My 10 year old cat gets scabs around her face and sometimes on her neck. They are mostly above her eyes and near her ears. She is a 100% indoor cat so fleas are not a problem. They don't seem to bother her, she doesn't scratch of lick them and I can touch them without it hurting her. She's had them for a few years and they come and go. I sometimes try to put neosporin on them and that seems to help a little. Does she just have allergies maybe? We have another 2 year old long haired cat who does not have this problem. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
The most common cause for recurrent crusts and sores on the face and neck would be an underlying allery, such as food allergy or pollen/dust allergies, and secondary bacterial skin infection is common. Skin cancer or ringworm (fungal skin infection) would also be a concern, but lesions should not come and go with these diseases. A skin biopsy would be recommended for diagnosis, and if biopsy supports allergy then the first step would be a hypoallergenic diet trial for possible food allergy (there is no accurate skin or blood test for food allergy, the test and treatment are the hypoallergenic diet such as duck/pea and no other foods for 8 weeks). If lesions continue to recur despite diet change, then pollen/dust allergies would be likely, and consultation with a veterinary dermatologist (www.acvd.org) would be helpful to discuss treatment options.
Kimberly Coyner, DVM DACVD
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