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Bumps All Over Body?

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Ok, so I have a 21 y.o. Arabian. He always seems to have something weird going on and this time its his skin. He has little bumps all over his neck, belly, and chest. It's starting to spread to his back, legs, and butt. I don't know what they are and none of the other horses have them! It almost looks like 1,000 bug bites in one tiny area, but theres so many I'm not sure if that would be the problem. Plus, we don't really have a problem with flies, though we do have those evil deer flies.

Anyways, any suggestions as to what they may be? Should I be doing something about it?

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Yea, its possible that he might have. But wouldn't the bites dissapear after a while? Were going on three weeks with the bumps. I had originally thought they were bites so I din't worry about them. But three weeks?!?

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I highly doubt it. I didn't see anything about it going on 3 weeks.

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It could be hives. It sounds like he is eating or rolling in something that he is allergic to. One of our horses has bouts with hives every summer, but they don't last so long as your horse's have. He may be continuing to react if he keeps getting exposed to the particular substance that is causing the reaction.

I would talk to a vet and get him or her to look at the horse. He or she can give you medication to help your horse with the problem.

It would be nice if you could identify what he is allergic to, but I know how difficult that can be!

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My mare has these too. My vet said they are just bug bites. Hers are pretty good size too. Try lots of bug sparay and see if they go away!!!!

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three weeks, can't you imagine what misery that poor horse must be in? My mare broke out in hives two years ago, the third day I put her in the corral and just feed her hay thinking she had gotten into something and it would clear up but it didn't, two more days and I HAD THE VET COME OUT. Come to find out she was suddenly allergic to every thing she was eating, I had to go find some oat or beardless wheat hay for her.

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[smiley Wavey] Sounds like hives to me - my mare has a problem with hives, too. You can try HistAll, an antihistamine and your Vet could prescribe TriHist - a good tea tree oil bath can help soothe your horse. My mare has broken out so badly the Vet put her on a steroid for a short time and she gave her an immune booster shot. It seems like every other year (odd!) she has a severe breakout. This year was her off year, but we've still been dealing with mild breakouts. I have also used Benedryl tablets - she'll eat them out of my hand! - 1 per 100 lbs. - if the outbreak is mild, the Benedryl will usually help. Good luck - hives can be hateful to deal with! It's next to impossible to figure out the true cause. My Vet finally said she suspected my mare was reacting to something airborn, because she was on the same hay, same feed, same pasture, etc.

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Thanks. I hadn't really thought about hives. I pulled up some pictures and it didn't really look like it would be, but I'll call and check with the vet just incase.

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No hives are not contagious. Hives are the body's reaction to something like venom from bites or stings or plant material or even chemicals like fly spray. There is no disease, this is an individual horse's response.

At this point I would call the vet. There should not be a reaction for this long unless the horse is constantly being exposed to an allergen. Anything else in skin conditions is going to need treatment. If it's lasted this long it's likely the treatment should come from a vet.

On the off chance that someone here would recognize it, you might consider putting up a picture.

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sounds like hives my gelding gets them pretty bad sometimes. We have a allergy supplement our vet gave us last time he went to the vet. His dam got hives too. Sometimes it seems like they stick around forever and other times there gone after a day...

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Ok, sorry I have not posted pictures. I've not seen Billy since Sunday night - family things.

I just went out to see him and he hasn't a bump on him. I have no idea what happened. Anyways, here is a picture from before he became covered. They were this size the whole time, but of coarse there were a whole lot more. The more I look at this picture I think its just a bug bite, but with the amount that he had I'm just not sure.

I'm sorry this isn't a good picture. I'm also sorry I didn't take a picture after it had gotten really bad. It really does look like just a bug bite here.

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Sounds like an allergic reaction to something. Could be in the hay, could be a weed? Could be pollen! We had a number of horses break out with hives with a yellow serum weeping out from the oak trees during certain times of the year. Have you recently changed his food? Is the pollen count high there?

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