Seborrhea

Veterinary advice should be sought before applying any treatment or vaccine.

Seborrhea

Dandruff

Seborrhea is a chronic skin condition that causes excessive scaling and greasiness of the horses skin and coat. It occurs as three different presentations--dryness, excessive greasiness, or scaling and greasiness with local or diffuse inflammation of the horse's skin and haircoat.

Seborrhea is almost always a secondary result from a primary disease, it is rarely a primary disease. The most common primary diseases which cause seborrhea are systemic diseases (pemphigus foliaceus, equine sarcoidosis, liver disease, nutrition deficiencies, tumors, intestinal malabsorption, toxicosis or imbalances), ectoparasites, bacterial or fungal diseases, and immune-mediated skin conditions. Application of topical products and being stabled with heating can also cause seborrhea.

Symptoms

Distribution - neck and trunk
Scaling and crusting
Greasy or oily skin
Dry skin

Diagnosis

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Laboratory tests

Treatment


TreatmentDetails
Identify and treat the primary cause
Topical treatment with moisturizers containing benzoyl peroxide, coal tar, sulphur, and salicylic acid applied several times a week.
Antifungal treatment

Prognosis

Good

Scientific Research References

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