|First Posted: Apr 26, 2011 |
Apr 26, 2011
Hives or Urticaria in Horsesby Debora Johnson
What are hives or urticaria? What do hives look like? What causes hives? How are hives treated? Can the cause of hives be determined? Are hives life-threatening to your horse? The following article may shed some light on hives or urticaria in horses, however, as always, contact your veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment.
Hives are swellings (edema) that can appear anywhere on a horse. Clear fluid leaks from capillary blood under the skin into the surrounding tissues. Most often they are seen on the neck, sides of the body, hip and upper area of the legs. They usually present as welts, wheals, rash or in the form of bumps. These eruptions can be scattered or in mass. They can also move around the body appearing one place and then moving on to another area.
Some Possible Causes of Hives
Urticaria is common in horses; however, there is no diagnostic test for it. Diagnosing hives is not difficult but figuring out what the offending agent or agents are can be a real challenge!
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Skin Problems in Horses