There has GOT to be some miracle cure for scratches that has a dramatic affect over night! Right? I've always had good luck with the basic betadine scrub, dry, desitin routine but our 5 month old filly has a case that is driving me batty! Two weeks, from the coronet up 1/2 way to the knee and hocks, TERRIBLE! Swollen, painful, pathetic. After the first few days of "my" routine and no luck I called the vet. Got a medicated shampoo and a lime sulfur dip (STINKY!). A few more days, minimal difference and very stinky pissed off filly. Got some strong antibiotic/anti-inflamitory from the vet, and swelling totally went down over night but the crusties are still holding tight. We are going on two weeks now and I'm just FINALLY starting to see some progress and I think the filly hates me now.
So what is that miracle cure I'm missing? There has got to be a better way to treat this then scrubbing a terribly painful and tender area and applying cream in vain. I'm not talking the normal case, where betadine/desitin would do some damage right away, I'm talking scratches from hell that seem to whittle down only by about one spec per day. I even added a pro-biotic to help her fight it from the inside, and an immune booster.
Anyway, I'm frustrated with treatment and despite gloves manage to spill the lime-sulfur on me regularly, leaving me slightly tinted yellow and with a faint allure of rotten eggs, the filly now runs at the sight of me. It's getting better, but I wanted it better two weeks ago!
keratex mud shield powder
I'm having great results using this stuff as a preventative. My OTTB gets scratches from looking at his water bucket. I dabbed the desitin mix described above on him to heal the scratches, now I puff this powder onto his ankles regularly, et voila, no scratches.