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  Summary definition: Skin infection caused by hygrophilic (humidity-loving) bacteria (Dermatophilus congolensis).

  Areas affected: Areas of perspiration, and areas over which sweat drips or in which it stagnates (legs, croup, withers and along the back)

  Season: Mainly autumn/winter/early spring, owing to the humidity, but also occurs in summer when the weather alternates between sun and rain and in the event of poor hygiene.

  Symptoms: Scabs that produce visibly raised areas of hair. During brushes, clumps of hair fall out with scabs at the root. Little or no itchiness. Very contagious, both directly and indirectly (via grooming kit, etc.)

  Short-term care: Anti-bacterial treatment 

  Please note: This disease is often benign. It often disappears on its own, but it is important to keep an eye on it. Take care with anti-bacterial treatments, as they are harsh on skin. Only use them when absolutely necessary.

Indicative information - Does not replace consultation with a veterinarian

Posted on 07/28/2016 Equine Parasitosis 96676