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I need a poultice or other technique to pull out infection from a healed cut

Discussion in 'Horse Health' started by lacy, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. tbtrainer

    tbtrainer Senior Member

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    I wanted to add that I saw you mentioned sweats... personally I would not add something like a sweat (they heat things up) to a leg that has an infection... but thats just me.

    I would also try cold hosing twice a day to help get things moving in the leg and reduce inflamation.
     
  2. GiddyUpScoot

    GiddyUpScoot Senior Member

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    I would scub the wound with a diluted betadine solution (mad in hot water), and try to get the scab off to allow for somewhere for the pus to drain. I would also try using a hot pack on it to help to draw it out rather than using a poltice or anything on an open wound. A good, fairly inexpensive way to make a hot pack that will really heat up and be flexible, is to take a plastic bag ad put some cotton in it. (Put on a pair of rubber gloves) pour some DMSO into the bag on the cotton, then add some water to the bag. The DMSO and water react exothermically, resulting in a good hot pack :D I would put a laye of wet cotton under the hot pack to help to draw it out. This is what I did for a cat of mine who had a huge abcess on his neck... I had to do this for a few days before the abcess realy drained (or should I say exploded... ewwwwwwww).
     
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  3. Debbie z.

    Debbie z. Senior Member

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    The best thing to use is a antibacterial dish soap, clean real good you can use Tricare antibiotic cream a gauze pad to prevent from sticking .Then wrap with cotton wrap and lastly standing wraps both legs. If you use a strong benedine or wound dust powder you'll kill the good tissue and if the vet needs to open drain and stitch it won't heal properly! Call vet ask first always ! The infection will spread to surrounding tissue .so good luck you'll be ok. It's a suggestion from experience and advised to me by a vet.A cats leg is nothing to compare to a horses leg and reactions are different to cleansing preps.
     
  4. RickB.

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    Since no one else has pointed this out, if indeed there is infection present, then the cut is not healed, merely sealed/scabbed over. As others have offered, you need to call your vet and get him updated. Because of the location, prompt action is absolutely essential.
     
  5. Super Step

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    Lynn,
    Could the "swelling" be fluid or possibly scar tissue?

    Wounds need to heal from the inside out. If indeed the skin has prematurely healed over then you now have a closed wound. It will probably need to be opened back up.

    If this was my horse and I was pretty sure there was infection, I would stick a hypodermic needle in there and see what came out. I might lidocain first, depending on how intrusive I thought I might be.
     
  6. paintedquarters

    paintedquarters Senior Member

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    Call your vet and get them out to look at it!
     
  7. lacy

    lacy Senior Member+

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    Thanks for the help everyone...

    Because I knew that the cut was not hurting her and she was in her new barn and it was agreed that she would meet the new horses yesterday, I decided to wait another day and see if I could scrub it up and find an open spot when I brought her in later in the day.

    Well, I cleaned it up really nice with Betadine wash and scrubbed till it was completely raw and bleeding a little to see if I could get to SOME sort of open spot. I figured that if it was in fact infected and I could find a spot to let it release, well, then it would release. I did see an indent from the cut, but it is healed over to much and has beautiful pink skin under the black scab.

    So, I put in a call to a few vets in the area and seeing who can come out. Like I said, I'm in a new area so I don't have a vet yet. No time like the present :) Hopefully I am just seeing things and its not infected.

    Tim- I could be wrong on the infection guess. I'm not completely sure. But, I do know that as it was closing up, it was still puss.ing really bad and I told the BO to keep the cut open and watch it because i knew I would not be back for about a week. If you grab the cut area, if feels like and you can see a small "mass" under the cut, below the skin. That I am thinking is scar tissue. But the entire area around the cut, maybe 8 inches completely up and down in front of the hock is swollen a bit. The swelling hasn't moved and seems very concentrated in that area. It has not gone down, up or moved sideways or any such way since Sunday when I brought her closer to home. ALSO- It was the same exact way the weekend before last when it was still open a bit and puss.ing.

    But, either way... hopefully the vet will be out today and he/she can tell me what they think.

    I hope that I am just overreacting and her leg doesn't need to be reopened. Then we can get back to training and get some work done. Show season has just started around here and I would like to be able to get into some Halter shows. I know that cut will look nasty, but at least Ill be getting her out there and exposing her.
     
  8. BuddyPalAmiga

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    Lacy,
    I took Sassie to the vet last week for what sounds like the same thing. She cut her leg on some barbed wire and although it seemed to be healing nicely outside, there was still swelling underneath. He cleaned off the outside (but didn't scrape off the scab) and then put a thin layer of Furazone and a thin layer of DMSO on, then a piece of plastic wrap over that and then vet wrapped it. He said the DMSO pushes the Furazone down into the tissues to draw out the gunk. I was supposed to change the dressing each day for 5 days. I couldn't believe the difference in it. All the swelling went out and it looks like the outside it healing better too. I noticed a bit of swelling in it yesterday though, so I think I am going to do another round of this stuff since it worked so well. If you use this stuff though, please make sure you use rubber gloves because you really should get this stuff on you! Great for horses, not for people:) Good luck with you girl, hope she heals quickly.
     
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    Depending on how much your horse scars, the area of the cut could heal cleanly and leave a bump/lump.

    I would have a vet come out and look at it.
     
  10. lacy

    lacy Senior Member+

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    Update:

    I just talked to 3 different vets. 2 potential new vets and the old one.

    All 3 said that it sounds like the cut is doing exactly what it is supposed to be doing.

    All 3 said that if there is just a bit of swelling and lightly hot and she is not showing any signs of lameness, then it is simply still healing. Which is exactly what is going on. They said that if there was any sort of infection in the leg that she would be lame or at least hurt when you touch it.

    So, I am much more at ease. The thing I was wondering about is that she was showing no signs what so ever of it hurting... I mean, I scraped on it with scissors last night and she didn't mind.

    Now, I wait and watch again.... but i was told by all 3 that they didn't really like Wonderdust too much because of the black crust top it puts on the cut. They recommended Panalog and said it was just triple antibiotic with steroids. I've heard of it and will have to try to find it tomorrow. Or see if Rite Aide has over the counter stuff with steroids in it...

    Thank you guys for all of your help. I really appreciate it. I have not ruled out getting the vet out, but I am going to see what happens.
     
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