How To Treat Rain Rot In Horses With Banixx
What is Rain Rot? How to Get Rid of & Treat Rain Rot in Horses?
Rain Rot, also known as Rain Scald is a common skin disease/infection in horses caused by Dermatophilus congolensis (bacteria). Although it’s one of the more common horse skin infections, it’s not as serious as it looks but it takes a little while to resolve because new hair grows in slowly. Banixx, used as a painless rain rot treatment, provides a simple, swift and cost-effective answer to this pesky problem.
What is Rain Rot/Rain Scald?
Rain rot in horses, 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, and as shown in our case study below, the hair completely falls out in affected areas. Rain rot is more common in the spring and summer when the rains 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 creates a warm, moist environment and is another perfect setting for the Dermatophilus spp bacteria to grow.
In these photos, you see Jazz with rain rot on January 26th, 2016 (above/left) and then Jazz on March 29,2016 … after using Banixx to resolve the rain rot. What a difference!
The most common symptom of rain rot on horses is hair loss along with a rough, scabby looking skin. The hair will appear to rise up as little tufts as opposed to the sleek, smooth look of a typical horse, and it will fall out if lightly rubbed or brushed. A mild case will leave a smooth, hairless skin area, but more severe cases will leave small scabs or even open sores. These open sores or small scabs can easily become infected and lead to greater problems.
“We noticed a large patch of fur missing from one of our mini donkeys and as we examined further we noticed lots more patches were starting underneath…the result of a very wet winter here in central VA, aka “rain rot”. We started using diluted betadine as the Vet recommended, but our pet sitter who is very equine savvy suggested Banixx.. This product is an absolute miracle! The betadine was drying to tissue, but this product noticeably helped by the 2nd treatment. It soothed the scabbing and helped us ease the fur off from of the affected spots. We are rounding home with treatment and ready for healthy re-growth of her fur now! Thank you Banixx and Chewy.com!”Danijay, Chewy Customer
“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” (white socks) and bald-faced animals.”Pam Kister, via Facebook
“A horse owners must have for rain rot!!! This stuff works great on all animals with skin issues. Was purchased for a rain rot issue a neglected mare I recently adopted. The vet was impressed with how well it worked.”WhiskerTickledRats, Chewy Customer
How to Get Rid of or Treat Rain Rot
To treat rain rot on horses (also known as rain scald), spray Banixx liberally against the direction of the hair. Do not remove the scabs; Banixx assists your horse in debriding these scabs painlessly and naturally with its unique pH solution. In order to get the full benefit of your Banixx application, make sure that you saturate the entire rain rot area and it’s a good idea to spray a little beyond the edges of the affected area in order to really contain the infection. As you spray, gently pat Banixx into your horse’s rain rot affected skin to ensure good saturation. With consistent use of Banixx (2-3 times daily) as a rain rot treatment for your horse, you should begin to see results in 2-4 days. However, new hair growth is difficult to see in the early days since it has a gossamer type quality, so the process takes patience, but as our rain rot pictures show, you will be well rewarded.
If the rain rot scabs are particularly hard or thick, begin rain rot treatment with the Banixx Medicated Shampoo with Marine Collagen to soften them and prepare the surface for regular Banixx spray. Simply wet the entire affected area well and apply Banixx medicated Shampoo. Allow the shampoo to sit on the affected skin for 15- 20 minutes. Hose off gently, blot with a towel and apply Banixx spray. Really stubborn cases may require several of these treatments but since our medicated shampoo contains zero detergent (aka soap) it will not have the harsh, drying effect of most medicated shampoos. Banixx medicated Shampoo also contains the nourishing, regenerative Marine Collagen benefit that is applauded by veterinarians.
Note: Rain Rot is often confused with Dew Poisoning. Rain Rot is a bacterial skin infection whereas Dew Poisoning is predominantly a fungal infection that generally affects the lower limbs. However, since Banixx is both a potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal solution, it can be used in both situations with distinct success.
“Banixx cured the problem so fast. I could tell big difference within a couple days. Within 2 weeks, TOTALLY cured, full coat of hair ! Couldn’t even tell anything ever happened. Simply amazing. Thank you so much!”Wade Fulbright , Banixx Customer
“Banixx is my go-to product for any kind of equine skin infection or crud. At the first sign of any rain rot, after a long winter of my horses wearing blankets, I apply Banixx so that it never becomes a full-blown case of rain rot. What I love is the fact that it has no scent to frighten my horses nor does it have any sting, and, it’s so affordable!”Rhonda Charles, 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.
Customers 5-star Comments Saying Banixx is the Best Treatment for Rain Rot
“Banished rainrot – We had a pony who had developed hives, which ended up contributing to the worst case of rainrot ever! This product cleared up the rainrot in a matter of days. Additionally we had 2 horses with thrush. Our farrier loved this product. It also cleared up thrush amazingly quickly”By Lazyfilly (Smartpaq Customer)
“Worked great both times. Used this for a mild case of rain rot, then a bit later when one of my girls got into some barbed wire. Worked great both times”By A.S (Amazon Customer)
“No more rain rot!!! My OTTB has lymphangitis and each case of mud fever and rain rot could get into her bloodstream causing her to become very ill. This one product has single handedly saved her!!! A case I was fighting for weeks was gone in three days. Thank you!!!!!!”By Chauntelle (Smartpaq Customer)
“Two horses had rain-rot. Nothing we had tried worked. Bannix is the most effective. Highly recommended.”By M. E. Dunn (Amazon Customer)