What is a hotspot?

Question

My dog was recently diagnosed with a “hotspot.” Can you tell me
more about this skin condition?

Answer

“Hotspot” is a general term used to describe the angry reaction that your
pet’s skin is displaying. It may also be referred to as “acute moist
dermatitis.”
Hotspots have many causes, but are usually the result of self trauma and
subsequent infection that occurs as your pet tries to relieve himself from a
pain or itch. An underlying allergy is most often the cause of the pain or
itch. Some breeds are more prone to seasonal allergies, so you may see hotspots
at the same time each year.
There are three types of allergies that may lead to hotspots:

  • Inhaled allergy (pollens,
    dust, molds)
  • Insect allergy (fleas, bee
    sting, spider bite)
  • Ingested allergy (food)

Please discuss treatment options, which may include thorough cleaning,
antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents, with your veterinarian.
For more information, see Library Articles Skin
Problems in Pets
, Allergies
and Spring
Allergies
.

Originally published on Healthy
Pet
.