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  • Fungal infection on geldings face
  • "summer sore" horse

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    07-11-2012, 07:11 PM
Vet tech came out with my friend who was dropping off a horse for me. His face is starting to dry up and heal and it stopped spreading. I don't know if its because I cleaned it good or stopped using Liquid Bandage or what. I'll still keep y'all updated and I'll take another pic tomorrow morning. ;)
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    07-11-2012, 07:12 PM
Good! I hope things continue to go the right way :)
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    07-12-2012, 11:24 AM
Thumbs up Healing...sort of

Here is Mister's mystery sore as of this morning. Looks like he rubbed it on the fence or a tree. I think it looks a little bit better and it's not oozing or spreading anymore.
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    07-12-2012, 04:39 PM
Looks painful and itchy :( But it does look like it's clearing up a bit!
    07-12-2012, 06:05 PM
When this is over, you probably will want to either get a new fly mask or clean the other one up real good.... The one you had used before could re-infect if it's bacterial or fungal. Just sayin.
    07-12-2012, 06:35 PM
Yeah I agree, get a new fly mask, grooming clothes/sponges... anything you used on it.
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    07-12-2012, 07:26 PM
Out of curiosity what did the vet have to say about it?

Those little bumps and the scabbing in the earlier pic remind me of dew poisoning. But that is normally a leg issue or seen in areas of white hair depending on the cause. Considering there are so many secondary infections that go with that it could be that you have a staph/bacteria or fungal infection and it just has a similarity in looks to dew poisoning.

Here's a link to treatment options.
The Horse | Dew Poisoning/Scratches

Definitely sanitize your fly mask or just buy a new one. Make sure it stays dry when it's on the horse.
    07-14-2012, 11:11 AM
The vet said they could either do a skin scraping to find out the exact cause or I could treat the wound at home. I opted to try vetericyn and if it doesn't work, I'll have the scraping done. I started applying it yesterday and it dried out the pockets and the overall wound is clean and starting to grow hair. I will take another picture tomorrow so y'all can see the progress :)
    07-14-2012, 11:31 AM
So glad it's getting better!
    07-14-2012, 11:59 AM
I had a horse get something just like this in his ears and at the base of his tail last summer. I completely freaked out because I thought bugs were laying some kind of egg in him. If you squeezed the little holes, a hard white/yellow egg like thing would come out. Except that it was too small to be one of those like cattle get.

I had the vet out, and they had never seen anything like it. We did swab samples to run a culture plate, skin samples, blood work, took samples of the "egg things" and a general physical because I was concerned it could be contagious.

Results were a staph infection. The little holes with hard things were mini abscesses. They thought it was probably brought on by flies, gnats, and stress from staying at his flood refugee home. It is technically contagious to "at risk" animals and some humans.

The treatment was a week of antibiotics, complete cleaning of the wound to remove the abscesses, as well as daily washing and dressing them. A fly mask with ears and some duct tape over gauze for the tail worked.

I have photos, but I'm at a show in MN. I don't know if I'll be able to get them put up before Monday,
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