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post #1 of 19 Old 08-21-2019, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Good dermal cream for hair growth?

Short version: I know this question has been asked a million times, but... I'm not looking for something to treat scratches, rather, I'm looking for something to put on his skin now that it has recovered from dermatitis. Harley battled a bad case of scratches on his two front legs for about the last month. The worst of it is over, scabs have come off, exposing bare skin. It appears to be somewhat thickened, possibly even slightly granulated in some spots. What do you recommend to put on it? I've tried a number of things, but am not seeing results I'm really happy with yet. Not MTG please - I won't take a chance that he reacts to it. The dermatitis is gone now, there is no infection, skin is pink and looks ok, but I feel he needs a different kind of cream now to encourage hair to regrow and protect the skin.

More background before you suggest diet or lifestyle changes: for those who don't know - Harley is prone to skin issues, and has an excellent diet consisting of hay, grass, and timothy-only hay cubes, as well as some molasses-free beet pulp. He is also on supplements containing pre and probiotics, zinc, copper, and a bunch of other things as per his very own equine nutritionist. He is also on camelina oil which has actually made his grey coat shine for the first time since we've had him! However, he is 20, has not always had excellent nutrition, and does have a number of mild, but chronic issues which I manage to the best of my ability.

I do believe that the scratches (dermatitis) are actually a reaction to alsike clover in the back pasture, because he and Rusty -- my two pink-nosed guys -- came in with blistered noses one day, and Harley's legs erupted soon after (Rusty also has one spot on his one pink pastern). I pulled a few clover plants and believe they are alsike. So I mmediately closed off the pasture, and we have since plowed everything under, replanted, and are now letting it grow up. They won't likely be on it again until next summer.

The noses completely healed in a few days with some zinc oxide cream lathered on heavily, but Harley's legs were a mess. We have been washing them twice a day with Hibitane, applying Viaderm cream (a steroid) which costs 50$ a tube, and once they stopped bleeding and the worst of the scabbing was over, I started using Silver Whinnys (socks) which helps keep the flies away while wicking away moisture. Still, not much hair is growing and he has pretty big bald patches on his legs (I can try to get photos tomorrow). I was using something with Aloe Vera gel in it, but it didn't do anything. So I need a good dermal cream, preferably something that will not attract a bunch of dirt, that will keep his skin healthy and moist while it recovers and grows new hair. Hopefully something that does not cost 50$ for a tiny tube that lasts about a week.

Thanks for your suggestions!
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I am also in this phase with my mare and her post-scratches bald spots.

Everyone and their mother has recommended their favorite potion and nothing has regrown the hair yet. This is the latest one Iím going to try: https://www.hiltonherbsusa.com/us-ho...itch-lotion-en
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-21-2019, 09:28 PM
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Eqyss Mega Tek Rebuilder after a good wash with Eqyss Micro Tek shampoo.
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There is a product called Horseman's dream that we use on ourselves. Recently had a small cancer on my face removed and staff at the clinic were astounded at how quickly it healed. Great for cracked skin on fingers. Lots of gentle stuff in it. Rubs in, non greasy.
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I think the hair grows back faster if you just leave it alone once you have the sores cleared up.

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Eqyss Mega Tek Rebuilder after a good wash with Eqyss Micro Tek shampoo.
Have tried the gel, but not the shampoo. I don't think it did much for him. But maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance.
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Have tried the gel, but not the shampoo. I don't think it did much for him. But maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance.
The gel is for treating something like rain rot. The Rebuilder is for regrowing hair. I suggest the shampoo first, so if there's anything growing in the wound, it'll clean it up. You have to put the products on at least daily, more often is better.

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I have been impressed with equiderma for several minor issues here but my go to for after the scratches is Desitin. Baby back end cream. It can be mixed with A&D Ointment. Unless you have/can get the original Desitin that smells like fish oil because that is a component. There is a local favorite called Boudreaux's Butt Paste Max that works well too. Don't know if it is mainstream though. Still may want to add the A&D.
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I have been impressed with equiderma for several minor issues here but my go to for after the scratches is Desitin. Baby back end cream. It can be mixed with A&D Ointment. Unless you have/can get the original Desitin that smells like fish oil because that is a component. There is a local favorite called Boudreaux's Butt Paste Max that works well too. Don't know if it is mainstream though. Still may want to add the A&D.
Scratches are long gone. Hair is actually beginning to regrow. I have used Desitin in the past, but it didn't work at all this time. I had to go with prescription strength steroid cream. I don't want to keep putting it on his skin though, now that the worst is over, so I just wanted some good skin cream.

Ended up buying the only thing I could find locally - T-Zon dermal care cream. It has tea tree oil, which I have had good luck with in treating various skin ailments in Harley. Unfortunately, I am stuck with a very limited selection here so most of what was suggested above could not be found, and ordered online, would have taken a couple of weeks to get here.
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Have you tried plain old pure liquid (topical) Vitamin E oil.

And even though Nivea oil or cream is typically used for human stretch marks and scarring, that might be something to also think about:)
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