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        05-21-2008, 11:32 PM

    Hoover's rainscald came back twice as strong, he now has open scabby places on his poor bum. I hit him with the MGT until he was soaked on Monday, but I've also heard Tinactin or an Athlete's Foot Cream can work well...is this true? What else out there is really effective on rainscald?
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        05-22-2008, 12:01 AM
    I don't have any experience with rainscald but I did some quick researching and came across this link; its simple and to the point...since you mentioned that it came back could that possibly be because you've used the same brushes and they weren't washed after the first case? Just a thought...its good that your keeping an eye on it and catching it before the summer season starts!
        05-22-2008, 08:47 AM
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    What it is: Rainscald is caused by the same bacteria that causes Mud fever - Dermatophilus congolensis. It is a skin infection that can appear on horses backs, if they're left out in wet weather. It is more commonly seen in the winter months when the horses' coats can remain wet for long periods of time. The bacteria get into the soft wet skin on the back, causing the skin to weep, become flaky and crusted, and the coat to matt. Longer coats may not help the situation

    How to Treat it:
    Keep the horse inside, until the skin has healed. Scabs can be gently removed and antiseptic washed containing chlorhexidine or iodine used. The vet may administer oral antibiotics/penicillin and supplements. Also, topical antifungals (ie- Tinactin/Athletes Foot cream) can be used. (they will definitely keep the scabs moist)

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