Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a Dermatophyte Fungus ( not by a worm ). There are many different types of fungus that can cause Ringworm the main ones are the Trichophyton and Microsporum species. Despite the name, Ringworm patches are not always ring shaped they can be any shape. .
The first signs usually start with slightly raised areas from which the hair is lost, this leaves the skin looking raw, sore and sometimes itchy. It then develops into grey flaking areas. if left untreated the condition can become extensive
Ringworm is highly contagious and can spread rapidly, it can infect not only equines but other animals including humans. The fungi spores can remain on woodwork, stables fencing, etc for long periods, they are resistant to various weather conditions.
Affected animals should be isolated as soon as possible to help limit contamination to other animals and the environment.
The most common treatment is by washing the affected areas with a specific anti-fungal solution. All stable areas that have been in contact should be cleaned and treated as should all tack, grooming kits, rugs and clothes.-
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