Q: What is rain scald and how is it treated?
is a skin infection caused by bacteria called dermatophilis. It
can occur all over a horses back and sides giving the appearance
that rain has scaled the horse. This same bacteria cause mud fever
and greasy heel.
caught from other animals who harbour the bacteria in their own
coats. The bacteria start to breed when they are able to get into
the skin through small bites or scratches in the skin. This happens
particularly when it's very wet, and the condition occurs more often
after there has been a lot of rain. Treatment of rainscald is not
too complicated-it just involves killing off the bacteria with a
wash or shampoo and keeping the coat dry.
shampoos can be bought from your vet and have to be used frequently.
Ones containing benzoyl peroxide are particularly effective, and
Hibiscrub can be used on small areas. If the condition gets very
bad your horse may need a course of antibiotics, although this is
not very common. Many plant-based products also have an antibiotic
action. Tea tree products do a good job with many superficial skin
infections, but may not be strong enough for this kind of problem.
I favour Ayurvedic products.
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