- One of the most common skin diseases in horses is rongworm (
dermatomycoses ) . Ringworm is an infectious diseases caused by a dermatophyte ( a type of
fungi ) that affects the upper layers of the epidermis , the hairs , hair follicules , and
- Clinical features can vary from a mild descamative
dermatitis , sometimes with papules ( similar to an urticaria ) , to a more severe disease
with crusts and alopecic areas , depending on the fungi involved .
- Porper diagnosis is made uppon culture of skin , scales ,
hair , dander . Once identified , fungi can be treated topically ( shampoo , cream ,
lotion , etc.) , or systemically ( pills or injectables ) in more severe cases . It is
very important to treat the environment and prevent further infection of other animals or
- The use of an antimycotic or antiseptic shampoo , or one
with mild keratolytic or antiseborreic action , can lead to a prompt healing of lesions ,
helping the natural process that ( in general ) does to require systemical medication .
- Either way , treatment should only be implemented by a
licensed veterinarian , for most of the products can be harmful if used without
prescription . Somes cases need the use of systemic antimycotis , which should be
prescribed by the practicioner .
- Ringworm is a skin disease that does not produce itch (
pruritus ) in the vast majority of cases . It may begin in some areas that contact
harnesses or axilar/groin areas , and can progress to the entire coat , giving it a
moth-eaten appearance .
- Dermatophytes ( fungi ) are infectious agents that resist
environmental conditions , and can be found on hair , skin , including those of apparently
sound animals , and also can be recovered from bedding , premises , soil , harnesses , and
those elements used in grooming ( specially if shared with other horses ) .
- Ringworm can pass to other animals and to humans .