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post #1 of 15 Old 08-27-2014, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Advice for treating Mud Fever?

OK so while im waiting on my hoof pics to reupload so I can fix them. Whats the best way to treat mud fever? I know I've got to get the scabs off first but what from there? Is there any kind of cream or my triple antiboic cream maybe I should put on it? Both my Gelding Shaggy (who has white back feet) and my Mare Kali (one white back foot) have it.

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My friend has a gelding who is ridiculously prone to mud fever.

She shaves his legs/fetlocks where the mud fever is, then slathers them with regular Destitin (diaper rash cream). Works wonders.
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Any good athletes foot cream will usually work well. CREAM, not lotion or ointment. The main thing is keeping the legs dry til it's all healed.
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That is what too many people forget ^^^^^ You have to remove the horse from the source of the problem until its completely healed or it will keep on re-infecting.
Once it has healed a good barrier cream should help protect the skin but if conditions are really bad the horse needs some dry standing for a good part of the day.
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I first wash the infected area, let thoroughly dry...this is most important. I then use diaper cream to keep the are dry.

My gelding will get mud fever (scratches) when pasture grass is long and we have a lot of dew or rain keeping the grass wet. Hence the diaper cream.
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I scrub it with betadine, dry it off, and then paste it with desitin...
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Sweet thanks for the replies. The field is ridiculously tall right now cause the BOs bush hog is broke. I keep a think of destin out the barn for blazes nose so I will get right on that tomorrow!

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That is what too many people forget ^^^^^ You have to remove the horse from the source of the problem until its completely healed or it will keep on re-infecting.
Once it has healed a good barrier cream should help protect the skin but if conditions are really bad the horse needs some dry standing for a good part of the day.
well I cant remove them from the problem cause theres no where to move them andi don't really want to stall them. but this the first my gelding has had mud fever in the 4 years hes been in this field.

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If the grass doesn't normally get that long I wonder if your horse has picked up harvest mites and they're causing irritation and allowing the bacterial infection to get under the skin - that might explain why he's never had this problem before
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OK so while im waiting on my hoof pics to reupload so I can fix them. Whats the best way to treat mud fever? I know I've got to get the scabs off first but what from there? Is there any kind of cream or my triple antiboic cream maybe I should put on it? Both my Gelding Shaggy (who has white back feet) and my Mare Kali (one white back foot) have it.
First, please don't pick off scabs, it hurts big time, can make the area bleed and introduce a secondary infection.

Mudfever scabs are not normal scabs which cover damaged skin. They are made up of lymph that has oozed through the skin and stuck the hairs together. When you pull them off you pull the hairs out by the roots which is very painful.

So what you need to do is wash with Nizoral an anti fungal, anti bacterial shampoo. You can buy it from a pharmacy. Dilute in hand hot water and using a facecloth wash the affected and surrounding area well. Lather up working it well into the hair. Leave 20 mins and rinse and towel dry. You will find many scabs will just drop off. Repeat the wash every couple of days until the scabs have all gone. Often Nizoral will clear the problem within a couple of days.

To prevent Mudfever taking hold but extra vigilant about the white areas, look for raised hairs as this is the first sign of Mudfever. Wash straight away with Nizoral and it will never take hold
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