|Fungi is the most common cause of
skin infections in hamsters. Mites,
mange and ringworms
are the most common diseases which result in various forms of
It is possible that the skin will start to lose its fur either
in small blotches or large patches. Extremely dry and flaky
skin is also common when it comes to skin infections. Not only
can the infection cause the skin to become irritated but chances
are after the onset of an infection the hamster will scratch
the affected area continuously.
If you have recently changed something in the hamsters environment
it can cause an allergic reaction in the hamster which can result
in an infection of the skin. You may wish to remove any newly
added items first to see if the condition improves. Otherwise,
you will have to take the hamster to your veterinarian who can
perform tests on the hamster to determine the cause of the infection.
Your veterinarian will also be able to recommend a treatment
for the hamster to ensure the infection clears up. This may
or may not include antibiotics depending on the type of infectino
that your hamster has.