My lovebird huge hole in left nare! Help

by Ivelisse Sanchez
(Puerto Rico)

This is what I removed

This is what I removed

This is what I removed
It was huge! :s
This is the hole he has now!
Huge hole in nare. Please help!!

He was treated with topical medication for a fungus in his left nostril that had caused his nostril to grow huge. The doctor put inside his nostril some antifungal medicine and we were suppose to take him back a week later to remove it and we didn't.

It's been about a year now I was going to cut it out cause it's started growing bigger and I treated him with antifungal myself and it stopped but the thing he had inside his nostril was to big, it even overgrew his beak! And it was bothering him to much, he couldn't breath right and he was constantly scratching it.

Today, when I was finally removing it gently, all of a sudden it simply came all out, it didn't hurt him, he seemed relieved, but now he's got this huge hole left by the thing he had inside the nostril, it's looks gross and I can see even his other nostril from inside there and it worries me, cause now he has that so exposed!! I'm giving him antibiotics oral and topical, just in case but I wanna know, what's gonna happen?! Is that hole going to close eventually, it's too big and he's to exposed! What do I do now? Please somebody help me.........

I know the vet isn't going to do much,,,,,,it's already gone and he charged me $300 for putting a little of antifungal on my bird, so I'm not going back. I've treated him by the recommendations of a friend's friend who's a recently graduated vet. But I don't know what to do! I want that to heal and close eventually, how can I stimulate that? What can I do? What will stimulate his beak to grow & his "wound" to heal? Somebody who may know something.....please tell me.

Somebody with constructive advice is welcomed! Thank You!

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Apr 02, 2016
by: Fressher

It could definetely be a vitamin A deficiency. My bird had a wound on her wing due to vitamin A deficiency, i fed her Bird Food Baits. Does your bird get enough vitamin A and do you feed her/him enough Bird Food Baits?

Apr 01, 2012
Bird with large hole in nare
by: The Avian Vet

This is a chronic sinusitis / rhinitis. It is likely caused by a fungal infection and likely has a secondary bacteria. It can be complicated by a vitamin A deficiency. First, if your bird is not a pellet diet then convert him immediately. Switching Birds To Pellets article I also recommend that you take your bird in to see an avian specialist. The treatment so far has been incomplete and inappropriate, and I do not recommend that you use over the counter antibiotics, or take to advice of a friend of a friend who has not examined your bird. This hole will never close over or get smaller, but he will be susceptible forever to more infections and will need regular veterinary monitoring and treatments.

Topical treatment is not enough to cure this problem. Topical is very ineffective. There are no topical antifungals that are effective. Not only does it possibly have more than just a fungal disease (bacteria, hypovitaminosis A, too), but the infections are deep in the sinuses and this is not being addressed. When you do find a specialist, it is important that you continue doing rechecks until the treatment is finished. This could be weeks to months. Also weekly vitamin A injections (if your bird is not on pellets) is going to be necessary. Also further diagnostics should be done to see if this problem is in the lungs, air sacs, or other locations.

You should not attempt to remove these lesions because sometimes they bleed profusely and if you are not prepared to handle this and other side effects, then your bird could die.

You should not be giving antibiotics without the supervision of a veterinarian. The use of inappropriate antibiotics will mask symptoms while the infection grows. Antibiotics should only be used with cultures that ID the microorganism and sensitivities testing to correctly choose the appropriate antibiotics.

Dr B
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