Sweet Itch in horses: causes, treatment and prevention

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Sweet itch, also known as Summer Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis or Culicoides Hypersensitivity, is a prevalent skin condition in horses caused by allergic reactions to Culicoides midge saliva. The skin’s reaction results in intense and prolonged itching, causing hair loss, skin inflammation and open wounds, significantly impacting a horse’s comfort. It is essential for horse owners to understand its causes and management strategies to alleviate its effects and ensure their equine companions’ well-being. Treating sweet itch may seem like a never-ending battle. Treating the condition early by commencing a suitable treatment…

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