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post #1 of 7 Old 08-12-2011, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Is this fungal?

Hi everyone. I know it has been extremely hot, and we had minimal rain. I am concerned about a possible skin infection cooper is showing symptoms of.

I am attacning pics. This is most noticeable on his blaze but i think isee something on his legs too. Please disregard the "orange" part of it, its the red clay here in NC. :/

In this pic you cant see the blaze well but if you look near his eye, his hair is almost all missing, and if you look to the left side of the blaze you'll see a circle of hair missing- but there are more areas like that just missing hair.

and his legs are so orange its hard to see, but i think its the same thing there. When i lightly curry his legs, his hair comes out in v shaped clumps.

He had rain rot last year and the vet said to put vinegar on his butt, and it cleared up quickly. My concern is what can i do that wont irritate his eyes?? Any suggestions? Has anyone seen this before? Is it from the heat? It's been pretty dry here.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-12-2011, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Nobody? I didnt post until today because I wanted to get photos so i didnt get the usual "useless thread with no photos" comments.. anyone?
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-12-2011, 06:05 PM
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Hm, I don't know what you would do about his face. I would also be concerned about him getting it in his eye and injuring him. But, I would suggest you use it on his legs and see if it clears up. I would call your vet to see what they suggest using on his face. One of my gelding's got something like that on his legs and we treated it with some sort of anti-fungal thing, I can't remember the name, and it cleared up very quickly, so I would think it would do the same if you used the vinegar.

My vet told us that the reason he was getting the fungus stuff was because even though it hadn't rained much it was super humid, so that could be why. Good luck! Skin issues can be such a pain.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-12-2011, 07:22 PM
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Just watched a webinar on equine skin conditions today. It said that bacterial skin infections were frequently misdiagnosed as fungal infections because they can have a similar visual appearance. Personally, I think he needs to see the vet for a definitive diagnosis. Especially with it covering that much area and so close to his eyes.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-12-2011, 08:15 PM
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We have a few horses at our barn with this condition and we think it's fungal. We have been washing them with betadine and then using an anti-fungal spray. The horses are getting balding spots and "freckles" on their forehead and legs. It seems to be working but it looks worse before it gets better.

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-12-2011, 08:44 PM
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It looks like rain rot. Go buy some anti-fungal shampoo, just be careful around his eyes when rinsing off. Most of this gunk is anaerobic, meaning it thrives in places air can't get to. Cut the grease, allow the skin to breathe, and it should clear up pretty fast. I've even known people to use a mild dish soap to cut the crud, seems to work pretty well actually.

If you're using flymasks, make sure you're switching them out every day, rinsing off the old one and allowing it to dry completely before re-using it.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-12-2011, 09:15 PM
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What about using an athlete's foot cream?
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