It’s the pesky winter condition that every horse owner dreads. Brought on by muddy, wet conditions (hard to avoid in a British winter!), mud fever is the development of skin reactions. Mud fever can range from mild irritation to painful sores.
What causes mud fever?
Prolonged periods of time with wet/muddy legs (such as being in very wet fields) can cause a softening of the skin, which makes the area susceptible to infection. The organism causing the infection is called Dermatophilus congolensis.
What should I look out for?
Mud fever is fairly easy to recognise and will usually develop on the lower leg. Areas typically affected are the pasterns and heel area. It has also been known to affect upper legs too. Some key symptoms to look out for are:
- Small, ulcerated sores which often scab.
- Red/pink inflamed skin which can look quite raw.
- Swelling around the affected area.
How can I prevent/treat it?
- Keep the affected area clean and dry. This may mean stabling your horse until the infection clears.
- Use topical creams to encourage healing.
- Use silver based wraps/boots to speed up the healing process.
Silver Ion Technology – The SilverAid intelligent lining fabric releases bacteria-killing silver ions whenever bacterial activity is present, helping to prevent infection and speed up healing.
Far Infrared Technology – A ceramic infused lining emits and reflects Far Infrared radiation which promotes increased circulation bringing oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the leg encouraging cell growth to speed up repair. Increased blood flow also helps to flush through toxins and waste products and reduce inflammation.
Breathable – The lining and neoprene outer allows airflow to the skin surface, keeping it protected while still allowing healthy healing capabilities.
Removable lining – The lining can be removed for washing, and the Protechmasta and +SilverAid technology won’t wash out.
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