CRUSTS (OR NOT) ON THE LEGS: CASE 2: the infected friction wound

Here's another of the most commonly encountered "mud scabs": infected friction sores. Here's how to recognize and treat them.

Infected friction wound

It seems obvious that rubbing equipment can cause hair loss. Tendon boots are the main culprits, of course, if the horse's skin is particularly thin. 

Without being visible, the hair falls out and the skin becomes progressively irritated, leaving little hair holes here and there. Some time later, the skin becomes granular, then increasingly crusty. 

But bell boots are also responsible for this kind of damage. In winter, moisture is trapped in the bells, creating a particularly high-risk zone above and below. There is therefore no direct friction, but rather an artificial stimulation of humidity levels.

Infected friction wound
STEP 1: CLEANING AND PROTECTION
STEP 1: CLEANING AND PROTECTION

The first step is simply to cleanse the area with a gentle, restorative shampoo. 

The strong power of tea tree will prevent bacterial infection and leave an artificial film on the skin for 24 hours, while removing any scabs. Avoid conventional anti-bacterial products, which are too aggressive in this case.

Dry thoroughly with a terry towel afterwards to remove excess moisture. Reapply only if necessary after 4 days.

During this period, avoid other water-based treatments, such as showers to remove any mud (brush off in this case).

STEP 2: REPAIR
STEP 2: REPAIR

Depending on the condition of the area, you have 2 options: 

  • If the area is very granular and has medium-sized (but not black) scabs, CUTENE will be best suited to repairing the skin quickly. Applied in a thick layer every 2 days at first, it will rapidly repair damaged skin. Space out applications thereafter according to progress.
  • For smooth, slightly granular skin, NATJELY is more than sufficient. It moisturizes the skin, activates its repair by restoring elasticity, and is perfectly waterproof, acting like a natural bandage.

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But beware: certain pathologies of this type are very similar to dermatophilosis. 

If in doubt, consult the protocol Scabs (or not) on the legs: Dermatophilosis.

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