Feline Miliary Dermatitis

Feline Miliary Dermatitis is a general skin condition caused by various allergens, such as fleas, mites, lice, certain drugs, and even some foods. The name stems from the millet seed appearance of the tiny crusty bumps that break out around the head and neck of the cat, and also along the back and tail. Itching may or may not be present. Bald patches due to excessive scratching may also appear.

In order to treat this condition, one must identify the allergen. If fleas or mites are present this is easier to determine but if food or inhalant hypersensitivity is suspected, it is much more difficult. Veterinary treatment will depend on the type of allergen that is involved.

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  1. Our kitty has herpes via the eye as a baby,and the vet said it was due to this.He gave her a shot,and it has mostly improved.Her symptoms were eye drainage and crust especially in inner eye corners,from a almost purple color to burgundy or black.She also develops congestion in her nose and is now on virasyl which appears to be helping quite a bit,which is L-Lysine gel in a tube,very inexpensive..hope this helps

  2. I just got my cat diagnosed with this. The vet gave her a steroid shot. This condition will only get worse…bring your cat to the vet ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi there, We have a 4 yr old cat who has symtoms of Miliary Dermatitis. We visited the vet who said that it was probably due to fleas. We have not seen any flea dirt or fleas during brushing but he has crusty scabs around his head and scratches all the time. He is also loosing a lot of fur. We feed him fresh fish, meat,liver, chicken and dried food as well as some tin food. What can we do to help this condition.

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