My cat has dry scabby sort of patches on her skin

i need some advise about my cat Hi my cat has just recently started get dry scabby sort of patches on her skin they must be very itchy because shes chewed away the fur around the area it started with tiny little scabs but now are about a centimetre in diamitar and it doesnt seem to be getting any better. i would be gratfull for any advice u could give thanks kc

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    By: Erin Broersma El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    When cats begin scratching or biting at their skin there are a few things that can be the culprit.  Fleas are always first on the list, check her carefully for fleas and the presence of flea "dirt" this will look like black flakes/or little coils.  If you see fleas on her, use a flea product for cats like Frontline, Advantage, or Revolution.  These products are proven effective and the pet store varieties are not.  Sometimes, the allergic reaction from the flea bites is enough that she will need the help of cortisone's to ease her itching to allow her skin to heal.  Allergic reactions from other sources may also be the cause if fleas are not present.  Your veterinarian can offer medication that will ease the itch and allow her skin to heal.

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