Part One Introduction and clinical signs by Tim Nutall

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Antibiotics should only be used where there is a diagnosis of a bacterial infection and speculative ‘just in case’ use should be avoided wherever possible. Recognising the clinical lesions consistent with pyoderma is therefore a key step in diagnosis. The first webinar in this series will go through the different clinical presentations of pyoderma that are classified into: 1. Seborrhoeic pyoderma: erythema, erosions, exudation without pustules and collarettes 2. Papules, pustules, scaling, focal alopecia 3. Erosions and/or ulcers 4. Ulcers and draining sinus tracts 5. Nodules and/or regional swelling The significance of epidermal collarettes will also be discussed. The depth of the lesions doesn’t help in the diagnosis, but it is still important to appreciate this as it will influence the type and duration of treatment.

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