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post #1 of 8 Old 04-22-2013, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Sarcoid - what path to follow.

One of my boys has a Sarcoid. It has just become active over the last few months (see the photo its the red pimple) so I contacted my local vet and he has given me two options. I have lost loads of sleep from this all as I don't want to wake a sleeping dragon.

The first option he gave me is to get Liquid Nitrogen to burn it off and the second is using a cancer prep 5-Fluroouracil or known as Adrucil or 5FU.

Has anyone used any of these two options and what was the success rate.

I don't really want to cut it out as I have heard that this can make it more angry and it grows back more aggressive.
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-23-2013, 08:56 AM
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I have used neither of those options but have used XXterra with great success.


This link says to use a bandage, but I did not. Usually the sarcoids are in areas difficult to bandage. My vet charged me $40 for a bottle, which treated about 5 sarcoids. The worst was a large plaque on my mare's ear that was disfiguring. It went away completely and has never come back in two years. First the sarcoids got angry looking, then they fell off. The area underneath healed quickly once the sarcoids were gone.
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Search for some threads on sarcoids here. I remember several, and in one they treated it with toothpaste (I've read about it in a past too). Sarcoids are tricky to deal with: treatment may help, but on other hand it may cause it to go much worse. Depends on luck.

P.S. When I was told by the vet my horse has sarcoid I used horseman dream blue ointment on her.
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The liquid Nitrogen works very well. I have used it to get rid of both sarcoids and small melanomas. I have a very serious sarcoid now that I cannot use it on because of the place it is, but since that one is located in a open area away from ears and eyes, I would use the liquid Nitrogen in a heart-beat. You do it once and it is gone leaving only a small scar.

I had one Vet use a metal probe that he cooled in the liquid Nitrogen tank and another Vet used a small applicator that he poured a little liquid Nitrogen into and then applied it directly from that little container (looked like a tiny oil can with a trigger handle and long pointed nozzle on it.)
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Our gelding has one on his inner thigh. My vet suggested we trace it and track its growth. She said the minute you "mess" with them, they tend to get much more aggressive; trama of any kind only encourages them to grow. She said leave it alone unless it becomes a problem. She also suggested we aggressively treat him (with a focus on his inner thighs) with fly repellents (so as not to spread the virus). It's been three years and the sarcoid currently cannot even be seen.

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One of my geldings developed one on his girth area when he was coming 2. I tried all the other easier techniques. And yes the more you mess with them the uglier they become. Finally I had liquid nitro done. Worked. The nitro does cause white hair to regrow but it took care of the sarcoid once and for all. He's 11(todays his birthday,lol) and sarcoid free. Good luck. Talk to your vet. They will know the best treatment.
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My brood mare had one on her chest. It started out as a scaly patch and over the course of a few months she had a growth about the size of a ping pong ball. Our vet banded it and I *believe* treated it with The Xxterra linked above. The results were fantastic. The growth fell off very quickly, and the scaly patch went away. I recommend it.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-24-2013, 04:46 AM
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Toothpaste works pretty well, but it has to be Crest.
Not encountered one large enough to have to be concerned over anything other than a lil' toothpaste, lucky for me...

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