sweet itch

There’s Nothing Sweet About Sweet Itch

Sweet itch is a chronic skin condition also called by the names Culicoides hypersensitivity, summer dermatitis or seasonal equine dermatitis. Triggered by the saliva of biting midges or gnats, also called “no-see-ums,” only some horses have a heightened response to the bite, reports The Horse. Culicoides typically live near water and feed in the evenings; […]

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Researchers Testing Vaccine To Relieve Equine Skin Allergies

A team of researchers from Swiss, English, and Latvian universities believe they may have developed a vaccine to relieve “sweet itch” — the allergic skin reaction some horses experience in response to bug bites. Sweet itch is characterized by swelling, flakiness, or even open wounds in reaction to the allergen deposited by flying, biting insects. […]

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