Wing Rash

Wing rash is a chronic condition that affects Perrots exposed to salt water over long periods. Although it is pretty much associated with old age, birds as young as thirty can be affected by it.

Causes

It is pretty much accepted everywhere that the main cause of Wing Rash is a chronic exposure to salt, and seawater. Indeed, the drying salt tends to weather one's feathers, that are plucked or replaced more often than usual. As a result, some sink inflammation can begin. The tiny cuts caused by plucking will be burned by the salt, which prevents their healing, and extend the rash further.   However, simple saltwater exposition is not the only cause to the chronic form of Wing Rash. It is thought that improper washing, as well as some seafaring parasite, are probably involved in the development of the disease as well.

Symptoms

Although a regular pain or rash under the wing is often confused with the chronic Wing Rash, its symptoms are more specific. A patient affected with Wing Rash will describe a severe pain under the wings. The patient often shows some abnormal plucking, associated with some feathers not growing back. The plucked skin is often scaly, and blackened by a partial necrosis or parasitic infection.   Over time, the symptoms of wingrash tend to extend in surface. While the early signs consist in some localized black rash, often only observed on one wing, the surface of the rashes can extend. Late stages of wingrash often affect the flanks, and even the neck of the diseased. What is more, the loss of feathers and the pain tend to make take-off less comfortable and harder, though flight in itself is rarely affected and can even feel soothing.

Treatment

At the moment, no actual treatment is known to cure one's WIng Rash. However, the symptoms can often be reduced by using Wooden Kelp unguents. Similarly, vegetal oils can be applied on the rash to prevent it from hurting too much. The best-known way to avoid late stages of chronic rash is to avoid chronic wing rash altogether with a proper hygiene after contact with seawater.

Prevention

The best way one can avoid contracting chronic Wing Rash is by hafing a proper hygiene and life style. Firstly, and most importantly, any contact with seawater must be followed by a thorough cleaning of the skin and the feathers. The use of absorbent sponges mixed with freshwater or vegetal oils is recommended, though it is not accessible to everyone. What is more, it is known that stagnant seawater is more prone to cause rash and possibly contains more parasites than moving water. It is suggested to avoid even more contact with such diseased waters.   Finally, when one cuts oneself, it is advised to avoid contact with seawater. An open wound can infect itself in seawater, and thus become an open gateway for Rash worms, the parasite that cause Wing Rash. However, if one has no other choice but to enter seawater with a not fully healed wound, it is advised to first cover it with seaweed bandages and vegetal oil. After the contact, the bandages must be replaced, and the wound is to be cleaned even more thoroughly than the rest of the body. Every small cut must be thoroughly cleaned with freshwater and bandages to avoid the start of an infection, and the burning of the skin by some salt
Origin
Natural
Cycle
Chronic, Acquired
Rarity
Rare
Affected Species


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