Sweet Itch

Sweet Itch is a term used for hypersensitivity to the saliva of biting insects. Horses can go to extreme measures to relieve themselves from the itchiness, and rub away patches of skin, leaving the skin beneath raw, tender and weeping. Although the insects most responsible for Sweet Itch is the Culicoides fly (also called a midge), black flies, deer flies and mosquitos can also pose a problem for horses. Although Sweet Itch reactions can occur anywhere on your horse’s body, they are most commonly seen on the underside of the belly, under the mane or the dock of the tail. 

Why is Sweet Itch a concern? In severe cases, horses can become quite stressed and anxious over this, and spend more time scratching than grazing. This can lead to weight loss, and increase the risk of gastric ulcers in your horse. Furthermore, once the skin is open from severe scratching, it allows the opportunity for secondary skin infections due to the nature of the horse’s outdoor environment. 

How do we treat Sweet Itch?

  1. Bathe your horse with sulphate-free Equiderma Neem Shampoo. Pay special attention to affected areas of your horse. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidants in the shampoo helps to soothe the skin and calms the itch, while amplifying healing of the skin. This shampoo can sit on the skin for up to 1 hour to provide additional relief to your horse. Our shampoo will rinse cleanly and easily, so no need to excessively rinse and rinse to ensure it is all removed.  **This shampoo is also perfect for regular bathing helps maintain a healthy skin and coat without harsh chemicals**
  1. Next, apply Equiderma Neem Conditioner. Let this sit on the skin for 5-10 minutes (longer won’t hurt either), and then rinse. This conditioner will further aid in healing and calming inflamed skin.
  2. Treat the inflamed and irritated areas with Equiderma Skin Lotion daily until the skin is healed. Not only will the Skin Lotion provide relief to your horse, it will also deter insects from biting on these areas.
  3. Prevention is key. Next, apply Equiderma Neem & Aloe Herbal Horse Spray.  The all-natural ingredients in our spray act as safe and chemical free insect repellent. Apply daily if possible to help prevent insect bites during the prime biting season! 

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