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        01-28-2013, 10:54 AM
      #41
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Fargosgirl    
    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.
    Dex is a steroid which SUPPRESSES the immune system. The improvement suggests that this was an allergic reaction with secondary infection which the antibiotics are helping to control now that the underlying cause (hypersensitivity/ "allergic" reaction) is being controlled.
         
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        01-28-2013, 12:32 PM
      #42
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by tealamutt    
    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.
    While there are exceptions to everything, by and large it is not difficult to get rid of especially when you have a single isolated horse.

    I didn't say confirmation of ringworm excluded any other problem and the search for answers should be halted. However, since it has been confirmed - I would think treating for that particular "ailment" would be prudent.

    Btw, months of treatment is ordinary, so I don't see response to ordinary treatment as "difficult" to get rid of.
         
        01-31-2013, 08:48 AM
      #43
    Started
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    Originally Posted by tealamutt    
    Dex is a steroid which SUPPRESSES the immune system. The improvement suggests that this was an allergic reaction with secondary infection which the antibiotics are helping to control now that the underlying cause (hypersensitivity/ "allergic" reaction) is being controlled.
    What she said!

    Steroids do cause instant good responses when there's an allergic reaction going on. If the symptoms start to come back with the fortnight then the allergen is still around - I hope the horse stays well, but in my experience you have to find the cause of the allergic reaction to solve the case.
         
        02-07-2014, 01:51 AM
      #44
    Foal
    This is my third attempt to reply. I hate technology sometimes. I am experiencing weeping spots with my gelding. They itch terribly and stop weeping after a couple days, then the skin hardens and dies and peels off to dry skin underneath. I have had the vet out, we have tried eliminating feed possibilities. We have him and my mare, who is itchy without the weeping issue, on platinum performance nutrients. We have had allergy meds, antibiotics, and two rounds of steriods. It stops immediately while on treatment and starts again 5 days later. Its very frustrating. Have you had any luck figuring it out. I even tried aggresive worming before having the vet out. Iam at my wits end.
         

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