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LilMizSpiky 09-26-2011 12:28 PM

Sweet Itch, Help! (Queensland Itch)
Hi, well my beloved little Piper, who i part loan, has sweet itch. It not a bad case to be fair its just on the top of the withers but I don't want it to get any worse.

So what can i do to help it heal? We've been applying a cream that soothes (i can remember the name) and cooking oil to soften it, But what else can we do? I've got coconut oil on the list of to gets, what else cam we use to clear it up and keep it under control?


P.S. Im in the uk so may not be able to get some things!

2SCHorses 09-27-2011 01:29 AM

If you can get a product called Vetericyn, that would be an excellent thing to use. I don't want to sound like an advert, but the stuff is great. I am in no way associated with the product or paid to use it ... but it's amazing.

I have used it on my dogs, horses, and cats. Saved me A LOT of money on vet bills, especially for hot spots, cat bites (prevented several abscesses), and even a poison oak rash on my dog's chest. Sprayed the product for a few days and it was gone. Used it on my horses legs when he developed some scabbing rash down on his fetlock. Sprayed it 2-3 times a day for a few days and it was gone. My mare had a terrible rub mark on her face and I thought she'd have a scar ... sprayed Vetericyn on it for a few days and it is no longer there and all the fur is back. I am a skeptical person, but I got a free sample at a horse clinic and first used it on a stray dog that had a mauled ear that crawled up on door at something like 2 AM on a Saturday. I cleaned it with cotton and Vetericyn, and then I sprayed the Vetericyn on it for a few days while the animal rescue tried to vet her (animals always get hurt on the weekend when no one's around). Her ear was DISGUSTING when she came, oozing and awful, just a real mess. I was pretty sure she would need massive penecillin and some stitches, but no, she didn't. The resuce vet actually called me to ask what I had used on her because it worked so well - her ear was almost totally healed when they finally were able to vet her. I have the product in my barn all the time now. To be honest, at this point I would be surprised if it DIDN'T work on some sort of rash, rub, cut or burn (I used it on myself for a burn and it healed right up, but it does say "Not Approved For Humans" - my girlfriend's son uses it on his acne and it works on that, too, amazingly enough). If it didn't heal Sweet Itch, I'd be shocked.

It's not cheap, but it totally works.

blacksplash 09-27-2011 05:28 PM

hi milly, well unfortunatly there is no cure for sweet itch and the best you can do is try and control it before it gets bad . firstly, it is caused by an alergic reaction to the saliva in midges and since prevention is better than a cure, the first thing you need to do is get a fly rug on him. trust me, he will thank you! they are cheap enough to buy and will save piper alot of discomfort. get that done first, then worry about creams etc. pm me if you want the names of the uk companies i order off.(not sure if i can mention names here)
as for creams, i have tried just about every lotion and potion i could find and the only thing that really worked was sudocrem. skin healing up and hair growing back strong within a couple of weeks of using it. although i will definatly give vetericyn a go, never heard of it before but sounds like hady stuff to have around the yard!
and lastly, when im out hacking or the rug is off for grooming etc i cover him in carr&day&martin deet spray. keeps the flies away for a little while.
thankfully we're coming into winter now so a bit of relief from flies at last!

LilMizSpiky 09-30-2011 03:09 PM

Bumped by me

Day Mares 09-30-2011 10:19 PM

Try feeding garlic and apple cider vinegar
I feed both my mares a few cloves of fresh garlic and a splash of apple cider vinegar in a handful of rolled oats, daily. It seems to keep their skin and coats healthy and deter biting insects. :-)

I don't have any experience of Queensland Itch but I do feel for you. I believe it is very difficult to control, particularly if horses are out at pasture. How about a light rug to keep the mozzies at bay?

Equine Organix 11-23-2011 12:11 PM

Hi! A customer of ours lives in Florida, where she says the no-see-um bugs give her horse sweet itch. She has tried our Equine Organix Chamomile & Olive Oil Shampoo, and says it has relieved her thoroughbred. There is no cure for sweet itch, but it might help! Here is her testimonial: "I received your shampoo today and used it on my Thoroughbred, Tek, who has sweet itch and is allergic to no-see-um bites.

He is itchy all the time during the summer and has to wear a fly blanket constantly. With the Florida heat and humidity, it helps if I wash him regularly, but so many horse shampoos are very drying. I’ve tried many different types of lotions and shampoos, but poor Tek has sensitive skin. Your shampoo works great and does not dry his skin and soothes his scratched areas.

He is so much more relaxed after his baths with your shampoo now and not so itchy!

I’m glad you made such a great product and shared it with me. Tek says thanks, too!" -- Anne Martin, FL

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