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Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:16 am
by justinewin
Hi, I just rehomed a 1.5 year old male dragon last Sunday and the past owner mentioned he is still shedding. However 2 days later, I noticed that his left side head and ear is particularly odd. It has dark spots and (stuck) shed? it also seems to smell a bit weird.

I'm so heartbroken. I wished Ive seen it before getting the dragon. I don't know what to do too since there are no reptile vets nearby. I appreciate any help :/ Thank you!

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Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:58 am
by AHBD
I'm sorry but that's a very bad fungal infection. You can put Lamisil + raw honey on it to help but the prognosis may not be good. Can you find a good reptile vet [ they MUST be a reptile vet ]

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:29 pm
by justinewin
AHBD wrote:I'm sorry but that's a very bad fungal infection. You can put Lamisil + raw honey on it to help but the prognosis may not be good. Can you find a good reptile vet [ they MUST be a reptile vet ]


Really?? I do think it's pretty deep for a stuck shed :cry: I will try lamisil to ease the pain. I tried calling local vets but they are unavailable for the next 2 months :cry:

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:30 pm
by CooperDragon
Hopefully the anti fungal cream will help. Are there vets further away that you could contact and set up a visit? A skin test would be helpful to determine what is causing the infection. If it is fungal, then a prescription for an oral anti fungal med (Voriconizole seems to work well) may be helpful along with the topical cream.

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:38 pm
by AHBD
It's been like this for a while, I doubt the former owner wasn't aware that this is more than shed. But anyway you can treat it and see how it goes. The medication that Cooper mentioned is the go to oral med. for yellow fungus. I know this must be so hard on you and my heart goes out to you. :( Is the dragon a good weight and has he eaten anything yet ? Fungus doesn't always cause pain so he may not feel too bad right now. BTW, what's the little guy's name ?

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:43 pm
by justinewin
His name is Yuzu and he is such a good boy. I got him last Sunday and he hasn't eaten ever since. I thought it might just be him shedding, adapting to a new place, or brumating because of the autumn cold..

I never had a pet before that needed medication so sorry for the naive questions. Will I need a prescription to buy the medication and is it available in any drugstore? The nearest hospital would be 2 hours away.. Do you happen to know how much it may cost me?

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:07 pm
by AHBD
I like his name, I've never heard that before and I'm glad that he's a good boy. Some dragons don't eat when they go to a new home but hopefully he'll start soon. What have you offered ? Don't bathe him since it can spread the fungus, unless he gets dirty you can get betadine at a drug store to add to his bath water. The Lamisil cream is not expensive at all and can also picked up at pharmacy with no prescription. The voriconazole is only by prescription, not sure how much a vet could charge for it but it's actually for humans so I think if a vet got a scrip for Yuzu it would go a lot farther because you'd be using much less than for a human.

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:09 pm
by saraho
This breaks my heart. I'm so happy you are willing to try to help Yuzu. I hope you get results with over-the-counter medicine. I've been lucky so far with Charlie, but you never know what's around the next corner in life.

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:37 pm
by justinewin
Alright i checked our drugstores and they need a prescription for lamisil in Canada :(. The pharmacist recommended Micatin as otc alternative. Is that okay?

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:41 pm
by justinewin
AHBD wrote:I like his name, I've never heard that before and I'm glad that he's a good boy. Some dragons don't eat when they go to a new home but hopefully he'll start soon. What have you offered ? Don't bathe him since it can spread the fungus, unless he gets dirty you can get betadine at a drug store to add to his bath water. The Lamisil cream is not expensive at all and can also picked up at pharmacy with no prescription. The voriconazole is only by prescription, not sure how much a vet could charge for it but it's actually for humans so I think if a vet got a scrip for Yuzu it would go a lot farther because you'd be using much less than for a human.



Thank you! Yuzu is a citrus fruit in Japan :) i did give him bath today because i thought it would help him shed (before i knew it was fungal infection). I went to our drugstores here but they said lamisil needs prescription in Canada :( do you know any otc alternatives?

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:02 pm
by CooperDragon
The Voriconizole is prepared by a compounding pharmacy. Wedgewood is the one I've used in the US before. There is likely a similar option in Canada. The vet would call in the prescription and they would prep it and then mail it to me directly. I think the cost was around $30-40/jar which was about a month worth of dosages.

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:11 pm
by justinewin
I got clotrimazole but not sure if that would be safe as an alternative so i wont apply it for now :/

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:43 pm
by CooperDragon
That's the generic name for Lotrimin. That should work and be safe to apply as far as I know.

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:49 pm
by justinewin
Thank you so much for your response. I’ll try applying it tomorrow then. Thanks so much to everyone who offered help too :’)

Re: Help! Yellow fungus or stuck shed?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:28 am
by justinewin
Hello, me again. Is it true that I cannot touch the area with fungal infection? Should I avoid cuddling him from that side? Thank youuu