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post #1 of 3 Old 03-05-2011, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Can horses get yeast infections?

My daughter's Paint has had this itch thing going on for quite some time. We've been managing it with Micro tek and it's been working fine...not great, but fine. If we take a break from the treatment it goes backwards.

Now that it's warmed up, I gave his hind end a medicated bath, including between his cheeks and cleaned his sheath. I then treated it again, but one of the lesson students at our barn suggested that maybe he has something like a yeast infection that itches so bad that he'll rub on anything he can. She was wondering if we could use a yeast infection cream on him. We've hotwired his stall because he was rubbing all the hair off his butt, and now he's figured out how to pull on his blanket to rub. I'd take his blanket off all together, but he's in a mare motel type building and while it's covered, it's not protected from the wind coming off the mountains.

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post #2 of 3 Old 03-05-2011, 06:46 PM
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Pinworms can be hard even for vets to diagnose and can cause a lot of those symptoms. Around here the pinworms got resistant to some certain wormers and lots of horses in boarding stables had them. Quest was the only wormer that was working well for the pinworms here. My friend's poor horse had issues for a year and she even bought him a special blanket thinking he had sweet itch. After the vet prescribed antihistamines for allergies and all kinds of other treatments it turned out it was pinworms.
Actually, I just noticed you're in the Pacific Northwest too (I'm in Oregon) so it's quite possible you have the same pinworms up there in WA.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-05-2011, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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He's had this before, only during the winter. He's been wormed twice since this started. I'll do a little more research on pin worms. There is another horse with the same symptoms, and a 3rd horse with a fungus kind of thing going on his rump...on the top, not the back.

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