Insect Bite Sensitivity in Horses

Neely Heidorn  |  5/30/2018 8:20:52 PM

Insect bite hypersensitivity — also called sweet itch, seasonal recurrent dermititis or Queensland itch — is a common ailment in horses during warmer weather. The culicoides midge (no-see-um gnat) bites the horse, causing an allergic reaction, inflammation, extremely itchy skin and hair loss along the chest, shoulders, face, mane, tail and midline of the abdomen. While there is no effective treatment, prevention and insect control are the best methods to manage this uncomfortable condition.

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