Banixx is the product of choice for rain rot treatment (also called rain scald). The Horse Journal even commented that "inflamed areas quiet down quickly probably as a result of the good anti-microbial effect and non-irritating nature" of Banixx™ (Horse Journal, Dec 2009).
To treat rain rot (also called rain scald) in horses, spray Banixx™ liberally against the direction of the hair. In order to get the full benefit of Banixx™, make sure you saturate the entire rain rot area, and DO NOT pick off the scabs. With consistent use (2-3 times daily) as a rain rot treatment for horses, you should begin to see results in 2-4 days.
What is rain rot/rain scald?
Horse rain rot, or rain scald, is caused by the bacteria Dermatophilus spp. During periods of humid weather, these bacteria can multiply to the point that they irritate the hair follicles and skin of afflicted horses. The first telltale sign of rain rot in horses is scabby skin along the run-off pattern of water over the horse’s back and rump. Rain rot is more common in the spring and summer when rains and warmer temperatures provide a fertile environment for bacteria to grow and multiply. However, it can also crop up during the winter months when fluctuations in temperature cause horses to sweat under their blankets. This warm, moist environment is another perfect setting for the Dermatophilus spp bacteria to grow.
The most common symptom of rain rot is hair loss. The hair will first rise up in little tufts and fall out if rubbed or brushed. A mild case will leave a smooth, hairless skin area, but more severe cases will leave small scabs or open sores. Though rain rot looks similar to mange in dogs, it cannot be treated in the same way. Learn more about horse rain rot and rain rot treatment in this article by Equus Magazine.
"Banixx is a wonderful product. I have a horse in my barn that gets scratches and rain rot every year from all the fungus here in PA. This year she had none! We used Banixx as part of her normal grooming routine and she was free of the normal yearly problems. I've recommended Banixx to all my clients especially those with "high white" and bald faced animals." - Pam Kister, via Facebook
In addition to treating your horse or pet’s skin infections, it’s always a good idea to learn what to do to avoid a recurrence of that particular skin infection. To learn more about common skin conditions in horses (and how to avoid them), click here.
NOTE: The symptoms of Cushing’s disease can often mirror certain skin conditions. If you suspect your horse has Cushing's disease, contact your veterinarian. While Cushing's disease has been recognized for more than 70 years, only recently are there improved diagnostic and treatment options. A horse with Cushing's disease can live longer and enjoy a better quality of life. Learn more about Cushing's disease.