We are a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) approved equine hospital.
Sweet itch, also known as Culicoides Hypersensitivity, is a skin disease caused by an allergy to midge bites. It presents as pruritis or itching, usually of the mane and tail but can also occur on the underside of the abdomen.
Preventing or minimising bites is the most effective way to control symptoms. This needs forward planning and to be started early, i.e. before the midges start biting.
Recommendations for the management of sweet itch:-
Consult your vet early on in the year before the midges start biting in ernest and make sure it IS sweet-itch and not other causes of itchiness, such as pinworm, lice or another allergy.
For further information - A Guide for Sweet Itch in Horses from Global Herbs
Please contact BELL EQUINE on 01622 813700 if you have any questions about this condition and its treatment.