Mosquito-byte Hypersensitivity

  • Ken MasonEmail author


Feline mosquito bite allergy has a worldwide distribution occurring where cats are seasonally exposed to mosquitoes. The distinctive skin lesions are punctate ulcers, crusts and pigmentary changes on the face, ears and nose. Associated pruritus causes face and nose pawing resulting in bleeding. Foot pad hyperkeratosis, crusts and pigmentary changes occur in some cats. Confining the cat inside a screened area and in late afternoon reduces severity of signs; intermittent corticosteroid with confinement also helps. Newer repellent pyrethroid/pyrethrins safe for cats are becoming available and prove useful to affected cats.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Specialist Veterinary DermatologistAnimal Allergy & Dermatology ServiceSlacks CreekAustralia

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