Aardora helps speed abscess healing in three ways. First, as a powerful, all-natural antimicrobial dressing, it protects your horse's damaged skin from harmful germs (bacteria and fungus). Second, Aardora's superior moisturizers quickly soothe itching, irritation, redness and swelling to deter over-scratching during the healing process. Lastly, Aardora’s Active Earth Elements™ draw toxins and allergens away from the skin while providing essential mineral nutrients. Guaranteed results with no reported side effects.
About Abscesses, Symptoms & Causes:
An abscess is simply a collection of pus encapsulated in the tissues underneath the skin. (Pus is a thick fluid produced by the body as it fights the bacterial infection.) An abscess may first appear as a painful firm swelling under the skin that is hot or cold to the touch. In later stages, the localized swelling often becomes softer and less painful, and it may form a point. This usually happens right before the abscess is getting ready to burst and drain.
If the abscess becomes infected, most horses will exhibit an elevated temperature, disinterest in food, and lethargy. The cause of most skin abscesses is usually a closed-over puncture wound where foreign matter, such as dirt or a splinter, has penetrated the skin. Abscesses under the jaw are often caused by an internal infection or disease such as "strangles".
Caring for Your Horse's Abscess:
Always clean your hands thoroughly before handling your horse’s abscess. 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 abscess 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, and moisturize any crusty skin. Afterward, cover the area with a 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 abscess 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.
During the Healing Process...
Throughout the healing process, try to maintain your horse’s overall health by obeying a consistent 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. 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.
While you may assume that it is best to limit your horse’s activity during the healing period, it is actually helpful for him or her to exercise daily; this keeps their skin and limbs from becoming stiff. Movement will also encourage blood flow and help deter unnecessary swelling or pressure.