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Mud Fever in Horses' Backs - Persistent Condition Resolved Quickly - Stories of Two Different Horses

Updated: Jun 26

Mud Fever in Horses' Backs - Persistent Condition Resolved Quickly - Stories of Two Different Horses (

Mud fever, also known as dermatophilus congolensis, is a bacterial skin disease occurring in horses (and other animals), where scabs appear on the back, neck, or sometimes on the legs. Pus-filled scabs form when bacterial growth, thriving in moist conditions, penetrates the skin due to a wound or skin lesion, causing inflammation.

Both Minna Moilanen and Nyyti Timonen's horses had long-standing mud fever on their backs. Both horses had been treated with various shampoos and other methods for mud fever for a long time (even several months in Timonen's case), but the scabs had not disappeared. Both horses were treated with the Led Future WCD wound care device, and the results were extremely positive.

Here, Minna describes in her own words in a Facebook post about using the device:

"One of my horses has had mud fever along his back and withers for a long time. Over the past 30 years, I've encountered a few similar cases. It seems like everyone has had the same issue—no washes help, it's not a contagious fungus, we've tried everything without results. Blanketing in winter clearly exacerbates the situation. When you scratch off the scabs, you're left with a clear wound, and a new scab forms a couple of days later. Some horses have very painful scabs, while others don't, but everyone's condition improved and disappeared on its own when summer came. The tricky part with mud fever is that it covers a large area on the back, making it difficult to treat with ointments; you have to use a lot of products, and afterwards, all blankets and such are covered in grease and various concoctions.

Luckily, I got to try out this new wound care device. I treated this mud fever for about a week, twice a day, and the results are astonishing! The scabs came off within just a few days, and best of all, they didn't come back! The first treatment that really brought relief!

During this treatment period, one of our horses escaped into another paddock and, as luck would have it, kicked a mate with a hock shoe. So I got to treat this wound promptly with this device, and the difference in three days was amazing!

I highly recommend it; you can check out what it is and how it works here; The device was very easy to use, convenient, and quick, even on such large areas. The price is reasonably high, but it's also available for rent. Here are pictures of my own horses before and after treatment. It was difficult to photograph the scabs because I didn't want to clip the horse, but you might get a clear picture from the video in the comments." - Minna Moilanen

Below you can see the circled pictures of the kuraruve under the hair cover before the treatment.

Kurarupi hevosen selässä, desinfiointi UVC-laitteella

Video before the treatment, where wet and loose hairs from scabies stick to the comb.

Video after use, where the scabs have gone away and the skin has improved.

Below are a couple of pictures of the healing of the colt's wound. Pictured is a 3-day treatment.

Nyyti Timonen's horse had mud fever in an even worse condition and over a larger area. The device was used twice a day, and the results were excellent. In Nyyti's own words, "The device is awesome," "Two days, and the scabs started coming off, I can't believe it."

At the time of writing the blog, in both horses the ringworm had not come back, but the treatment had also helped to keep the ringworm away for longer. The effectiveness of the WCD wound care device is based on the use of short-wavelength UV light (UVC) to disinfect the skin infection area from external pathogens. UVC radiation does not leave sticky layers on the skin like soap, and the treatment is painless and safe for the animal (read our previous blog post about UVC research here). The picture below shows how to use the device. The device is held in place in the air about 3 cm away from the animal's skin. One treatment takes 10 seconds, during which an area of ​​about 3cm*13cm can be disinfected. After this, the device is moved to the side and the new area is processed for 10s, keeping the device in place.

UVC-desinfiointilaitteella hevosen selässä olevan kuraruven hoito
Scabies on a horse UVC disinfection device

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