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Is Topical or Systemic Antimicrobial Therapy More Effective for the Treatment of Feline Acne With Secondary Bacterial Infection?

Wendy Kwok, Kate Charlotte Mellor

Published:  30/08/2018    in:  Knowledge Summaries
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PICO question

In cats with feline acne and secondary bacterial folliculitis or furunculosis, is topical or systemic antimicrobial therapy superior for reducing time to resolution and severity of clinical signs?

Clinical bottom line

There is no sufficient evidence to compare topical versus systemic treatment in feline acne with secondary folliculitis/furunculosis.

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