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post #1 of 23 Old 10-09-2011, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Blisters on lips, chin, nose? Not a sunburn HELP

Ok so my 4yo qh gelding has blister all over his chin, nose, and lips. He's hardly eating and has been dropping weight. Nothing has changed that I can think of that would cause it... But he has been started under saddle recently (about a month ago) they showed up over night and I have NO IDEA what they are! Someone please help! I just had a baby so right now can't afford a big vet bill. I had my vet tech friend come out and look at it. She was baffled by it also and said she would ask her boss who is also my vet. They are open soars and are dry, cracked, flakey, and bleeding. It's not a sun burn and I put Vaseline on it today but had to wrestle with him (he's a BIG 16hh halter horse) but they hurt so bad he kept throwing his head. He is hypp nh but I don't know if that makes a difference? My tech friend said she didn't think so because it isnt a muscle problem. Any clues??????? I have pics of his face but don't know how to load them.....
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post #2 of 23 Old 10-09-2011, 05:08 PM
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could it be something that he ate? If it's only around his muzzle area; I'd say theres a very good chance that it is. Does he have any sort of of access to pesticides, poisons, etc? This could be something sprayed on the grass that he grazes on, even. I'd check his hay and grain too, for blister beetles or other bugs. Those can cause some nasty sores.

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post #3 of 23 Old 10-09-2011, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a pic few pics... Not sure if this will work but I'll try :)








The glossy look is vaseline. It was so dry I had to put something on it.
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post #4 of 23 Old 10-09-2011, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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He hasn't eaten anything weird. He's been in the same pasture forever. No pesticides, poison, etc... Same feed and hay for the last month or so. So I have no idea! I'm super worried and I haven't heard from the vet yet. I'm going to see if I can haul him in to get him seen earlier. But I feel so bad. He is always in my face for kisses and he hasn't at all today. They just sprang up over night. He's also acting different. Not so loving, more stand offish. I know he feels horrible but I am at a loss!
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Its either fungus, a reaction to a toxin, or thistles, small fine briars in his hay,
Toxin could be something sprayed on grass like lime or fertilizer, or weedkiller, could also be poison Ivy or oak, look along the edges of your field or fence line see if any is growing.

Warm soap and water with some listerine in the water will wash off the toxins and kill the fungus, Look for a fugicidal cream instead of straight vaseiline, Same type of cream you would use for athletes foot, but you can probably find a larger cheaper fungicide cream at a tack store.
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post #6 of 23 Old 10-09-2011, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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listerine like mouthwash? We don't have any stickers, thistles, and or spraying in our field it's all flat grass pasture. . I tried to wash his face today but he wouldn't let me touch him. It was a fight just getting the vaseline on. I don't want to stress him out anymore so I'm going to leave him alone tonight.
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There is an Equine Herpes Virus going around, I don't know the symptoms, have just heard about it, but Herpes is blisters.... Like shingles in a human.... could it be this? If so, it's a virus, for humans, there is an anti-virus to take for it. I don't know about horses though.
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After googling symptoms, It says it will start like respitory symptoms, high fever, nasal discharge, cough. Usually neuromuscular symptoms also. So, probably no it luckily!! Good luck!
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yep listerine mouthwash, spray it on with an old well cleaned spray bottle, will clear it up if it is a fungus, works on rain rot also. Thistles look like flat lettuce leaves, they have tiny hair like thorns, and like I said could be poison ivy or oak growing up.
SPray it off with listerine, then let it dry then rub some vaseline like you are doing. If you can't get anything else. If you can get to a tack store look for an anti fungal cream,

Oh it could also be virus related, if so it is contagious, through shared water troughs of feed bukets. If viral the same thing will work and it will clear up on its own.

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Ok ill try the Listerine tonight. I think I have some fungal cream in my medicine cabinet. I'll try that too. I hope it works. He's NOT acting like himself at all! He's usually whinnying and nickering for my attention. Now he's pointing his butt at me and stomping. I've never seen him like this. Im super worried
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