Horse Dermatitis: Tips for Healthy Skin

Causes of the most common skin disorder in the equine world: the Horse Dermatitis


The Horse Dermatitis is a skin inflammation that affects our equine friends, especially during the transition between spring and summer. It’s typically a seasonal problem.
Among the diseases of the horse’s skin , Horse Dermatitis certainly is the most common and it can be caused by numerous factors, such as external agents irritants, burns, allergens, trauma and infections, either bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic.

Dermatitis and other skin inflammation can cause horse’s itching and they are a common phenomenon in the equine world, not only in sport horses.

Every time a health-related problem occurs, in horses as well as humans, it’s necessary to understand the cause of the illness, in order to make a correct diagnosis and, therefore, to set a mix of remedies, to help relieve the symptoms.
Among the main causes of the horse’s skin diseases and dermatitis, is the equine’s hypersensitivity to insects ; horses, in fact, can easily develop a rash, because of this epidermal response and it’s probably truer in horses more than other animal species. In detail, the hypersensitivity to insects is an allergic reaction to the spit of special types of insects, for example flies, hornets, horseflies and mosquitoes, whose bites can trigger a loud and annoying itch in horses.

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Other causes of epidermal disorders

Other types of hypersensitivity, that may be cause of Horse’s Dermatitis , are:

Food Hypersensitivity: this type of reaction often is caused by contact with the food, rather than from its ingestion. It happens, for example, that in eating the horse can get dirty by dropping the feed on his body

– Contact Hypersensitivity: the exposition of the horse to special types of plants and irritants, can cause allergic reactions not Just the same time of contact, but also after a long time; so, if a substance is suspected of having caused a reaction, it’s suggested to eliminate the contact between horse and substance and to wash the affected part, in order to verify if the reaction disappears

Consequences of horse’s equine dermatitis on skin

Horse Dermatitis
All equine’s skin problems can lead horses, especially in the case of hypersensitivity to insects, to suffer of itching, eczema and bumps on the skin, which can range from a diameter of 2-5 mm until reaching measures of 20-40 centimeters.
It’s possible that in mild of horse’s dermatitis, the animal can’t be affected by these disorders, but in most cases, the formation of protrusions may be bound by formation of pus, whose spill can cause coat damage or mane problems.

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Terra di Cuma’s advices to take care of horse health

Terra di Cuma Terra di Cuma provides some simple tips to follow in case of horse’s dermatitis, in order to prevent and treat the symptoms.
First of all, it’s recommended don’t stop the horse in the most active hours of insects’ activity in places where their concentration is higher, as ponds, rivers, forests. When the horse isn’t in motion, it may be useful heading a cooling fan on the same, in order to keep insects away. Obviously, these behavioral tips must be accompanied by products created ad hoc for the purpose.

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