She’s being modest, on top of all that she helps me run my small business. She’s the most giving woman I’ve ever met and this forum is definitely blessed to have her.
...I’m just not buying the burn theory, it doesn’t add up for me. I’m thinking a bacterial infection from the constant damp conditions or something along those lines.
Unfortunately I’d need to see the skin without oil on it to say with confidence. I would advise to stop the olive oil. It may have helped him feel better temporarily but it’s treating a symptoms of an underlying larger problem and not the problem itself. It’s also masking one of the symptoms making it harder to track down the root cause.
So he didn't have constant humidity until the vet visit 3 weeks ago, which I had noted in my novel My previous settings allowed the cage to dry out- it would get down to about 20% humidity at that 2-hour mark and the MistKing would kick back on. My apartment is drier- I have a humidifier in my bedroom to avoid my own cottonmouth in the middle of the night. His cage also does not get misted at night when he is sleeping- I was told that was bad. The vet told me specifically to raise the basking spot and to increase the humidity to see if the shed would come off easier and fully. That's the only reason why his cage has an increased 50% (minimum) humidity range. If I need to change the setting back to the 2-hour timeframe I originally had, I can. It's as easy as a few clicks.
What the patches looked like prior to the olive oil application was white and flakey around the edges (like a normal shed) nothing was raised except those flakey pieces. They never advanced further though. It did have that darker look to it in the center like you are seeing still in the photos. It appeared very dry/crinkly as well. The vet did 'scratch' at it to see if she could slough off some of the skin. Her response after examining him was that it was a bad shed and he needed help by increasing the humidity- which is when I changed everything to the 1-minute mist every hour or so. Before that, (now mind-you the spots were there), I had it on a 2-minute mist every 2 hours.