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    I'm not sure how or why this happened, But it did. I was dumping crickets into the tank when I noticed my geckos nose was raw looking. It startled me and I'm not sure how to go about helping her heal properly with no infections. Any help will be much appreciated. 20190221_182553.jpg

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    Make sure the humidity is OK (daily misting, or possibly twice daily if it really dries out). See if there's anything that the gecko is rubbing on that could cut the nose. In general it should heal on its own (sometimes a little dab of bacitracin can help) unless there is a behavior or a structure in the enclosure that is causing it to get scratched over and over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    Make sure the humidity is OK (daily misting, or possibly twice daily if it really dries out). See if there's anything that the gecko is rubbing on that could cut the nose. In general it should heal on its own (sometimes a little dab of bacitracin can help) unless there is a behavior or a structure in the enclosure that is causing it to get scratched over and over.

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    Thank you Aliza, I will start to spray it a little more often and dab her nose.

    As far as I'm aware of, she doesn't rub up against much unless she is shedding, I did notice I can't keep my dirt in the tank as moist as it should be... maybe if I add some moss? I know she will sometimes be careless when it comes to hunting for crickets, she will lunge into the glass siding ����

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    If it were me, I would remove it from the current enclosure and keep it in a sterile environment until the nose heals. Dirt substrate, fecal matter, etc. can harbor bacteria which could lead to infection. A shoe box with a paper towel or newspaper substrate, kept spotlessly clean, would minimize that risk. The gecko should be kept warm and well fed during that time, and should have access to a humid hide.
    It appears to be rubbing the nose on something abrasive in the enclosure. It is important to figure out what that is.
    For treatment, I would swab it with betadine, and then apply an antibiotic ointment periodically. With diligence, it should heal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herpin Man View Post
    If it were me, I would remove it from the current enclosure and keep it in a sterile environment until the nose heals. Dirt substrate, fecal matter, etc. can harbor bacteria which could lead to infection. A shoe box with a paper towel or newspaper substrate, kept spotlessly clean, would minimize that risk. The gecko should be kept warm and well fed during that time, and should have access to a humid hide.
    It appears to be rubbing the nose on something abrasive in the enclosure. It is important to figure out what that is.
    For treatment, I would swab it with betadine, and then apply an antibiotic ointment periodically. With diligence, it should heal.
    Thank you for this helpful information, I'll Go out and have to get a small holding tank for her, (we have a dog) I'm afraid she will escape.. I have a heating lamp that is always on above the hut and a under tank heater, I feed them about 1-2 a week with plenty of crickets. and I now mist twice daily.

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    Here she is in her healing space..I'm honestly afraid she rubbed her nose too much that it's now blocking her nostril..it looks and seems like she's having a little trouble breathing..15508727070694831771016304825148.jpg
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    If she continues to appear to have trouble breathing I would take her to a vet. There can be more going on internally. I would monitor the humidity more carefully because her skin looks very dry. Those wood hides are abrasive and not ideal. One of my Leos scraped his face removing shed years ago.
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    See if there's a little piece of skin covering her nose that you can pull off.

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    I will be taking both of the logs out as one is plastic and the other in her healing tank is wood.. I will look and see if there is one around me that takes geckos. I'm having a hard time keeping humidity high in my tank. So I bought some moss to mix in with their hides...

    As for her nose i'v started treating it and its healing up a bit but no flake of skin I can remove yet from her nose to help her...
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    I had a leopard gecko for 12 years that would get blocked nostrils every single winter. The vet told me to put a little bit of bacitracin on them and that softened up the plug and it came free.

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