What Is Rain Rot in Horses?

How do you treat rain rot on horses?

How Do I Treat Rain Rot? Horses are treated using topical antibacterial shampoos that contain chlorhexidine, povidine-iodine, or benzyl peroxide. The horse should be lathered up, the shampoo left to soak for 10 mintues and then rinsed. Any loose scabs should be gently removed.

Is rain rot on horses contagious to humans?

Because rain rot is contagious to humans and other animals, brushes, buckets and blankets that come in contact with an infected horse should be thoroughly cleaned after use and not shared with other horses. It’s also a good rule of thumb to keep an infected horse separated from other animals on the farm.

Can rain rot be cured?

Luckily for us horse owners, rain rot is easy to treat and cure. There are many products to treat rain rot, but most focus on the same concepts: Soften the crusts, remove them, and treat the underlying skin where the bacteria live. A topical antiseptic shampoo can clear up most acute and localized infections.

Is rain rot on horses a fungus?

Sometimes mistaken for ringworm or staph infection, rain rot is a bacterial infection rather than a fungal infection. The bacteria that causes rain rot is alive underneath the surface of the skin, which is why the scabs that appear on your horse can ooze.