Equine skin Fungus Photos
Here’s what you need to know about those skin lumps, bumps and bald patches on your horse that you can probably handle on your own.
Photo © EQUUS Magazine. All Rights Reserved.There it is again---that strange-looking bump, or scruffy patch, or bald spot on your horse's skin. It looks harmless, and it doesn’t bother your horse when you touch it. But it just won’t go away.
Is it something you can safely ignore, or do you need to treat it? The answer depends on whether the spot or bump in question is caused by a bacterial, fungal or viral infection, an insect bite, sunburn, allergic reaction, bruise, abrasion or any number of assaults the world can throw at a horse.
The good news, says William H. Miller, VMD, professor of dermatology at Cornell University, is that many equine skin diseases and conditions are not very serious. In fact, some issues are considered merely cosmetic and may be left untreated, and in many cases, a knowledgeable horse owner can safely handle the situation on their own.
But there’s a catch: In order to treat a condition effectively, you need to know for sure what it is, and some issues that stem from completely different causes can look remarkably similar. Just reaching for your favorite ointment and applying it to the skin can do more harm than good. Heavy salves like Vaseline, for example, can plug hair follicles, and many homemade remedies can irritate skin.
What’s more, says Miller, persistent skin problems are rarely just skin-deep. “Skin diseases can be indicative of a compromised immune system brought on by poor nutrition, age or other disease, ” he explains. So no matter how basic your horse’s skin problem may seem, if it doesn’t respond to treatment or continues to recur, talk to your veterinarian. Not only can she confirm the identity of the issue, she will help you develop a treatment plan that may include dietary and management changes and possibly systemic drugs in addition to topical treatments. And in any case, if you’re unsure what you’re seeing or how to handle it,
it’s always best to consult with your veterinarian.
But if you’re looking at one of these eight common equine skin ailments, especially if you notice them early, you may be able to manage them safely on your own.
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Tips for dry, cracked heels2003-07-27 11:39:42 by footrelief
I suffered with this for years - first of all see your doctor... make sure you don't have diabetes or a fungus (it can look like dry skin but sometimes it is actually a fungus that you'll need to take oral medications to get rid of it) if it's not either of those...
1. Kersal (found in most drug stores) is a great soothing and moisturizing ointment.
2. Sally Hansen's Smoothing Foot Scrub works wonders! It get's my feet sandal perfect in minutes - put it on dry and rub until all the dry skin comes off...NEW FEET!
3. with every shower scrub your heels with a pumice stone or pumice sponge - this keeps the dry skin from building up
Vinegar soaks or tea tree oil2008-05-16 13:58:07 by bearcookie
If you toe nails are yellow is probably a fungus. you can check by using a black light. if it glows its fungus. dandruff also glows. gross i know.
I dont like to soak my feet in vinegar because it can be very harsh on my skin. I just dip my feet in vinegar and let air dry. With all fungus treatments you will need to do this every day for months. Also try tea tree oil with a Q-tip. both work for nail and skin fungus.
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