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EQUINE NODULAR SKIN DISEASES

Skin diseases are a very normal part of life when you own a horse.  There are so many bacteria, fungi, insects and viruses existing in the everyday life of a horse, that equine skin diseases can be taken as a given.  Even though your horse gets the best of care, skin diseases will come and go.

There are two different types of equine skin disease Skin -infectious and non-infectious.  The most common of the infectious skin diseases are, ringworm, rain rot, rain scald, rain rash, mud fever, cracked heels, scratches, greasy heel, mud rash, dew poisoning,  common skin tumours, warts, mange, parasatic infestations, and sweet itch.

Common non-infectious diseases include dermatitis , hives, mud fever, greasy heal, scratches, cracked heels and squamous cell carcinoma - a malignant skin tumor of the outermost layer of the skin.

SOME SYMPTOMS OF NODULAR EQUINE SKIN DISEASES

Itch
Scurvy swellings
Scabbed and crusted areas
Loss of hair

NODULAR SKIN DISEASE CAUSES

If you can rule out neglect, check for insect bites, ill-fitting tack and viruses.
EQUINE SKIN DISEASE TREATMENT

You must ensure the care and maintenance of your horse is hygiene-oriented.   Your pharmacist will be able to recommend various over-the-counter applications which will be of great benefit for most of the non-infectious diseases.   Most of these skin conditions and diseases have symptoms of itching, so soothing unguents will be a welcome relief.  

It is imperative that you call your vet for more serious contagious diseases as the treatment for these could vary from prescribed medication to surgery.

 

 

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