oa SA Horseman - What makes 'em itch?

Volume 2, Issue 2
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An itchy horse is not only frustrating for the horse itself, but also for its owner, and the attending veterinarian. This article briefly covers the possible causes of equine pruritis (an itchy horse). An itchy horse can be caused by two category possibilities: immune-mediated (allergic reaction) causes and parasitic causes. An immune-mediated cause of itchiness is as a result of the body's over-reaction to the stimulus, an example of this in humans would be a very itchy mosquito bite - we scratch for days after being bitten, not because of the physical biting or sucking action of the mozzie, but because of our body's over-reaction to the mosquito's saliva.

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