Malassezia dermatitis is a non-contagious yeast infection of the skin. The appearance of the infection varies. Typically we will see at least one of the following lesions involving the face (around lips), neck, armpits or feet:
1. Oily/greasy skin
2. Hair loss
3. Thickened leathering skin
4. Scaly skin
5. Red skin
Yeast infections may be very itchy. The development of a yeast infection indicates some underlying cause that allowed the yeast to overgrow. Most commonly it has been associated with allergies (environmental or food). Treatment involves a topical medication and/or oral medication for at least 2-4 weeks.
For more information on this subject, speak to the veterinarian who is treating your pet.