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My horse has itchy skin, flaking and dandruff-y coat and cru

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My horse has itchy skin, flaking and dandruff-y coat and crusty scabs all over her body, mostly on her hindquarters and in her mane and tail. Our vet thought it might be mange, but after treatment, she was no better. I investigated other conditions and sweet itch fit, but her symptoms did not go away in the winter, as they usually do for horses with that condition. What could be causing my horse's skin irritation?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Steve replied 3 years ago.

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Hi, thank you for accepting my question. I am Katie

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Skin conditions in horses can be very difficult to diagnose as you have seen. Unfortunately many skin conditions

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can resemble each other. It sounds like yo jhave addressed mange and external parasite infestations and bacterial skin infections. Another condition that I see fairly commonly is ringworm, This is a fungal infection of the skin and while it can be in teh shape of a circle or many circles, it doesn't have to look like this and any skin condition that has crusty scales could be ringworm. The treatment involves treating the affected areas with a topical solution like maleseb or chlorhexidine. There also is an oral medicine called griseofulvin that can be used as well. Of course the first step is to confirm that ringworm is the problem. this can be done by taking a sample of hair and the crusts or scales and put it on a dermatophyte test culture medium. If it turns positive, then it is ringworm and your vet can give you more details about the treatment.

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