Sweet itch
Aug06

Sweet itch

by Peter Fenton BVM&S, MRCVS Sweet itch is a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to insect bites, mainly midges (culicoides) and results from an over vigorous response by the animal’s immune system. In the process of repelling invading insect saliva the horse attacks some of its own skin cells ‘by mistake’ and the resulting cell damage causes the symptoms described as Sweet Itch. For most horse owners the most...

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