Aardora helps speed healing in three ways. First, Aardora's unique moisturizers soothe itch, irritation, redness and swelling to deter the over-scratching of tender equine boils. Second, Aardora serves as an antimicrobial dressing in order to protect your horse's raw, crusty bumps from harmful germs (bacteria and fungus). Lastly, Aardora’s Active Earth Elements™ draw toxins and allergens away from your horse's skin while providing essential mineral nutrients. Guaranteed results with no reported side effects.
About Equine Boils, Causes & Symptoms:
Unfortunately, painful equine boils are quite common. These pus-filled boils, or "furuncles", are deep localized skin infections. At first, a boil will appear as a tender growth, much like a small blister. Over a few days, the boil will get filled with pus. Pus is a thick fluid produced by the body as it fights the bacterial infection. While these dead white skin cells are attacking the bacteria, they create a hardened lump on the skin. Treatment of the infection will aid in the mission of the pus, which will reduce the skin’s need to swell and create pressure. Consequently, the boil will drain and your horse’s surface discomfort will be eased.
Boils and furuncles have a range of causes, including common bacterial infections, nutritional deficiency or recent exposure to a toxic substance. Additional causes may include insect-bite-reactions, an imbalanced immune system (a byproduct of stress or other health problems), poor hygiene and/or poor nutrition.
How to Treat a Boil:
If you suspect that your horse has a skin boil, this diagnosis can easily be confirmed by a veterinary professional. It is important to treat a boil proactively; they can be extremely painful for your horse and, if left unattended, can even cause temporary lameness in some horses.
Always clean your hands thoroughly before handling your horse’s boil. If possible, clear the surrounding skin by clipping away hair with a set of grooming clippers or a small pair of first aid scissors. This will give you greater access, and give dirt less places to hide as the boil heals.
Once the area is clipped, take a clean gauze or towel and soak it in an antibacterial solution, such as saline solution (contact lens solution) or hydrogen peroxide. Or, wet the towel and rub it with a gentle soap, then gently clean the area.
Gently pat the area dry with a towel. Use a topical (surface) skin protectant, such as Aardora, to guard the skin against bacterial infection and keep the affected area clean. Aardora will also relieve your horse’s inflammation and redness, minimize uncomfortable skin-surface pressure, and encourage the boil to drain. Afterward, cover the area with gauze and secure with tape, being mindful not to wrap the bandage too tightly and cut off circulation to the affected area.
In the following days, check the boil every 12 hours. Gently remove any scabs or crusts skin that have formed, clean the area with soap and water, apply Aardora ointment and apply a fresh, clean bandage. If you come in contact with draining pus, just wash your hands; this bacteria is only infectious to humans if it is exposed to an open wound on the owner’s skin.
Trying to Prevent Boils:
Although there is no fail-safe way to prevent your horse from developing a boil or bacteria infection, you can discourage future skin irregularities by maintaining a high-quality equine diet regimen and using non-irritating grooming products. Keep in mind that a horse can develop dry, dull or itchy skin in reaction to a malnourished diet, over-bathing, under-brushing or to a chemical-filled shampoo. In general, you can help reserve your horse’s natural skin moisture by not over-bathing or over-using soap; hosing down especially dirty areas is sufficient in most cases to keep their coat clean in between monthly or bi-monthly washings. It is also good to allow your horse's skin to breathe, so try not to leave sheets and blankets on their coats for long periods of time (more than a day).
Finally, keep stalls clean and dry so that bacteria, fungus and parasites don't have a place to breed. And, keep fields clean from irritating brush, stinging nettles, etc. that can leave a horse's skin raw and open to infection.