- And got the T-shirt
However, if he's really itching very badly, he may need a steroid cream as well to calm things down.
BTW, there's no way for a vet to "rule out mites." Scrapings miss the mites 50% of the time, and are painful for the pig and for your pocketbook. The usual course of action is to treat for mites regardless of the result of the tests. My recommendation would be to skip any future tests for mites.
And, if the Miconazole doesn't help, then treating for mites with ivermectin would be a good step.
I took him to the vet today and he was given a dose of Revolution. If this doesn't work I don't know what to do. I was furious with myself for allowing a skin scraping despite being well acquainted with the opinion here. It showed no mites. I wonder how long I should wait to see if this med is helping? His skin looks irritated, with tiny scabby looking dots in some places, and he yelps when he scratches. The scratching is just a few times per hour, but I hate seeing him suffer.
One of the worst skin cases I have seen is here:
We never knew exactly what caused the condition, nor what worked for this guinea pig but she got treatments for everything.
At the base of his neck, what would be the trapezius on a human, he has a meaty or fleshy area. It's not on the neck itself. It may be the muscles at the base of his neck, in the center, the very topmost part of his back, right where his neck starts. Right in there there looks like puffy fluid accumulation. The vet tech noticed it first, but neither of them offered any thoughts on it. Hopefully it will dissipate as his skin heals.
After the Revolution his skin cleared up quickly, although I've noticed each of them still scratching a bit. Yesterday and today Henry is sitting in a trance a lot more than he normally would.
On the itching, Henry's skin cleared pretty much immediately after the Revolution, but they all still scratch more than I think is normal. I wonder if I should resume the shampoo or just keep an eye on it for now?