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Atopica is a form of Cyclosporine.It is used to treat and allergic skin condition called atopic dermatitis in dogs.
Dog atopic dermatitis is the result of an animal becoming too sensitive to one or more allergens in the environment, for example:
- House dust mites
- Mould spores
- Occasionally foods
It is thought there may be a genetic cause as atopic dermatitis is more common in certain breeds (e.g. Terriers, Retrievers)
Many dogs have a lot of allergies and may even suffer from a combination of atopic dermatitis and other allergies, for example flea allergy.
When there are a lot of allergens in the environment, signs of atopic dermatitis can suddenly get a lot worse or flare up, just like humans
getting an attack of hayfever in the summer.
Signs of skin allergies include scratching, licking, gnawing, chewing, skin infections, hair loss and odor.