What preparation can be used for ‘rain scald’ in horses?
This is a condition seen particularly on the backs of horses left out during wet weather. Any area where water accumulates on the skin allows multiplication of spore-forming bacteria, called Dermatophilus Congolensis. This damages the epithelial layer of the skin, allowing secondary opportunist bacteria (such as Staphylococci and Streptococci) to also invade, making the infection worse. Eczema-like lesions develop, similar to ‘Mud Fever’ of the lower limbs. Always deal with the cause first and bring the horse in from the wet weather. Wash off areas, which are essentially similar to moist eczema (often scabby and matted hair), with a medicated scrub or Aloe Vera soap. Dry very well. Spray lightly with Aloe Vera spray and rub in Aloe Vera gelly. For the first five to seven days expect the ‘healing crisis’, after which the lesions should heal quickly. Any persistent areas with secondary infection can be encouraged to heal using an Aloe Vera with propolis cream rub.
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