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post #1 of 5 Old 06-14-2010, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question Unusual Shedding

I recently had a problem where my horse had these huge bug bites so I used some iodine for a week to treat them and then , because the iodine says not to use longer then that, I used bag balm. The bites have gone away but now his whole chest is shedding so bad it's almost bald. The only other thing I put on him was fly spray. I was wondering if anyone else has ever had this problem or knows what caused it and how to fix it. please.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-14-2010, 12:23 PM
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Maybe an allergic reaction? Is the skin in good shape where he's shedding? No scabbies or scaliness?
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-14-2010, 12:26 PM
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How strong was the iodine? It's very drying. Very strong and it can actually burn the hide.
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The skin is in good shape it's just hairless and the iodine is Povidone - Iodine, 10%.

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-14-2010, 08:23 PM
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Could it be a fungus? My friend's mare got a fungus all over her chest and it pretty much just looked bald. If that's the case, I hear diluted Listerine can clear it up. Or if it's a yeast-type infection, plain ol' Vagisil will clear it up.

I do wonder if the Iodine caused it. Some horses are more sensitive than others.

Also, why would you put Iodine on a bug bite? I've never put Iodine on my bug bites. o_O So on that note, you can make a paste with baking soda and water, and it will draw out the poison from the bug.

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