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Equine Diseases - RingwormTweet
Symptoms of ringworm are small raised circular areas of hair loss which lead to scabby flaky crusty patches of skin and hair which in turn become lesions of broken blisters. Check the saddle and girth areas for these ringworm signs as well as the face eyes and legs. You may also notice itching on the chest and/or hindquarters.
The causes of ringworm are usually infection by some groups of fungi followed by spread of this infection through use of saddles, halters, grooming equipment and other tack. The horse’s environmental conditions can be a contributory cause of ringworm, especially if the horse is confined to a dark damp or crowded stable.
Luckily, there are many reliable tried and tested treatments for ringworm. It is important to isolate the horse with the ringworm infection. Your veterinary supplier will recommend a topical balm which will relieve itch, redness, swelling and scaliness as well as fighting infection. All of your horse’s equipment will need disinfecting. Try 1 part bleach to 10 parts water for this. Animal shampoos such as Nolvasan and Dermazole contain excellent active ingredients to fight ringworm. Surf online to check out homeopathic ringworm remedies.