Is there a topical anti-itch horse cream?

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  1. secuono

    secuono Senior Member

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    Does any company make a horse-safe topical solution to soothe or stop itching?
    And if so, any of those safe for stitched wounds?
    Thanks.
     
  2. XxLiveToRidexX

    XxLiveToRidexX Senior Member

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    You can use hydrocortisone cream. I do it all the time.
     
  3. slc

    slc Senior Member

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    Not recommended on wounds.
     
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  4. secuono

    secuono Senior Member

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    Why not?
     
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    Baboo Senior Member

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    Steroid creams have been known to retard healing of wounds and can increase the risk of infection in some cases, so it is often not recommended for an open wound. I would ask my vet.
     
  6. BluemoonOKy

    BluemoonOKy Senior Member

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    don't go around putting steroidal creams on open or stitched wounds.
    @secuono where is the horse injured that he is stitched? So, the itching is from healing ? I'd use woundade, biological salts and sugars which help tissue to heal.
     
  7. slc

    slc Senior Member

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    Interferes with healing.

    Especially with eye drops and salves one has to very carefully read and look up the ingredients. A horse (or a human) can have its eye completely destroyed by rampant infection if steroid drops or salves are used.

    Much of the healing process comes under the heading of what we call 'inflammation' and believe is 'bad'. Steroids can suppress that process. You suppress that process, in a great many cases, you interfere with healing. Products that lessen inflammation are very much a double edged sword.

    It's extremely important to know what one is dealing with before one applies any sort of salve or cream. Steroids are only logical with an allergic reaction, sometimes not even with them(horses often rub and scratch with allergies, breaking the skin open).

    Salves or creams can themselves interfere with healing simply by their presence blocking the free flow of air, too. And in burns (heat, chemical and otherwise) especially, since the salve would absolutely have to be removed, every bit of it scrubbed out, resulting in great pain to the animal AND irritating already damaged tissues, it's doubly important to consult a vet and know how what the wound is, before slathering some glop on it.
     
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  8. slc

    slc Senior Member

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    Not a good idea.
     
  9. manesntails

    manesntails Senior Member

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    Put vaseline on it to lubricate it. They want to rub it because it's dry, which then makes it feel tight and itchy.
     
  10. Kristal H

    Kristal H Senior Member

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    Look into Equiderma Lotion.
     

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