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Sarcoid above eye? Help! -- UPDATE!!

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  • Sarcoid above eye? Help! -- UPDATE!!

    I had my filly at the vet yesterday for shots and he noticed this spot above her eye. He said it looks like a sarcoid. I just thought she had rubbed it on a tree in the pasture, but he said it definitely looks like a sarcoid. I've been doing searches on past posts and noticed a few of you have had horses with sarcoids above the eye. Here is a picture. Is this what yours looked like?


    He also told me there is the slightest possibility that it could be ringworm and that I could wash it every day for a week with Banamine scrub and see if that helps. He said that if that doesn't help that we could bring her back and get it biopsied. After reading the posts here, it looks like if I mess with it and it is a sarcoid, it could make it worse. So I'm afraid to do anything right now.

    Please tell me what treatments you tried to get rid of a sarcoid above the eye and what worked and what didn't. As I said, I've searched this forum but there seem to be many kinds of sarcoids and in many locations on the horse. I'm specifically interested in ones near the eye and the best way to treat them.

    Last edited by ilikridn; Dec. 8, 2008, 10:43 AM. Reason: update

  • #2
    We had two with sarcoids that were treated by the vet (surgical and cryo) but came back. They disappeared completely on both horses (and these were a couple of years apart) when we put them on a Hilton Herbs mix. (I can't remember which one--Ditton, maybe? They've changed the names of some of the mixes, but you can email them and ask what to use for sarcoids. helpline@hiltonherbs.com)


    • #3
      My horse had one- about your size, but really lumpy- at the corner of his eye, when I bought him. I treated it with Xxterra, very cautiously, and it's been gone for 5 years now.

      2 years after treatment:


      • #4
        My mare had something that looked like that on her midline this spring. It went away when I double dosed her with ivermectin. Definitely something to try.


        • #5
          My mare had a sarcoid near the eye (on the outer membrane)...I wasn't thrilled about doing cryo, wasn't thrilled about other options...

          My vet found a new med that they've been using and it worked great!

          It's called fluorouracil and it's been used for human skin cancer for awhile.

          Mine is a 5% in Aquaphor
          A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

          Might be a reason, never an excuse...


          • #6
            um ask the vet and check its not a mineral deficency as they do that like copper or zinc
            in which case its an easy cure


            • #7
              Our mare developed a Bump in her ear late this spring.I had the vet look at it and he said to wait until fly season was over and have it removed.It remained about same size until June and then quadruppled in size in just a few short weeks.It was big and red and ooozzing, so I decided we could not wait any longer to have it removed.Horse is a show horse and this was the height of show season.Had it surgically removed by the vet and Biopsied.He said it may grow back.Biopsy reveled it WAS indeed a sacoid. And it has INDEED returned to grow back.I did as you and hit the internet to find more info. Several old timers swear by CREST TOOTPASTE! I have been applying Crest 1-2x's a day for about 2 weeks now, and yes it is drying up and receeding in size. It is a long slow process and the vet feels like it may not get the entire thing, but because it is on the inside of her ear and that's about 100% cartiledge we are limited on other options of treatment due to damaging the cartlidge.If your horses sarcoid is still small it may work well, and it may not be as Toxic as some of the other alternative treatments.Want to use care around the eye area.Also,FYI- the info I found also said that sarcoids could be due to a virus and that clippers/brushes,etc,etc could transfer it to other animals, don't know if that is entirely true or not, but fairly easy to remedy...


              • #8
                Please speak to your veterinarian about using Cisplatinum impregnated beads. They are very easy to implant under the sarcoid. Since the eye area is extremely sensitive, I do not recomend using anything causitic such as xx-terrra(sp).


                • #9
                  My friend bought a horse with a huge (2 " in diameter) sarcoid on his neck. The previous owners said they tried everything and nothing worked. Our vet said make a mixture of plain Crest toothpaste and betadine and apply it twice a day. In 2 months, it was completely gone and has not returned. When my gelding started a small sarcoid on his leg, I immediatley started with this mixture and it was gone within 3 weeks.

                  I will say this....I have stopped using Crest and use an all natural toothpaste...Can't imagine what's in the stuff but I don't think I want it in my mouth!!!


                  • #10
                    Xxterra. One of my mares had a 1/2 dollar sized sarcoid on her face and it came off in 3 days and never came back. Her hair grew back too. I've heard it doesn't work for everyone, but I had great results with it.
                    You are what you dare.


                    • Original Poster

                      Thank you everyone for all of the input. I was shocked to read some of the things I've read on the internet. Although she is just a yearling now, she is bred to be a hunter show horse and to have some ugly thing on her eye would obviously not be a good thing... especially if it gets bigger and/or spreads.

                      My vet had said we might try freezing it off but said that would cause the hair above her eye to turn white. He joked we could freeze above the other eye to match. lol Anyhow, freezing and/or removal don't sound appealing to me. It sounds like they too often return with those treatments.

                      I think I might try the Crest toothpaste first. Can't hurt, right? My vet told me to try the Betadyne scrub... should I mix that with the Crest, or just use the Crest alone???

                      If that doesn't work, I'll try the fluorouracil. Or XXterra... I'll ask my vet what he recommends.

                      Thanks again for all of your help!!


                      • #12
                        I also took one off above the eye with Xxterra. The vet said to be super careful not to get it into her eye ,as it would be terribly painful. So I was careful ,and after about 10 days (five days xxterra) the thing had scabbed over ,and the scab dropped off ,and it healed with no problem. That was this spring. So far ,so good.


                        • #13
                          I got a small tupperware container and mixed the crest with the betadine and then used Q-tips to apply it with. I would make up about a week at a time and made the mixture so that it was spreadable, but not runny. It sort of comes out a yellowish color. Good Luck!


                          • Original Poster

                            Thanks Bosspaige... I'll try that. So I apply it and leave it on, don't let it sit and then wash it off after 15 minutes? Twice a day?

                            I'll start first thing tomorrow! I'll let you know if it works.


                            • #15

                              The vet prescribed this for my horse with a sarcoid on his ear. It was about an inch across by the time I had her look at it. It took two treatment cycles to compelety go away, and it has not recurred. After it scabbed up and the scab dropped off from the first 4-day treatment, the sarcoid was still there but smaller. So the next treatment eradicated it. The horse does have a scar on his ear, but it is much smaller than the sarcoid was.

                              Had another horse with sarcoids in his cheek and in front of his ear. Both went away with some kind of injection. This was 20 years ago. It would have been much easier to treat them wit XXtera, but I don't know if it was availbable at the time. The horse did NOT like the injections.
                              "Passion without knowledge is a runaway horse."


                              • #16
                                Yikes, be careful using Crest above the eye like that. Don't leave her unattended (in case she rubs or shakes her head). That stuff burns like mad if you get it in your eye.


                                • #17
                                  I put it on twice a day and left it...But given the location, I am not sure. It dries up fairly quickly if you only put a thin layer on so it might be okay. Just wouldn't want it (or any of the recommended things) to drip down into her eye. Both my horse and my neighbors (whose sarcoid was HUGE) didn't end up with any scar and you can't tell where either of them had the sarcoid.


                                  • #18
                                    I have a horse that had a sarcoid above his eye. We initially treated it with XXterra. This damaged some of the healthy skin and the sarcoid always grew back. We then were aggressive with cryosurgery (freezing). This successfully removed the sarcoid to date (7 years - knocking on wood), but damaged more healthy skin with scarring and white hairs (on a black horse). A University teaching school/clinic was going to try injections if the cryosurgery didn't work.

                                    Be very careful if you try Xxterra or cryosurgery above the eye. I used Vaseline below the area to keep seeping from the wound area from damaging the eye/eyelid.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      What is amazing is how many different treatments there are and how varied the results are. We live near Texas A&M, only about an hour away. That's where my vet wants me to take her if the Betadyne scrub doesn't help. (the scrub was what he wanted me to try just in case it's ringworm.)

                                      Ugh... these horses always keep us hopping, don't they?!!


                                      • Original Poster


                                        Just thought I'd update.

                                        The thing above her eye, sarcoid or not, is completely gone!

                                        I washed it with Betadyne scrub and then followed with an application of Crest Toothpaste for about a week. After that, I only put the Crest Toothpaste on it. After the first couple of weeks I only applied the toothpaste about every 3 or 4 days. I would first wipe off the old dried toothpaste residue with a wet washcloth, then reapply.

                                        Thanks to everyone who gave advice. And hopefully this will help someone else facing the same problem.