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    03-31-2012, 10:26 PM
  #1
Foal
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Okay so. When I first got my filly, about a month after I found 2 spots on her side. On her barrel. They were tiny , like the size of a pimple, but its like a scab. You can pick the top off if you scratch it. Just like a scab. It doesn't bother her, other than being itchy. But doesn't really bother her. Then she got a couple more. She had about 4. The vet came to give them thier vaccines, and I asked her about them. She touched and scratched and looked. She said she wouldn't worry about them, it seems to be on 1 side, and the fur is flatter on that side, so she guessed that it was just that she always lays on that side.
Aftewr a bit, they did disappear. The I found 1 on her shoulder on the opposite side. That's disappeared.And she didn't have any for a month or so. All of a sudden lately she has been itchy on her chest and between her front legs. I felt between there, she has maybe....8-10 of these same little things between her legs and on her chest. And its itchyyyyyy! I cannot bathe her, as its too cold here yet. Cause I think its a dry skin thing. But iam wondering if anybody has heard or experienced something like this. I put baby oil on the spots and rubbed it in. Tried that, still itchy. So after I had wormed her (twice cause that's what I thought it was) she had been itching her tail. I put johnsons baby cream on her tail, she hasn't rubbed since.....taht was over a month ago. So I know she's dry and itchy. Could that be it? I put johnsons baby cream on the spots tonight....so ill see in the morning.
I did google skin irratations and such....and its definitely none of these.
Dermatophilosis(rain rot, rain scald, mud fever
Staphylococcus aureus is a highly resistant bacterial infection
Dermatophytosis(ringworm)
Lice and mite parasitic infestations
Culicoides hypersensitivity
Squamous cell carcinoma is a malignant skin tumor
Sarcoids
Equine ear papillomas
Viral papillomatosis
Melanoma
Pemphigus foliaceous
Bullous pemphigoid-like disease
Allergic contact dermatitis
Urticaria
Photosensitization
Pastern dermatitis

She doesn't have pain, and no hair loss. Just majorly itchy! They come, stay for a bit, and leave. And not just one area.?
I may have to get a vet back, but wanted to see if someone exerienced this, as one of the vets already seen it and said not to worry, the ones she had seen, did go away, but .....

Thanks.
     
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    04-02-2012, 07:27 AM
  #2
Foal
okay so...

The cream isn't keeping the ichies awway on these spots. And I found 2 under her chin yesterday that she has been scratching on her stall wall at night, she has the fur gone, and the scabs bigger cause of her scratching.

Like I said too cold to bath yet, maybe later in the week, if......if it gets warmer I can bath and put a blanket on, with a specialty soap....
I think I may have to get the vet back on this one, or call and ask if they have a soap...or something

I think having dry skin and dandruff in her mane is part of it or so I thought...she just needed a bath, but.....any suggestions?
     
    04-02-2012, 07:57 AM
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The cream isn't keeping the ichies awway on these spots. And I found 2 under her chin yesterday that she has been scratching on her stall wall at night, she has the fur gone, and the scabs bigger cause of her scratching.

Like I said too cold to bath yet, maybe later in the week, if......if it gets warmer I can bath and put a blanket on, with a specialty soap....
I think I may have to get the vet back on this one, or call and ask if they have a soap...or something

I think having dry skin and dandruff in her mane is part of it or so I thought...she just needed a bath, but.....any suggestions?
If I were you I'd get a sponge, soap, a bucket, and a towel and take care of each one. If they're itchy.. you want to put something that will relieve that without drying. I'm no expert but if I were in your position, I'd use something like my tea tree antiseptic cream (made it myself with half a bottle of tea tree oil and petroleum jelly.)

Call your vet back, call another vet.. ask for multiple opinions and advice.

I'm not sure about a blanket because it could trap moisture or whatever is causing these weird scabs could be a bacterial thing and you don't want it to spread. Just keep them clean and covered in something that will relieve the itching.

Pictures would help too!

P.S: What I used for my horse when he had rainrot.. was head & shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo. I'd literally just apply it like my own hair.. scrub it in with my fingers.. rinse, dry and he was very clean and his skin wasn't dry. I could peel off the rainrot and other scabs easily. It doesn't dry either, like betadine scrub. Worth a shot. Just take a pea sized amount with a little water and scrub the area around the scab and the scab itself.

Good luck.
     
    04-02-2012, 02:03 PM
  #4
Foal
Skyseternalangel ,

Ahhh, thanks!! I've never had a horse with a skin problem. And in my hearti don't think its rain rot. I've seen rain rot in different stages. This really doesn't seem like that.
And pictures! If I can get a picture close enough for it to turn out, I will. They are soo tiny, except for the 2 under her chin, she has scratched to death. Ill try today.
And I have tea tree oil home. I will certainly try that. And head and shoulders....but I will space them out a couple days. Ill give the vet a call by the weekend.i had 2 different vets come. The first time just to check them out after I got them, and he was awesome. The second time was a lady and she was a go, do it, leave....shes more of a cow person. The first guy owned horses.

Anyway thanks...ill try and get pictures .
     
    04-02-2012, 02:14 PM
  #5
Foal
Sounds like a bug allergy... Mites or fleas maybe??? Probably still too cold in Canada Land :) but maybe...

Are you sure it's not sarcoids? They can behave very strangely... But the blanket theory is good too. I like the idea of washing it with seomthing anti-itch anti-fungal.

Best of luck,
-Clover
     
    04-02-2012, 05:44 PM
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Skyseternalangel ,

Ahhh, thanks!! I've never had a horse with a skin problem. And in my hearti don't think its rain rot. I've seen rain rot in different stages. This really doesn't seem like that.

Anyway thanks...ill try and get pictures .
You're welcome, yeah it doesn't sound like rainrot but if the skin is really dry that in itself is very itchy so just focus on finding a way to fix that issue will allow you to focus on the scabs. How small are you talking?
     
    04-03-2012, 08:26 PM
  #7
Foal
Okay so I bought some classic head and shoulders, I sponge bathed the spots between her legs(front) and up her neck and chin. I then dried her off a bit, "made " tea tree cream, and put that on. She was itching her her chin the next morning. So it didn't help for long.
I think the anti-fungal shampoo idea ill try next. Any names to look for in particular, or any?
As in size, on how tiny I mean......ahh like......98% of them are like ......a normal (ball point?) tip. The ones she has been scratching under her cheeks...are like nickels.

Allergic reactions, is that possible......but how do I find out what? She only wears a blanket to bed when its extremely cold, which has been maybe...5 times over winter.Shes brought in when it rains or snows hard ( cause she would be wet on a cold night.

Its driving me crazy.
     
    04-03-2012, 08:28 PM
  #8
Foal
Ps I did try to take a picture....i will post them as soon as I figure out how.....with the pictures youll see size next to my fingers.

Any hints on how to post pics.
     
    04-04-2012, 03:40 AM
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ps I did try to take a picture....i will post them as soon as I figure out how.....with the pictures youll see size next to my fingers.

Any hints on how to post pics.

I usually either click the paperclip and attach it that way or upload to photobucket and copy the direct link and paste it here.
     
    04-04-2012, 03:51 AM
  #10
Foal
Is there any way she could be laying in nettles in the field? We used to have a gelding allergic to nettles and his reaction was exactly as you've described. X
     

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