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Post Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:55 am   Turtle shell severely dry rotted

Hey guys, I have two turtles, both have what I think is dry rot which has been getting better gradually, but it's still pretty severe. Both of them rarely shed scutes and when they do they only one or two scutes falling off, and this dry rot is isolated to their old scutes. Some of them have started to lift, but they haven't came out for a few months, and I know I shouldn't be helping them shed. What should I do?
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Post Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:57 pm   Re: Turtle shell severely dry rotted

Do you have any pictures? In most cases it's shell fungus which is mostly treatable.
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Post Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:00 am   Re: Turtle shell severely dry rotted

I do, here are photos of the two of them, one has the top part of his shell starting to peel off but it's been like that for months.
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Post Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:31 pm   Re: Turtle shell severely dry rotted

If the shell is still firm, it looks like shell fungus. The scutes look a bit retained/overgrown, so they are likely being fed too much.
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 3:07 am   Re: Turtle shell severely dry rotted

Alright, it is still firm, got it. What can I do at home to try to help them and remove the shell fungus?
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:16 pm   Re: Turtle shell severely dry rotted

Lots of basking should help them shed, but fungus can usually grow faster than that. Silver Sulfadiazine Cream would work best in most cases.
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 3:13 am   Re: Turtle shell severely dry rotted

I've tried in the past to get silver sulfadiazine cream, but I need a prescription where I live, can't get it anywhere, are there any other things I could do with something more readily available?
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 10:19 pm   Re: Turtle shell severely dry rotted

Do you know of anyone in the medical field? They use the same stuff. I've also seen some buy it on amazon and ebay. Lastly, some have used alternative anti-fungal creams but you have to search the forum for which ones as I do not track or test those.
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:21 am   Re: Turtle shell severely dry rotted

I do not, unfortunately. I live in Singapore, I tried to get the same thing in the past and have tried an anti-fungal cream but it didn't work, I probably need to try another one.
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