Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Vinson Massif, Antarctica
Mites are a serious problem, there are no less dangerous kind. They often lead to anemia, and can contribute to all sorts of other problems. Including bad sheds, and generalized stress. I rescued an ig back in 1999. Her previous owner was nearly blind, so didn't see the mites on her. Her scales were all deformed, her skin black in most places, her tail nearly rotted off. It was pretty nasty. They can contribute to many problems, but open sores is not usually one of them unless there are some other issues, like a skin infection. Keeping the affected areas as clean as possible is about all you can do for it, short of a vet visit. I do highly recommend the chlorehexidine, it is an antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and does wonders with reptiles. Panalog cream is also a good thing to have on hand for wound treatments.
She sits in her corner, singing herself to sleep.
Wrapped in all of the promises, that no one seems to keep.