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Hi everyone. I am writing for a friend, whose TB she discovered with these very ...
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    Hi everyone. I am writing for a friend, whose TB she discovered with these very strange swellings above both of his eyes. He seems to have scratched them and popped them somewhat, but the swelling is still there, esp. on one. Any ideas? We thought maybe an allergic reaction? Should he be kept in a stall or put in the paddock? Thanks!



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    I assume that a vet is coming out to look as well?? If not I would be booking one asap.

    If it was one eye - i'd say possibly got something in the eye or a infection. But for it to be both eyes - it will be something far more sinister I'm going to go hone and look through me vet journal because I've seen it before but can't remember what it was (similar symptoms).
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    Looks like it WAS an allergic reaction to something, though I would have a vet out at this point because one, the swelling has not subsided, and two, he has scratched them pretty bad. But that is just what I saw when I looked at the pics. I think you need a vet ASAP.

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    Oh and I'd keep him in a stall - his vision looks impaired by the swelling so better to keep him where knows where everything is and no one(thing) is going to jump out at hi.
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    Needs a vet out. Don't mess around with eyes. He could lose both of them if she doesn't act.

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    How long has he been like that? He needs a vet immediately. I hope she leaves him in his stall until he can be seen by a vet and get his eyes opened up more.

    I wonder what happened. It looks terrible!!

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    I would hot compress them. My horse's eyes will swell on occation from an allergy, though it hasn't happened in several years... but his would swell almost to the point of being shut completely. I would take a clean towel in VERY hot water, wring it out and compress the eyes. I would do this for about 10 minutes, sit 5 minutes, compress another 10 min, sit 5 min... for about an hour or so. Usually be the next day the swelling subsided and he was fine. Does he have hives anywhere on the body? I would guess that it is partly due to an allergy, but it may be swollen due to the fact that he has rubbed them to the point that they are bleeding... this would cause the inflammation as well Did she see the swelling before the horse rubbed them? How long have they been like that? If the swelling wasn't present before, I would say that the rubbing is what ultimately caused the swelling.

    Where this horse has rubbed the eyes raw, I would clean it up first and see how badly they are scraped up. If it was my horse I would get some antihistimines into him... I always keep Banadryl on hand and have used that with my horse in the past. I give 2-4 of them, though I know people who have given more to the horse. I gave my horse a couple of them a few years back when he rolled in a stall and every place where he was still wet from being hosed off was covered in hives (from the stall floor material )... within a few hours all hives were going. I also keep packages of Aveeno oatmeal bath on hand... if you have a horse with hives on the body you can make the bath into a paste and smear it onto the horse to relieve the itchiness But where he has rubbed them raw/open, I would get a vet out. You do NOT want a secondary infection to set in

    If unsure about what to give or what to do, I would call the vet and see if there is anything that he/she would recommend or have them out to look at the horse. I don't like to mess around when it come to eyes.
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    I don't know how long, I am assuming not long at all, but I am unsure. I will let you all know how it turns out.
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    I agree the vet needs to be called out. What it looks like to me is Bulging Eye, generally it would be seen in one eye as a result of trauma but infection that spreads from the nasal cavity and/or upper teeth can cause it in both as a result of the infection it's sudden in onset, and painful/irritating which would explain why the horse rubbed them open. It can be very serious. Get the vet out. Even if it turns out to be something less serious - better safe than sorry.
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    She says she has been warm compressing them, and giving him antibiotics. He can still see, and she is keeping him confined. She is going to call the vet in the morning if he doesn't look any better. I think the swelling came first, from the way she said he wants them scratched, like they itch. Poor guy!
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