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post #1 of 14 Old 06-20-2012, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Allergic Reaction: Need Feedback

Just wondering if anyone has had a horse who took an allergic reaction to something. Here is the update on my horse and what I did.. still no improvements (He is a racehorse)

Broke out in hives, like huge bug bites. Took pictures and showed them to the vet and it was confirmed it was an allergic reaction. I treated him with Flucort ( Ant inflammatory) and Antihistamine/Prednisolone for allergies for about 5 days but still no improvement. The reaction took place at a farm where he normally doesnt stay, with new hay and feed. The reaction happened after being there for a week. I took him back home, where he normally stays and put him back on the same hay, bedding and feed he was always on since I bought him two years ago. Looked like it was starting to clear up after day 1 of being home, but then he broke out again the next day. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions please let me know.
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-20-2012, 02:59 PM
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my QH geldings I've owned for 5 years and started to gets bumps behind his front legs and between them 2 years ago and they don't go away till fall. It doesnt bug him and we make sure we spray him good and keep in the pasture where he can go in the barn and get away from them. My vet came out last weekend for his hoof absess and comfermed they were bug bites and said they were no big deal. Maybe if you keep a fly sheet on him so he doesnt get bit up? Sorry if im no help but I know how you feel.
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-20-2012, 03:07 PM
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my mom's horse did this, we were unsure what caused it.



Her eye swelled up and almost shut, and one half of her face was droopy, we called the vet but he was in the middle of an emergency, he suggested giving her 24, 50 mg capsules of Benadryl. Of course the store doesn't sell 50mg benadryl so we gave her 28, 25mg capsules, he said if it didn't look distinctly better within 2 hours he would come out with a shot. Luckily it completely cleared up within 4 hours. Still not sure what caused it, but it hasn't happened again.


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post #4 of 14 Old 06-20-2012, 05:39 PM
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Benadryl, hydrocortisone cream You can dilut down the h.c. Cream to make it easier to apply with water. Do you use shampoo? Conditioner? What fly spray?
Could be allergic reaction to some insect , bedding, and above listed products.
Try a fly sheet as suggested. Rinse with cool water to remove any remaining product. I had 2 mares on pasture with 4 other horses, and the Mares faces looked like this, Finally decided it was ants. Bees ruled out because that many stings would be fatal, could have been the face/cow flies , but ants is still my best guess.
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my mom's horse did this, we were unsure what caused it.



Her eye swelled up and almost shut, and one half of her face was droopy, we called the vet but he was in the middle of an emergency, he suggested giving her 24, 50 mg capsules of Benadryl. Of course the store doesn't sell 50mg benadryl so we gave her 28, 25mg capsules, he said if it didn't look distinctly better within 2 hours he would come out with a shot. Luckily it completely cleared up within 4 hours. Still not sure what caused it, but it hasn't happened again.
I had one that did this a number of times - but his sheath swelled hugely, and his nostrils started closing over and he struggled to breathe. Cold hosing and antihistamines helped immensely, plus keeping him rugged 24/7. Turns out it was an ant bite causing the reaction.

If the OP's horse is stabled, I'd be analyzing everything he comes into contact with - bedding in particular. Some horses can have big reactions to sawdust or straw.
It could be the batch of hay he's eating - maybe there was a different weed in the hay when it was cut and baled that he is reacting to?

Good luck, hives are awful to deal with, you feel itchy for the poor horse! Cold hose him when they come up and give him a really good scrub with medicated shampoo to remove the allergen from the skin surface, while waiting the anti-histamine to kick in.

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Omg shouldn't have opened this thread... my whole body is creepy crawling now...

I cannot deal with hives, fungus, or moss (yeah laugh it up) did not expect pictures.. urgh

I hope your horse gets better.
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Omg shouldn't have opened this thread... my whole body is creepy crawling now...

I cannot deal with hives, fungus, or moss (yeah laugh it up) did not expect pictures.. urgh

I hope your horse gets better.
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Moss?
Yup. It makes me sick, just as these picture have.

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I love moss especially the stuff that hangs in the trees down south.
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