Possible Chelitis?

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APastoor

Post   » Sat Oct 03, 2015 12:37 am


My guinea pig Leo has some redness and scabs on the right corner of his mouth. It does not seem to be bothering his eating or behavior but I was just wondering if there was any way to know what caused it or how to treat it at home? Thanks!

bpatters
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Post   » Sat Oct 03, 2015 12:40 am


Have you looked at www.guinealynx.info/cheilitis.html and compared the pictures? There are treatment options listed there as well.

APastoor

Post   » Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:02 am


Yes, I did look at this and it looks similar but I was just wondering if anyone else had this problem and how those treatments worked for them.

bpatters
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Post   » Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:07 am


Yes, many people have had the problem. And those treatments work -- that's why there's an article about it that includes them.

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cucuzel

Post   » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:50 pm


I have a similar problem with my guinea pig. I am treating him with nystatin and he seems to be getting better, the scabs are gone and the little hairs on his lips are growing back. I have some questions, though... Is it possible for his teeth to be affected by this condition? The enamel on his upper incissors seems broken and his teeth are darker. Also does this medicine affect his appetite? He dropped about 60 grams and even if he is enthusiastic about food he’s not eating as well as usual, not even his favourite foods like bell peppers. I started feeding him Critical Care, but I hope the medicine caused this, so that when I stop the treatment he goes back to eating normally.

bpatters
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Post   » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:42 pm


Are you giving him oral nystatin, or rubbing it on his nose? If on his nose, and you're rubbing it in well, the medicine is not likely to be the problem.

If you're giving him the oral stuff, it could affect his teeth, but it would take a while. How long has he been on it?

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cucuzel

Post   » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:49 pm


I’m rubbing it on his nose, but I imagine he could be swallowing some of it. It’s only been 3 days, I rubbed a little bit on his nose twice a day. I imagine it hasn’t been long enough to affect his teeth. I noticed today he doesn’t seem to be eating as well as usual. Could his appetite be affected after 3 days of treatment?

bpatters
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Post   » Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:59 pm


Rubbing it on his nose isn't likely to affect his appetite. I'd look for some other cause.

And three days isn't nearly long enough to affect his teeth. Does he chew his cage bars?

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cucuzel

Post   » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:19 pm


He lives in an open cage, so he doesn’t have bars. He was eating fine until I started treating him. I have some previous experience with a pig who was given an antibiotic for a viral infection and stopped eating for a while. This is why i assumed the same happened here.
I also looked for sign of inflammation. He was treated not long ago for inflammation. I thought it might have returned, but I can’t feel any swelling.

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cucuzel

Post   » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:36 am


I also noticed this morning that he had had some diarrhea during the night. I checked him, he was clean and the problem seemed to have passed. I assume it was the antibiotic, too? I know some antibiotics may cause diarrhea sometimes.

bpatters
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Post   » Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:54 am


If you're rubbing it in well, I can't imagine that he's getting enough to upset his gut. But if that's the only thing that's changed, I'd certainly stop it.

If he's not eating, hand feed him. He's got to have food moving through his system at all times.

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skinnypigs1
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Post   » Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:11 pm


Does your guinea pig get fed acidic foods?

Best treatment I used for fungal was Ketoconazole, it is an oral antifungal and takes care of fungal any where on the body. I never found any side effects to her GI or appetite.

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cucuzel

Post   » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:01 pm


He loves apples, but he doesn’t get them too often. The fungal problem seems to be fixed. No more GI issues, but he still has some problems eating. He asks for food, he picks it up enthusiastically, but he seems to have forgotten how to eat some foods. Today I gave him some grass, and as long as I hand fed him, blade by blade he ate, as soon as I put some of it in his cage he didn’t seem to know how to pick it up, and he tried...

bpatters
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Post   » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:05 pm


Tooth problems, IMO.

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cucuzel

Post   » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:19 pm


It has crossed my mind, too. But it seemed too much of a coincidence that the problems began at the same time I started the antifungal treatment. So I hoped it was that.

Brattyphi

Post   » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:35 am


Hello you guys, im fairly a new mom to a boar. Saw some little scab look things on my little dude, by his nose/mouth area. Not much though. and im not sure if it is chelitis or not? Can anyone help...is there any over the countwr products i can use or any remedies?

bpatters
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Post   » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:40 am


There are some suggested remedies here: http://www.guinealynx.info/cheilitis.html

Brattyphi

Post   » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:47 am


Would monistat work? Or is that just for the grease glands?

bpatters
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Post   » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:58 pm


Monistat might work, but it's not usually as effective as Nystatin on other fungal infections. But it wouldn't hurt to try. Just rub it in well so he doesn't ingest any more than necessary.

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