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  • Skin Condition & Listerine

    My girl has a weird skin thing going on on her shoulder, I was thinking it was rain rot but I'm not 100% sure, feels like little scabs and bumps, but they don't hurt her at all for me to pick and and they haven't reached the point where they are pussing or anything....Sooooo.. I had read a couple things on some horse forums about trying listerine, cheap thing to try I figure, so I went out and bought some last night, I bought the green stuff does it matter? I read a couple places where it said yellow but I didn't know if it would make that much of a difference?
    Also do I just spray it on straight or should I mix it with something?
    She also has some scurf on her back legs I've never been able to get rid of, would this possibly work for it as well?

  • #2
    it does matter. the green listerine has mint flavoring in it. amber listerine is what you need. we owned a thin skinned tb who developed a reaction to neoprene. our vet suggested listerine/h20 spray to clear up the rash.

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      #3
      Did they suggest a 50:50 mixture? And do you just spray it on and leave it?

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      • #4
        Other than making your horse smell and taste minty, it should work fine. It's got the same four essential oils in it that amber listerine has (eucalyptol, menthol, thymol, and some other one I can't remember the name of). It's the essential oils that are doing the job; Micro-Tek has tea tree oil in it, Shapley's MTG is little more than a sulfur suspension in cade/juniper oil, etc.

        Listerine does work on some cases of fungal nasties, so it's worth a shot. At worst you'll end up with a leftover bottle of mouthwash for yourself.
        Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/

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        • #5
          My horse had HORRIBLE rain rot ( From withers to entire hind-end), and I was told by the vet to do 50:50 of baby oil and brown Listerine. The scabs came right off after a day of soaking and it cleared it up right away. We also gave him a bath in betadine to clean the whole area. I did it for about a week everyday, as some scabs took more coercion, but it worked great!

          Good luck!
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          • #6
            You might also read the old thread on treating threadworms under the skin.
            PennyG

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            • #7
              Originally posted by cswoodlandfairy View Post
              My horse had HORRIBLE rain rot ( From withers to entire hind-end), and I was told by the vet to do 50:50 of baby oil and brown Listerine. The scabs came right off after a day of soaking and it cleared it up right away. We also gave him a bath in betadine to clean the whole area. I did it for about a week everyday, as some scabs took more coercion, but it worked great!

              Good luck!
              I would do a 50:50 mixture of brown Listerine and Influsium. I would also look into the tapeworm under the skin.
              You know, everybody thinks we found
              this broken-down horse and fixed him,
              but we didn't. He fixed us. Every one of us.

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              • #8
                You can also try Gold Bond Powder (or the generic version which is really cheap) if the Listerine doesn't work. It works well on rain rot and other skin issues.

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                • Original Poster

                  #9
                  I went and got the brown listerine just to be safe...I'm not to quick to think that it's worms because she is no a regular worming routine so shouldn't that take care of those?
                  I was looking at hives possibly too but they haven't really spread and what I've read about them it looks like they would spread quite a bit?

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                  • #10
                    it was a 50/50 mixture. my vet was very specific regarding the amber listerine.
                    as an aside, my daughter has eczema on her scalp which gets very bad at times. we have spent $$$ on creams and foams. my mom suggested using the amber listerine 100 proof, and the eczema, while not all the way gone, is better than it has ever been.

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                    • #11
                      If it's a round spot there's a change it could be ringworm. We rehabbed a mini that had one spot ringworm. We treated it with Gold Bond and it killed it off.

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                      • #12
                        listerine

                        I use listerine for rain rot etc. Works like a charm and so much cheaper than anything else on the market you can get. One bottle goes a long way.
                        Just make sure it's the amber (brown) listerine.
                        I just apply it (I use an old dish washing liquid bottle) and leave it on. You normally see results in a couple of days.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Pictob View Post
                          I'm not to quick to think that it's worms because she is no a regular worming routine so shouldn't that take care of those?
                          Nope. Neck Threadworms (Onchocerca cervicalis) do not live in the gut.... they take up residence in soft tissue, joints, ligaments.

                          http://www.wormingyourhorse.info/Neck_Threadworm.html

                          Pour yourself a nice drink, have a snack handy and start reading: http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=155469

                          Verrrrrry educational
                          <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post
                            Nope. Neck Threadworms (Onchocerca cervicalis) do not live in the gut.... they take up residence in soft tissue, joints, ligaments. Pour yourself a nice drink, have a snack handy and start reading: http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=155469

                            Verrrrrry educational
                            Educational yes, but in this particular case of a single isolated skin condition on a horse with no history of itching, it's probably a big leap to neck threadworms.

                            OP, start with the Listerine and/or Gold Bond. If that doesn't work, try a 1:10 solution of Nolvasan/chlorhexidine and water. And if that doesn't work, then by all means read the neck threadworm saga.
                            Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/

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                            • #15
                              Not meant as a conclusion...just as a "something to consider in the mix of things."

                              You stated it well for the OP.... try the topicals, etc. If it doesn't clear, then move on/up
                              <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                              • #16
                                Leftover Listerine can be used to clean water and feed buckets. I think I got that stable hint here on the COTH board and it is one of the best I've ever gotten! Works better than bleach and you don't have to worry about if you don't get it rinsed out completely.

                                I use a straight Listerine rinse on my head in summer as if I get sweaty and don't wash my hair soon afterwards I get really itchy. The smell pretty much goes away after the hair dries.

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                                  #17
                                  Thanks for the help guys! I used the listerine last night and will use it again tomorrow and Sunday, crossing my fingers it works! I'll post in a couple days and let you know if I its gone or something else

                                  And by all means if the topical stuff doesn't work I will read the thread on threadworms. I'm a HUGE worry wart, that horse owner that freaks out cause her horse coughs haha So I will try to take it in slow steps work from the least worst and up haha At this point it hasn't spread in over a week so I think I should be okay!
                                  Thanks again!!

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                                  • #18
                                    Since I get betadine free from work (in the OR, we toss the non-sealed betadine), I mix it 50/50 with generic amber listerine. I put it in a spray bottle and apply liberally. I guess after reading this, I could cut it with water. It would go further and do as well.

                                    I swear by listerine and betadine for skin issues. It looks ugly on light colored horses....LOL!
                                    Life is too short to argue with a mare! Just don't engage! It is much easier that way!

                                    Have fun, be safe, and let the mare think it is her idea!

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