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Rain Scald is caused by conditions resulting from lack of oxygen such as a heavy hairy coat, damp warm conditions, poor ventilation and infected stalls. An injury to the skin resulting in a cut or scrape will allow the rain scald organism to enter the skin thus leading to more serious infection.
You can do a lot to treat rain scald yourself such as ensuring good stable management, isolating your horse, ensuring good nutrition to help the immune system fight rain scald, protecting against biting insects and if your horse has a heavy coat, cut it to allow plenty of air thus depriving the rain scald organism of the conditions it needs to thrive. Wash the skin with antimicrobial and antibacterial shampoos and conditioners and rinse well to remove the rain scald infection. Ask your vet about the use of products such as Phenol, Nolvasan or Betadine to help kill off the rain scald organism. If the rain scald is very severe, your vet will prescribe the use of strong antibiotics.