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post #1 of 3 Old 12-12-2012, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Seeking Opinions re Skin Condition

Hey Everyone,

Trying to get some opinions on an ongoing skin condition. Seems to be on the mend but the vet was pretty vague about what it might be and I have yet to hear back about the culture. Here are some photos:








There is no weeping but hair loss in the vicinity of all the sores/affected areas, and they are pretty crusty.

I was thinking ring worm but I would have thought the vet would have picked it up straight away. They appear to be somewhat itchy and scratching has been a problem. The natural skin color is rather dark. The area on the neck near the sores has been shaved. I have been treating them with dermatend wipes. There are two sores in the folds of the cheeks which lead me to believe moisture is contributing therefore ringworm etc.

Opinions appreciated.

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post #2 of 3 Old 12-12-2012, 10:43 AM
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A topical steroid cream with gentamicin is my "go to" for skin ailments. Looks a lot like the scratches that my horse gets, or ring worm, or rain rot, or whatever you want to call it. It's all the same thing, just on different parts of the body.
I get my gentamicin cream from my vet. It's water based and absorbs right into the skin, usually requires only a week of application before the active infection and fungus are controlled.

Good luck!

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post #3 of 3 Old 12-12-2012, 12:00 PM
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A good possibility is Neck Threadworms, a/k/a Onchocerca worms. They aren't really worms but microfiliae that burrow into the skin after the horse is bitten by midge flies. Yes, these will make the horse itch terribly.

Parasite Information - Neck Threadworms

They won't show up in a fecal exam but double-dosing with pure Ivermectin is what gets rid of them.

I have had to do that treatment twice in the three years and it is with trepidation because one of my exhibiting signs horses has metabolic issues and hind gut ulcers. Thankfully he "took it" without me having to call the vet and the skin sores cleared up.

Even more thankfully was the fact I didn't have to re-dose anybody in two to four weeks

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