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So the last couple days Joeys back ankles have been swollen and warm..but there was ...
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    Mud Fever *with pic*

    So the last couple days Joeys back ankles have been swollen and warm..but there was nothing on them. So I excercised him and iced them (he wasn't lame)
    Today I get to the barn and his left rear ankle blew up with mud fever.. like it seemed to come from nowhere because there was no stuff on his ankles yesterday. And his other back leg has the starts of it.

    I picked off as much as would come off and scrubbed it with an anti-fungal anti-bacterial alchohol equine scrub thing I got from the vet a couple months ago for a different fungal issue. And other than that Im leaving it dry (I assume this would make sense since fungus grows in moisture no?)

    Anyways. I know its not a good idea to turn him out (muddy ground). Other than that.. any suggestions?

    Any scrub that works really well?
    Sprays? Ointments? Anything you can recommend?

    Also once its gone, is there anything I can do to try and prevent it because I would like to turn him out regularly once hes better again.
    **edit i shaved his legs as best as possible as well*
    Thanks guys!

    ~Una


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    That does look nasty to have appeared in one day. Desitin, or any other brand of diaper ointment is excellent to put on it.

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    A&D ointment? would that be good?
    ~Una


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    i know my barn owner was amazed because it came out of nowhere. i pointed out the swollen ankles a couple days ago and shes been keeping an eye on them too. and today i pointed that out as i was grooming them and she was amazed at how much there was because there was nothing there yesterday
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    Yep, A&D is fine.

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    thanks
    should i scrub it everytime? or just pick scabs and put ointment on?
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    I don't like to scrub or pick it at all. If the scabs are about to come off by themselves, that's fine. But until then they're nature's bandaid. I clean it very good (gently), then make sure that it's completely dry, then slather on the ointment.

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    OK.. lol cuz i was just reading an article that says you need to pick off ALL scabs before putting ointment on. (well actually a handful of articles)


    how long does it normally take to start clearing up?
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    I think the opinion is just beginning to change on the scab picking. It really depends on how strong the horse's immune system is to how long it takes to heal. I've seen it take anywhere from just a couple of days to really notice a change to a month or more with hardly any change. Of course if it's the later, you need to look into underlying issues.

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    am i able to ride him / excersize him while its scabby?
    i would have to imagine it would be good to get the blood flowing through there but ya never know LOL

    should i be giving him any antibiotic shots or anything? (obviously i would contact the vet about this) or is all thats necessary the ointment?

    i really appreciate all your help
    ~Una


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