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post #1 of 22 Old 09-04-2012, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Mud fever - at my wits end!

Hi, I have a 17 year old Ardennes mare who has been suffering for months with mud fever.
It started like your average lookng mud fever infection with dryish scabs forming just above the back of the hoof. She's got very feathered legs so the first thing I was told to do was clip them and wash them with hibi scrub and pick the soaked scabs off. I did that for two weeks until one of her back legs swelled up, which had me so worried I rang the vet. He prescribed Pen and strep for five days. Five days later the swelling had gone down but infection on the skin wouldn't budge. I then tried every cream under the sun including canesten, sudocrem, udder ointment, vaseline etc.

A friend told me to try iodine which made the situation worse. The skin started to ooze and bleed and smelt horrible. The vet then prescribed pen and strep again alongside washing her legs twice daily until the infection completely cleared.
She has now had another TWO bottles of pen and strep and i've had to stop because it didn't seem to do anything other than cause her to jump around like a wild horse and she has multiple swellings on her neck from all the jabs. I'm now washing them and smothering them in sudocrem.
What do I do?! I've shed enough tears over my poor horse
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-04-2012, 07:40 AM
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Oh I really hope you find a cure! But I would try honey, alot of horse owners swear by it. Try find an all natural pure honey. Don't know,if it will work on mud fever as I don't know what it is. But give it a go! Can't get any worse.

Best of luck! Keep us updated please :) goodluck
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Mud fever, scratches, greasy heel, all the same nasty stuff and hard to cure. Main thing that will help is to keep the area clipped close to the skin and keep it dry. Some people use a vaginal cream like Monistat and have good luck with it. When I've had problems with it, I've used Tea Tree Oil products and had good luck.

I recently had a horse that got a really recalcitrant case treated with an IV Iodine treatment, in his case it was caused by the same fungus that causes Rose Gardener's Disease or Sporotrichosis, which is caused by Sporothrix schenkii. You might ask your vet about that, regular antibiotics like pen & strep would not be effective against this. Antifungals like Amphotericin B & Itraconazole are the human treatments of choice for severe infection. Fluconazole (Diflucan) is not as effective.

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There is a thread "what causes this and how do I treat it" farther down here. Tons of advice and a fair share of arguments. And since im the one who brought up the sauerkraut treatment, of course I'll suggest this too to clear up the wound and make it treatable. The other thread even explains why it works and it helped my horse.
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There is a thread "what causes this and how do I treat it" farther down here. Tons of advice and a fair share of arguments. And since im the one who brought up the sauerkraut treatment, of course I'll suggest this too to clear up the wound and make it treatable. The other thread even explains why it works and it helped my horse.
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I have used the sauerkraut treatment before and dared to recommend it on a forum.......HOLY COW did I get basted for it.....ROFL! It's ugly, it's stinky, it's cheap and it works!

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There are so many "magical" concoctions out there, it sounds like you have tried many of them! The one that first came to mind that worked well for me has iodine in it, and if she reacted poorly to that I would stay away from it. I would give tea tree oil a shot, it really is great stuff. Anything with an oily base is going to help keep water and air out of the fungus which is what it needs to survive. I have also had good luck with a listerine (mouthwash) and babyoil combo being sprayed on several times a day, but that was a very light case, and I think since you have open sores the listerine would sting too much.

I would strongly reccomend tea tree oil! Best of luck, let us know how it goes!

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This is great advise guys thanks! We actuallly have access to a local bee hive so it'll be easy to try the honey treatment! I've been finding it hard to keep her legs clipped short because it grows so quickly, and seeing her everyday you don't notice it. I'll bear that in mind and keep the clippers to hand!
I tried canisten on her feet but with no avail, not sure if it's similar stuff or not? The vet actually told me to wash her with hibiscrub (diluted ofcourse) and to actually leave it to dry by itself! Obviously that's really working out for me (!) Where can I get the sauerkraut treatment from? If it's the Sporothrix schenkii it wouldn't suprise me because like I said, she has had so much Pen and Strep but no cure. Poor thing was having 25ml a go :(

Thankyou all so much for your idea's, I'll keep you posted x
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P.S I actually tried pure tea tree oil before but I think it may have been a bit strong because she started kicking mid air! Maybe I'll try again when the inflammation has gone down :)
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Had great success with destitin creams
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