Scald or 'Rain Rot' - Symptoms and how to treat a horse with homeopathic
remedies and homeopathy
Hypericum can be used to treat
Rain Scald, sometimes commonly called 'Rain
Rot', is another equine skin problem which can benefit
by treatment with Homeopathy
Rain scald tends to occur on a horse or pony over the winter
months when the weather is very wet .
fever, rain scald is a common problem in winter for horses.
It is sometimes referred to as equine dermatophilosis,
a name derived from the main type of bacteria that cause rain
scald on horses and ponies.
Occasionally different types of bacteria such
as Staphylococci can also play a part in causing
Rain Rot on a horse.
The signs and symptoms of rain scald on a horse
or pony are easy to spot - the coat and skin
look as though the skin has been scalded with droplets of water.
The hairs of the coat are clumped together so
that the tufts sometimes appear a little bit like paint brushes
This rain scald effect is caused by the horse's
skin exuding a sticky secretion which sticks
the hairs of the horse's coat together.
Eventually scabs form which are usually small,
but can be up to 2cm in diameter or sometimes even bigger.
Although not itchy the scabby areas of rain scald are painful
If the scabs are removed the area underneath will be sore and
may bleed a little.
There are several homeopathic remedies for rain
scald that are worth trying on a horse with rain scald or rain
- Dulcamara 30c
- A good general homeopathic remedy for rain scald
- Graphites 30c
- The use of Graphites is indicated where the skin lesions of
the rain scald are very sticky or weeping.
- Mezerium 30c
- Mezerium benefits conditions where there are thick scabs.
- Rhus Tox 6c
- Rhus tox is of greatest benefit where the horse's skin is
- Give hypericum, also known as St John's Wort, 1 to 3 times
a day for 3 to 4 days until the symptoms start to abate.
- Recommended for treating mares and fillies with rain scald
Calendula and Thuja are also
A tincture of Calendula sprayed on the sore areas can be very