What Is A Hot Spot?

Hot spots are a common skin problem and can happen at any time of the year.

A hot spot is a localized area of skin inflammation and infection. The infection can be superficial or deep. Other common names for this condition include: moist dermatitis, pyotraumatic dermatitis, and acute moist dermatitis. 

Redness, oozing, pain, and itchiness are hallmark signs of hot spots. Hair loss is commonly present and there may be a bad odor associated with the hot spot.

These common skin lesions are usually caused and made worse by biting, licking, or scratching.  Hot spots can become quite painful.

There is usually an inciting factor to initiate the licking and scratching behavior so
look for fleas, mites, or other external parasites as well as a possible insect sting or bite.

The important thing for successful long term treatment of a hot spot is to find the underlying cause to break the cycle of continued skin trauma and resulting inflammation.