Mud fever, also known as scratches or pastern dermatitis is easily visible, especially on bright feet and in wet weather, almost all horse owners know the scabrous wounds in the fetlock, which often stubbornly resist all treatments and often lead to thick legs. If it was previously assumed that hygienic deficiencies in wet boxes and on muddy soils are more important, systemic factors such as an excess of protein, starch and sugar and mineral deficiencies also play a role. Common infections with mites or fungi are often found, which can even require antibiotics in severe cases. The use of zinc sutures and the disinfection with Betaisodona products have proven to be successful, while keeping the affected areas clean and dry and, if necessary, even applying a dressing to make secondary infection more difficult. An interesting addition to the Mud fever treatment is Cold Plasma, which not only reduces the germs, but also helps to regenerate the irritated skin by improving the microcirculation.
Daily healing of mud fever over 4 days: