Sweet Itch
Equine Veterinary

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Sweet Itch
Sweet Itch, which is also known as summer itch and summer pruritus and recurrent seasonal dermatitis is an allergic reaction to biting Culicoides midges.

Sweet Itch often occurs between the months of April through to October, although in some countries horses can be affected year round if conditions are in the midges favour.

Symptoms Of Sweet Itch
There are several symptoms that can occur:

Horses Affected
All horses and ponies can be affected by sweet itch with grey's being particularly vulnerable.

Sweet Itch Treatment
There is at present no cure for Sweet Itch it is a condition that needs careful management to help keep the horses discomfort to a minimum.