most frequent (> 1%) treatment-emergent adverse events, listed in descending order, reported with the use of YAZ in the contraception clinical trials, which may or not be drug related, included: upper respiratory infection, headache, breast pain, vaginal moniliasis, leukorrhea, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, vaginitis, abdominal pain, flu syndrome, dysmenorrhea, moniliasis, allergic reaction, urinary tract infection, accidental injury, cystitis, tooth disorder, sore throat, infection, fever, surgery, sinusitis, back pain, emotional liability, migraine, suspicious Papanicolaou smear, dyspepsia, rhinitis, acne, gastroenteritis, bronchitis, pharyngitis, skin disorder, inter-menstrual bleeding, decreased libido, weight gain, pain, depression, increased cough, dizziness, menstrual disorder, pain in extremity, pelvic pain, and asthenia.

      The most frequent (> 1%) treatment-emergent adverse events, listed in descending order, reported with the use of YAZ in the PMDD clinical trials, which may or not be drug related, included: intermenstrual bleeding, headache, nausea, breast pain, upper respiratory infection, asthenia, abdominal pain, decreased libido, emotional lability, suspicious Papanicolaou smear, nervousness, menorrhagia, pain in extremity, depression, menstrual disorder, migraine, sinusitis, weight gain, vaginal moniliasis, vaginitis, hyperlipidemia, back pain, diarrhea, increased appetite, enlarged abdomen, accidental injury, acne, dysmenorrhea, and urinary tract infection.

      The most frequent (> 1%) treatment-emergent adverse events, listed in descending order, reported with the use of YAZ in the acne clinical trials, which may or not be drug related, included: upper respiratory infection, metrorrhagia, headache, suspicious Papanicolaou smear, nausea, sinusitis, vaginal moniliasis, flu syndrome, menorrhagia, depression, emotional lability, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, urinary tract infection, tooth disorder, infection, vomiting, pharyngitis, breast pain, dysmenorrhea, menstrual disorder, accidental injury, asthenia, sore throat, weight gain, arthralgia, bronchitis, rhinitis, amenorrhea, and urine abnormality.

      Effects of Other Drugs on Combined Hormonal Contraceptives Rifampin: Metabolism of ethinyl estradiol and some progestins (e.g., norethindrone) is increased by rifampin. A reduction in contraceptive effectiveness and an increase in menstrual irregularities have been associated with concomitant use of rifampin.

      Minocycline: Minocycline-related changes in estradiol, progesterone, FSH and LH plasma levels, breakthrough bleeding, or contraceptive failure cannot be ruled out. Anticonvulsants: Anticonvulsants such as phenobarbital, phenytoin, and carbamazepine have been shown to increase the metabolism of ethinyl estradiol and/or some progestins, which could result in a reduction of contraceptive effectiveness. Antibiotics: Pregnancy while taking combined hormonal contraceptives has been reported when the combined hormonal contraceptives were administered with antimicrobials such as ampicillin, tetracycline, and griseofulvin. However, clinical pharmacokinetic studies have not demonstrated any consistent effects of antibiotics (other than rifampin—see above) on plasma concentrations of synthetic steroids. See also separate discussion on minocycline (above).

      Atorvastatin: Coadministration of atorvastatin and an oral contraceptive increased AUC values for norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol by approximately 30% and 20%, respectively. St. John’s Wort: Herbal products containing St. John’s Wort (hypericum perforatum) may induce hepatic enzymes (cytochrome P450) and p-glycoprotein transporter and may reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives and emergency contraceptive pills. This may also result in breakthrough bleeding. Other: Ascorbic acid and acetaminophen may increase plasma concentrations of some synthetic estrogens, possibly by inhibition of conjugation.
      Effects of Drospirenone on Other Drugs
      Metabolic Interactions

      Metabolism of DRSP and potential effects of DRSP on hepatic cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes have been investigated in in vitro and in vivo studies (see Metabolism). In in vitro studies DRSP did not affect turnover of model substrates of CYP1A2 and CYP2D6, but had an inhibitory influence on the turnover of model substrates of CYP1A1, CYP2C9, CYP2C19 and CYP3A4 with CYP2C19 being the most sensitive enzyme. The potential effect of DRSP on CYP2C19 activity was investigated in a clinical pharmacokinetic study using omeprazole as a marker substrate. In the study with 24 postmenopausal women [including 12 women with homozygous (wild type) CYP2C19 genotype and 12 women with heterozygous CYP2C19 genotype] the daily oral administration of 3 mg DRSP for 14 days did not affect the oral clearance of omeprazole (40 mg, single oral dose) and the CYP2C19 product 5-hydroxy omeprazole. Furthermore, no significant effect of DRSP on the systemic clearance of the CYP3A4 product omeprazole sulfone was found. These results demonstrate that DRSP did not inhibit CYP2C19 and CYP3A4 in vivo.

      Two additional clinical drug-drug interaction studies using simvastatin and midazolam as marker substrates for CYP3A4 were each performed in 24 healthy postmenopausal women. The results of these studies demonstrated that pharmacokinetics of the CYP3A4 substrates were not influenced by steady state DRSP concentrations achieved after administration of 3 mg DRSP/day.
      Interactions with Drugs that Have the Potential to Increase Serum Potassium

      There is a potential for an increase in serum potassium in women taking YAZ with other drugs (see BOLDED WARNING). Of note, occasional or chronic use of NSAID medication was not restricted in any of the clinical trials with YAZ.

      A drug-drug interaction study of DRSP 3 mg/estradiol (E2) 1 mg versus placebo was performed in 24 mildly hypertensive post-menopausal women taking enalapril maleate 10 mg twice daily. Potassium levels were obtained every other day for a total of 2 weeks in all subjects. Mean serum potassium levels in the DRSP/E2 treatment group relative to baseline were 0.22 mEq/L higher than those in the placebo group. Serum potassium concentrations also were measured at multiple timepoints over 24 hours at baseline and on Day 14. On Day 14, the ratios for serum potassium Cmax and AUC in the DRSP/E2 group to those in the placebo group were 0.955 (90% CI: 0.914, 0.999) and 1.01 (90% CI: 0.944, 1.08), respectively. No patient in either treatment group developed hyperkalemia (serum potassium concentrations >5.5 mEq/L).
      Effects of Combined Hormonal Contraceptives on Other Drugs

      Combined oral contraceptives containing ethinyl estradiol may inhibit the metabolism of other compounds. Increased plasma concentrations of cyclosporine, prednisolone, and theophylline have been reported with concomitant administration of oral contraceptives. In addition, oral contraceptives may induce the conjugation of other compounds. Decreased plasma concentrations of acetaminophen and increased clearance on temazepam, salicylic acid, morphine, and clofibric acid have been noted when these drugs were administered with oral contraceptives.
      Interactions With Laboratory Tests

      Certain endocrine- and liver-function tests and blood components may be affected by oral contraceptives:

      a. Increased prothrombin and factors VII, VIII, IX and X; decreased antithrombin 3; increased norepinephrine-induced platelet aggregability.

      b. Increased thyroid-binding globulin (TBG) leading to increased circulating total thyroid hormone, as measured by protein-bound iodine (PBI), T4 by column or by radioimmunoassay. Free T3 resin uptake is decreased, reflecting the elevated TBG, free T4 concentration is unaltered.

      c. Other binding proteins may be elevated in serum.

      d. Sex-hormone-binding globulins are increased and result in elevated levels of total circulating sex steroids and corticoids; how-ever, free or biologically active levels remain unchanged.

      e. Triglycerides may be increased.

      f.Glucose tolerance may be decreased.

      g. Serum folate levels may be depressed by oral contraceptive therapy. This may be of clinical significance if a woman becomes pregnant shortly after discontinuing oral contraceptives.

  6. zero_bahamut2003

    What are the main symptoms of Lupus?
    The illness commonly quoted on House, Lupus. I’m curipus, but on wikipedia it’s all useless medical nonsense. Can someone simplify?

    1. lupusohana

      Hi, according to the American college of Rheumatology, here is the simple version –

      Basic Lupus Facts

      “Typical” clinical features include:

      Fever, fatigue, and weight loss

      Arthritis involving multiple joints for several weeks

      Butterfly-shaped rash over the cheeks or other rashes

      Skin rash appearing in areas exposed to the sun

      Sores in the mouth or nose for more than a month

      Loss of hair, sometimes in spots or around the hairline

      Seizures, strokes and mental disorders

      Blood clots in different locations

      Miscarriages in some patients

      Blood or protein in the urine or tests that suggest poor kidney function

      Low blood counts (anemia, low white blood cells or low platelets)

      Other symptoms include chest pain when the patient breathes deeply, heartburn, abdominal pain and poor circulation to the fingers and toes.

      All of these symptoms can develop gradually, making lupus hard to diagnose.
      © 2008 American College of Rheumatology

      Lupus affects Asians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, and Native Americans disproportionately. Although it affects women nine times more than men in their child bearing years, men are affected. Children are affected.

      That is the super fast, over simplified version of a very difficult and diverse diease. Just email or join the group and I will be happy to go into more detail and provide you with more support.

      I’m sorry you even have to ask this question.

  7. szsquad

    Why such severe hand & feet swelling right before my menstrual cycle or period? Any herbal relief?
    I have not changed diet, I exercise, drink lots of purified water.

    Help I really hurt.

    1. lili

      you should see your doctor because your symptoms could be due to another disorder such as lupus or a connective tissue disease… sometimes, swelling and joint pain are also due to viral illnesses or thyroid problems as well. Do you have any skin rashes, sun sensitivity, fevers, dryness in the mouth or eyes, morning stiffness, problems with your fingers turning blue or white in the cold, or hair loss? These are just some other symptoms that you might want to watch for. Your doctor will run some blood tests and examine you further to determine what is causing your pain. Try taking an antiinflammatory such as advil for right now.

  8. brenda c

    I have been taking prednisolone tablets and have started with ‘hot sweats’ is this common ??
    I have already been through the menopause so I know its not that. These ‘hot sweats’ are very often and it is getting very uncomfortable.

    1. gangadharan nair

      Prednisolone is the active metabolite of prednisone.
      Prednisone is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of low corticosteroid levels (lack of certain substances that are usually produced by the body and are needed for normal body functioning). Prednisone is also used to treat other conditions in patients with normal corticosteroid levels. These conditions include certain types of arthritis; severe allergic reactions; multiple sclerosis (a disease in which the nerves do not function properly); lupus (a disease in which the body attacks many of its own organs); and certain conditions that affect the lungs, skin, eyes, kidneys blood, thyroid, stomach, and intestines. Prednisone is also sometimes used to treat the symptoms of certain types of cancer. Prednisone is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works to treat patients with low levels of corticosteroids by replacing steroids that are normally produced naturally by the body. It works to treat other conditions by reducing swelling and redness and by changing the way the immune system works.
      Prednisone may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

      * headache
      * dizziness
      * difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
      * inappropriate happiness
      * extreme changes in mood
      * changes in personality
      * bulging eyes
      * acne
      * thin, fragile skin
      * red or purple blotches or lines under the skin
      * slowed healing of cuts and bruises
      * increased hair growth
      * changes in the way fat is spread around the body
      * extreme tiredness
      * weak muscles
      * irregular or absent menstrual periods
      * decreased sexual desire
      * heartburn
      * increased sweating

      Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

      * vision problems
      * eye pain, redness, or tearing
      * sore throat, fever, chills, cough, or other signs of infection
      * seizures
      * depression
      * loss of contact with reality
      * confusion
      * muscle twitching or tightening
      * shaking of the hands that you cannot control
      * numbness, burning, or tingling in the face, arms, legs, feet, or hands
      * upset stomach
      * vomiting
      * lightheadedness
      * irregular heartbeat
      * sudden weight gain
      * shortness of breath, especially during the night
      * dry, hacking cough
      * swelling or pain in the stomach
      * swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
      * difficulty breathing or swallowing
      * rash
      * hives
      * itching
      Prednisone may increase the risk that you will develop osteoporosis.

  9. kim

    My pomeranian has itchy and excesive loss of hair?
    My pom is soon to be in heat maybe in about a month but i notice she is getting red like rash on her skin and she itches and she is shedding a lot can anybody help.

    1. hello

      I have both Lupus and APS. I don’t have all of these symptoms but most of them.

      Each person with lupus has slightly different symptoms that can range from mild to severe and may come and go over time. However, some of the most common symptoms of lupus include painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, and extreme fatigue. A characteristic red skin rash-the so-called butterfly or malar rash-may appear across the nose and cheeks. Rashes may also occur on the face and ears, upper arms, shoulders, chest, and hands. Because many people with lupus are sensitive to sunlight (called photosensitivity), skin rashes often first develop or worsen after sun exposure.

      Common Symptoms of Lupus

      -Painful or swollen joints and muscle pain
      -Unexplained fever
      -Red rashes, most commonly on the face
      -Chest pain upon deep breathing
      -Unusual loss of hair
      -Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
      -Sensitivity to the sun
      -Swelling (edema) in legs or around eyes
      -Mouth ulcers
      -Swollen glands
      -Extreme fatigue

      Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may come and go over time.

      Other symptoms of lupus include chest pain, hair loss, anemia (a decrease in red blood cells), mouth ulcers, and pale or purple fingers and toes from cold and stress. Some people also experience headaches, dizziness, depression, confusion, or seizures. New symptoms may continue to appear years after the initial diagnosis, and different symptoms can occur at different times. In some people with lupus, only one system of the body, such as the skin or joints, is affected. Other people experience symptoms in many parts of their body. Just how seriously a body system is affected varies from person to person. The following systems in the body also can be affected by lupus.

      -Kidneys: Inflammation of the kidneys (nephritis) can impair their ability to get rid of waste products and other toxins from the body effectively. There is usually no pain associated with kidney involvement, although some patients may notice swelling in their ankles. Most often, the only indication of kidney disease is an abnormal urine or blood test. Because the kidneys are so important to overall health, lupus affecting the kidneys generally requires intensive drug treatment to prevent permanent damage.
      -Lungs: Some people with lupus develop pleuritis, an inflammation of the lining of the chest cavity that causes chest pain, particularly with breathing. Patients with lupus also may get pneumonia.
      -Central nervous system: In some patients, lupus affects the brain or central nervous system. This can cause headaches, dizziness, memory disturbances, vision problems, seizures, stroke, or changes in behavior.
      -Blood vessels: Blood vessels may become inflamed (vasculitis), affecting the way blood circulates through the body. The inflammation may be mild and may not require treatment or may be severe and require immediate attention.
      -Blood: People with lupus may develop anemia, leukopenia (a decreased number of white blood cells), or thrombocytopenia (a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood, which assist in clotting). Some people with lupus may have an increased risk for blood clots.
      -Heart: In some people with lupus, inflammation can occur in the heart itself (myocarditis and endocarditis) or the membrane that surrounds it (pericarditis), causing chest pains or other symptoms. Lupus can also increase the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

  10. Cassia

    Is there anyway I can get tested for lupus without my fathers consent?
    I’m currently 15, and my father won’t get me tested for lupus even though my mother has it. I show signs of Lupus, and my mother wants to get me tested (my parents are divorced) what should I do? How can I get these tests done, just to be sure, without my fathers consent? Is there anyway?
    I have no “doctor”, and i have these symptoms:
    Painful or swollen joints and muscle pain
    Unexplained fever
    Red rashes, most commonly on the face
    Chest pain upon deep breathing
    Extreme fatigue
    And Swelling (edema) in legs
    mouth ulcers

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