Itchy Skin

Summer eczema or sweet itch in horses

Summer eczema, also known as sweet itch, is a complex issue in horses caused by an allergic reaction to the bites of Culicoides midges. This condition leads to intense itching, resulting in discomfort and skin damage.

What causes sweet itch?

The primary cause of summer eczema is the bite of Culicoides midges. These tiny insects are most active during dawn and dusk and their saliva triggers an allergic reaction in sensitive horses, leading to itching and inflammation.

How to deal with sweet itch?

Dealing with summer eczema involves a combination of protection, avoidance, and care:

  1. Protection: Use fly sheets and masks with fine mesh to protect your horse from biting midges.
  2. Avoidance: Minimize grazing during the midges' most active periods, typically at sunrise and sunset.
  3. Insect Repellents: Apply special insect repellents designed for horses, such as sprays or spot-on treatments.

How our supplements can help

Ensuring your horse is in good overall condition is crucial. Here’s how our supplements can support your horse:

  • Steady&Stable: A one-month course is beneficial for boosting liver function and effectively breaking down toxins. It also promotes healthy sugar metabolism, which is important for a strong immune system.
  • Guts&Glory: After the Steady&Stable course, continue with Guts&Glory to support a healthy gut barrier, essential for strong immunity. Horses prone to allergies and eczema often have compromised gut barriers.
  • Restore&Revive: This turmeric-based supplement aids in wound healing, helpful for any sores caused by scratching.

I hope these tips help you better support your horse. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


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