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        01-26-2013, 10:01 PM
    Make sure you wash your hands or anything that came in contact with the horse. Ringworm is highly contagious.

    However, I feel as if there is another culprit asides from the ringworm. :/
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        01-26-2013, 10:14 PM
    Do the lesions start off as bumps that you can feel under the fur, then burst and the fur comes off and they starts seeping? Or do you see the lesions first before they burst?
        01-26-2013, 11:19 PM
    I highly doubt ringworm. Ringworm I've seen the skin is not weepy like OP describes & not the same appearance as lesions in pics.
        01-27-2013, 12:34 AM
    I have to believe that at this point the scrapings were examined and mange was ruled out?
        01-27-2013, 01:53 AM
    You said the swelling started after treatment began right???
    Could possibly be something like this:
    Ringworm or something he's eating is causing the diharea, and he's having an allergic reaction to something the doctor's giving him..
    Also, does he get any feed?
        01-27-2013, 08:46 AM
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    If the vet's test showed ringworm then it's ringworm. There may be more going on too but I'd start with treating what is known.
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        01-27-2013, 02:49 PM
    Originally Posted by natisha    
    If the vet's test showed ringworm then it's ringworm. There may be more going on too but I'd start with treating what is known.
    Sorry,I missed that reading the Vet's results...... Still if that's what's cultured then be it,& treatment goes from there as Natisha says.It is not your typical presentation of ringworm IMO But something additional happening along with it. Just hope he starts to improve,keep us updated
        01-27-2013, 03:05 PM
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    A friend's mar has lesions like this on her face, chest, and topline every spring much like this gelding, but not quite as bad. She is severely allergic to ragweed, which is unfortunate because it grows EVERYWHERE here and it's pollen permeates the air with yellow. She had to stay on steroids for that time as well as antibiotics for any secondary infection.

    Not sayings that this gelding is allergic to ragweed, but it is possible for allergic reactions to look like this. I've seen it.
        01-28-2013, 10:39 AM
    Vet#3 came Saturday, and said he has been seeing some really bizarre fungal infections in our area, some of which are even infecting the subcutaneous fat, hence the strange swelling and fluid. He gave a shot of Dex to support the horse's overall immune response, asked us to continue with the uniprim and penicillin to guard against the fungus introducing a bacterial infection, and recommended washing the skin lesions with a mild bleach solution.

    Yesterday(Sunday) already the sores had stopped weeping, no diarrhea, and the swelling was dramatically reduced. What ever was the source, it looks like we are on the right track now and star is a much happier looking horsey.
        01-28-2013, 10:53 AM
    Originally Posted by Missy May    
    If it is ringworm, it is easily cured by topical treatment. I am guessing he took several scrapings to determine this? A culture wouldn't lie.
    Ringworm is not easily cured. Ask several of my patients and their owners who have been infected, it can take months and several rounds of systemic treatment. Once the weather clears up, an animal with a good immune system will generally do well, you're right about that, but saying it is easily cured is not accurate. Also, cultures don't lie, but there can be secondary infection with ringworm- for example if this were a severe allergic reaction, the damaged skin would be very susceptible to any number of infectious agents.

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