SWEET ITCH lotions & potions

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Carr Day and Martin Kill Itch 500ml Licensed and proven to prevent and treat sweet itch in h...

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SOOTH-ITCH Maximum strength topical crea...

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SWEET ITCH  LOTIONS AND POTIONS

 

Sweet itch is an allergic reaction of horses to the saliva of the culicoides midge. It can affect all breeds of horses, but is more commonly seen in

cob types than in thoroughbreds.

Normally, when bitten by a midge, the horse’s immune system recognises a foreign protein and reacts to eliminate the substance. In horses which

suffer from sweet itch, the immune system overreacts in the same way hay fever sufferers overreact to pollens. This is known as a type one hyper

sensitivity reaction and results in the release of histamine and other similar substances.

Histamine exerts its effects at the site of the bite by causing intense itching and swelling. In turn, this itching causes the horse to rub and scratch, which will often lead to the horse damaging the overlying skin, allowing infection in

 

Kill itch, itch free, zitch and many more to help your horse