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My gelding had these little scabs on both of his back feet around the coronet ...
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    Not sure whats wrong with foot? Help please!

    My gelding had these little scabs on both of his back feet around the coronet band and up the pastern a little bit. I originally thought it was rain rot/dew poisoning. I treated it daily by cleaning it with betadine then putting medication on it and trying to soften up the scabs. He even has some of these on old scars as well. Now, when I remove the scabs, its painful, and underneath the scabs is somewhat like pus and it smells terribly. I'm not really sure how to treat this. It just seems like it won't go away. Any suggestions?

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    Is the rest of the area ok, as in not swollen, he's not lame? If all that is fine, then you may be looking at some abcesses that are bursting out the coronet band area (or already did).

    Since you aren't sure what's going on, and these things smell, I would probably have your vet take a look.
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    sounds like rain rot. It takes forever to treat and you must keep it completely dry at all times (cept when cleaning it) I was told by the vets to clean it, make sure itwas totally dry then wrap it up real good (can't remember if we put anything on it or not) to keep any moisture out. took a long time to heal but I unfortunately could not make it out every day so it took a bit.
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    It kind of sounds like greasy heel /mud fever/scratches(all the same thing) to me. Is he in a wet place?
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    Try treating for scratches.

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    The thing is...we haven't had any rain in probably 2 months until yesterday. The rest of the foot isn't swollen and he isn't lame. I've been treating it as rain rot for nearly 2 months now. How do you treat scratches? I'm sure I'll be getting the vet out soon.

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    Scratches (or rain rot for that matter) doesn't need a lick of moisture to form, though it is a catalyst for many cases.

    I would stop using betadine - tooo harsh. I would not pick at any scabs. I WOULD at least slop some desitin on the scabs. My favorite mix is desitin, cortisone cream, and neosporin ointment. Get the 40% zinc oxide desitin, not the 10%. Mix well, apply liberally twice a day, wipe off the old (don't wash, you DO want to keep it dry).
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    JB-I will definitely give that a shot...thanks for all the info guys!

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    i would get the vet out,to check him out and take some swabs to detect what the fungus may be
    with fudge he has 4 white beautiful socks all througout winter except for summer he gets 'summer fever' which is bascially mudfever,from photosensitivty,pasternoint i have found is fabulous
    hope ur boy gets better soon!

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    Have the vet out but when my foal had rainrot I used a spray called Fungasol and it went away in a week. It worked wonders. There is a shampoo also but I would go with spray.
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